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As I've written before, "self-care" time needs to be penciled in several times a week in order for me to stay sane and to be the best employee and parent I can be. The overwhelming majority of the time,...

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Friend, I've been there. Forget all the taboo discussing mental health! Do you want to know the plain and simple truth? It’s all a bunch of chemicals.   People usually maintain homeostasis, but sometimes stuff goes awry. Depression and anxiety are just words...
Acupuncture was something I heard about but never thought I would like. I mean, why in the world would I let someone stick a bunch of needles in my body like I’m a human voodoo doll? That sounded weird...
We are so excited to share that one of our very favorite Madison-area businesses has been nominated for Madison Magazine's "Best of Madison" issue! A Healer's Hand is nominated for best Speciality Spa for Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage! If...
  I have battled depression as long as I can remember. I didn’t label it as such when I was a teenager, I just remember mornings where I couldn’t get out of bed, and then the same thing happening for...
Children are using handheld devices like smartphones more than ever. That’s hardly a news flash. But what about the possible consequences that excessive screen time is having on them, especially their vision?  As a developmental optometrist for 28 years, I’ve...
Exposing children to nature is a great way to grow strong brains and bodies, but it's also a way to teach an appreciation for the outdoors and talk about ways to help protect the Earth. A perfect opportunity to...
When you think of pregnancy, exercise is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Or the second. Or the third. But maybe it should be. I believe having a healthy baby starts before birth. And exercise is a...
For many people the end of January means the last and final death of New Year's resolutions. They meant well and started January with lofty goals and high hopes. The first two weeks were such probably such a high...
I was nominated to write this post because, "Julie likes to run a hundred miles (or something)," Fair enough. I DO like to run and yes, when I can, a trail is my first choice. Many of our family vacations involve...
Resolutions are valuable. They are powerful commitments to ourselves to live better lives. For some of us, the New Year works as a time to implement these life changes. But here’s an idea for those of us who are...
Note: This article originally appeared on MilwaukeeMom.com. “Why do my child’s eyes hurt?” I’ve heard versions of this question countless times over my 30 years as a developmental optometrist. Eye pain can take on many forms and has a number...

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Fall Traditions on Our Farm: Meet the Ripps – a Farm...

Meet the Ripps: a farm family from Dane, WI growing crops and raising cattle. With fall harvest taking place all over Wisconsin right now,...