Connecting Kids and Healthy Food

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How much do you love healthy, local food? How hard do you have to work to find it and get it to your table? How important is it to you to have your kids eat healthy food that’s grown close to where you live? There’s all kinds of research about how important it is to eat food that doesn’t travel … Read

Hold the Center

Martha McCormickFamily Adventures, Mindfulness & Movement, OutdoorsLeave a Comment

Here come the burros!

Toward the end of the hike there were times I wasn’t sure I could make it. So I took another page from yoga and just breathed. And took one step and another. I passed groups, and groups passed me. Strangers cheered me on, and we told each other we were glad to be there.

Settle, Create & Play. Then Grow

Martha McCormickArt for Life, Coaching for Growth, Home Learning Resources, Mindfulness & Movement, Outdoors, Social JusticeLeave a Comment

Cyndy Erickson gave me a book and an invitation last Christmas. The book is My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem. The invitation was to connect remotely with her, and others to talk about the book, its impact on us, and America’s relationship with race. As we read and talked about the book over several months, I decided to create a … Read

We love food!

Martha McCormickNutrition & Health, Social JusticeLeave a Comment

Sara, Shelly and I just finished a Zoom meeting with the Iowa Department of Education. They want us to work with them on activities and fact sheets to flesh out their latest nutrition education efforts. It’s going to be fun and exciting to tag onto the culinary competitions they sponsored in high schools across Iowa last year. There aren’t many … Read

Just Calm Down!

Martha McCormickHome Learning Resources, Mindfulness & Movement2 Comments

Mary in savasana (corpse pose)

My name is Mary. I am nine years old. Yesterday, I went to yoga class to help show some of the activities. It was really fun! We had three 30-minute classes. The students were in pre-K through fifth grade. I noticed when the students came into the gym they were a little crazy and when they left, they were calm. … Read

Spring favorites

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After a long winter at home, spring never felt so good. Here are a few of my spring favorites: Walk in the Woods Woodlands offer something new every season, but spring is my favorite. I feel like a kid doing a scavenger hunt as I try to spot the spring ephemeral wildflowers. As a sidenote: the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation … Read

Happy (Virtual) New Year’s Eve!

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Happy New Year!

2020 has been quite a year! And at the Hostel Taco we’re ready to wish it a not-so-fond goodbye! So, we’re having a Zoom-based Virtual Party!!! Please join us for dancing, deep thoughts, fortune telling, games and of course chatting around the Punch Bowl! We’ll be sharing some details and resources on this post, so watch for updates in the … Read