Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Top Reasons to Shop at a Farmers Market

Freshly picked, in season produce is at its peak in flavor and nutrition.
Food tastes better, produce ripens in the field instead of in cold storage containers.

Support your local farmers and economy.
You can help new and smaller farmers be successful and save farmland in your area.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients.

It's a great way to get your kids involved.
Let them pick out something new to try, then they can help prepare a meal and add variety to your diet by buying and trying something in season.

Supporting your local farmers market strengthens your community.

Meet your local farmers, learn about foods grown in your area and catch up with friends and neighbors while stocking up with local goods. 

Friday, July 31, 2015


There is something so satisfying about a handful of brightly colored sharpened pencils along with a crisp piece of paper and Coloring for Adults is the next new hot hobby.   In addition to providing an outlet for your creative instincts, coloring can be a calming (almost meditative) activity that allows your mind to be focused on the NOW and be in the moment.

An added bonus is the fact that coloring is an inexpensive hobby - no pricy supplies or equipment to buy.  Colored pencils can be found at all office supply or big box stores for less than ten dollars and adult coloring books can be purchased at most book stores.  Coloring pages are also available online and can be downloaded for free.
Access for people
If you or someone you're caring for has limited mobility, ease of entry and exit is a big deal in a car. Life will be easier for seniors if they can get into and out of the car by themselves with ease.

Avoid low-slung cars and mile-high trucks or SUVs. Instead, minivans and crossovers offer good ease of access.

Minivans, such as a Honda Odyssey, don't require a huge step up to get into the vehicle, and their seats are at hip level for many adults, which means they're easy to lower yourself into and get out of.

Access for stuff
Caring for someone else often means traveling with a lot of stuff. Make things easy on yourself by using a car that can handle a walker or wheelchair and makes loading and unloading easy

Also consider how high the cargo (truck) load floor is, particularly if the person you're caring for has heavy equipment that needs to be transported. On some cars you have to lift very high (above your hips or waist) to get items into the trunk area. If you're dealing with a heavy wheelchair, that will take a toll on your back.