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Surviving baby's first year

"Empower a woman having a baby and you've empowered her for the rest of her life," says midwife Lisa Sherwood. With 35 years of experience as a labor and delivery nurse and 17 years as a midwife, she's seen just about everything and understands the value of knowledge, preparation and flexibility. As a provider at Orange Coast Women's Medical Group, she encourages parents to research their options and choose health care providers who will support them on their journey. The choices parents face while pregnant and raising a child can be overwhelming, and the decision process is often complicated by the views and opinions of others.

Living

Moms Gear: Stainless steel soup pot with steamer basket makes steaming veggies easy

Moms committed to serving more vegetables to their kids in the New Year may be interested in the SALT-brand 3-piece stainless steel soup pot with steamer basket to do just that. The SALT brand (yes, all capital letters!) makes an entire product line available through Bed, Bath & Beyond. That includes a 3-quart (2.8 liter) soup pot and steamer basket that comes with a lifetime warranty.

Living

Healthy breakfasts to go

Have you ever booked it to your car, kids trailing, breakfast in hand, while you bellowed, "We're late! Eat!"? Guess what? So have the rest of us - even moms who happen to be registered dietitians. Here's what the pros feed their kiddos on the run:

Travel & Tourism

Paisley Park vs. Graceland: How do these royal museums compare?

Graceland and Paisley Park. They're as different as Memphis and Minneapolis, as rock and funk, as the 6-foot King and the 5-foot-2 Prince. Elvis had his stud-decorated jumpsuits, an endless supply of silk scarves and a big necklace with his lightning "TCB" (taking care of business) logo. Prince had his colorful custom-designed outfits, an endless collection of shoes with 4-inch heels and a big necklace with his unpronounceable glyph.

Home & Garden

The mistakes professional organizers always notice (that you don't)

January is a month filled with good intentions, willingness to succeed and drive. The momentum triggered by a new year and promises to keep our resolutions transpires into all areas of life from working toward a promotion to eating healthier and taking better care of our relationships. By default, it's also the month where we often vouch to finally declutter our closets, get our kitchen cupboards organized or conquer our bathroom product spillover. But while our intentions might be good and pure, our technique to achieving our goals may not be as solid as we think.

Home & Garden

Style at Home: How to pick the right chair for you

I've found that the world is divided into two groups: sofa people and chair people. Since you most likely have both kinds of people in your life, you will need both kinds of seats in your home. Last week, I blogged about how to pick the perfect sofa. This week, the spotlight is on chairs. Here are my six tips to help you select the right chairs for every room in your home.

Home & Garden

Design Recipes: How to go green in your home

Europe has been the leader for decades and now the United States is finally catching up. The trend right now is to be not only environmentally friendly, but also to not waste resources. Sustainability, many believe, is the key to healthy living. One of the main trends right now relates to building and construction. From sustainable materials that go into building a green home to some of the energy efficient benefits of passive housing, many homeowners are choosing to build and renovate their homes in a more environmentally friendly way.

Home & Garden

Home Fix: Furnace is condensing

Q: When changing my furnace filter I noticed a small pool of water on the floor. The furnace is a 12-year-old high-efficiency model used to heat the home through metal ducts. I did not see water during the summer, only after the furnace has been on for a few months. Is this something to be concerned about?

Living

Book review: 'I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.,' offers kids a wonderful introduction to King's life and legacy

Parents need to know that "I Am Martin Luther King, Jr." is the eighth book in author and History Channel host Brad Meltzer's Ordinary People Change the World picture book biography series, which includes books on Abraham Lincoln, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Lucille Ball. The narrative approach and at times comics-like design of each book is the same: A pint-sized, big-headed cartoon version of the person looking like his or her adult self gives a capsule first-person account of childhood through greatest accomplishments. So here's King, sporting his trademark mustache and wearing a mini-black suit and tie, as a child in segregated Georgia, then a minister, then leader of nonviolent civil disobedience actions and marches to effect change. Police beatings and the infamous water hoses turned against child protesters are referred to but not shown. Sophisticated concepts and vocabulary (" ... it was a wake-up call for the nation's conscience") make this a better bet for kids 7 and up than the 5 to 8 recommended by the publisher. In any case, parents and teachers should be ready to answer questions about this turbulent period of U.S. history.

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Is king cake the new pumpkin spice?

Sun Herald reporters taste test various king cake flavored items including a smoothie, coffee, ice cream and a special treat.
Amanda McCoy amccoy@sunherald.com
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Is king cake the new pumpkin spice?

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