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Graphic with five tips for staying healthy during winter

Graphic by: Kim Trimm

 

January 19, 2018 - Filed Under: Family, Health

With more than 200 viruses that cause the common cold, it may seem impossible to avoid getting sick.
Flu cases in the southern states are unusually high this year, as well.
(Graphic by: Kim Trimm)

Close-up of a young leafy green vegetable plant growing in a salad table with other herbs and marigolds.

Salad tables are perfect for growing shallow-rooted vegetables and herbs in a small space. The elevated tables also can make gardening easier for people who use wheelchairs or who have limited mobility.

January 16, 2018 - Filed Under: Master Gardener, Food, Herb Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

If you are planning for your vegetable garden this spring, a salad table or two might be in order. Salad tables are a great addition to a traditional vegetable garden or wonderful on their own.
​(Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Two birds visit a platform feeder full of black oil sunflower seeds
January 9, 2018 - Filed Under: Environment, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

2018 arrived with a breath of fresh, frigid air. Colder temperatures can mean limited food for our feathered friends. Many people like to provide supplemental food for birds in the winter, which is a great way to draw birds to your backyard for observation.

Two women smile as they enjoy colorful potted ornamental plants.
January 3, 2018 - Filed Under: Junior Master Wellness Volunteer, Master Gardener, MS Volunteer Leaders Association, Natural Resources

If you’d like to volunteer more in the New Year, Extension has some wonderful opportunities. We have volunteer organizations designed for all ages and interests, including gardening, healthcare, natural resources and youth development.

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December 6, 2017 - Filed Under: Environment, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

Teaching your children or grandchildren about nature can start in your own backyard. Birdwatching is a simple, inexpensive way to start a conversation about our natural resources and their importance in the ecosystem.

But first, you’ll need a set of binoculars that you can actually see through clearly. If you have only one set, you’ll want to adjust them properly for each user. However, this task can be frustrating.

Extension Wildlife Biologist Adam Rohnke explains the correct steps for getting a clear view through your binoculars.

Dunes with grass appear in the foreground with the sun shining on the blue waters of the Mississippi Sound at Graveline Bayou in Jackson County.
December 1, 2017 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Health

Take a deep breath. It’s December 1.

The year is almost over, which feels impossible.

Your “To Do” list may cover several pages. Your calendar may be full.

Bud vases filled with greenery, holly berries and roses
November 28, 2017 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden

With Thanksgiving celebrations behind us, we’re beginning to decorate our homes for Christmas, and calendars are filling up with Christmas parties. That has everyone thinking about hostess gifts, parting gifts and thoughtful gifts for friends.

Our floral design specialist Jim DelPrince has an easy, inexpensive bud vase that can meet all those needs. He’ll show you how it’s done.

Invasive fire ants crawl over a mound of soil. (File photo by MSU Extension/Kat Lawrence)
 
 
 
November 8, 2017 - Filed Under: Fire Ants

Just when we think we’ve conquered our tiny foes, it rains, and fresh fire ant mounds pop up in our yard.

Like many tasks around the house, fighting fire ants feels like a constant battle. My husband and I finally started seeing some progress when we followed recommendations from MSU Extension’s expert, Dr. Blake Layton. (Yeah, that’s a side benefit of my job, learning all kinds of practical information!)

a thumbs up symbol for remembering to say thank you while trick or treating.
October 23, 2017 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

Halloween brings back all kinds of memories from my childhood. From uncomfortable masks to itchy, thick face paint, not all of my brilliant costumes turned out as well as I had imagined. When I got too old to go out, I loved to answer the door and ask the kids to demonstrate skills related to their costume. 

A diverse group of youth displaying 4-H signs.
October 3, 2017 - Filed Under: 4-H, Join 4-H, Volunteers

Ready “to make the best better”? October 1 is the official start of the 4-H year!*

*If you don’t know what 4-H is, start here, with 4-H Wants You!

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August 29, 2017 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

Computers can be a pain in the neck – literally. But parents can help children prevent repetitive strain injury by following a few tips from Dr. David Buys, Extension health specialist.

An appropriately configured desk area encourages proper posture. When seated at a computer, both feet should be on the floor and the arms should be at a 45 degree angle to the keyboard.

There is no need to buy a completely new set-up to help children maintain proper posture during those late-night homework assignments. A few smaller purchases and adjustments can help

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August 15, 2017 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting

We’ve all seen that child with what has to be a burdensome backpack. But parents may not know that their children can suffer short- and long-term pain from an overloaded backpack or from carrying a backpack the wrong way. 

Dr. Will Evans, a professor and head of the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion at Mississippi State University, practiced chiropractic health care for 17 years before earning a second degree in health promotion and epidemiology.

 

 

 

About Extension for Real Life

Extension for Real Life is a product of the MSU Extension Service’s Office of Agricultural Communications.

That’s a long way of saying we are professional communicators who get to talk about food, families, 4-H, flowers, and farming for a living. Pretty good gig, right?

The three main writers for the blog are Ellen Graves (Seamstress of Social Media Strategy), Susan Collins-Smith (Content Connector) and Keri Lewis (Captain Cat Herder). But we get by with a lot of help from our friends in Ag Comm and Extension!

You can reach us at 662-325-2262 or extreallife@msstate.edu

Recent Posts

Graphic with five tips for staying healthy during winter

Graphic by: Kim Trimm

 

5 Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter
Close-up of a young leafy green vegetable plant growing in a salad table with other herbs and marigolds.

Salad tables are perfect for growing shallow-rooted vegetables and herbs in a small space. The elevated tables also can make gardening easier for people who use wheelchairs or who have limited mobility.

Prepare for Spring: Build Your Salad Table Now
Five baked muffins loaded with fruit and nuts on a green floral plate. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)

Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson

Cook’s Choice Muffins