Localicious: Snack Attack – Calming After-School Cravings

School’s back and so are after-school appetites. Finding creative snacks that keep kids full until dinnertime can be a trick. Fortunately, northern California offers a wide variety of local products that not only simplify snack time, but allow for healthy options.  Rice Cakes & Fresh Fruit Rice cakes have been on the market for years, and for … [Read more...]

In Motion Fitness Embarks on Chico’s Most Ambitious Mural Art Project Ever

In Motion Fitness, a high profile local fitness center in Chico, California, is midway through what will ultimately be the largest outdoor mural art project in Chico history. The larger-than-life murals have a “Mediterranean village” feel and provide a backdrop to the club’s new one-of-a kind Outdoor Fitness Park and Running Track. Chris … [Read more...]

Fun Educational Websites You Won’t Want Your Kids to Miss: Websites That Take the Work Out of Learning

Limiting the time kids spend on the computer in this digital era can be a daunting task. But there are plenty of fun educational sites kids will love that make learning a blast. Animals Abound At National Geographic for Kids, travel to faraway states and countries to discover all kinds of critters and cool places. In addition to freaky creatures, … [Read more...]

Pediatrician Q&A with Dr. Zeke (Ezekiel Melquist, MD)

Q: As back-to-school time approaches, many parents dread the first month or so, as many kids get sick in those first few weeks. Why does that happen? A: Each child has an ecosystem of bacteria that differs slightly from other kids. They also have unique antibodies to all the bacteria and viruses that they have encountered throughout their … [Read more...]

Guidebook To The Past: How To Research Your Family Tree

Do you ever wonder what life was like for your ancestors? Where did they come from? How did they live? Did their choices have an impact on how you live today? Genealogy, or the exploration of your family history, is a pastime for people who want to make that connection to the generations before them. The hobby that was once associated with retirees … [Read more...]

Family Engagement Equals Student Success – California State PTA Highlights Six Ways Parents Can Get Involved This School Year

Research shows family engagement equals student success. As the connector between families, schools and communities, California State PTA highlights the importance of family engagement, offering six key ways for parents to get involved and make a difference. Six Ways Parents Can Get Involved Parent involvement can mean many things, such as … [Read more...]

Fencing Offers Fun, Fitness, Focus and Competition to People Across the Spectrum

Swashbuckler wannabes of America, En Guarde! Fencing, once thought only to be a sport for the elites (and Europeans), is on the rise. Just ask Margaret Brunelle, owner of Chico Swordfighting at My Fencing Center. Modern fencing has been around since the early 18th century, but it has only been since the American women won Gold in the 2004 Olympics … [Read more...]

Be the Change: Kate O’Rorke Helps North State Girls Become “Strong, Smart, And Bold” With Girls Inc.

With a background in finance and real estate, Kate O’Rorke had never worked for a nonprofit before, let alone led one. But when a board member of Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley (NSV) recommended her for the executive director position of the affiliate, Kate felt compelled to apply. “I have met bright young women who gave up because … [Read more...]

August 2018

On the Cover: Erin Bianchi is a Registered Dietitian and lifelong food lover. She has just begun the adventure of motherhood and is having a blast exploring new recipes with her five-month-old daughter Renata Ray Bianchi. Photography: Crystal Amen started her photography adventure five years ago specializing in all aspects of photography. Crystal … [Read more...]

Real Fruit Popsicles

The recipe for these delicious and dietitian-approved frozen treats was adapted from the blog “All Things Green” by Maria Baath.  I took her advice to make them a little sweeter than I normally might because they won’t taste quite as sweet once they are frozen. These popsicles had a beautifully ripe pineapple that barely needed any additional … [Read more...]