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DIY: Chew On This

August 26, 2016 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

These teething rings and strings are simple and beautiful with textures that are perfect for sore little gums. The wooden beads connect easily to any pacifier and shirt for easy access while you are running around. The fabric ears on the rings have a soft texture to chew on, and also mop up the drool that would otherwise be on your little one’s shirt or yours. Both of these items are also useful in teaching motor skills such as grasping and reaching, and are very simple to make. FamilyGuide

DIY1Teething Rings


Wooden teething rings

1/4 yd. cotton fabric

Needle and thread



Cut two strips of 14” x 3”
pieces of fabric.

Place the wrong sides of the fabric together. If you would like something other than a square edge (these are pointed), cut your shape into both pieces as they are pressed against one another.

Start your stitch in the middle of one of the long sides of the fabric. Stitch all the way around and leave a one-inch opening in the middle so that you can turn your fabric right side out and whip-stitch the opening shut.

After the piece is sewn, fold it in half and slip the middle through the ring. Then take the two “bunny ears,” fold them around the ring, and pull tight through the center loop of the fabric.

Teething Strings


Wooden beads

Craft string

Suspender clips



Cut a string a few inches longer than double your desired length.

Fold the string in half and tie a loop at the end of the fold. Fasten string to the pacifier by looping it through itself.

Continue to tie a knot in the string large enough to keep the beads from sliding over.

Slide beads onto string.

Tie the ends of the string into a knot around the suspender clip.

5-Minute Workout:
 Bicep Curls with a Band

January 1, 2014 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Bicep curls are a great routine for building the upper body strength necessary for everyday lifting. An added bonus? They also help fight against the muscle degeneration that can be a byproduct of too much inactivity. Combine this exercise with the five-minute band walk for a simple routine with a band.



  1. Stand on the band with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold the ends of the band at your hips.
  2. Keeping your elbows tucked in at your sides, curl your forearms to your shoulders. Return to starting position.
  3. Do up to 10 repetitions of three sets (30 reps) with a 30-second break between each set.

Zander Koch is owner of Zander’s Personal Training. For more information www.zanderspersonaltraining.com.


Re-Energized Lamp

November 14, 2013 by

This quick and easy project will shed new light on any vintage, past-its-prime or attic-dwelling lamp!

  • Using a good painter’s tape, protect the base and any other part of the lamp that will retain its original finish.
  • Rough up the surface a bit with sandpaper to make painting easier, or select a type of paint that works best for the lamp’s surface.
  • Paint away! I chose a hammered-metal brown for a dramatically different vibe.
  • Once the paint is dry, carefully remove the tape.
  • Choose a lampshade. I decided to go with a contrasting style, one that introduced additional coloring and texture. You can even mix and match shades from your existing lamps.

Insider’s Tip: Have you ever bought an inexpensive thrift store lamp just for the shade? You can sometimes save big money over store-bought lampshades this way, and the variety is endless.


Light and Easy Chicken Salad

June 20, 2013 by
Photography by Children's Hospital & Medical Center

When the summer heat is on, light and easy tend to guide the menu. This healthy salad recipe is lower in fat and calories than traditional chicken salad. Crunchy walnuts and sweet red grapes enhance the taste and deliver a nutrient boost.

Ingredients (yield 6 servings)

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ⅓ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp fat-free sour cream
  • ½ cup quartered, seedless red grapes
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp chopped cloves
  • 2 tsp tarragon
  • black pepper to taste
  • red leaf lettuce leaves for serving


  • Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill chicken for about 5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Let cool.
  • Chop chicken into 1/2-inch pieces and transfer to a medium bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients except lettuce leaves and toss to combine well. Serve on lettuce leaves.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: about 1/2 cup
Calories: 180
Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 50mg
Sodium: 166mg
Carbohydrates: 5g
Fiber: 0
Protein: 19g

* Nutritional information is based on ingredients listed and serving size; any additions or substitutions to ingredients may alter the recipe’s nutritional content.

For more healthy recipes, visit HealthyKohlsKids.com. The Healthy Kohl’s Kids program is a partnership between Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and Kohl’s Department Stores to educate children and parents about healthy nutrition and fitness.