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Tomato sauce (preserving tomatoes)

Tomato sauce I have to admit that I was a little reluctant to make my own tomato sauce, but that is before I discovered there is tomato sauce and there is tomato sauce. After I tasted the first jar I became totally hooked and probably will never buy a jar of sauce from a store ever again.

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Walking to school

walkingfrontFredrikstad. Norway:  I remember when I was a kid I walked to school alone without any parents. I know I share this experience with many readers. It is a mantra I hear a lot from people growing up in the 70’s regardless if they grew up in Norway or the US/Canada.

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THE WALK OF LIFE : Tips for walking to school

By Emily McBurnie

walkingsafetyreflectorsEach weekday morning I get myself and the 2 kids out the door by 8.30 for the walk to school. It is a 20-30 minute uphill hike or 1 mile (1.6 km) to be precise. I was surprised to see just a handful of mums & dads doing the same journey, most opting to get the kids in the car for the 5 minute drive . Of course there are days when I think it would be handy to be in a vehicle, however once we get on our way, the minor complaint soon fades.

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Back to School : Bento style lunches

We pack picnic lunches a lot.  We love to get outside and eating outside affords us more active time- plus no mess for me to clean up at home!  My son goes to school in the afternoons so when we want to maximize our time out in the morning we pack lunch so we don't have to waste time driving home to make lunch.  I hate to be that person that says, "I did this before everyone else", but I did.   I'm not referring to picnic lunches, no, of course they've been around forever, but my interest in Japanese bento style lunch and alternative reusable lunch containers is one that I've had for a long time.  In college I worked at a day care at Harvard that had many Japanese children whose parents were here studying.  The children from Japan had lunches that were packed very differently from the American children.

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Back to school: Go play

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By Kari Svenneby
Getting back to school is an exciting time for both parents and kids. Last year report by National Wildlife Federation, “Back to School: Back Outside,” key finding was that kids who spend time outdoors both at school and home, become higher-performance learners and score higher on standardized tests. For more on their key findings, check out National Wildlife Federation’s Back to School: Back Outside.

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Back to school lunches

schoolpicnicfrontBack to school means less outdoor time in this house. So it is best to find creative ways to get outside during the week. If you bring your child home for lunch you can have a picnic in a local park or at the school playground. It takes a little planning, but nothing beats some al fresco dining with lots of outdoor play.

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