The goody bag. It's the most dreaded part of the birthday party plan that parents make each year. Plastic bags filled with landfill-bound plastic stuff that you're either going to a) step on in the middle of the night in your bare feet, or b) pull—half-chewed—from the dog'.... read more
When did children's birthday parties go from small gatherings of a few friends and relatives to full blown galas? We've seen princess parties for four-year-olds complete with invitations that looked like they could have come from the renaissance, pony rides and inflatable cast.... read more
There was a time when all birthday parties were planned the same way. Parents and kids thought of a theme, then they purchased decorations and food accordingly. They would either order the cake or cupcakes from their favorite bakery or attempt to create one in their own ki.... read more
Are you thinking ahead to the summer yet? Who can help it! Summer vacation sounds so good right now—a little relaxing, reading, family time, the kids happy and occupied, getting lots of exercise and fresh air.... If only a holiday like this would plan itself. Instead, the.... read more
In our technology-filled world, we use a number of electronic devices to get around. There are also many routes and modes of transportation to a particular location, but how many do we utilize? For most of us, it's usually just the car route. For one day this spring, try tr.... read more
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "Earth laughs in flowers." What a sweet thought! Some of my most joyful times with my daughters have been spent in the garden or at our local arboretum. There's something so wonderful about being amongst colorful, fragrant flowers, warmed by.... read more
My house is overrun with technology, not only for me but for my daughter. She has a DS, a Wii, an iPod, a computer, a DVD player and a CD player (we're old school like that). I have to admit that I love when my daughter plays with technology it keeps things so quiet. No matter.... read more
The kids are out of school for a little while, the weather is nice, and it's time to get out of the house. Taking walks with our preschoolers can be challenging, though, with their sometimes lagging attention and lack of focus. Here's a solution: photo safaris! Preschoolers lo.... read more
Is your family working to go a little green? Are you on a shoestring budget and trying to keep spending low and kid entertainment high? Both? Yeah that's us too! That's a huge reason why we began making arts and crafts from stuff in our recycling bin.I wish I could lay cla.... read more
"If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood." ~ Peter Handke Telling stories aloud, different than reading stories, provides many opportunities for connection with each other, creative development, and simply our human-ness. Telling stories gets us laughing .... read more
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