The season is upon us where family and friends come together to celebrate and enjoy everything this season has to offer. A very important part of these seasonal celebrations is that glorious spread of delectable goodness just waiting for you to indulge yourself its delicious sensory overload. Follow these ten
Providing healthful snacks for children can be a challenging task. It is easy to fall into a snack rut where you feel like you are serving the same snacks over and over again. Providing a variety of snacks is important both nutritionally and for enjoyment in eating for children. Ideally
It's cold and flu season again which means the dreaded coughs, colds, runny noses, and sleepless nights. As parents we can only do so much in preventing illness in our children, right? We carry our hand sanitizer for public outings and make sure to douse our little's ones hands immediately
I read a lot of business articles. Like many of you reading this post, I'm a mom and a wife with a career consisting of 2 full time jobs. I read this article in Inc. Magazine about the importance of emotional IQ and the correlation between it and successful people.
"The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.
It is a view of the child
Each year over Thanksgiving break my family and I break out our holiday decorations. My children look forward to this tradition. They love putting up the tree and revisiting their favorite holiday junk treasures. As we were dusting off our decorations my youngest son was going through boxes clearly looking
On my newborn son’s first day home from the hospital I had to take him back to the doctor for a blood draw. When I handed my baby over to the nurse she was clearly displeased. She gave me a very frustrated look and remarked in her best, I think
If I could have a redo on the career path I would go into party planning for children. There is nothing I love more than creating a fantastic event for a birthday or a holiday. I love it all, from the decorations to fabulous themed foods, nothing gets my creative
Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love hay rides and corn mazes, carving pumpkins, and decorating with my children. My little ones love it too. They are obsessed with all things Halloween. They even enjoy the scarier elements and like going to those pop-up Halloween meccas which they refer to
I am a huge fan of Oprah Winfrey. For more than a decade the Oprah Show was a regular staple in my daily routine. I looked forward to my afternoon Oprah fix. It was my time. I would ignore my children, forget the laundry, take a break from my day,
After finding out we were having our first child, we were all together excited and nervous. A happy, healthy, sleepy baby with no sickness, problems or anything wrong, ever. We were going to be great parents of a perfect baby girl.
Now in many respects, she is perfect. She's beautiful, sweet
This year my three children are all in school, which means five days a week for four hours a day I am child-free. The number one question I get when I tell people this amazing news is always, what will you do with all that free time? I hope that
Looking for some boredom-busting ideas to get you through a rainy day with the kids??
Here are some ways to spend a rainy day:
Reading books… in forts.
Grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup.
Baking sweet treats.
Making bread. From scratch.
Drawing on the windows with dry erase markers.
Playing with stickers!
Whipping up a
Starting school can be a difficult time for children. Every child is hesitant to go somewhere new and see people they have never met before. Here are some helpful ways to prepare your child for their first day of school:
1. Let your child know what their schedule will be like.
Even though it isn't officially summer, the temperatures have definitely been climbing. When we lost power for 18 hours, a lot of our frozen fruit got a bit mushy. That led me to make a super simple sorbet that was a major hit with the kids. Use store bought frozen
I’ve been listening to a lot of new music lately (thank you A Mighty Girl). I downloaded a bunch of songs to create a new playlist for the girls that I wouldn’t get so sick of and honestly, some of them rock so much that I’m happy to listen to
Every once in a while I find a website that just amazes me. Recently, a friend posted a link from A Mighty Girl on Facebook and once I was able to actually take a look around, I was highly impressed. Apparently the site has been around for a year and
Merriam-Webster defines strategy as “a careful plan or method.” It is also “the science and art of military command exercised to meet the enemy in combat under advantageous conditions.” These are truly important skills that we want our kids to learn. But how in the world do we teach them?
One of the things about having kids is an extreme abundance of photographs. With digital photography, we tend to have even more and more decisions about how to print them and what to do with them once they are printed. I could, and quite possibly might, write many posts about
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in the Sandhills. But in our house, and a small grouping of other homes in the area, the familiar green and red is replaced by the blues and silvers of Hanukkah. Hanukkah is a relatively unimportant holiday in the Jewish religion,
Whether you agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics stance on TV viewing time or not, I think we can all agree that watching television is not the best way to encourage learning. That being said, I will admit that my son, Knox (2 1/2 years old), has watched his
Over the past year or so, our family has taken deliberate steps to adapt our home environment to incorporate the ideas and philosophies of the great physician and educator, Maria Montessori. Having studied her work throughout my educational and professional careers, I have always felt drawn to this thoughtful approach
Books are a big thing in my house. I have a serious book addiction and have passed it on to both of my children. My older child taught herself to read at a young age and has a truly voracious appetite for books. My little one is very opinionated about
by Crystal Taylor
As each new day gets warmer we are all reminded of how much we like to take a dip in the pool and spend time outside. Everyone starts to feel the need to get out in the summer fun. This article is to prepare you for the summer
I have to admit I wanted so much not to be a part of the social media scene. Not because I am an anti-social person but because I felt it would take away from the social part of relationships. I also was worried and still to some degree am about
By Misty Owens-Certified Personal Trainer/Pilates Instructor
Brrrr....it's cold out there! Sure it's cold outside, but letting the kids hang out in front of the T.V. is not an option when the rates of childhood obesity is reaching an all time high. As a mom of three children, I understand the challenges
Both my children have asthma and allergies my daughter has seasonal and my son has a whole list of stuff, plus he has SPD disorder. Am I the only one who feels like your in over your head? I am willing to listen to any ideas . Was going to Sanford