Gluten Free Banana Muffins

By josie milano

I don't have any medical issues with Gluten but after having a bad episode of Lyme Disease about 2 month ago which left me paralyzed in my right leg for a few weeks I decided to drastically change my diet to an anti-inflammatory diet.  I started following the Paleo Diet and immediately noticed a... Read More

Secret Green Cupcakes

By josie milano

I'm always on the hunt to sneak healthy ingredients into my recipes, after all I do have a 5 yr. old, a picky 2 yr. old and a pickier husband. Last St. Patricks Day I found an extremely easy recipe from Roni's Weigh using a boxed cake mix and Spinach. Yup, you heard me SPINACH. The results were so g... Read More

Imagination explosion

By Beth Vrabel

By BETH VRABEL “Hey, Fred,” Benny says casually as we stroll through the mall. “Who are you talking to?” I ask him. “My friend, Fred,” he answers and then slips his hand into the wooden one of a mannequin. “Oh,” I say, since no other response comes to mind. Benny, 4, makes n... Read More

The trials and joys of having two children

By Kara Eberle

By KARA EBERLE A wise mother of two grown boys shared this statement with me after I had my second child: One is like two, and two is like 10. She told me it was a saying passed down through generations of women, who, I’m guessing, were met with the insanity that comes with having more ... Read More

Funny stuff found in kids’ pockets

By Kara Eberle

By KARA EBERLE Smart Mama Sometimes, I forget to check pockets before tossing laundry into the washer. Thankfully, my husband, Mark, almost never leaves anything in his pockets (one of his best qualities). I’m less reliable and have been known to leave a tissue or two in a jacket pocket, ... Read More

From pregnancy to menopause, yoga can help

By Kara Eberle

By CHARLOTTE TUCKER and KARA EBERLE for Smart Those familiar with yoga know what it means to get into child’s pose. It’s the relaxing, back-muscle-stretching move where the knees are drawn into the chest and the forehead rests comfortably on the floor. Some moms-to-be are using ... Read More

Smart Mama: Summer vacation recap

By Beth Vrabel

By BETH VRABEL Smart Mama Early this summer, my husband Jon and I sat down and tried to figure out what we wanted to do with our vacation time. What would thrill 7-year-old Emma, who was so over princesses and fairies? What would be 3-year-old Benny’s best day ever? So far, his favorite thi... Read More

Coping with cabin fever

By Jess Krout

By BETH VRABEL (Posted by Jess Krout) Smart Mama Emma just walked by me. My 6-year-old girl is decked out in my wedding veil and a summer sundress despite the 17-degree weather. Benny, age 3, is trailing behind her. Though it’s only 4 p.m., he is in his Spider-Man pajamas. Why? Because ... Read More

Imagination Beats Wii

By Samantha Dellinger

By SAMANTHA DELLINGER, Smart Mama I’m happy to say the Wii has nothing on my son’s imagination. Our Christmas morning was filled with the usual ripping of paper, followed by piles of empty boxes that covered the floor. When all was said and done, my husband had to hook up a Nintendo Wii... Read More