10 Things to Do with a Finnbin Baby Box Once Baby Grows Out

Finnbin is a baby box company inspired by the Kela (Finland social security program) maternity package that grants a kit to all expectant or adoptive parents who live in Finland. Finnbin goal is to make life easier for new parents by helping them prepare for their baby by introducing great brands with quality products and providing babies with a safe place to sleep. They are excited to bring this beloved and age-old Finnish tradition to families throughout the U.S.
Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 8.43.03 AMWhile your baby may only be able to sleep in his or her Finnbin box up to six months, that doesn’t mean you need to ditch the box once your baby graduates to the crib. Here are the top 10 ideas for what you can do with your Finnbin box after the baby moves out of it:

  1. Keepsake box: use it to keep memorable items you’ll always want to remember the early days with your baby. A favorite hat, blankie, or boox. You can add to it as your little one grows up.
  2. Next-size-up clothing: use the box to put the next side up clothes that your little one may not quite fit into yet, but will soon. That way they’ll be organized and easy to access once a growth spurt comes along.
  3. Cleaning supplies: Keep your cleaning supplies, sprays and soaps out of reach for kiddos but placing them in the box and putting in a pantry or on a high shelf. This also makes it easy when you’re in cleaning mode to bring all your supplies in a quick and organized way.
  4. Road trip survival box: If you’re packing up the kids and hitting the road, put all the things they’ll want in the box and make it easy for them to access in the backseat so you can have a little sanity up front.
  5. Art box: as your baby gets bigger and begins to make art, this is a perfect box to collect those one-of-a-kind treasures to keep for a long time.
  6. Important files: The box fits multiple file folders and as your child grows, you’ll accumulate materials along the way (birth certificate, hospital records, school files, etc…). This is a recognizable and large enough space to store all the important docs needed for your child.
  7. Game night: Keep your board games, cards, dice and other game night essentials in the box so not pieces are lost and it’s easy to take down for a fun night of games.
  8. Toy box: Quick! Guests are coming over and you have a hundred mini-race cars all over your living room. Grab your box and use it for quick toy storage that can hide a mess in a matter of minutes.
  9. DIY galore: Crafting is a great activity as your child gets bigger and keeping all those DIY materials in one place will ensure you have a mess-free home! From paper to popsicle sticks to googly-eyes, keep them in your box and know when you take it out, fun lies ahead.
  10. Magazine storage: keep magazines and newsletters in the box to easily access when you have a little downtime (ha!) to catch up on reading. When the magazines start to overflow the boxes that’s when you throw out what’s in there and start over.

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While practice makes perfect, practicing too hard or training incorrectly can lead to overuse injuries. Caused by a repetitive stress to a muscle, bone or tendon, overuse injuries can be subtle and develop over time. You may begin to feel chronic pain even at rest. Common examples include tendinitis, shin splints or bursitis.

Overuse injuries happen to people of all ages, but can be especially common for student athletes when they take on too much, too soon, or have poor form. When the body does not have enough time to recover, the breakdown of tissue happens faster than the buildup that occurs when exercise is done properly.

“Growing bones can be less resilient to stress, putting children and teens at increased risk,” said Aaron Wolkoff, DO, Orthopedic Specialist and Medical Director of GO Ortho. “Student athletes should avoid excessive training programs, be sure to get a yearly physical, and avoid specializing in one sport before they reach puberty.”

Overuse injuries can be prevented by keeping good form and listening to your body when something starts to hurt. “You must practice proper technique and give your body ample time to rest,” said Dr. Wolkoff. To relieve minor aches or sprains at home, Dr. Wolkoff recommends icing and elevating the injury. You may also try a compression wrap or take ibuprofen for the pain.


If the pain from an injury seems unmanageable, many believe they need to go to the emergency room. But the ER is primarily designed to serve life-threatening emergencies. An urgent care center may be able to help you, but you will likely be seen by a generalist—not an orthopedic specialist. In both cases, you will walk out with a referral to have a second appointment with a specialist.

Fortunately, there are orthopedic urgent care centers such as GO Ortho. GO Ortho is an independent practice that cares for a wide range of orthopedic conditions from acute pain resulting from a break or overuse injury, to chronically painful conditions like arthritis. This facility is staffed by orthopedic specialists and accepts walk-ins and same-day appointments. This enables patients to get in with a specialist to take care of their pain much sooner than typical orthopedic offices, which may not have an open appointment for weeks.

Because you are seeing an orthopedic specialist, conditions are more accurately diagnosed and properly treated. GO Ortho staff are trained to provide sophisticated treatments, advanced orthopedic imaging, and outfit patients in the latest in slings, braces, casting and other support devices.

“Our goal is to change the delivery of medical care. We help families avoid the hospital or emergency room to receive the immediate care they need, directly from a specialist,” said Dr. Wolkoff. There is also a significant monetary savings to the patient since a GO Ortho visit is charged as a regular orthopedic office visit and not as an ER/emergency level visit that may come with a high cost to the patient. GO Ortho see patients age one and up and accepts most major insurance carriers.

“While we do advocate going to the ER when you are faced with a severe medical problem, most orthopedic pains and conditions are not life threatening and are best treated by an orthopedic specialist. The fastest way to see one is to go to GO Ortho,” said Dr. Wolkoff. GO Ortho is located at the Hillcrest Hospital Medical Office Building, Suite 410. Learn more at www.godoctornow.com.

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Malnutrition Dramatically Impacting Mothers & Infants Across America

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — 1,000 Days, a leading nutrition advocacy organization, released a new report today showing that the majority of children in America do not benefit from the nutrition they need for proper brain development and lifelong health.

The report, titled The First 1,000 Days: Nourishing America’s Future, finds that malnutrition is not just a challenge for mothers and babies globally—unhealthy diets, suboptimal infant and toddler feeding practices, and food insecurity have dire consequences for the health and prosperity of families in the United States. The report specifically focuses on the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and a child’s second birthday, when the right nutrition has a life-changing impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and succeed.
“The science behind the impact of poor nutrition during the first 1,000 days is clear. This is a time of incredible growth for children’s brains and bodies and they need to be fueled with good nutrition,” said Lucy Sullivan, Executive Director of 1,000 Days. “All children, regardless of where they are born, deserve a strong start in life and the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to ensuring women and children everywhere have the healthiest first 1,000 days, and that includes women and children here in the United States.”

1,000 Days has issued a set of recommendations where greater action and investment can have a transformative impact on the future health and well-being of America’s youngest children. Among other priorities, the organization is calling for:

  • Increased support for healthy pregnancies by ensuring access to high quality preconception and prenatal care, nutrition education and obesity prevention programs;
  • Improved support for mothers to breastfeed by creating breastfeeding-friendly communities, workplaces and healthcare facilities; and
  • Strengthened programs that reach low-income babies, toddlers and their families.

“Nutrient deficiency is robbing children of their potential,” said Hugh Welsh, President and General Counsel of DSM North America, a manufacturer of nutritional and food ingredients. “It is time to focus on nourishing our country’s youngest children—the health and well-being of our nation depends on it.”

Among the findings, the report identifies ten building blocks essential for all children to have the strongest start to life, including:

  • A nutritious diet for expectant moms and moms-to-be
    A healthy baby starts with a healthy mother, however half of American women enter pregnancy either obese or overweight and nearly half gain more weight during pregnancy than is recommended.
  • Nurturing, responsive care and feeding of babies and toddlers  
    Less than half of mothers receive any paid time off to care for their newborn. Paid parental leave can reduce infant mortality and illness, increase the likelihood of timely pediatric care, improve breastfeeding practices, and reduce the likelihood of maternal depression which impacts mothers’ ability to nourish and nurture their children.
  • Consistent access to enough nutritious food for families
    Nearly 1 in 5 children under the age of 6 live in families that struggle to put enough nutritious food on the table. Family food insecurity negatively impacts young children’s development, even when the children themselves have enough to eat. Household food insecurity also makes it harder for mothers to maintain healthy diets and healthy weights.

A full list of the building blocks and a snapshot of how the U.S. is faring is available here: http://thousanddays.org/tdays-content/uploads/StandaloneCharts-2_Scorecard-Logo.pdf

The full list of recommendations can be found here:

To read and download the full report, visit:


About 1,000 Days  
1,000 Days is the leading non-profit advocacy organization working in the U.S. and around the world to improve nutrition, particularly during the 1,000 day window between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday, when the right nutrition has a life-changing impact on a child’s future. 1,000 Days promotes greater action and investment in nutrition in order to build a strong foundation for children, their families and their nations to thrive. To learn more visit www.thousanddays.org.

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

Your child not only has a different development and arrangement of their teeth than adults, but may have specific dental and behavioral needs that are unique to a child. These needs may include dental sealants, fluoride applications, home treatments, or just simply education in oral hygiene. In addition to treating existing dental problems, our office focuses on prevention through patient education. Our mission is to give our patients the best and most advanced dental care possible to enjoy a cavity-free future.

Natural Dentistry! No Needles! No Drills! No Pain!

With cutting edge technology like the dental laser, Brunswick KiDDS uses this laser energy and a gentle spray of water to perform a wide range of dental procedures, without the vibration and pressure associated with the dental drill which are the primary causes of pain. Doctors have used lasers for years to provide better care for their patients.

Now, thanks to Brunswick KiDDS, you can benefit from advanced laser technology for your child’s dental care. Without the use of the drill, our lasers allow us to perform many dental procedures without shots, without the need for anesthesia, and without any numbing at all! Also, our lasers reduce the amount of bleeding, post-operative pain, swelling, and the need for pain medication after treatment! Brunswick KiDDS’ Lasers are extremely precise and accurate in their ability to remove tooth decay. Since they use light energy, they can eliminate even microscopic amounts of bacteria and infection while leaving surrounding areas unaffected. As a result, we can often treat all areas of decay in one or two appointments, reducing the amount of anxiety that build up every time your child has to come back for treatment! It is the natural way of doing dentistry.

Have You Had Your Child Evaluated for Braces?

The American Association for Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. Early detection and treatment gives your child the edge – a much better chance for natural and normal development. One advantage of having Brunswick KiDDS for your child’s dental home is that we monitor their growth and development on a regular basis. Our parents truly appreciate having orthodontic treatment done in our office. This allows them to coordinate cleaning and check-up appointments with orthodontic appointments. By working with the natural growth instead of against it, we can prevent problems from becoming worse, and give your child a lifetime of healthy smiles! Studies have shown that people who have straight healthy teeth are more likely to smile more. This can lead to a greater self-esteem which may lead to a more fulfilling life.

Dr. Milton and Dr. Brittany are pediatric dentists, specializing in the treatment and prevention of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health of children. Through extra years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents, and those with special health care needs. Dr. Milton, Dr. Brittany and their team regularly attend seminars and conferences devoted to new treatments, new technologies and excellent patient care practices.

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If Cancer is a Gift, Where is the Return Counter?

Dr. Mindy Greenstein is a psycho-oncologist, a mental health therapist who has devoted her professional life to easing the emotional pain of cancer patients and their loved ones. She knows first-hand what she’s talking about – she is herself a survivor of breast cancer. For her, the cancer diagnosis “liberated her from the fear of her own mortality.” This freedom in turn allowed her, over time, to view cancer as something useful, even as it was sometimes awful.

The value of what Dr. Greenstein does, leading individual and group therapy sessions, is similar to what we do here at The Gathering Place. We may not be able to take your pain away, but we could help your recovery with our holistic emphasis on body, mind and spirit. We agree with the doctor’s philosophy: do more of what makes you feel better, do less of what makes you feel bad.

Dr. Greenstein remembers a time in her journey when she felt broken, when she cried, “I can’t do this.” Check out her books, the writing of which she now sees as the reason she went through cancer.

Participate in any of our programs and services at The Gathering Place, all at no charge, to learn the powerful lesson of how being able to confront our fears can let us live a more authentic life.

Gatthering Place PhotoMindy Greenstein, PhD is a clinical psychologist and cancer psychologist, as well as a writer, mother, and two-time breast cancer survivor. She works as a consultant to the geriatric group in the Department of Psychiatry at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she serves as the Chief Clinical Fellow and helped develop Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy.

Books by Mindy Greenstein, PhD

House on Crash CornerThe House on Crash Corner… And Other Unavoidable Calamities
The House on Crash Corner and Other Unavoidable Calamities is about the sad, hilarious and meaningful ways we deal with the crises in our lives. You can’t spell joy without the oy. True stories range from growing up in Brooklyn as the Yiddish speaking daughter of Holocaust survivors, to my work with cancer patients, to life as a mom of two young boys, to becoming a cancer patient myself.

Lighter As We Go- Virtues, Character, Strengths and AgingLighter As We Go: Virtues, Character, Strengths and Aging
The fears of aging have been one long cascading domino effect through the years. Research shows that having a bad attitude toward aging when we’re young is associated with poorer health when we’re older. Lighter as We Go introduces compassion, justice, community, and culture to help calm our cascading fears of aging.

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5 Tips to Sell Your Home This Spring

deb holmBy Deb Holmstrom, Berkshire Hathaway Kovack Realtors


1. Put A Plan In Place. Develop a plan of action before you sell your home. Are you planning on buying another home once your home sells? Do you have the option to move in with family? Can you rent, if need be? Can you buy before you sell?

2. Consult a Lender to Find your “Purchasing Power.” I would be happy to recommend local lenders committed to customer service.

3. Clean and Organize. Give your home a thorough “spring cleaning.” Clean out closets and pack away items you do not use. It’s important that you de-clutter and organize your home. Don’t forget to go the extra mile, wash your windows, dust your blinds, dust baseboard trim and clean appliances.

4. Interview Prospective REALTORS®. It is critical when selling a home that you interview a REALTOR®. As the weather warms up the top producing REALTORS® will only continue to get busier. Now is the time to start reaching out to the agents you think would be a
great representative to sell your home.

5. Be Proactive and Prepare. A licensed Realtor will help you prepare and navigate every step of the process. As a full time Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Kovack Realtors, I am committed to meeting the needs of my clients while we travel through the process of buying and selling a home. I would love to meet with you and help you sell or buy your next home sweet home.

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Cracking Egg Myths in Time for Easter!

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 Cracking egg myths in time for Easter!

EasterEggsEaster eggs are a centerpiece of many family Easter traditions. Easter eggs symbolize fertility and rebirth to some, but many people associate Easter eggs with youngsters scouring the yard in search of treasure.

Whether Easter eggs are associated with secular or religious beliefs, these colorful staples of Easter Sunday are an integral part of springtime holiday decor and celebrations. Certain misconceptions about Easter eggs have developed over time,

and the following are some of the more common myths about Easter eggs that have made the rounds.

Myth: Easter eggs are safe to eat after your egg hunt is over.

Fact: Hard-boiled eggs generally remain safe to eat at room temperature for about two hours. If the temperature outside or indoors is very warm, the eggs should be eaten within one hour. People risk food-borne illnesses if they consume Easter eggs that have been left out for several hours or overnight. It is better to dispose of colored eggs after the annual egg hunt or at least keep hard-boiled eggs refrigerated until the hunt begins.

Myth: It is unsafe to eat all dyed Easter eggs.

Fact: Whether dyed eggs are safe or not depends on the type of dye used. Many kits use vegetable-based dyes that are food-safe. These same pigments are used in traditional food coloring. Even if the dye has penetrated beneath the shell, it should still be safe for consumption. Kits for blown-out eggs may use dyes that are not food-safe. Also, people who are allergic to certain food dyes might want to avoid eating dyed eggs.

Myth: Pastel-colored eggs have long-rooted religious significance.

Fact: An Easter egg hunt is a tradition that originated with pagan spring festivals. But like many pagan practices, Easter egg hunting was eventually adopted by Christians and assigned religious significance. In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ shed on the cross. The hard shell of the egg symbolizes the sealed Tomb of Christ for many. In A.D. 1610 under Pope Paul V, the Christian Church officially adopted the Easter egg custom that the eggs symbolize the resurrection.

Myth: An Easter egg roll is an American tradition.

Fact: In Germany, England and other countries, children traditionally rolled eggs down hillsides at Easter. This practice may have initially symbolized the rolling away of the rock from Jesus Christ’s tomb before his resurrection. When European immigrants arrived in North America, they brought these Easter egg traditions with them. One of the more popular Easter egg rolls of modern day takes place on the White House lawn, where children push an egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon. Some say this tradition was established by Dolly Madison in 1814.

Myth: A raw egg will stand on end during the spring equinox.

Fact: It is believed that because the sun is equidistant from the south and north poles on the spring equinox, special gravitational forces apply on this day. These forces should make it possible to balance an egg on its end only on this day. Please send me a picture of your egg standing on end  and I will post!

Easter eggs are a lasting tradition and one of the more popular symbols of the holiday. Although many myths surround Easter eggs, the truth is just waiting to be unhatched.


Let’s Resurrect the Family Meal

Let’s Resurrect the Family Meal

By Medina County Health Department Registered Dietitian

Family MealMany of us remember the days when our parents sent us out of the house to play and didn’t expect us back until the next meal. “Dinner at 6:00 and don’t be late!” Families of today tend to look very different than those of the past. After-school activities, late work days, long commutes – it’s no wonder few families eat dinner together.

Family meals are much more than just having something to eat; they are an opportunity to teach, enjoy, and bond with each other.

Sharing a meal is one way to build family unity. It gives children a sense of belonging and helps them feel safe and secure in a busy, and often confusing, world. Family meals offer the chance to teach social skills, manners, and even basic cooking skills that will last a lifetime.  Evidence indicates that children have better report cards and teens are less likely to become depressed, abuse drugs and alcohol, smoke, develop eating disorders and get pregnant when they participate in regular family meals.

Family meals offer an opportunity to model healthy eating habits and reduce a child’s risk for obesity. Children who have more family meals eat more fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and milk. They also eat less fried foods and drink less soda.

The family meal doesn’t have to be fancy, complicated or at the same time every day. The importance is to find a time to come together with the people you care about to eat, laugh, discuss and share. Turn off the television, silence the cell phones; connect with your family.

Tips to make your family meal a success:

  • Involve your children in meal planning and preparation. It teaches them valuable life skills and increases the chance that they will eat the meal.
  • Choose a meal that fits into your schedule. Family mealtimes do not have to be a dinner.
  • Start small. Choose one or two times a week to set aside for a family meal. Build up as your schedule allows.
  • When cooking a meal, double up and freeze half for another busy day.
  • Parents should decide what time the meal is served and what food choices will be available. Children decide which foods they eat and how much. Make the meal stress free.
  • Keep the conversation light. Avoid conflict and discipline during meal times.
  • Keep your meals distraction free. Turn off the television, silence the cell phones and put other electronic devices away.

The Medina County Health Department offers many programs and services that can help you plan and learn more about healthy eating. For more information, log onto www.medinahealth.org or contact us at 330-723-9688 or toll-free at 1-888-723-9688.

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Support the Body’s Natural Healing Abilities

Achieving a physical/spiritual/emotional balance can be enhanced through the natural healing energy of Reiki. In our universe is a vital, living energy force that can be used as a tool for health and healing. For over 2000 years this energy, sometimes called Chi, has been utilized in both the martial arts and in the healing arts. In the early 1900s, Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan developed The Usui System of Natural Healing, or Reiki (ray-kee). Maggie Kimble, licensed massage therapist and Reiki Master, trained in the Usui system, can introduce you to this healing energy through individual sessions or training classes.

A typical Reiki session involves gentle or no touch. Clothed, you either sit in a chair or lay on a massage table, while the Reiki practitioner places their hands on or near your head, shoulders, torso, stomach, back, and feet for approximately 3 to 5 minutes at each position. The Reiki energy will flow to where the body needs it the most and can accelerate your own, natural ability to heal the mind, the body and the spirit.

Maggie teaches three levels of Reiki training so that you, too, can be attuned to the healing energy. Your training could be used to help yourself or to help others. To learn more about Reiki healing, Reiki training classes or to schedule an individual appointment with Maggie, you can contact her at 440-655-3927.