The Magic of Salt Dough Ornaments

I’m part of the International Moms Club in my area and we plan various fundraisers, play dates and get-togethers that both moms and kids can enjoy. This holiday season, some of the moms organized and hosted a salt dough ornament making party, a simple and natural way to make ornaments and decorations. The kids rolled […]

Saving Your Sanity This Holiday Season

Well, here is it: December 1st– the kick off of the most awesome, amazing, and horrifyingly stressful time of year. Each year, I try to get ahead of things, I try to have all my proverbial ducks in a line in order to sit back and enjoy the holidays, only to forget 80 things, two […]

Re-Gifting of the Magi

This year we had a bit of a family blow out over our annual tradition of picking names out of a hat for Christmas. We couldn’t come to an agreement about themes, amounts, or what was considered “equitable” gift giving. Rules and regulations were established: there was to be no cheapskating, no re-gifting or any […]

Delicious, Vegetarian Gravy for Thanksgiving

Now that my kids have outgrown the baby food phase, it never ceases to amaze me how many ways I continue to use the Baby Bullet for various recipes. One of my favorite things to make in the Bullet is salad dressing. If you have ever made a salad dressing in your Baby Bullet, you […]

Making Seasonal Decor Out of School Art

If you have a toddler like I do, you probably have a lot of artwork coming home from preschool or kindergarten. Initially, I started taking our favorites and hanging them with clothespins on a rope in our boys’ room, but once we ran out of space, I was still left with a giant stack of […]

4th of July Activity Sheets

Celebrating holidays or special occasions with kids can be difficult. Not only do you have to keep your party guests entertained and fed, you have to make sure the kids are having fun, too – so much work, it’s enough to put a damper on your mood and your party! No more! We found these […]

Egg-cellent Easter Tips

My addiction to Pinterest might be considered “unhealthy” by some. I prefer to think of it as “optimistically obsessive.” But it’s not such a terrible thing, since it helped me have one of our family’s best Easters yet. One afternoon, while strolling through its pages, I came across some Easter Egg Hunt ideas. Now maybe […]

Go Home, Easter Bunny!

Now 28 with a daughter of his own, my nephew accidentally coined a family expression over one fateful Easter brunch when he was about three. A quarter century later, we continue to use the expression to voice feelings of fear, discomfort, or when we want someone or something to back off. The story goes a […]

Crockpot Christmas

When it comes to entertaining during the holiday season, I tend to run hot or cold. Either I am really into it and start thinking about hosting a wintertime bash months in advance, or I chuckle at the thought and snuggle deeper into my pajamas on the couch, thinking something along the lines of “Ha! […]

Unique International Holiday Cuisines

Imagine asking your family, “What’s for Christmas dinner?” and the answer being something like, “Oh, probably a mixture of the fat of hunted reindeer, seal oil, and crisco mixed with berries.” Huh? NPR did a report recently on unique holiday cuisines, and the first piece was on traditional Alaskan food. And would you believe that […]