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Rethink Next Year’s Resolutions

Rethink Next Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. You know the season. Christmas is coming up and soon after people will be forming their New…

After-School Activities for the Whole Family

After-School Activities for the Whole Family

With one kid in high school and two others in elementary, time spent after-school is typically pretty hectic including running to sports practices,…

After-School Activities for the Whole Family
Teaching Your Kids Goal-Setting with 7 Simple Steps

Teaching Your Kids Goal-Setting with 7 Simple Steps

We’ve always had an agreement with the boys about grades and they knew our expectations. Recently, I wondered if goal-setting was something they…

5 Unexpected Lessons of Country Living

5 Unexpected Lessons of Country Living

We started building our house in rural Missouri country nearly 12 years ago. When building a house and planting roots, there’s always things…

5 Unexpected Lessons of Country Living
Prioritizing Self-Care

Prioritizing Self-Care

How are you going to give your best at work and provide care to people at home if you, yourself, are out of…

Packing and Planning Tips for Family Vacations

Packing and Planning Tips for Family Vacations

Last year, we took the vacation of a lifetime to gorgeous Yellowstone National Park. We have fabulous pictures of bison, moose and more….

Packing and Planning Tips for Family Vacations
Back to School Tips (For Parents)

Back to School Tips (For Parents)

Riding with the windows down and the radio up on the most beautiful day of the summer, my son said something unexpected a…

Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside This Summer

Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside This Summer

When I was young, I spent very little time inside. Video games were just becoming popular and television offered a limited choice of…

Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside This Summer
Relieving Stress Naturally

Relieving Stress Naturally

Recently, I went to a mindfulness class that focused on breathing and meditation. I had never meditated before, and I found the class…

Staying Active at the Office

Staying Active at the Office

Computers sure do make our lives easier, especially at work. However, working at a computer does have one major downfall: sitting all day….

Staying Active at the Office
Gluten-Free Alternatives to Pasta

Gluten-Free Alternatives to Pasta

Whether you’re gluten-free or not, switching to an alternative base that doesn’t have as many carbs can be a great and tasty thing….

5 Healthy Snack Alternatives to Keep You Energized

5 Healthy Snack Alternatives to Keep You Energized

Sleepy, tired and ready to go home, 3 p.m. is when I hit the proverbial “wall” on weekdays. To satisfy my inevitable cravings…

5 Healthy Snack Alternatives to Keep You Energized
Helping Kids Develop Healthy Habits

Helping Kids Develop Healthy Habits

Healthy habits are about much more than just what you eat and how you exercise. You are the most important model for your…

Reflections on the Midwest flood

Reflections on the Midwest flood

Reflections on the Midwest flood  Last summer, I was looking out the window as a truck carrying a dirt mover pulled into our…

Reflections on the Midwest flood
Maximizing Your Budget: Groceries

Maximizing Your Budget: Groceries

On Saturday morning, as the boys are still snoozing, you’ll find me at the grocery store. Shopping for a family of five is…

True Energy: Healthy Alternatives to Caffeine

True Energy: Healthy Alternatives to Caffeine

When the rooster starts to crow, the first thing I do is head to the kitchen for a cup of hot tea. Not…

True Energy: Healthy Alternatives to Caffeine
Eating Healthy Without Dieting

Eating Healthy Without Dieting

Looking back at college pictures, I think, “I wish I was as heavy now as I thought I was then.” I was always…

Whole Grain Sampling Day

Whole Grain Sampling Day

Recently, I was asked if I would be willing to write a blog post in honor of Whole Grain Sampling Day. Before agreeing…

Whole Grain Sampling Day
Corn, it’s Pretty A-Maize-ing

Corn, it’s Pretty A-Maize-ing

We are in the works of planning the garden out, by picking seeds and visiting the plant nursery. It’s always a hopeful time…

Let’s Talk: Portion Distortion

Let’s Talk: Portion Distortion

I clearly remember the time in my life where people believed it didn’t matter how much a person ate as long as it…

Let’s Talk: Portion Distortion
Meal Prep Smarter, Not Harder

Meal Prep Smarter, Not Harder

A year or so ago, I found our family running from basketball practices, games, school events and meetings to the closest fast food…

Healthy Living Tips for Your Next Vacation

Healthy Living Tips for Your Next Vacation

Last summer, our family took a road trip to Yellowstone National Park. We loaded up the SUV and drove cross country with all…

Healthy Living Tips for Your Next Vacation
What’s the Deal with Corn?

What’s the Deal with Corn?

Corn. It’s one of the most fascinating and delicious foods on the planet. Also, one of the only foods my children will eat…

Maximizing your Pantry in 30 Minutes

Maximizing your Pantry in 30 Minutes

For me, disorganization is the biggest contributor of stress. I use my planner before scheduling any event, organize my closet by color and…

Maximizing your Pantry in 30 Minutes
Defining Real Food

Defining Real Food

Our family’s eating habits are determined many nights by our lifestyle. My husband works in a different city and commutes an hour to…

Packing Stress-Free School Lunches

Packing Stress-Free School Lunches

I’ll be the first to admit that school lunches are a pain to put together. From school regulations to picky children, the task…

Packing Stress-Free School Lunches
Tips for Bringing Meals to New Parents

Tips for Bringing Meals to New Parents

When Jeff and I had our first child, a number of neighbors and friends brought us meals that were easy to prepare –…

Simple Methods To Help Your Family Love Real Food

Simple Methods To Help Your Family Love Real Food

  Sometimes children can be picky, especially when it comes to vegetables. I know my boys can. Over time, I’ve learned that kids…

Simple Methods To Help Your Family Love Real Food
Farm to Table – Bushel to Plate

Farm to Table – Bushel to Plate

Being able to trace food from bushel to plate is crucial as it impacts the way I approach how I feed my family…

Thanks for reading my blog, A Bushel and A Plate.

As a mom who cares about eating good food and knowing the farmer who grew my food, I want to help other families to nourish your families with good, traceable, sustainable food.

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