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 ...

Parental Advice: 8 great local eateries for kids

Thu. Jun. 25th, 2015

Tom Giffey

Going out to eat with kids can be an adventure … and not always the good kind of adventure. If dirty looks could kill, many parents would never have made it out of certain dining experiences, especially in establishments where Happy Meals aren’t on the menu ...

Kiernan Lepp takes leaps and bounds

Thu. Jun. 25th, 2015

Mike Paulus, photos by Kelsey Smith

“I love performance because I get to show off all the hard work from practicing and get to express myself. It gives me exercise, and it helped me gain a good work ethic and learn how to work on a team.” That’s Kiernan Lepp talking ...

So Hoppy Together

Wed. Jun. 24th, 2015

rabbits are America's third most-popular pet. longtime bunny lover Jennifer Hoffman tells us why.

Jennifer Hoffman has been in love with rabbits ever since she got one as a pet while stationed in Hawaii with the Army 17 years ago. Seeking a small household companion that wasn’t a cat (she’s allergic), she found a bunny in a pet store. “It was love at first sight,” she explains. Her first rabbit ...

“From Eau Claire” A Big-City Family Finds the Perfect Place to Live

Thu. Jun. 4th, 2015

Laura Lash

My husband and I started dating nine years ago. We met at our shared workplace in the Loop, downtown Chicago. He had slowly traversed to Chicago after growing up in and around Eau Claire. Once he began pursuing his tech career, he and a small group of friends, all Eau Claire ex-pats ...

So Busy! 3 Easy Ways to Combat Daily Chaos

Thu. Jun. 4th, 2015

Renee Bonjour

Being busy is the name of the game, particularly once you have kids. I think about this quite a bit, though. Before kids, I somehow also considered myself busy. Looking back, though, I wonder what on earth I did with all of my free time ...

Area Child Care: Finding a Program That Fits

Thu. Jun. 4th, 2015

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Becoming a parent – especially for the first time – is a uniquely challenging experience. Sleeping, feeding, diapering – it’s all a lot to handle. And then, just about the time you think you’ve got a few things figured out, it’s often time for Dad and/or Mom to go back to work ...

Fun and Fit in the Sun

Wed. Jun. 3rd, 2015

Susan Barber Lindquist

Matthew Jacobs of Merrillan didn’t want to go to Camp Wabi. Because he was overweight, he had been teased in the past. But shortly into his 12-day stay in August 2014, Jacobs changed his mind: “I started meeting people, and this is the best camp I have ever been to,” says Jacobs, then 12.

Treating and Avoiding Dental Injuries

Wed. Jun. 3rd, 2015

Walter J. Turner, DDS

Summer is a very active time for kids, and kids plus activity can equal injuries small and large. Falls from bikes, skateboards, and rollerblades can lead to dental injuries – trauma that typically occurs to the upper and lower front teeth. If your child gets a tooth knocked out ...