To Elf or to Not Elf on the Shelf ?

Happy Holidays! Has your Elf come to visit your home yet? Elfy has come to visit our house, all the way from the north pole. If you are asking yourself: “What is this new man-made holiday that they call Elf on the Shelf?” Well, it’s a book that comes with a small stuffed magical elf. […]

Raising a Reader

One of my greatest fears about having a child was having one who struggled with reading. There was a good chance that would happen as my otherwise brilliant husband has had a lifelong tug of war with books. Although sluggish at first, my son finally settled into a groove with reading but it wasn’t until […]

Do You Baby Wear?

My daughter is 3 now and the topic of baby wearing recently came up between myself and a friend. I loved to wear my daughter all the time. If it was in the house doing chores, taking walks around the neighborhood, or at the store shopping, I enjoyed her close to my chest as I […]

Thanksgiving Puree Pairings

Sometimes, the best movies need the best supporting characters. And it’s no different with your Thanksgiving meal. While the turkey may be the main event, consider the quick “whip together” options that you don’t have to sweat over. Even better, all these choices qualify to be made ahead of time, which makes them winners in […]

Time Change: The Wisdom of Peter Pan

Last weekend, we moved our clocks back an hour and received that one precious hour of extra sleep. (I should add that when you’re the parent of young children, extra sleep is but an old wives tale). But how is it we are choosing to actually spend our time? At some point we might want to ask ourselves […]

The Risk of Lead Exposure

Lead exposure has re-surfaced as a very public topic and concern over the last 2 years since the population of Flint Michigan was affected by severe lead contamination in its water supply. Even after the advent of lead-free gasoline and lead-free pipes, lead still poses a real risk for our unborn babies and children. And […]

9 Fall Dishes That Will Help You Deal with Summer’s End

  “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ― William Cullen Bryant   Shut down the pool. Get out the rake. Summer has officially ended. Some of you may be thrilled about this. If you’re like me, there is a mourning period for the sun, the warm rains, and the carefree memories of the kids building sand castles […]

Choosing a Preschool for Your Food Allergic Child

Choosing a preschool is hard enough, but couple that by having a child with food allergies and it can be downright challenging. So here are a few facts and tips to help guide the process: Facts About 1 out of 13 children in the US have food allergies – that’s roughly 2 kids/average classroom. 30% […]

Different Stages of Parenting

  Tonight, as we pulled in the driveway from a long day on very little sleep, my 6-year-old son begged to go for a bike ride around the block. My body just wanted to sit down on the couch, but he was persistent. So we saddled up and off we went. Dragging my weary body […]

Summer Safety Checklist

With summer in full swing, it’s time for families to head for the hills, the beach, the mountains, and the great outdoors. With those treks come some real risks, as evidenced by recent news reports of a toddler perishing from a tick-borne illness, and another a victim of dry drowning and another with second degree burns […]