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Kids’ Swap Shops: Trade Those Toys!

When the kids were young we would periodically set up a ‘Swap Shop’ with their friends, where all the toys, games, and books collecting dust from the holidays, or that they were bored with, were culled from closets and set out for trade with their friends. If your kids are very young, you can organize […]

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

This dough dries to a hard clay-like finish, and holds the delicious fragrance of cinnamon.  You can also tie the ornaments onto wrapped gifts with ribbon.  Save this recipe!  Sculpting with it makes a great rainy day activity for kids of all ages. What you will need: 1-cup ground cinnamon 2 cups flour 2 cups […]

10 Easy Gifts Kids Can Make

Handmade gifts are the best, but finding the time and the energy to put it all together can be daunting. Here’s help! These simple ideas are perfect for grandparents, your kids’ friends, the pup in the family, and Mom and Dad!   Clove and orange pomander: poke cloves into an orange, tangerine or other citrus […]

Manners Matter! Kitchen Table Etiquette for Kids

My 3-year-old grandson and I were eating dinner together. His father is British and manners matter in their household. “It’s important not too chew with your mouth open,” I said to Finn. “Like this,” and I smacked and chomped noisily, a little piece of chicken dangling from my lips. Finn looked at me solemnly. “That’s […]

Mom-n-Me Breakfasts at the Diner

It isn’t always easy being part of a big family. There is always someone older or younger than you, more needy, louder, bigger, or faster. Sometimes your voice is lost in the crazy swelling orchestra of brothers and sisters stretching up and out. There are dentist appointments, baseball games, and school carnivals. Sometimes it seems […]

10 Tips for a Successful Photo Shoot

by Fiona Yates Photographs are visual history, and catch a moment in time that we can turn back to again and again. Whether it is a wedding, a birth, a kiss or a grin, the image can catapult us back to the celebration of life. Here are some tips that will make it a good […]

Kids in the Kitchen: Easy Yogurt Cake with Berries

    If baking with kids sounds overwhelming, messy and experimental at best, what if I told you that my not-quite-three year old made that beautiful creation pictured above. By himself. Every last detail was done by his little hands, while mine stayed clean and on my husband’s camera as I snapped some shots of the […]

“The Best Parenting Advice I Can Give You…”

Many summers ago when my daughter was expecting her third baby she asked me to gather a group of wise and beloved women together for a Blessingway, an alternative to a shower that focuses less on gifts and more on the mother-to-be. Blessingways help the mother prepare emotionally and spiritually for birth with the female […]

Thanksgiving Table Apple Votives

By Nancy Blakey These lovely votives enhance any table. Pulling your kids into help make them adds something extra to the day! What you will need: Apples Small sharp knife Spoon Votive candles Use the knife to cut a votive candle-sized circle. Have your kids use the spoon to scoop out the apple inside the […]

Infusing Autumn with Simmer Pots

By Rebecca LeMar The smells of each of the seasons stick with us and inspire us. Make a gift jar full of autumn scents to gift to your Thanksgiving guests or spread some love to your neighbors. Beyond scent inspiration, children will observe what sinks and floats, they’ll practice pouring, use chopping skills and experience […]

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