Veteran Dog Trainer Offers Advice on Picking a Pooch, Breeder

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Karen Rude, photos by Kelsey Smith

Selecting a pet for your family is a major life decision. And as with any major life decision, it warrants some planning, family discussion, and thoughtfulness. Here’s a quick guide to get you on your way. Things to think about when selecting a dog: Most important: Make sure if you have children, you pick a breed of dog that is good with kids ...

5 Totally Free Tips for Making Mother's Day Special

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Stephanie Sirek, design by Serena Wagner

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. It’s time to show her how much you love Mom and appreciate everything she does for the family each and every day. So off you go to the store looking for something she might like: Maybe a shirt, but what size? What about some perfume? Will she like the smell ...

Don’t Forget Dad because he made time for you

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Sam Fisher, design by Serena Wagner

Sunday, June 19, is Father’s Day – the official celebration of fatherhood and the important roles our dads play in our lives. Father’s Day is about celebrating the bond between ...

Feeling Isolated at Home? MOMS Club of Eau Claire can help

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

V1 Staff

The degree of difficulty of being a stay-at-home parent is evident in a recent Gallup analysis of more than 60,000 U.S. women. Stay-at-home moms (SAHMs) are more likely to report experiencing sadness and anger a lot of the day than other women. So how are local SAHMs fighting the isolation blues? ...

Simple Homemade Play Dough

Thu. Mar. 31st, 2016

Jacqueline Van Hemert

The simple act of squishing your fingers into a fresh batch of play dough is one of the greatest joys of being a kid. Not to mention the fact that this simple concoction can spark creativity and creates a sensory experience ...

When Being a Parent Stresses You Out

Thu. Mar. 31st, 2016

Stan Popovich

Parenting does not always have to be a stressful job. There are ways to take care of your kids without always getting stressed out. Here is a list of techniques that a person can use to help manage ...

How to Balance a Family, Your Job, and Your Stresses

Thu. Mar. 31st, 2016

Stan Popovich

It can be difficult for adults to have to take care of their families and manage their careers. This can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. As a result, here are a few steps in how to do take care of your family ...

5 Spring Cleaning Tips

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Spring-cleaning can feel like a daunting task, especially if you haven’t done any deep cleaning in awhile. But according to UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families, having a well-organized ...

Have No Fear! the dentist doesn’t have to be scary

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Dr. Eric Carlson

Many people have dental fears. Those fears can be rational or irrational, but what really matters is overcoming those fears and making choices that benefit your health and the health of your children. Fears about the dentist often originate from the days when dental methods and techniques were crude to say the least. Since those ancient times ...

All Green Everything (the natural way)

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Emily Kuhn

Whatever your reasons for avoiding artificial food coloring this St. Patrick’s Day – the ingredients, a desire to be healthier, or maybe even a challenge to see just how creative you can be ...

Housetraining a Puppy Begins With a Crate

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Karen Rude

Training starts the day you bring your puppy home. Every puppy should be crate trained and should learn at an early age that this will be his or her home. To get started, make sure before ...

Money-Saving Tax Tips for Wisconsin Families

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Bob Ippolite

You may not be surprised to hear that a look deep inside Wisconsin tax law reveals a complex list of additions, subtractions, credits, and adjustments that rival those in the federal tax code ...

3 Steps to Ready Yourself for Childbirth

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Racheal Ulberg

Having a baby is a lot like running a marathon – except you get a baby at the end! Before the finish line you will need a lot of focus, endurance, and a greater understanding of your body. But preparing ...

Reducing Sugar for long-term benefits

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Brittany Powelson

Did you know the amount of sugar we eat has slowly been going up? Since 1950, the average person’s sugar intake has gone up by 39 percent. Having this much sugar in our children’s diets (and ours!) can have negative effects on our health, including dental cavities, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many other diseases ...

3 Ways to Encourage Independent Play

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

April Becker, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Do you ever get tired of playing? You know, like with your kids? Their Legos, their dolls, their marble run, their latest and greatest toys are all spectacular, but playing with them is not the vision most parents have of how to spend their time at home. Playing with our little munchkins ...

Here We Grow Again with big savings

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

V1 Staff

Kids are notorious for burning through clothing stashes in record time, either because they’re growing so fast or simply because they’re ridiculously messy. The Here We Grow Again Sale makes filling those closets with stylish, gently used clothing a breeze. Added bonus: It’s super easy on your budget. Each sale features more than 35,000 items ...

Stepparenting is Making the Choice to Love

Tue. Mar. 1st, 2016

Everyone always says that being a parent is one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs on the planet. You create this little creature that steals your heart from the moment it announces its existence. You spend the next 18 years giving your all to raise a well-rounded adult ...

Jumping Off a Cliff and Into Grace

Tue. Mar. 1st, 2016

It all started with a tarot card reading by a teenage girl in a ridiculous costume. As she laid the colorful cards out in front of me and began to explain each one, you could say I was slightly skeptical ...

2 Easy Ways for Your Kids to Stash Away Money

Mon. Jan. 11th, 2016

Jen Bailey

Does your child have money laying around home? Remove the temptation of them spending it on unnecessary items and consider utilizing that money to save for their future ...

Let Mother Nature Cure Your Sniffles

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Justine Childs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The season of sniffling, sneezing, and snot is upon us. With more awareness and attention being brought to the natural healing “trend,” what alternatives do parents who want to avoid chemicals in common cold medications have for soothing colds at home?

When Wisconsin Gives You Snow, Make Ice Cream

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Shannon Paulus

A few winters ago, the kids and I made a big bucket of snow ice cream. I hadn’t tasted it since elementary school, but we agreed it’s delicious. And easy. And fun. And you should try it. If you happen a upon a snowy weekend, follow the simple recipe here, grab some spoons, and maybe ...

4 Family Goals you can actually stick with in 2016

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

With the dawn of every New Year, people make resolutions to change themselves, and sometimes the world, for the better. But all too often, the goals are too lofty and the noble intent falls by the wayside ...

Falling in Love in the living room

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Pan Thao, photos by Andrea Paulseth

You’ve finished reading about the hungry caterpillar, and you’ve sung the last of the lullabies. The kids are finally asleep, and the pile of dirty dishes has been conquered. Now for many, that moment between the kid’s bedtime and your bedtime is probably the only chance you’ll have to reconnect ...

Wisconsin and Premature Birth

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

V1 Staff

Following the annual March of Dimes premature birth examination nationwide, Wisconsin returned with a “B” on its report card ...

5 Tips for Painless Penny Pinching

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

V1 Staff

It seems as though everyone feels a financial crunch now and then, and when you’re in that situation the thought of saving money seems nearly impossible. At that point, you’re just hoping you have enough money until payday ...

Preventing Cavities with dental sealants

Wed. Nov. 18th, 2015

Walter J. Turner, DDS

Kids can grow up cavity free. Helping our patients achieve a cavity free smile is a huge part of our in-office prevention program. We are devoted to helping our patients develop good dental habits to promote good oral health. Dental sealants are an important tool in helping prevent cavities in your kids’ teeth ...

Time To Talk Turkey About End-of-Life Issues

Wed. Nov. 18th, 2015

Mary Thelen

Let’s talk turkey. And, no, I don’t mean gobbling like that festive holiday bird. I mean use the holidays, when family members are gathered, to go beyond the “How ’bout them Packers?” discussion. Use that precious time to speak honestly and openly about your end-of-life wishes. For example: ...

Save Now or Save Later? 2 Retirement Options

Wed. Nov. 18th, 2015

Jen Bailey

IRA stands for “Individual Retirement Arrangement.” An IRA is a special type of account intended to hold assets for an individual person’s retirement. Individuals may open traditional or Roth IRAs, but what is the difference? Traditional IRAs usually provide a tax benefit now to the owners ...

Spice Up Your Gathering stay warm with these delectable recipes

Wed. Nov. 18th, 2015

Laurel Robertson

The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with your family and loved ones, and none of that would be complete without delicious food. The following recipes from chef Laurel Robertson of Mega Co-op go great with even the snowiest winter days. We all know shoveling the driveway is a little easier ...

4 Ideas for Dealing with Holiday Stress

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

V1 Staff

The holidays can be the most joyous time of the year, but they can also be the most stressful. From financial worries to scheduling conflicts to long-simmering family feuds rearing their ugly heads, this time of year is full of anxiety triggers. How can we cope? The key, experts say, is setting realistic expectations ...

5 Meaningful Holiday Traditions (you can start this year!)

Wed. Nov. 4th, 2015

Mike Paulus

You’ve probably heard that the key to cutting through the stress and overstimulation of the holiday season is to keep things simple. But that’s easier said than done, especially when most of the season is geared around impossible visions of perfection which will probably cost a fortune and leave you ...

Making a Hospital Baby-friendly

Wed. Nov. 4th, 2015

Tom Giffey

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire already welcomes nearly 1,000 babies into the world each year. Now it is doing so as a facility that’s among the first in the state to be officially labeled a Baby-Friendly hospital.

5 tips for family photo shoot success

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015

Renee Bonjour

I don’t get formal pictures of my boys nearly as frequently as I should. When I finally arranged a photo shoot for the two kids, it was a big deal. I made sure I bought and packed plenty of clothing change options. I carefully planned my departure from work so I could get the boys, get them changed ...

Healthy Eating starts with meal-prep help

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015

Ruth Kilness

Did you know? Children are more likely to eat a healthy meal if they helped make it. Invite them into the kitchen so they can learn, have fun, and spend quality time together!

Nervous Pets? Ease their thunderstorm anxiety

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015

Dr. Todd Leavitt

Fall thunderstorms can be a major source of stress for our furry companions. Signs that your pet may be anxious include panting, trembling, pacing or difficulty finding a place to settle, hiding, destructive behavior, or trying to get as close to you as possible. If you think your four-legged friend has thunderstorm anxiety ...

When Your Kid Starts School and Tells Tall Tales

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

Shannon Paulus

My daughter has an extremely active imagination. She always has. She began talking at a very young age, always entertaining us with stories and songs. When she was really little, we played a sort of Baby Mad Libs game with her, where we told the bulk of a story, letting her fill in the details ...

If You Sip All Day, you’ll cause decay

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

Dr. Randy Shook

How much is too much when it comes to eating sugar? It is not only how much sugar you consume, but how long it takes you to eat it that can have serious and surprising consequences.

Safe Sleep Program focuses on infant safety

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

Laura Lash

A new Safe Sleep Program is being launched by the Eau Claire County Infant Safe Sleep Task Force. Spearheaded by Brook Berg, family living educator at UW-Extension, the task force is a select group of one dozen conscientious community members from our local family advocacy organizations ...

Growing Economy = Growing Baby Bumps

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

V1 Staff

Did you know the economic recession led to a baby recession? Well, it’s true. (In case you hadn’t noticed, the little buggers are pretty expensive to care for.) And now that the economy is on the rise, so is the birth rate: In fact, the U.S. birth rate grew last year for the first time since 2007 ...

5 Ways to Save Money in the Summertime

Sat. Aug. 1st, 2015

Jen Bailey, photos by Luong Huynh

It’s that time again! Time to visit the beach, camp, and travel. With all of the fun summer activities we have going from day to day, it doesn’t take long for things to get expensive ...

Thrills and Spills! Forming Healthy Habits While Cooking with Kids

Thu. Jun. 25th, 2015

Susan Kasik-Miller

Cooking with your children is a great way to spend time as a family and teach long-lasting healthy routines. In addition to learning basic cooking skills that come in handy later, kids also gain knowledge of nutrition that can really pay off in the future. Preparing and cooking foods allows kids to touch ...