Jenifer Joy Madden is a Vienna mom of three whose new book, How To Be a Durable Human, is the latest in a series of accomplishments that include writing for the Huffington Post and many other publications, being a Listen to Your Mother participant and book contributor, and successfully advocating for a network of hiking/biking trails in Tysons/Vienna. Her new book, which launches on May 18 at One More Page Books in Arlington, is a practical follow-up to her earlier The Durable Human Manifesto. The new book – subtitled “Revive and Thrive in the Digital Age Through the Power of Self-Design” – provides tools for grounded, intentional living that every mindful parent will appreciate. Read More
Children will eat healthfully if they can have fun with it. I created If It Does Not Grow – Just Say No: Eatable Activities for Kids for children of all ages to discover how much fun they can have with fruits and vegetables. As a mom, I found myself getting frustrated in my goal to have my kids eat healthy foods. That’s when I started trying a fun approach to introducing my kids to fruits and vegetables. Read More
The pollen is a-fallin’ here in DC Metro, causing sniffles and congestion for lots of folks, some who regularly suffer seasonal allergies and some children who might be having their first bout of itchy eyes and drippy noses. To find out what’s blowing around today in our area, check out Pollen.com and Weather.com’s Pollen Forecast. And read on to find out how to naturally mitigate allergy symptoms and strengthen the body for next season! Read More
Students from around Fairfax County rose early on Saturday morning to prepare their culinary masterpieces for judges and for the public to taste at the Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo. After the competition was completed, these middle and high school students and other attendees got to participate in two workshop sessions before prizes and awards were handed out. My children are only in elementary school, but our whole family had a lot of fun and learned a great deal about food and about cooking at the event. Read More
The non-profit organization Real Food For Kids is hosting a Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo on Saturday, March 12 at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees at this free event can learn about food writing, promotion and photography, family meal planning, school gardening and school food. The Expo is an outreach program designed to educate students and their families on making healthier lifestyle choices, and ensuring access to real whole foods for all school children. Read More
The fourth annual Grow Your Health Festival of Gardening, Local Food & Wellness will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Fairfax High School. the event offers classes on gardening, nutrition and wellness. Topics to be covered include how to start gardens, source better quality food, and learn holistic techniques to achieve better health. A family-friendly event, the Grow Your Health Festival offers several hours of supervised, age-appropriate activities for children, including gardening classes, kids’ yoga, indoor recess and quiet floor play. From 10:00 to 4:00, parents can take advantage of up to one hour of free childcare for children ages two to ten provided by Play, Work or Dash, a new mom-owned co-working space with childcare in Vienna.
Sometimes we need to gather all the great health and wellness event information in one place to make sure we keep track of it all! We have lots of great events and classes listed in the Mindful Healthy Life calendar, and we post new things as we learn about them on the Mindful Healthy Life Facebook page and on our Twitter feed @MindfulHealthy. But here is a quick and handy list of some of the bigger not-to-be-missed events coming up this winter and spring.
Jesse Straight of Whiffletree Farm in Warrenton, Virginia is one of several area farmers who drive into DC and its suburbs to deliver goods direct to consumers at central locations. For those who like to buy local, to meet their farmers, and the use of sustainable farming methods, the farm drop route is becoming a popular alternative to supermarket shopping.
Straight is the father of five children aged one and a half to almost 8. Having been a happy customer of Whiffletree’s for several months, I asked Jesse to share with Mindful Healthy Life readers a little bit more about his farming practices, his business, and how both influence his parenting. Read More
Today marks the fifth day children around Metro DC have been home from school for the snow in what is being called Snowzilla 2016. Where I live, school has already been called off for tomorrow, effectively making this experience a seven-day weekend! No on was surprised about the amount of snow, but the slowness of some counties to get their plows to neighborhoods has been filling my Facebook feed. Other frequent posts by parents? References to wine and coffee. Here’s the story of how I’ve managed a little better this year than with previous snowstorms. Read More