Author Archive | Monica Hoss

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Two Ingredient, Essential Oil Tick Repellent

It seems like every week I hear another local news story warning about ticks and the diseases they carry- Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc. Just today I heard about a new type of tick- the Lone Star tick- making it’s way to Minnesota. Ick! I already make sure to check my kids thoroughly after they’ve […]

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Kid-Friendly, Mom-Approved Hidden Vegetable Smoothies

If you’re anything like me, then you’re always looking for new ways to get your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. The reality is that most of our kids don’t get excited to eat a big plate of kale salad or roasted vegetables. Fruit is usually more acceptable but I still have clients tell me their kids don’t eat […]

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Resources and Tips for Healthy Weeknight Meals

I am going to guess that you know exactly what you should be feeding your family. You know what the experts recommend: more veggies and home cooked meals; less sugar and convenience foods. It’s not a matter of knowing what to feed them, it is a matter of time. Many of us don’t have the luxury of spending […]

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‘Tis the Season to Volunteer: Resources for the Whole Family

We are right in the middle of the holiday season. The season is likely filled with holiday movies, baking cookies, figuring out where to move your mischievous Elf, trips to see Santa, shopping for the perfect present and lots of Christmas music. You probably have a whole list of family traditions to carry on this […]

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That One Time We Took Our Kids Out for Dinner

I’ll admit that I am sharing this mostly so that I can remember what happens when going out to eat with two young kids.  Next time the urge strikes, I’ll come back and read this. Perhaps your family is going stir crazy on a Saturday afternoon after a morning full of cleaning and too much Mickey Mouse, Paw Patrol […]

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Toddler Eats: Easy Meals

I remember feeling so excited right before my son was about to start eating solids. I couldn’t wait to start offering him ALLTHEFOODS. At first it was simple, but I quickly learned that feeding my baby solids wasn’t as intuitive as I would have thought. It required some effort to think about the timing of […]

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Encouraging Physical Activity in Toddlers

{Disclosure: We are thrilled to partner with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to share helpful information about early childhood development for children ages zero to three. A host of additional early childhood resources are available on the Children’s website.} In my field of work we are constantly talking to parents about keeping their toddlers active. […]

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