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Back to School for Mom Too

September 10, 2019
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The Busy Energy of Fall & Back to School Ah, autumn. The evenings get shorter but filled with more activities and busy energy. Some people are tired of pumpkin spice, but true fall lovers are anticipating the sweaters and boots, layers and leggings. Or maybe the leaves, apple cider, and football. I like scarves, the selection of freshly harvested vegetables, and evenings enjoying tea and the sound of rain on the windows. With all the new activities, this mom usually…

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Family Featured Seasonal

Back to School Immune Health for Kids

September 3, 2019
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The September back-to-school period invokes a unique blend of feelings for both parents and children: excitement, anticipation, and butterflies, with novelty, planning, and growth all in the mix. More time indoors, crowded rooms of kids, and cooler weather can also present challenges to our immune systems though. The first two weeks back to school in September often involve a spike in colds/upper respiratory tract infections1. The infection rate can increase by six times the usual rate as germs spread. Back…

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Family Featured Seasonal

Back-to-School Done Right with These 4 Children’s Products

August 27, 2019
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It’s back-to-school season—that time summer-loving children dread and worn-out parents look forward to. (Are we right?) You’ve probably already shopped for pencils, composition books, backpacks, lunch boxes, and new sneakers, but how about back-to-school supplements? Just like adults, kids need to be in tip-top shape to do their best work and be their best selves. Now’s the time to stock up on a few medicine cabinet staples to keep your kiddo healthy this school year. Elderberry Sometimes the sniffles start…

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Health Seasonal

Air Quality and Respiratory Health Tips for Summertime

August 20, 2019
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The western states and provinces of North America have seen a large increase in forest fires over the past several years. The Pacific Northwest, California coast, and BC Interior have seen a five-fold increase in forest fires, lasting five times as long and burning through six times as much land area since the 1980s. These fires cause tens of billions of dollars in combined damage and can affect people for hundreds to thousands of miles downwind. About half of these…

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Holidays Seasonal

Relaxing on Vacation: How to Get Away When You Go Away

July 16, 2019
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A lot of folks look forward to vacation for months ahead of time, brightening the dark winter days with thoughts of summer fun ahead. Getting away from it all allows you to temporarily forget your never-ending to-do list, form lasting memories with your family, and return to your regular routine with a spring in your step. But as most of us learn the hard way, vacation doesn’t always live up to its promise. From the traffic jam you hit as…

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Family Lifestyle Seasonal

Ready to Hike? A Little Preparation Goes a Long Way

July 2, 2019
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The weather is warm, the earth is green again (finally!), and you can’t wait to get out into it. We know what you’re thinking: A hike will be perfect! You’ll be in the great outdoors, enjoying the company of friends and family or some blessed solitude. If you’re a parent, you’ll pry your kids from their screens for a day and help them appreciate the glory of nature, and you’ll all get some exercise to boot (pun most definitely intended)….

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Health Seasonal

3 Ways to Reduce Bloating During Swimsuit Season

June 25, 2019

I love the summer… but I have to admit, I don’t always love getting into my bathing suit. Even though I’ve found a swimsuit that I feel great in (it only took trying on 100+), it’s still a bit stressful to walk around the beach feeling a tad… exposed. The very last thing I want to deal with when enjoying the summer surf is bloating! That heavy-feeling, gassy, and VERY VISIBLE bloating. Ugggh. Bloating is annoying any day, but it’s…

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Health Seasonal

Taking Care of Yourself on Mother’s Day and Every Day

May 7, 2019

Let’s face it: moms usually put themselves last. They think about their needs after they’ve met their kids’, partners’, and co-workers’ needs. We get it. Some of us at Flora are moms, too, and we’ve done the same thing. But we’d like to introduce a radical idea. (Drumroll, please.) Moms, you are the star of your own life, and you deserve to prioritize your own wellness. That means self-care is an ongoing need, not just a bubble bath on Mother’s…

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Family Seasonal

Spring into Spring Break

April 9, 2019

If you’re like a lot of parents, the thought of spring break coming up fills you with a sort of dread. It’s not that you don’t love your kids—of course, you do!—but you also don’t want to be bombarded with “I’m bored! What should I do?” the entire week. Planning ahead is the answer. And since the weather doesn’t always cooperate in March and April, the smartest move is to plan indoor and outdoor activities to keep your kiddos busy….

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Health Seasonal

Kick off Spring with a Gentle Cleanse

March 26, 2019
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We’ve made it through the darker and colder winter months and it’s finally spring! The longer, warmer days are upon us and even our bodies are excited! It’s very common to reach for a cleanse in January, especially after all of that indulgent eating over the holidays. But that’s not what your body was looking for then. In the winter our bodies are working on preservation and maintenance. It’s a quiet process that you may not notice—but it’s an important…

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