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Best Outdoor Activities for the Whole Family to Enjoy

In Family by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Imagine yourself stepping into your kitchen. You want to cook something amazing for your family. You prop up your tablet and begin browsing Pinterest for some healthy recipe inspiration.  However, that isn’t the only thing we use our phones for. Just a few minutes ago, you were scrolling though your emails as the kids did their homework at the kitchen table.  And your daughter’s smartphone notifications went off as you were talking to her about her day at school.  She grabbed the phone to look at it mid-sentence as if this were a reflex. You looked around your home and realized that in addition to the massive 70 inch tv that looms above your family’s entertainment center, there were at …

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How to Eat Healthy When Your Family Doesn’t

In Family by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Changing your eating habits is one of the most challenging things to do when you’re trying to develop a healthy lifestyle. And what we all know is that eating does not occur in a vacuum. Eating is very social. What we eat can be triggered by our emotions, our environment, or our family and friends. Whether it’s your spouse, boyfriend, your best friend or even your kids – we often have to consider others when preparing meals. So when you look at making changes to how and what you eat, you often need to look also at who you’re eating with. And one challenge that comes up time and time again is how to eat healthy when your family doesn’t. …

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Routines to Simplify Family Life and Preserve Your Sanity

In Family, Home by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Once you have kids you may feel that all order and simplicity in life goes out the window. And if your family is growing and busy, hectic non-stop days may have become your new norm. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways to simplify family life despite all the chores, appointments, homework, and events. The key to having a simple family life is knowing what to make a priority, what to put off, and what needs to be eliminated altogether. By being selective about how you use your time, you can regain order and connectedness at home.  Below is a list of routines that can help you simplify family life. Each one can you get organized …

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Avoid These Common (and Costly) Mistakes at the Grocery Store

In Family by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Isn’t it ironic how the simplest task suddenly becomes a stress-inducing or completely overwhelming mountain to climb when we haven’t made a plan? Take grocery shopping for instance. It really shouldn’t be that hard, right? But what usually happens is we wind up at the store and load up the shopping cart with all of the items we “think” we need for the week, and a few extras for good measure. If you’ve forgotten your shopping list, this is definitely a setup for another trip back to buy items that you forgot.  These are simple mistakes at the grocery store, but could lead to overspending or simply wasting time. And forgetting your shopping list is just one minor example of …

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Smart and Easy Ways to Save at Whole Foods Market

In Family by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Whenever I think about shopping for healthy foods or products for my home, one of the first places that comes to mind is Whole Foods Market. After all, the health store giant offers just about every product for organic-eating, eco-friendly loving, health conscious shoppers. But is it possible to save at Whole Foods Market?  When I initially started shopping at Whole Foods, I had grown so accustomed to astonishing checkout totals that it just became the norm for me. But then I discovered ways to save money on my grocery bill at Whole Foods Market. This was a game changer.   But if you’re like most, you may still hold onto the idea that shopping at Whole Foods is expensive and …