Surviving Spring Break

Whether your kids are college-aged or
just starting out in elementary school,
spring break can be a crazy time.

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Serve Your Baby the Best

If you want to try your hand
at becoming your baby's own
personal chef, here are some tips
to help you get started.

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Spring 2013: Fashion Trends

Spring is upon us and what better
time to freshen up your look!
Join us for Spring into Style
on Friday, April 12

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Serve Your Baby the Best

Baby food has definitely evolved over the years... When we were babies, there was one brand with a dozen or so flavors - all of which looked the same! Now, there is a wide variety of brands, offering countless flavors of different meals and snacks, many of which are organic and filled with healthy ingredients. But have you ever thought about making your own baby food for your wee one? It's often as easy as washing a fruit or veggie, steaming it and pureeing it. And voila - you have pure, unadultered produce perfect for your baby.

If you want to try your hand at becoming your baby's own personal chef, here are some tips to help you get started.

  • Equipment: There are a variety of kitchen tools you can use to help you get your baby food to the right consistency. Among the most popular are food mills (using a hand crank); a hand blender or stick blender (commonly used for pureeing soups or making smoothies); a food processor (works especially well if you are making large batches); and a good old-fashioned fork (this is especially true as your baby gets older and can tolerate coarser food). You can also purchase all-in-one baby food makers, which will steam and puree the food all at once.

  • Shopping: When buying for your baby, consider purchasing organic produce whenever possible. It is also best if you use the fruits and veggies within a day or two of purchase. When preparing meat for your little one, buy lean cuts - but not completely fat-free or the mixture will be too dry.

  • What to Use: Good fruits to start with include apples, apricots, bananas, blueberries, mangoes, peaches, pears, plums, and prunes. Vegetables to try include asparagus tips, avocados, carrots, peas, potatoes, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes, and winter squash.

  • Preparation: For fruits, you can usually puree the food raw or, if needed, just boil or steam lightly and then puree. For veggies, steam until tender and then puree. If you need to add liquid, simply use water or breast milk. For meat, cook to the appropriate temperature and then puree (you will probably need to add liquid).

  • Storage: You can store your fresh baby food in the refrigerator for a day or two or you can freeze it. To freeze, simply sanitize an ice cube tray and place food into the tray. Then, pop out your baby food cubes and store in a freezer bag. These cubes are especially convenient when travelling or to send to daycare.

Once you get into the groove, making baby food can be easy, satisfying and economical. If you find it too time-consuming, though, don't beat yourself up about it! Make what you can and find a healthy store-bought option for the rest. Before you know it, your little one will be eating the same meals as the rest of the family and baby food will be a distant memory.

If you're considering parenthood, make plans to attend one of our upcoming Baby Steps events. To learn more or to register, visit our Baby Steps Events page

If you need help finding an OB/GYN or a pediatrician, visit our physician finder.

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Spring 2013: Fashion Trends

Spring is upon us and what better time to freshen up your look! Whether you want to update what you already own with a few new styling tricks or you're ready to hit the stores and do some shopping, here are some trends that you can achieve this spring!

  • Vagabond: Feminine grunge is in! Think lace and soft fabrics mixed with leather and more industrial looking fabrics and garments. This look is also called "dirty chic." Simple to achieve by mixing your feminine pieces with your more rough, biker looking accessories.

  • Monochromatic: Pick a color and stick to it! The monochromatic look lets you mix different pieces from the same color palette. They don't have to be the exact shade - just think head to toe blue or orange or beige? Even varying shades of white can be fun.

  • Hawaiian prints: Go tropical! This year the chic way to mix in Hawaiian print is with smaller, subtle touches - maybe a scarf or a top or even a shoe. Little touches of Hawaiian can go a long way.

  • Color and Texture: Play with contrasting colors and textures... think lace with leather, weave with floral, polka dots with stripes... Have fun!

  • Motion: Long and flowing is in! Whether it is loose top, flowing skirt or relaxed maxi dress, attire with motion is hot this year. Look for pieces that flatter your shape - you it to flow in all the right places!

If you'd like to see these trends - and others - join us for Spring into Style on Friday, April 12!

It's a night styled just for you. Grab a few girlfriends and treat yourself to an evening of fashion vignettes from the Style Closet. Enjoy wine, appetizers and the latest in beauty and make-up for Spring. Receive shopping discounts and participate in an exclusive silent auction featuring items from some of the Westfield Galleria at Roseville's marquee stores and more!

Spring into Style benefits a worthy cause, Dignity Health Cancer Institute's Nurse Navigation program.

Friday, April 12
5 to 8 p.m.
Westfield Galleria at Roseville, Center Court
Tickets $25 ($5 discount for Care Begins with Me members)
Purchase your tickets at

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Surviving Spring Break

Whether your kids are college-aged or just starting out in elementary school, spring break can be a crazy time. If your kids are older, you may be preparing to send them out on vacation without you for the first time? If they are younger and you have a spring break vacation planned, you are probably trying to get everyone packed and the itinerary finalized. Below are some tips to make this spring break a safe one for everyone in your family.

  • Be Smart About Social Media We know you're excited, but try not to share too much information about your travel plans on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You never know who may be peaking at your status update from Disneyland or taking note of your check-in from the airport. Be cautious - and then share the photos and stories once you are back home again!

  • Beware of the Ocean If you are going to be swimming in the ocean, do you and your children know what rip currents and rip tides are? These strong currents can quickly carry you out to sea if you aren't careful and how you swim out of these currents is counterintuitive. Talk to a lifeguard about swimming conditions before getting in the water and tell your children exactly how far in they can go.

  • Have a plan: If your older children will be travelling without you, talk to them ahead of time about the importance of staying with friends and calling home when an emergency arises. If your kids are young and will be with you, make a family emergency plan anytime you go someplace that has large crowds, like an amusement park. Tell your children who to seek out if they get separated from you and have a meeting place for adults to go to if the group gets separated. Make sure everyone has a cell phone and knows each others' numbers.

  • Be prepared for Illness: Unfortunately most families will have a family vacation at some point that is affected by illness. Be prepared - bring a small bag with first aid treatments and a variety of over the counter medications to treat cold, flu and intestinal illnesses. Also be sure to bring a thermometer, particularly if you have small children - knowing how high a fever is going can determine when emergency care is necessary.

  • Protect yourself from the Sun After a long, cloudy winter, spring break is often the first time in months our bodies get exposed to extended periods of sun. Protect yourself and your children by applying sunscreen every morning and afternoon - and more often if you are in and out of the ocean or a pool - and wearing hats and protective clothing whenever possible. This is true even if you spend spring break in the mountains ? the sun reflection off the snow can be even more powerful than at lower elevations. Sunscreen can make the difference between a fun-filled sunny spring break and a miserable, roasted spring break.

Spend your spring break on the slopes! This month, Care Begins with Me is entering all members into a drawing for a family spring break skiing package! The package includes four 1-day lift tickets to Homewood Mountain Resort. All members are automatically entered into the drawing and the winner will be notified by March 15.

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