Shannon Philpott

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching

The Best and Worst of Easter Candy

Easter CandyPublished April 2014: Livestrong.com

The Best and Worst of Easter Candy

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When preparing for Easter, concerns about sugar overload run high. Moderation is key during this holiday filled with chocolate bunnies and jellybeans, says Alina Neuberger, M.D., medical director of eMedical Offices in New Jersey. “A common dilemma parents have around Easter is which type of candy to offer their little ones,” she says. “We all know candy is not good for you if eaten regularly, but a holiday-time exception should not be a problem provided that the candy is eaten in moderation.” Read on to learn how to pick the best candy options and avoid the worst ones when it comes to Easter candy.

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April 12, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , | Leave a comment

Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

easter eggsPublished April 2014: Famous Footwear

Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

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An Easter egg hunt is often the highlight of the season as little ones race through the yard searching for goodies. While it is natural to stick with the hide-and-seek method of hunting each year, there are several alternatives to add a creative touch to the holiday season. Mix it up this year with educational, innovative and fun-filled ideas to make your Easter egg hunt memorable. Continue reading

April 6, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , | Leave a comment

The Essentials: Things to Have on Hand for a Natural Disaster

natural disaster ehowPublished April 2014: eHow Health

The Essentials: Things to Have on Hand for a Natural Disaster

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Natural Disasters can bring out both the best and the worst in people, but you can reduce the panic and anxiety of adverse weather conditions by being prepared with tools and resources that can secure your safety. Balancing safety with being human is key, says Scot Conway, leadership trainer at Guardian Quest Martial Arts in Spring Valley, Calif. “Disaster preparedness includes getting back to your life and work as quickly as possible after the disaster,” he says. Protect and prepare your home and your family by having the essentials on hand.

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April 6, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Essentials: First Aid Kit Must-Haves

ehow first aidPublished April 2014: eHow

The Essentials: First Aid Kid Must-Haves

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Whether you are nurturing skinned knees and scraped elbows in the backyard or wrapping up a sprained ankle on the side of the road, having medical and first aid materials is essential both at home and on the go. Accidents of any kind are bound to happen, and preparation is crucial to ensure the safety of your family. Packing a first aid kit to have on hand doesn’t have to break the bank or take up a lot of room in your vehicle or mudroom. In fact, just by gathering the essentials, you’re preparing yourself to better cope with unexpected injuries.

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April 6, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , | Leave a comment

‘In Your Face’ Faith

faithcolumnPublished March 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

‘In Your Face’ Faith

If you would ask my kids about my parenting style, the phrase “in your face” would probably surface. I’m the type of parent who avoids sweeping anything under the rug. If my child appears to be upset, I’m going to drag it out of him, no matter how much he resists. If my daughter is cranky and snippy, I will harp on her until we get to the root of the problem. Continue reading

March 27, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Toddler Games That Incorporate Music

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 9.58.56 AMPublished March 2014: Mom.Me

Toddler Games That Incorporate Music
Add some happy noise to your play

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Toddlers love to dance to music and play games, so providing opportunities to do both at the same time is a win-win. As your child jumps, skips, shakes his body and sings to melodies, he will be making memories and learning valuable skills that encourage creativity, improvisation and physical activity. From competitive dance games to sing-offs, show your toddler just how fun games can be when you add a little music.

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March 26, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

16 of the World’s Best Marathons

marathonsPublished March 2014: Livestrong.com

16 World’s Best Marathons

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Completing a marathon takes determination and a commitment to months (and sometimes even years) of training. The sense of accomplishment, though, when crossing that finish line makes it all worthwhile, says Ewen North, head coach and director of Revolution Running in Boulder, Colo. “Not everyone in the world is capable of such a feat, and the dedication to training alone is an achievement in and of itself,” says North.

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March 25, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Identity Crisis: Making a Full Circle with Faith

identitycrisisPublished March 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Identity Crisis: Making a Full Circle With Faith

When I was in 2nd grade, I wanted to be a teacher. The thought of holding that red pen and bossing a bunch of kids around seemed exciting to me. In 8th grade, I wanted to be Joan Jett, singing rock songs to a crowd of screaming fans. Continue reading

March 14, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , , | 1 Comment

Parenting Pitfalls: How to Turn Flaws Into Faith

parentingfailsPublished March 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Parenting Pitfalls: How to Turn Flaws Into Faith

We are all flawed. From eating too many sweets and over-indulging in material items to shirking our responsibilities at times and giving into greed.

As a parent, I’d love to say that I’m flawless, but I would be lying. I’m not as consistent as I should be, I give in when I shouldn’t and I sweat the small stuff when there are bigger things to worry about. Continue reading

March 7, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , , | 1 Comment

Outfit Ideas For St. Patrick’s Day

greenshoesPublished March 2014: Famous Footwear

Outfit Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is known as one of the luckiest days of the year, and you don’t have to be Irish to join the festivities during the holiday. While cheering on a parade filled with pots of gold and leprechauns or while sipping green beverages with friends and family, show off your Irish side with decorative attire to “go green” with your Irish friends. Continue reading

March 6, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , , | Leave a comment

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