2019 FREE Summer Meals

Area school districts offer free summer meals to youth 18 and under. Adults are welcome to enjoy breakfast and lunch for a small fee. Coeur d’Alene SD Nutrition Services 667 – 7469 Post Falls SD Child Nutrition Office 773 – 1625 Lakeland SD Food Service Office 687 – 5451 Coeur…

Sleeping Tips for Baby & You

At Open Arms we see many moms who have this number one commonality: “My baby is awake for hours at night and I need my sleep!” With babies’ different temperaments, parents’ routines, technology and trying to keep up with social media, along with trying to be the best parent, these…

Shedding Light on Learning Disabilities

Do you know what learning disabilities are? Are you sure? Surveys show that 70% of parents and educators think learning disabilities are linked to autism and intellectual disabilities. In fact, students with learning disabilities are of average or above average intelligence. Many people associate learning disabilities with blindness and deafness.…

The Truth about Bullying

When we distributed the Fall issue of the North Idaho Family Magazine, we asked parents, school administrators, and teachers about topics they’d like to see covered in future issues of the North Idaho Family Magazine. From pre-school teachers through middle school age, the overwhelming response was bullying. Administrators in elementary…

Diaper Bank Helps Local Families

A new service has recently become available to local parents that helps reduce the cost burden of diapers. Organized by Mountain States Early Head Start, the diaper bank is the first of its kind in North Idaho, and was created in collaboration with the Idaho Diaper Bank, United Way of…

Mobile clinic delivers much needed health care to high school students

Despite their perceived aura of invincibility, teenagers get sick, they hurt themselves, or they simply need someone to listen. This is where Heritage Health’s 40-foot mobile clinic comes in to play. The School-Based Health Center serves hundreds of students across North Idaho every week. “Having the mobile clinic at our…

Snackles! Recipe

Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup oat flour 1/3 cup raisins 1/4 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut or hemp seeds 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tsp lemon or orange zest (optional, but adds a beautiful essence) 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (see note…

The Not-So-Sweet Truth about Sugar

Did you know that there are about 56 different names for sugar? Some at least HAVE “Sugar” in the name. Here are a few trickier ones: Dextrose Fructose Galactose Glucose Lactose Maltose Sucrose Agave Nectar Barley Malt Dextrin Sucanat Maltodextrin Brown Rice Syrup Evaporated Cane Juice High Fructose Corn Syrup…

Open Arms Offers “Earn While You Learn”

If this is a first pregnancy or even a second, there may be questions about what pregnancy is like. This is why Real Choices Clinic offers the Earn While You Learn program. While there are many services available, no one needs to go through an unplanned pregnancy alone. We connect…

Bandaids for What?

My 4 yr old hurts herself several times a day. She tumbles to the ground, walks into a table, or drops something on her toe just to name a few. Maybe her brother hit her or pulled her hair? Recently on a walk she tripped and fell. She was bleeding…

9 “Live & Learns” for Elementary Moms

It’s a new school year! Whether you have a kiddo just entering the “big world” of Elementary School or are a seasoned veteran, here are a few tips, provided (in no particular order) by Katie Moosbrugger of Triad Moms On Main: 1. Get Involved with PTA 2. Take LOTS of…

An Egg-citing Prospect!

Think you might want to own chickens? Now you can try out urban laying hens without a long term commitment! Kip & Ei Farm’s, “Rent The Chicken” provides the opportunity to have “farm fresh” eggs in your backyard. Each rental includes everything needed: a portable coop, at least two egg…

Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure

Tree to Tree Adventure Park opened in May and is located within Farragut State Park. Tree to Tree features several ropes, bridge, and zip line courses ranging from a handful of feet above ground to 65 feet in some sections. The installation features four adult courses and two children’s courses.…

Join the (PoP)Club!

The Inland Northwest Food Network is pleased to announce that they will once again be offering the Power of Produce (PoP) Club this summer at the Hayden Farmers Market. The PoP Club – first held last summer – is a program that seeks to encourage children to make healthy food…