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6 Quick Slow Cooker Creations

by Rachel Matthews | November 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm | comments

It’s officially FALL, and with fall comes shorter daylight hours. For many families across the nation, those shorter daylight hours are jam packed with extracurricular activities, leaving very little time for Together CountsTM moments, homemade meals and quality time around the table. One of our family’s saving graces and favorite tools of the fall season is the slow cooker. Many of my own childhood memories involve walking into a house

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2013 Healthy Playground Makeover

by Allison McDonald | November 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm | comments

How many times have you heard a parent or teacher say, “Use your indoor voice. We don’t throw balls inside.We don’t climb on furniture!” My guess is- a lot. There is a reason for that – children need to climb and move and throw and, yes, even yell sometimes. If their playgrounds are old, run down or even worse, unsafe, it makes it that much more difficult for young kids

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Thanksgiving Family Feasts

by Together Counts Partner | November 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm | comments

The holidays are a time for friends and families to gather and celebrate life and the people and things for which we are thankful. Most holiday get-togethers involve one person in the kitchen for hours to prepare the feast for the day, but this doesn’t have to be the case. The entire family can get together to help prepare for the family meal. In doing so, there will be greater

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10 Turkey Crafts for Your Gang

by Allison McDonald | November 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm | comments

As winter draws near, outside time together becomes rare around our house. We compensate with arts and crafts that we can do together as a family. These 25 turkey crafts are all easy to make before or on Thanksgiving and will give you and your little ones time together to strengthen family bonds, which is what Together CountsTM is all about. The crafts are broken down into five categories, and

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Weekend Breakfast Nourishment

by Fred Goodall | November 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm | comments

On weekday mornings, my kids and I hardly have time to say goodbye and give each other a kiss on the cheek as we rush to school and work. But weekends are a different story. That’s when we unwind and reconnect. Dinner is so often the focus for family meals that it’s easy to forget the prime opportunity the weekend provides for a full family breakfast. (see also: 5 Reasons For

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The Reluctant Hiker

by Allison McDonald | November 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm | comments

Hiking as a family sounds like such a peaceful way to spend the day, but the reality isn’t as simple. With small children you can’t just grab a water bottle and hit the trail. You need to prepare so you are ready not just for scraped knees, but also for your kids’ attitudes going from “gung ho” to “get me home now” at the most inopportune times. Here are five

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The Family Table

by Rachel Matthews | November 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm | comments

Some of life’s most precious moments occur around the dinner table. I know that sounds odd, but it’s true. There are few things that are more important to your loved ones than your time and attention, and one of the few places where this is given without distraction is the dinner table. I can remember groaning as a teenager when it was dinnertime. Some of my friends’ families ate buffet

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Teaching By Example

by Together Counts Partner | November 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm | comments

I was always on a sports team growing up, but in my senior year of high school I was in an accident that injured my brain and doctors told me I needed to stop running for at least a year.Through my recovery, I was forced to face many negative consequences from my new sedentary lifestyle, including gaining weight, poor self-esteem, lowered grades and struggle with sleep. When I sought help,

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4 Tips for On-the-Go Family Meals

by Jenn Fowler | November 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm | comments

Studies have proven that eating together as a family has many benefits: “Kids who more frequently ate with their family not only had a lower body mass index, they also ate more fruits, vegetables, fiber, calcium-rich foods, and vitamins……Also less likely to experience depression symptoms and were more likely to feel that their family was more supportive compared with teens who ate less frequently at the family table.” – Medical Daily.

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