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Can you believe it? It’s finally time to get the kids ready to head back to school. Sherri French, lifestyle and parenting expert, joined us today with everything that you and the kids need to get ready for back to school!

Get your back to school clothes, desk at home and dorm room ready

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Crayola Clicks Retractable Markers – $9.99

Crayola Project XL PosterMarkers – $7.99

Creative shoes that you can recycle

Native Shoes,

Jefferson Crayola Print Child Colorway: Shell White / Shell White / Multi Doodle – $40

Jefferson Crayola Print Child Colorway: Shell White / Shell White/ Popsicle Pink Scribble Price – $40

A printer that serves the entire family


Epson EcoTank ET-2760 – $299.99

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Michelle Dudash, RDN, registered dietitian, chef and author of the upcoming The Low-Carb Mediterranean Cookbook: Quick and Easy High-Protein, Low-Sugar, Healthy-Fat Recipes for Lifelong Health, is here with her favorite ways to use the delicious Indiana tomatoes that are now bursting off the vines at a garden or farmers market near you.

Quick Fresh Cherry Tomato Pasta

This is a popular dish in Southern Italy’s Amalfi coast, highlighting the amazing tomatoes of the region, plus, garlic, basil, and extra-virgin olive oil. Season with Michelle’s Dash Dinners Marinara Spice Kit.

Tip: Avoid refrigerating tomatoes until you have cut into them or unless they are about to go bad. Refrigerating tomatoes changes the texture and flavor.

Homemade Marinara Sauce

First blanch the tomatoes to easily remove the skins.

Then puree, season, and simmer down on low heat in a skillet to thicken the sauce. Season with Michelle’s Dash Dinners Marinara Spice Kit.

Use in your favorite recipes, like in lasagna, in meat sauce, or on pizza.

Stir into your favorite recipes that use canned tomatoes

Just keep in mind that fresh tomatoes will release a lot of water when cooking, so you may need to reduce the amount of liquid ingredients or simmer longer to thicken. Add to paprikash, tacos, chili, and curry.

Also, canned tomatoes contain added salt, so you may need to add more salt to your recipes when replacing canned tomatoes with fresh tomatoes. Season at the end of cooking.

Sheet pan chicken with bell peppers and pecans

I love the ease of sheet pan dinners, where you place the protein and vegetables on one pan with the seasonings and cook it at the same time. This recipe is a go-to in our house.



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C, or gas mark 6) convection. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

Place the chicken in a single layer on one side of the prepared pan and the peppers, onion, and garlic on the other side of the pan. Drizzle the oil and sprinkle the thyme, basil, salt, and pepper all over. Place the pecans in one section of the pan. Bake until the chicken is browned and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle the vinegar on the chicken, peppers, and onions. Transfer chicken to a plate and stir the vegetables and pecans. Roast the vegetables a few minutes longer if they need it to become fork tender.

Suggestions and Variations: Feel free to swap the bell pepper with diced carrots, Brussels sprouts, or other vegetables you may have on hand. Just try to keep the amount the same.

Make It for the Whole Family: My kids love eating chicken legs, but they don’t care for the sight of the mystery “green things” on it, so I skip the herbs on theirs and just season with salt. Everybody’s happy!



By Michelle Dudash, RDN, from the book Clean Eating Kitchen: The Low-Carb Mediterranean Cookbook: Quick and Easy High-Protein, Low-Sugar, Healthy-Fat Recipes for Lifelong Health

For more from Michelle, visit: 

Instagram: @michelledudash 

New school year, new problems. Carly Dorogi, parenting contributor, joined us today to help us tackle some of our most common challenges when it comes to this new season. Find all the details on the listed products in the video above.

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Soon, kids will be heading back to school in-person, some for the first time in over a year. Today, we were joined by Carly Dorogi, parenting contributor from Capital M Media, to learn how parents can be proactive about their child’s physical and mental health in this new school year. Watch the video above for details on all of the products listed below.

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Kids just want to be kids, and they shouldn’t have to be adults too soon. This was part of the great message we got from Erin Wuertz, community engagement manager and Emily Shrock, board member for Coburn Place this morning as they filled us in on their upcoming fundraiser. Thomas Hartman, experience manager at Hotel Tango was also there making the delicious “Watermelon- and Guava-Infused Spiked Lemonade.”

Coburn Place’s popular Lemonade Stand fundraiser is back in person this year. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 16, visit a stand at one of two public locations for a glass of ice-cold lemonade to support the children of survivors of domestic abuse.

This fundraiser ensures the kids start the school year with brand-new shoes, new socks, new clothes and new uniforms. The proceeds from the Lemonade Stand also set them up for success at school, helping with art and school supplies, activities, field trip fees, movie passes for good grades, and much-needed mobile hot spots. Coburn Place serves more than 600 children every year.

The Lemonade Stands will be at Coburn Place at 604 E. 38th St. and Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle. The Virtual Lemonade Stand is taking donations from July 1 through July 16 at

“We’re excited for the in-person stands this year and have set our goal at $25,000,” says Coburn Place Interim CEO Marilyn Kuhn. “Most of us remember how exciting it was to pick out new things for the school year, and we want these kids to have that experience, too.”

The children are involved by “leading” teams of grown-ups in a friendly fundraising competition. They designed logos and created names for their teams’ virtual stands. The winner gets to choose the cookies for the post-fundraiser celebration. They’ll also be drumming up business at the Coburn Place location.

In conjunction with the Lemonade Stand, Hotel Tango in Fletcher Place is presenting a Spiked Lemonade Stand on Friday, July 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. Coburn Place receives 20% of the bar sales for this event featuring specialty lemonade-inspired drinks – including a refreshing mocktail.

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While back to school season may look a bit different this year, one thing we still need plenty of is easy, healthy snacks. Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian and author of Clean Eating for Busy Families, joined us today to share snacks that will be a hit with everyone in your family.

1. With all of the physical activity kids get, their growing bodies need a few snacks throughout the day. Michelle always keeps some go-to snacks on hand for when hunger strikes.

Muffin tins make great snack trays, and kids love how they look! You can give each child or family their own snack tray, too.

Fill them with fruits, veggies with dip, cheese, and nuts for an easy, healthy nosh. Add some exciting new flavors by tossing together a homemade snack mix.

2. Michelle is obsessed with this craveworthy Chili Lime Pecan Snack Mix, a recipe from American Pecan, who she partners with. The pecans get extra crunchy when you bake them, with a buttery, naturally sweet taste.

It’s super easy to make, with whole-grain cereal, pretzels, spices, and American Pecans. Pecans can superfy your snacks by making them more nutritious and delicious. Each 1-ounce serving of pecans provides 3 g of plant-based protein and 3 g fiber, minerals, and 12 g of ‘good’ monounsaturated fats, and only 2 g saturated fat.

To make this, we whisk together egg white, lime juice, olive oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt until well blended. Then we fold in the pecan halves and cereal to coat. Spread it out on a sheet pan and bake at 275 degrees until toasted, about 45 minutes. Let it cool and then stir in the pretzels.

American Pecans are also known as the “Original Supernut”—original since they are one of the only tree nuts native to America.

3. Get kids involved with “snacktivities.”

Michelle’s kids love freezer pops, including these Chocolate-Dipped Bananas with Pecans. These are so easy to make. You just melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave. Dip the banana halves into the chocolate. Dip into the pecans.

You can see how versatile pecans are. You can chop them up and sprinkle them on all sorts of different snacks, like in granola bars and muffins, to top yogurt, or just eat them straight from the bag.

Place the bananas on a lined tray or container, and freeze. 

Also, keep an easy access assortment of in-season whole fruit.

Late-summer apples are here! Pair them with your kid’s favorite nut butter. For something new and just in time for fall, whip up some homemade Pecan Butter in your food processor. It’s simple with just pecans, salt, and a touch of cinnamon.

You can find all of these recipes, plus more info about the nutritional benefits of pecans, at

Busy weeknights are back, so chef Michelle Dudash, RD brought her easy 30-minute recipes.

1. 3-Ingredient Spaghetti Meat Sauce

All you need is Dash Dinners Marinara Spice Kit, canned crushed tomatoes, and a protein of your choice, like ground beef. Serve over spaghetti or zoodles.

The spice kit contains all gluten-free ingredients and no added sugar: basil, oregano, minced garlic, onion, rosemary, thyme, and more.

Kids love this marinara sauce!

2. Shrimp and Green Bean Stir-Fry

Skip the takeout and make your own authentic and healthy dinner in just 30 minutes.

Fresh green beans are in peak season right now—tender and bright vegetable to add to your menus. Black bean sauce makes for a satisfying and authentic-tasting sauce.

3.  Try soba noodles in place of rice

Soba noodles are Japanese whole-grain noodles that cook in under 5 minutes. They are really satisfying with stir-fry dishes.

Sizzling Sichuan Shrimp & String Bean Stir-Fry

This recipe offers a way to use green beans in a main course, another option for peak season when beans are so abundant. Black bean sauce lasts awhile in the refrigerator, so you’ll be able to use it over time in stir-fries.



TO MAKE THE SAUCE: Blend all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl with 2 tablespoons (28 ml) of water.

TO MAKE THE STIR-FRY: Heat a wok or a large pot over medium heat and add oil. When oil is shimmering, add beans and cook until slightly wrinkled, stir-frying every 60 seconds, about 5 minutes. Place beans on a plate. Put the wok back on the heat, add shrimp, chiles, scallions, garlic, ginger and 1 teaspoon (5 ml) soy sauce, and cook just until shrimp are opaque in the center, about 3 minutes. Remove chiles and swirl in the sauce. Add beans to reheat, mixing well. Serve over rice.

Total prep and cook time: 30 minutes • yield: 4 servings, 1 cup (232 g) stir-fry each (with 1 cup [195 g] rice)

Per serving: 394 calories; 8 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 23 g protein; 59 g carbohydrate; 7 g dietary fiber; 137 mg cholesterol.

Recipe by Michelle Dudash, RDN, author of Clean Eating for Busy Families, revised & expanded (Fair Winds Press, 2019).

For more from Michelle visit her blog and Dash Dinners website. You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Healthy Hacks for Busy Families Back to school, back to busy! And when families become busy, it often results in sacrificing our health and wellness. Parenting contributor Carly Dorogi from Capital M Media joined us with some simple ways you can keep your kids and yourself feeling great.


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For more information, head to the Capital M Moms website and Instagram.

The right tools can make going to work or school that much better for you and the students in your life. David Novak of Gadget Gram joined us today with some powerful tools for work and school, plus some tech to keep them powered up.

XIAOMI SmartMi 2S Intelligent Fan, $129.99,

Keep that dorm room cool with the Smartmi 2S Cordless Fan, sporting a 20-hour battery life and a cooling sensation that mimics a natural breeze. Powered by a whisper-quiet innovative brushless motor, Smartmi can be used anywhere and built-in WIFI lets you control it from a smartphone. 

mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL, $70,

Not all battery packs are created equally, and that’s exactly why the mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL is king of the castle. Talk, play and browse longer than ever with 20,000mAh of portable battery. Three USB ports let you charge multiple devices, perfect for students. 

Naztech All-in-One USB-C Adaptor & Xpods, $50 & $65.

Naztech jumps on the scene with a whole slew of mobile products, perfect for school. If your laptop, tablet, or smartphone only has a single USB-C port, the all-in-one adapter can make it much more useful. It instantly expands that one USB-C port into a 4K HDMI output, 2 USB-A ports, SD and micro SD memory card readers, and a 60 watt USB-C power delivery charging port. This small and powerful device will eliminate the constant juggling between a charging cable and your must-have peripherals. The Xpods provide HD Stereo Sound: You can enjoy powerful audio with impeccable bass, clear highs and the most natural distortion-free wireless listening experience. Want to take or make a call, change tracks, adjust the volume? Intuitive touch sensor controls let you easily navigate your playlist, switch between music and phone calls and even activate Siri. The moment you open the charging case, the Xpods earbuds automatically turn on and pair for the ultimate hassle-free connection. With a four-microphone array, two on each earbud, and the most advanced noise cancellation technology, the Xpods earbuds filter out wind and background noises to ensure that your voice comes through crisp and clear. Also, avoid the hassle of wires even when recharging the portable charging case! Simply drop it onto a Qi wireless charger and in less than two hours, you’re ready for another 25 hours of play.

Naipo oPillow, $60,

Up late at night sitting in a chair, cramming for that mid-term? Rethink the pillow massager. The latest generation of massager technology, the oPillow combines multiple functions to offer the best possible massage at any time and any place. Enjoy a deep kneading massage experience. The four nodes move simultaneously, with rotational movement that reproduces the feel of an in-person massage. Personalize your experience by adding pressure to targeted regions. The flexible hook attachment makes it easy to adjust and position on the right spot. Multipurpose design makes this cushion extremely comfortable for standalone use.Curved Design: Strategically support lumbar spine curvature, and the hook design is applicable on most office chairs.

Generac IQ2000 Power Generator, $970.

In light of the severe weather around the country and wide-spread power outages, students still need to get things done on their PC and smartphones.. AC Rated Output(Running/Starting), 1600/2000 Watts and 120V make up the Generac IQ2000 Power Generator. The PowerDial integrates start/run/stop functions into 1 easy-to-use dial, the PowerBar monitors and displays wattage used, the Electronic Fuel Gauge displays remaining fuel and the Runtime Display show how much time is left before refueling. It takes just a little over a gallon of gas, which will last you over 7 hours of use on average, and it has three consumption modes: Economy, Standard, and Turbo, which helps you monitor your fuel use.

Moon UltraLight, $59,

Moon UltraLight is a new, ultra-portable lighting accessory designed with intuitive touch controls that provide customizable brightness, color and tone, allowing you to perfectly capture your beautiful moments. You adjust the color and light using different finger holds and presses, and it also has an auto shut-off if you forget to turn it off. This is perfect for students studying from home, and using their smartphone for video classroom sessions.

For more from Novak, visit the Gadget Gram website.

Whether ‘back to school’ is in the class room or the dining room, the right tools can make a big difference with the students in your world. David Novak, the Gadget Guy, has some helpful tech for them.


Tooktake is a simple dosage reminder system that lets you know if you took (or still need to take) your prescription, over-the-counter medication or vitamins/supplements. Unlike conventional pillboxes or complicated smart solutions, TookTake easily works for liquids and creams, as well as tablets, capsules and chewables. TookTake is available in three formats to cover most dosage requirements: hourly, daily, and 7-10 day intervals. TookTake’s Hourly dosage reminder labels are good for medication that needs to be taken multiple times a day, a certain number of hours apart. For medications or supplements that need to be taken once a day – every day – TookTake Daily is the answer. Moreover, the most common dosages for short-term medications, especially things like antibiotics, is every 7 or 10 days, either once or twice a day. By simply placing the TookTake label on the medication bottle, you can avoid all of the stress and confusion. Each day, after you take the required dosage, simply peel off the perforated tab that corresponds to the day of the prescription. You can quickly see at a glance if a medication was taken in a timely manner.  $4.99; three-packs are $15 on Amazon at

Durabook S15AB

Durabook’s S15AB features the largest screen (15.6” FHD display) in its class, it is the lightest (just 5.73 lbs) and thinnest 15” (1.16” in thickness) rugged laptop. It can operate up to 13 hours and it’s certified with IP5X and MIL-STD-810G (Drop, Shock, Vibration, Dust, High/Low Temperature, Humidity). With its lightweight, toughness, and an ergonomic hard handle – it’s a perfect computing solution for students on the go. The S15AB not only provides students the best performance, mobility, and durability; it also meets the student’s and parent’s budget on buying a laptop, with rugged features as a plus and comes with a 3-year warranty. $1615,


NIRA Temp is a wearable smart thermometer that provides real-time insight into the user’s temperature and sends alerts at the first sign of a health concern, which can be used for children as they head back to school this fall.With the NIRA Temp thermometer, parents can better ensure that their kids are healthy before and during all social interaction to help protect against the spread of disease. Early fever detection and customizable alerts allows users to be proactive and take immediate, appropriate action. NIRA Temp is simple to use, comfortable, and effective. You can now monitor the health of you and your loved ones, being in-the-know with cutting edge medical monitoring technology. $49;

Lytte HarmoniQ Wireless Earbuds

None of us are 100% sure what back to school will look like this year. What we’re certain about though is that it will be a pretty unusual return. Whether you are going fully back to your daily routines or will be partly participating in life online, you’ll definitely need a pair of good quality earbuds. Lytte HarmoniQ  (pronounced ‘lit harmonic’, meaning listen in Norwegian) brings together 3D printing, Hi-Fi sound quality, noise isolation and all-day comfort. These earbuds are the culmination of sound engineering, tuning, and audio lab testing. Each pair is the result of 80 minutes, and 896 layers of digital light printing, followed by at least 30 minutes of hand-polish process. $109;

FlexSafe Interchangeable Fingerprint Lock

Going back to school includes the need to lock up your bookbag, a lock for your locker, and a lock for your gym bag. Even if you’re just going to the basketball courts, it’s a good idea to lock your backpack to the fence. Invented by the founders of AquaVault which you may remember from Shark Tank, Jonathan Kinas, Rob Peck and Avin Samtani decided to develop and patent a new Biometric Fingerprint Lock to replace all locks. This device stores up to 10 different fingerprints, can be used up to 1,000 times without being charged, is waterproof and most importantly of all, it comes with four unique interchangeable cables (long, short, thick, thin) that can easily be swapped out depending on the use. Say goodbye to the days of having to remember codes and spin dials. This seemingly simple yet intricate design was meant to evoke a sense of quality and unparalleled craftsmanship. $80;

Mobile Edge Wireless Charging Mouse

Enjoy hassle-free power with this innovative twist on your everyday mouse pad. Mobile Edge breaks the mold with the new Wireless Charging Mouse Pad. This 2-in-1 desktop product provides an ultra-slim, solid surface for your mouse, and doubles as a wireless charger for your smartphone! No more plugging and unplugging charging cables every time you need to step away from your desk, just place your Qi-enabled device onto the pad to immediately start charging! Perfect for home school and even the office environment. $34.99;

For more from Novak, visit his website.

The new school year will pose many unique challenges, so it’s time to start looking into the new products that are trending to help teachers and students succeed. 

Today we have internationally recognized social media expert Shira Laza, who also is the host of a popular show called ‘What’s Trending.’

For more information, visit