March 4th, 2015 | Posted in
Arts & Crafts, Family Ties, Games & Creative Play, Parties & Celebrations, printable
That squirrelly leprechaun. He rearranges our shoes, turns things upside down, and has even been known to leave rainbow colored treats around the house. Unlike Santa or the Easter Bunny, the leprechaun is full of mischief and unpredictability. What’s he going to do this year?
March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in
Growing up, my family didn’t have an art closet, an art cart, or even an art shelf for supplies. It was something my sister and I enjoyed at school. We both went to a very progressive elementary school with a full time art teacher and art studio. That’s not the norm across America today. Unfortunately art is slashed from school budgets to make even more room for “academic” subjects. This is all the more reason why we should make time for art at home. Here are just five of the many benefits of art for our kids:
February 25th, 2015 | Posted in
Traveling With Kids
One of the biggest hurdles to traveling, especially as a family, is the cost of airfare. It’s crazy expensive. But there are some ways to make it more affordable. I’ve been doing a ton of research and have found three ways to save money on airfare.
February 20th, 2015 | Posted in
How has your Friday been? I’ve spent most of mine pretending I’m not cold. I even photoshopped myself into other people’s pictures taken in warm locations. I may be going stir crazy. Let’s just say I empathize with Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining. How many days left until spring?
On the bright side, there’s been a lot to love on the internet this week! Let’s take a look at five of them: stories of adventures, dairy free goodness, scarves to keep warm, a grass roots campaign, heart to heart.
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February 18th, 2015 | Posted in
Play + Learn
Chinese New Year, also know as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is almost here. It’s colorful, and vibrant, and a celebration of family, making it an endless source of cultural learning opportunities for kids. Click here to read my latest piece for PBS Parents and check out two Chinese New Year crafts for you and the the kids to try (hongbao, lantern riddles), along with a recipe for long noodles, which, are an auspicious food during the festival. May your happiness be without limit!
More culture and travel…
Traveling with Kids: Langshuo, China
Traveling with Kids: Longji Rice Terraces, China
February 17th, 2015 | Posted in
Parenting, The Tween Years
Have you ever opened the refrigerator or your pantry and wondered where all the food is going? Or why your kids are eating you out of house and home? Well, I do, daily! Having a tween and a teen, both boys, I decided it was time to see if there’s any science behind this, and how I can help them make healthy choices.
February 16th, 2015 | Posted in
Play + Learn, printable
Have a preschooler who could use a little extra fine motor practice? These lacing cards are just the thing! Inspired by everyone’s favorite picnic and ballpark food, these hot dogs are ready for their fixings. Just lace them up and they’re done. Now the question is… are you team ketchup or team mustard?
February 14th, 2015 | Posted in
Valentine’s day is about more than boxes of chocolates and flowers. Although, I wouldn’t turn down either one. It’s a reminder that love is powerful. And when we put love out in the world, powerful things happen.
So whether you choose to celebrate romantic love, love for your family, friends or fellow members of the human race, I wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day. Also, I’m sending you a big squeeze. Hope that’s not too forward, but you’re totally worthy of being loved.
ps. Happiness is love. Full stop.
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