Health Premiums Are Going Up! Are You Ready?

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

Mark Miller, design by Serena Wagner

So how’s your “open enrollment” going for your individual health insurance plan? Do you know what you need to do by Jan. 31, 2017? I hear ya! As an independent, licensed insurance agent ...

Managing Your Screen Time

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

V1 Staff

In October, the American Academy of Pediatrics took a look at the amount of screen time kids were getting and made new recommendations on how parents could become media mentors instead of media villains ...

Is the Blue Light Keeping You up at Night?

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

V1 Staff

Do you have a tired, lethargic, or moody teen? Silly question, right? But for real, a study published in November suggests mood swings and constant fatigue might be caused by blue light exposure during ...

Top Eau Claire Baby Names for 2016

Wed. Jan. 4th, 2017

Tom Giffey

The Chippewa Valley said “hello” and “awwwwwww!” to a lot of Jacksons and Madelines in 2016 – as well as to a bouncing bundle of Owens, Harpers, Sawyers, and Adelines. These were among the top names bestowed on newborns at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire during the just-completed year ...

6 Tips for New Year's Eve With Kids

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Katie Larson

New Year’s Eve celebrations don’t have to be an early boring night just because the kids are present. In order to prove it, I put together a list of six easy to accomplish party planning tips that are sure to get the party started and keep it going until the last ball drops...

Holiday Eats: Skip the Sugar, Go Straight for the Meat

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Christina Funk

The traditional dips and chips, crackers and cookies, cakes and pies, adult beverages and sugary drinks, and vegetable and fruit trays are staples at any Wisconsin holiday party. Over the past 50 years we have ...

Kids Don't Need More Than a Spoonful of Sugar

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Katie Larson

It is no surprise that excess sugar leads to tooth decay and stunts taste buds from maturing in children under two-years-old. Or that it is linked to the development of risk factors for heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes in children, teens and adults. But just how much sugar should be introduced in the average American’s diet is up for discussion and debate.

It's a Puppy! Now What?

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Karen Rude

At the end of Disney’s Toy Story, Woody and Buzz nervously await the Sergeant’s report on what Andy is getting for Christmas. Toying with Buzz’s anxiety Woody asks, “Buzz, what could Andy possibly get that is worse than you?” To which Andy announces, “Wow! It’s a puppy!”...

5 Tips for Holiday Food Prep

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Iris Lang

The holiday season is right around the corner and you know what that means—delicious home cooked meals! In Eau Claire County, the CDC estimates that 17,000 residents will become sick this year from eating ...

Itchin' and Scratchin' Dealing With Head Lice

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Amanda Kaiser

It is wonderful to see school-aged kids getting in the habit of sharing. From sharing hats, scarves, hairbrushes and accessories, children of all ages are constantly in the giving mood. But the sharing of head garments could lead to the sharing of head lice, properly known as pediculosis humanus capitis, an infestation that every parent dreads...

5 Steps to Total Toy Organization

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Valerie Sowa, author & photographer by Carla Haley

Overwhelmed. That is how I feel on the 26th of December. Don’t get me wrong; I love the holiday season – and I love the joy on my children’s faces when they open their gifts that they have waited all year to receive. Like many families, we celebrate the holidays five or six times during the month of December, which means our kids get A LOT of toys and gifts...

Are We Addicted to Cheese? Yes? Ok.

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Katie Larson

Ever have that moment at a football party when the cheese and sausage platter gets placed on the dining room table, exciting you to the point of jumping over the coffee table,

Serving up Local Meat

Wed. Nov. 9th, 2016

Katie Larson

Last year I challenged myself to make an entire Thanksgiving feast for all of the family to enjoy. It was my husband, daughter and I’s first year back to Eau Claire, and I wanted to celebrate by giving thanks ...

Don't Break the Bank When Budgeting for the Holidays

Wed. Nov. 9th, 2016

Samantha Olson

I love Christmas. It is honestly one of my favorite times of the year. I play Christmas music all December, have the tree and decorations up Thanksgiving weekend, and spend weeks baking goodies and watching holiday movies. But my absolute favorite part of Christmas is watching my kids open their gifts on Christmas morning...

Dealing With Identifying and Demystifying Diabetes

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Corrie Hegwood

It is believed by most Americans that Type 1 diabetes is an illness that develops if healthy eating and regular exercise aren’t practiced. This false belief is largely due to the rise in cultural awareness of Type 2 diabetes...

Manners and Magic Words: politeness goes a long way

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Katie Larson

My husband and I have recently been trying to teach our 3-year-old daughter to use her manners, with a strong emphasis on those magic words: Please and thank you. Because this has been a constant point ...

Using Art to Heal the Human Heart

Fri. Sep. 23rd, 2016

Trisha Lundin

Time can be hard to measure. We often measure our lives in the tasks and accomplishments of everyday life – a pace of business, providing us with momentum and a feeling of control ...

6 Tips: Keeping Your Child's Teeth Happy and Healthy

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2016

Dr. Derek Rognlien

How important is dental care for your child? That’s a question that every parent has to consider. As a dentist and father of young children, I can relate to parents when discussing ways to help get their children on a path to sound dental health ...

Keeping Halloween Healthy for Trick-Or-Treaters

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2016

Claudia Cater, photos by Randy Lee

Halloween is right around the corner. Sixty-eight percent of Americans will celebrate Halloween. In 2015, 41 million children (ages 5-14) went trick-or-treating. Are you a parent who will take your Anna, Elsa, Ninjago Warrior, Spider-Man, or ...

Apple, Bacon & Cheddar Pizza

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2016

V1 Staff

You can infuse your family’s pizza night with a little autumn flavor with this great recipe we found on ...

3 Tips for Easing the Back-To-School Transition

Fri. Sep. 16th, 2016

Olivia Tomfordhe

School. A welcome word in the homes of parents who, for the past three months, spent every day hauling screaming kids around to all the activities that help create the “well-rounded” people that parents ...

7 Tips for Health & Safety This School Year

Fri. Sep. 9th, 2016

V1 Staff

The beginning of the school year is an exciting time. It’s also a nerve-racking one. Homework, practices, new friends, new germs – it’s a lot to handle. HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals offer these words of advice to help your family have a healthy and safe start to the school year.

How a Tiny Microchip Can Save Your Pet's Life

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Sarah Hewitt, photos by Andrea Paulseth

At the Eau Claire County Humane Association, we microchip and register every single cat and dog that gets adopted. We also scan every single stray cat and dog that comes in with a microchip scanner ...

Cord Blood Banking turns medical waste into liquid gold

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Racheal Ulberg

The thought or sight of blood can make many people feel squeamish or faint, but for new parents a conversation about blood cannot always be avoided. The impact of cord blood banking been so large ...

9 Easy Ways to Save on Back-To-School Shopping

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Renee Sommer

It’s hard to even say this, but it’s almost time for the kids to go back to school. Back-to-school shopping can put a big dent in a family’s budget, especially if you have multiple children ...

Knowing What's in Season Is Key to Farmers Market Success

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Claudia Cater, photos by Kelsey Smith

Shopping at the local farmers market is a great way to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs! The produce is harvested at the best time for freshness, which improves both the nutritional quality ...

4 Steps for Success in the First Year of College

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Sam Fisher

The first year of college can be both exciting and scary. Here are some tips to help you prepare for – and be successful during – the first year of your new educational adventure ...

9 Ways to Deal With a Picky Eater

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Claudia Cater

As a registered dietitian and mother of three children, I enjoy working with parents of young children. Parents may struggle to get their children to eat a variety of foods. Picky eating behavior is common for children ...

7 Tips for Meeting a New Baby

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Racheal Ulberg, photos by Leslie Duffy Photography

Following the birth of a baby, family and friends often come to visit in the hospital or at home. Many will come toting balloons, flowers, and adorable baby clothes along with hugs, snuggles, and cameras ...

Online Boutique Runchkins makes buying kids’ clothes a snap

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Sally Meyer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

My Facebook newsfeed has long been filled with ads for subscription services offering everything from meals to snacks, wine, adult clothing, accessories, beauty products, toys, crafts, and more. If you are looking for a more convenient way to shop and try new products, you’ll likely have no trouble finding it these days ...

Before You Buy Your First Home answer these four questions

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Jenny Ebert

Your best friend just bought a house and has invited you over for to see it for the first time. You pull up to the curb filled with a sense of amazement and dread, wondering how did they do that? No one teaches a class in school called “How to Buy a House,” and it is all a mystery ...

8 Family Financial To-Do's

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Tim Carlson, Bob Dillon

Think about deductions. If you have made a great deal of money in a given year and have the option of postponing a portion of the taxable income until the following year, that may bring some tax savings. • Can you maximize your retirement plan contribution at the start of the year? If you can do it, do it early – the sooner you make your contribution ...

Put Night Terrors Back to Bed

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Alyssa Van Duyse, design by Serena Wagner

You’re finally starting to relax. You put your child to sleep more than an hour ago and haven’t heard a peep. Then chaos ensues: a bloodcurdling scream followed by a crying fit. You can’t get to little Suzy’s room fast enough. You fling her bedroom door open, but there’s no hideous monster hovering over her. And all of Suzy’s limbs are firmly intact ...

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 ...