Kids Say

November 13th, 2014 | Posted in Features, Parenting

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One of my favorite things about parenting is hearing the quirky, insightful, hilarious, wise-beyond-their-years things that come out of the kids’ mouths. Over the years, I’ve caught little snippets of conversations and jotted them down for posterity.

I asked some friends for funny things their kids have said and combined them with a few from my journal. Here are my some of my favorites… Continue Reading...

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Family | From Two to Three

November 11th, 2014 | Posted in Features, Parenting

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The holidays are a time when our thoughts turn to family, so I asked some friends to swing by and chat about theirs. Today I asked my friend Trish, who is one of the most amazing parents I’ve ever met, to share the story of how she and her husband went from a family of two, to a family of three.

How did your son come into your life? Continue Reading...

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Thanksgiving | Super Sleuth Children’s Table

November 10th, 2014 | Posted in Fall, Games & Creative Play, Parenting, Parties & Celebrations

thanksgiving table activity for kids to learn about their family history

Do you guys do children’s tables for Thanksgiving? I love the idea of them. The challenge though, at least in my mind, is making sure kids still mingle with the rest of the family. So, I created a quick and easy activity to get kids chatting and learning about their family history by employing them as super sleuths. All you need is some strips of paper, a bit of tape, and a pen or pencil.

You can catch the whole post over on PBS Parents. I’m hoping will add some fun to your family holiday festivities.

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Do You Meditate?

November 7th, 2014 | Posted in Features

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Do you practice meditation?

I read something recently about the importance of meditating in today’s digital age. I wish I could find the link, but I must have accidentally closed the tab. I have about 50 open at a time so it must have been a slip of the finger. Or the result of a forced restart.

But basically, the article said we need the practice of focusing on one thing (or nothing) more than ever before. Because we are inundated with information we aren’t able to process anything on deeper levels, which, leads to feelings of anxiety and generally feeling untethered. There are so many voices that we can’t possibly take in all the information in a meaningful way. Our brains simply aren’t wired for it.

So rather than ply you with a bunch of links to things (even though this week I did write two things elsewhere that I’m really excited about and would love to get your thoughts on), I’ll just ask for your thoughts on meditation. Not to get totally hippy dippy, but I’m curious. Have you ever tried it? Do you think it’s practical? Are you able to find time? Do you think it helps?

I’ve been trying to slow down when I start to feel my mind race. I don’t know that I’d call it ‘meditation’ but perhaps I’m working my way towards it?

Thanks for indulging me on this one! I hope you’re able to find a quiet moment just for you this weekend.

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Home | Adventures in Housekeeping

November 6th, 2014 | Posted in home

messy houseillustration by Ellie Cooper

Last week I did something I never done before. I didn’t clean up anything in my house. I didn’t turn off any lights that my family left on, close any doors they left open. I didn’t load or unload the dishwasher or wash clothes. I didn’t put away a single thing all week — and I didn’t tell anyone to put anything away either. Continue Reading...

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Art School | Nature Friends Collage

November 4th, 2014 | Posted in Art School, Fall

fall friends nature collage activity - great way to get kids tuned into nature and combine outdoor time with art

Autumn is in full force where we live, and I’m guessing it is for you as well. Leaves have changed and the ground is covered with all sorts of lovely nature bits and pieces. Today’s collage is going to be full of leaves, bark, twigs, seeds, pretty much anything you would find on a nature walk. So pull on those sweaters and head on out for a nice hike or walk around your neighborhood and see what you can collect. Continue Reading...

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Down on the Farm!

October 31st, 2014 | Posted in Fall

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This post makes me equal parts happy and melancholy. Melancholy because the season of hay rides and pumpkin picking—even though we didn’t actually buy any pumpkins this year—has drawn to a close. It symbolizes yet another chapter closing; one in which I can still pretend my kids are small-ish. You know, where I trick myself into thinking they’re just really tall for their age even though they tower over legitimately small kids. Continue Reading...

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13 Days of Halloween | Spooktacular Treat Bags

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Halloween

spooktacular treat bags - free printable for halloween

Spooktacular Treat bags
The party is ending, we’re feeling quite blue. ’Til next All Hallow’s Eve, we bid you adieu. But first a parting gift, a treat in a sack. For all ghouls return. Next year, you’ll be back.

You’ll Need: Continue Reading...

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