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 ...

Fast First Aid for Sunburns

Mon. Jun. 1st, 2015

Did you skimp on the sunscreen or forget it altogether? Within a few hours, you’ll be experiencing the pain, redness, swelling, and even blistering of a classic sunburn. If you’re especially unlucky, you may also suffer headache, fever, and nausea. Fighting this summer bummer can begin with a cool bath or shower or by applying a clean towel dampened with cool tap water.

UW Report finds Sconnie hunger for organic food outpaces supply

Fri. Apr. 10th, 2015

James Johonnott

A report issued by the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that demand for organic foods in Wisconsin is outpacing supply. With the second highest amount of organic farms in the country and a growing, younger demographic of organic ...

The Natural Approach

Tue. Feb. 3rd, 2015

Tom Giffey

Bradley Method of childbirth training emphasizes role of father, value of drug-free labor

When Amanda and Tim Gunderson were preparing for the arrival of their first child four years ago, they became interested in an approach to natural childbirth known as the Bradley Method. No one taught it locally, however, so the couple ...

Birthing Options: A Rundown

Tue. Feb. 3rd, 2015

Tom Giffey

having a baby is an intensely personal experience, but there are numerous kinds of professionals who can guide and help expectant parents through a successful birth

Childbirth isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience. Today, parents-to-be are increasingly able to personalize it to fit there needs and desires. Here in the Chippewa Valley, there are a growing range of options ...

5 Popular Dog Breeds for Families

Fri. Oct. 14th, 2011

Allison Schrader

Not sure which pooch is the prime pick for your family? There’s lots to consider before adding a furry member to your household. Every family is different and so is every breed. Here’s a short list of five popular dog breeds for families.

5 Simple Ways to Reboot Your Family

Mon. May. 9th, 2011

Sherri Kruger

Is your family stuck in a rut? Are you bored? You’re not alone!

Life doesn’t come with a pause button, there are ways we can get back in touch with our families. With a bit of effort it is possible to get in sync, connect and move forward in a deliberate and meaningful way as a team.