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    • Casino Veggies 

      February 23, 2014, 18:10

      Years ago we found a great recipe for cooking veggies, called Casino Veggies.  Many years later this is one of our favorite way to prepare veggies, and…

    • Easy Ways To Add Olives To Your Next Meal 

      February 21, 2014, 12:56

      Olives are renowned for their good qualities and versatility - they can be used in appetizers, spreads, salads, and condiments.  Because of this, many…

    • Mashed Cauliflower 

      February 18, 2014, 22:56

      Mashed cauliflower is a simple side to prepare, and an easy way to use cauliflower.  It can be a low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes. Ingredients …

    • Mango Lassi 

      February 13, 2014, 09:40

      We have often enjoyed a mango lassi as a treat when we eat at Indian Restaurants, but it is very easy to make at home.  My kids love this drink and so we…

    • French Onion Soup 

      February 8, 2014, 21:37

      This French Onion Soup is easy to make, and while my husband makes a traditional version, I make a vegetarian version.  You can freeze and refrigerate…

    • Valentine’s Day Treats Without the Red Dye: Strawberry Mousse 

      January 28, 2014, 13:49

      Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine’s day, I think hearts, cupid,…

    • Top 10 Football Party Treats 

      January 27, 2014, 08:44

      When you think of game day, your first thought is probably, 'What am I going to serve everyone?' Usually, your husband has it easy.  He just invites…

    • Russian Tea Cakes 

      January 23, 2014, 11:53

      With the Sochi Winter Olympics starting soon, we decided to make some Russian treats.  My girls thought these tea cakes would make a fun tea party…

    • Cream Cheese Squares 

      January 13, 2014, 14:18

      This recipe was highly recommended to me for years, and finally gave in and tried it.  These cream cheese squares are very good, and also very rich! …

    • Easy Homemade Butter Mints 

      January 5, 2014, 18:21

      Our whole family loves butter mints, which are a nice treat especially after a meal at a restaurant.  Homemade candies often scare me when it comes to…

    • Snow Ice Cream 

      December 16, 2013, 09:37

        Snow ice cream is a fun, quick and easy treat you can make when you have fresh snow to work with!  We have tried other snow ice cream recipes,…

    • Green Energy Smoothie 

      December 13, 2013, 08:08

        I have really been enjoying making kale smoothies, especially as I use up the last of the kale from my garden.  This is my favorite morning…

    • "Apple Crisp" Oatmeal 

      December 10, 2013, 08:46

        I picked a lot of apples this fall - several bags!  I promised myself that I would keep the apples carefully refrigerated, but around Thanksgivin…

    • Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup 

      November 21, 2013, 08:17

        My husband used to always rave about a potato soup he loved at Olive Garden - their "Zuppa Toscana" - which contains potatoes, sausage, and…

    • Pasta with Capers and Roasted Tomatoes 

      November 6, 2013, 08:12

      I love all the little tomatoes I get from my garden, but sometimes I end up with an abundance, and this is a great recipe to use up a lot of cherry…

    • Easy Pumpkin Dip 

      October 27, 2013, 20:49

      This is a really easy pumpkin dip recipe that even the kids can help make!  My daughter made this at preschool, and the kids made their own version  they…

    • S'Mores Bars 

      October 17, 2013, 21:33

        Every summer and fall, we go camping.  And inevitably, we have leftover s'mores supplies (except for perhaps the chocolate, which doesn't last…

    • Tortilla Pizzas 

      October 9, 2013, 12:38

          Lately, we have been making a lot of tortilla pizzas.  This is one of those meals that you can make a lot faster than making a real…

    • Spinach Quiche Recipe 

      October 7, 2013, 17:01

        I am a huge fan of quiche.  I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  My favorite is spinach quiche with cheddar cheese, but you can…

    • Fresh Lemon-Ginger Tea with Honey 

      October 3, 2013, 10:33

        Ginger has so many great qualities.  It can help with nausea, and is great for digestion.  It is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. …

    • Tortellini Soup with Spinach, Tomatoes & Garlic 

      September 29, 2013, 20:56

        This is one of my favorite simple soup recipes.  It is so easy to prepare, and it is a soup our whole family enjoys.  I also use vegetable…

    • Daregal Gourmet Fresh Frozen Herbs 

      September 26, 2013, 20:43

        I received a sampler of Daregal Gourmet fresh frozen herbs to review as a part of a Blog Friendly PR campaign.  All opinions are my own and no…

    • Roasted Cauliflower 

      September 26, 2013, 09:37

        This is a quick cauliflower dish that the whole family can enjoy.  You can simply roast the cauliflower and keep this a vegan dish, or add…

    • Basmati Rice Recipe 

      September 24, 2013, 08:23

        This is my favorite recipe for Indian Style Basmati rice.  We double the recipe and freeze our leftovers, which go wonderfully with all kinds of…

    • Pasta with Sauteed Tomatoes 

      September 22, 2013, 20:54

        This is a great recipe for using tomatoes from the garden or farmer's market, but it is also a nice year-round recipe for a fresh twist on a…

    • Pasta with Roasted Vegetables 

      September 8, 2013, 20:42

        I love grilled and roasted vegetables, and this pasta is a great way to enjoy those fresh summer veggies.  I have found that roasted vegetables…

    • Country Crock Original Spread ~ Casseroles Made Easy 

      September 6, 2013, 21:55

      School has started, which means that not only is school back in session, but we have extremely busy schedules after school as well, including sports,…

    • Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches 

      September 2, 2013, 20:51

        This is an easy sandwich to make, and is versatile too.  I am a vegetarian, and the grilled eggplant gives sandwiches or wraps an extra hearty…

    • "Palak Paneer" for Toddlers 

      August 21, 2013, 13:44

      One of my favorite Indian dishes is Palak Paneer, a type of spinach curry.  It is a creamy spinach dish that has cubes of paneer in it (almost like farmer…

    • Creamy Cajun Pasta 

      August 19, 2013, 12:22

        I am always looking for creative ways to cook pasta, and one of our favorite pasta restaurants has a Cajun pasta on their menu.  After some…

    • Banana Kale Smoothie 

      August 14, 2013, 13:07

        As my garden flourishes, I try to find creative ways to use kale.  It is easy to grow and loaded with antioxidants, iron, vitamin C, calcium,…

    • Easy Banana Oat Flour Muffins 

      August 5, 2013, 08:23

        I love oatmeal.  I have recently discovered that throwing it into my food processor and grinding it up makes cheap easy oat flour.  Oat flour…

    • Cream of Spinach Soup Recipe 

      July 29, 2013, 08:29

        I love spinach, and it is such a versatile vegetable.  This is a great way to use spinach from the garden, especially if you have frozen it in…

    • Easy Buttery Thyme Noodles 

      July 22, 2013, 08:12

        This is an easy way to use fresh thyme from the garden, but you can also use dried thyme.  I am always looking for ways to use my herbs while…

    • Easy Chicken-Crust Pizza Recipe 

      July 18, 2013, 16:03

        I have tried a lot of pizza crust alternative-type recipes, but this one is by far my favorite.  It makes a firm, crisp crust that you can pick…

    • Staying Healthy and Hydrated with Infused Water 

      July 16, 2013, 08:00

        Infusing water with fruits, vegetables, and herbs, is an easy way to stay hydrated during the summer months.  I stay away from sugary drinks,…

    • Post Sesame Street Cereals for Toddlers (**BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY**) 

      July 15, 2013, 12:28

        I received product for review purposes. I was not otherwise compensated, and all opinions are my own. Post has been a trusted family…

    • Easy Creamed Spinach 

      July 12, 2013, 10:15

        Creamed spinach is an easy way to prepare fresh spinach.  If you're looking for a tasty way to use spinach other than fresh salads, this recipe…

    • Strawberry Kale Smoothie 

      July 9, 2013, 21:17

        I am always looking for creative ways to use kale from the garden.  It is easy to grow and loaded with antioxidants, iron, vitamin C, calcium,…

    • Easy Asparagus Soup Recipe 

      July 5, 2013, 08:48

          Our whole family loves asparagus, and I find myself looking for creative ways of preparing it, especially in the summer when I get it…

    • Duck - A Kitchen's Most Versatile Bird 

      July 2, 2013, 08:15

        Utterly versatile and brimming with flavor, the duck is a perfect culinary choice.  While many enjoy savoring the rich taste of duck on holidays…

    • Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch (**GIVEAWAY**) 

      June 17, 2013, 13:55

          This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Have you tried Honey Bunches of Oats? I received two…

    • Rhubarb Cake with Murbeteig Crust 

      June 16, 2013, 20:24

        I have had an amazing rhubarb plant growing on the side of my house for years.  Every year it comes up on its own, and I have been giving away…

    • No Bake Energy Cereal/Bites Recipe 

      June 11, 2013, 08:48

        I am a busy mom, so a healthy energy snack is the perfect idea for someone like myself who is running around trying to do too many things at…

    • Easy Gluten Free BLT & Other Sandwiches 

      June 10, 2013, 11:48

        Eating gluten free can be a hassle, especially when you want/need a good bread for a sandwich.  My family especially loves a good BLT. …

    • Quinoa with Black Beans and Corn 

      June 5, 2013, 01:45

        This is one of my favorite dishes, especially served cold in the summer!  You can tailor it to your tastes by using different vegetables. Ingr…

    • Gobble those Greens from your Garden - Sauteed Kale 

      June 3, 2013, 07:00

      I fell in love with Kale when I was expecting my third child, and trying to increase my vitamin K intake. Until that point, the majority of my experience…

    • Easy Asparagus (recipe) 

      May 23, 2013, 02:00

        I get excited when I see fresh asparagus at the farmer's market.  Here is a quick and easy recipe that doesn't require many ingredients. For…

    • Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Broccoli - My Favorite Veggie Recipe! 

      April 1, 2013, 07:00

      I've been making my version of a roasted broccoli recipe for a while. I love it so much, I have been known to eat it for lunch, all by itself! When I saw a…

    • Homemade, Baked Potato Chips - Heart Shaped for Valentine's Day! 

      February 4, 2013, 07:00

      I am always looking for fun things to do for my kids, and I posted last year about making Valentine's Day treats without red dye. Making just about…

    • Have a Jolly Grilling Holiday! 

      November 15, 2012, 01:42

      Grilling isn't just for the summer.  In fact, my husband grills all year long, even in not-so-favorable conditions.  A couple of years ago we posted about…

    • Honey Mustard Brisket Tostadas 

      October 11, 2012, 00:21

      Shopping List 1 (2-3 pound) brisket Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) Salt and Pepper 1 bottle honey mustard dressing (at least 16 ounces) 1 cup of…

    • Spooky Halloween Oreo Lollipops 

      October 9, 2012, 06:19

      October is the start of it all. The start of the holiday excitement, the family celebration, and all the food and treats. Our children love Halloween…

    • Easy Pumpkin Muffins (Gluten Free or Gluten Full Options) 

      October 8, 2012, 00:29

      Several years ago, my uncle sent me a recipe that has become a family favorite.  It is easily adapted to be gluten free and can serve as a muffin (without…

    • Chicken and White Bean Soup Recipe - One of my Family's Favorites! 

      October 1, 2012, 07:00

      This recipe is one of my family's favorites, even when the weather is warm!  I like to serve it with my homemade bread.  Leftovers freeze & reheat…

    • Ten Fun Fall Activities 

      September 17, 2012, 00:20

      Fall is my favorite time of year. My family celebrates three birthdays, the weather gets cooler, the leaves change color and the holidays are just around…

    • Shortcuts to Getting Dinner on the Table Fast! 

      September 3, 2012, 07:00

      Right now my 7 1/2 year old is the only one of my children that has us busy with activities and sports (it will only get more hectic as my boys get…

    • A Twist on Traditional Spaghetti 

      August 13, 2012, 00:58

      Spaghetti is a staple in some households.  My kids love pasta, but are not big fans of tomato sauce.  So, with some tweaking, I have come up with a few…

    • Grills are for More Than Just Meat! 

      May 7, 2012, 06:00

      I love grilling season! Our 10-year old, cheap grill may be a little rusty, but it's still kicking, and I'm always excited when it's time to fire it up!…

    • Super Foods for a Super YOU! 

      March 19, 2012, 07:00

      What are super foods? They seem to be a popular topic on many talk shows, health shows and health and fitness programs. Super foods are vegetables, fruits,…

    • Homemade Conversation Hearts 

      February 14, 2012, 02:00

      Are you looking for the perfect last minute addition to your Valentine's Celebration? Look no further! This is a really fun way to show someone you care.…

    • Valentine's Day Treats Without the Red Dye 

      February 6, 2012, 07:00

      Valentine's Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine's day, I think hearts, cupid, and…

    • Homemade Bacon Egg & Cheese "McMuffins"  

      January 2, 2012, 07:00

      While I love a bacon, egg & cheese muffin, I don't love the oily cheese, the often obviously-been-sitting-there-a-while taste/temperature, plus the…

    • A New Twist on the Old Chocolate Chip Cookie (2 Recipes) - Perfect for Santa 

      December 21, 2011, 00:00

      Everyone knows that the holiday season brings lots of parties or entertaining of friends and family. If you are like me and you are looking for a new treat to…

    • Kale Chips - A Nutritional Powerhouse & Frugal Recipe 

      December 5, 2011, 07:00

      I know this has to be a shocking change from my last few recipe posts, tee-hee! Really though, I've been doing my best to eat whole, nutrient packed foods…

    • Homemade Suzy Q Type Snack Cakes - Recipe 

      November 7, 2011, 07:00

      Have you noticed a theme to my posts lately? Yeah, I've had a few hankerings since being pregnant, and one of them was those awful for you snack cakes! I…

    • Vanilla Cream Cheese Stuffed and Stacked Pancakes - Recipe  

      October 3, 2011, 07:00

      This recipe is decadent and delicious, but also very versatile. You control the ingredients, as well as just how "homemade" you want it to be! This will…

    • Homemade Bread Recipe - Dairy and Egg Free 

      September 5, 2011, 07:00

      This bread recipe has been my #1 bread recipe for over 3 years now, it's a must-have on the Thanksgiving menu, and it's really not difficult to make! Ingre…

    • Apple Crisp Recipe - Perfect Summer/Fall Treat 

      August 1, 2011, 07:00

      Apple crisp is the perfect summer-into-fall dessert. It makes your house smell heavenly! Ingredients: 6-8 medium, firm apples (2 1/2-3 pounds,…

    • Red, White & Blue Yogurt Parfait 

      July 4, 2011, 07:00

      This yogurt parfait is an easy to make, good-for-you treat. Make it fun by serving in clear glasses or bowls. It's extra-impressive in taller, or uniquely…

    • Grandma's Applesauce 

      May 11, 2011, 07:04

      .. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it's so easy to make!  It was started by my husband's Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I've…

    • Brine, Butcher & Stock your own chicken! 

      May 4, 2011, 06:35

      . What is a brine anyway; you may be asking?  Well, the best way I can explain it is that it's a salt-based liquid (with other seasonings) that is used to…

    • Strawberry Torte 

      April 19, 2011, 10:44

      For big events and holidays I am always scrambling to come up with a wonderful dessert to share or bring along with us when we are invited to eat with friends…

    • What's Cooking Wednesday: Venison Taco Salad 

      March 30, 2011, 07:00

      ... ... A simple recipe for any woman who has a husband (or friend) who hunts.  Venison is a great meat!  It's lean, healthy, and you can use it place of…

    • What's Cooking Wednesday: Sweet Potato & Bacon Corn Chowder 

      March 9, 2011, 09:18

        . This is a very yummy twist on the "normal" corn chowder.  Don't be dissuaded by the sweet potato, it's delicious and oh so good for you! . The…

    • Fiesta Sweet Potato Soup 

      March 2, 2011, 07:00

      . I cannot tell you how much I have missed writing What's Cooking Wednesday segments!  My family has even noticed the "decline" in creative new foods and…

    • Love on a Plate ~ Love Pancakes 

      February 9, 2011, 00:20

        It is the month of LOVE. My parents always sent us to school with hot breakfasts. It really meant a lot to me. I felt loved. Especially in my…

    • Birthday Parties, Birthday Cakes and Food Allergies, oh my! 

      February 7, 2011, 07:00

      My daughter celebrated her birthday this month, and as usual, I planned to make her a "from scratch" cake.  She just turned six, and had never had a…

    • Hearty Mozzarella and Ham Bread 

      January 25, 2011, 00:11

      Bread.  Oh, how I love thee.  It's no secret that I love bread - I could write a whole dissertation on how much I love it. In fact, it makes me weak in…

    • Anytime Burritos 

      January 17, 2011, 23:59

      Living in Malibu for several years, I had the privilege of knowing all the good local places to eat.  Yes, there were your pricey and ritzy places, but unless…

    • Southwest White Chili 

      January 13, 2011, 00:01

      This recipe is for those cold, snowy nights of winter when you just want to warm your insides.  Actually, this dish is also a great way to use up leftover…

    • Festive French Toast 

      December 5, 2010, 00:00

      French toast is a great treat any day of the week, but add a couple of ingredients and use a festive cookie cutter and you've got yourself a perfect holiday…

    • Parade of Pies 

      November 21, 2010, 01:51

      For me Autumn means pie-baking season, because it's the only time of year I actually make them!  With the holidays coming up this week (that and a few of you…

    • Baked Apple Oatmeal 

      November 4, 2010, 05:00

      This is a great, versatile recipe that my whole family loves.  You can use as little as one apple, for a texture similar to apple cake, or as many as 4,…

    • Freezer Meals: How to stretch your grocery budget 

      October 26, 2010, 23:35

      Before I started to make freezer meals I never realized how much we wasted, not only in food but in money as well - for take-out, groceries when in a hurry, or…

    • Pleasing the Picky 

      October 23, 2010, 00:00

      I have found that with my picky-eating husband and somewhat picky-eating toddler, the best ways to get good and varied vegetables in them is to puree them…

    • Baked Chicken, Peaches and Acorn Squash 

      October 20, 2010, 23:53

      I absolutely love squash, and there are so many yummy things you can make with acorn squash this time of year.  Thanks to a friend who reminded me about this…

    • Please Pass the Veggies 

      October 13, 2010, 01:00

      We love our children and want them to be healthy. We work to cook and serve meals that are well rounded and good for them. Then we sit down as a family to…

    • My Favorite Recipe (Gluten-Free) 

      October 11, 2010, 00:00

      Sometimes I am in the mood for a little something sweet.  Being a celiac family (no wheat, rye, barely or oats), we can not just run to the store and grab…

    • Is Organic Always Better for You? No! 

      October 8, 2010, 01:01

      After many comments and emails at www.goinggreenwithnoah.com, I must clarify one thing......Organic is not always better for you ...in the sense of calories,…

    • Vegetarian Chili 

      October 5, 2010, 06:00

      ... This chili is simple, nutritious, filling, and SO SO yummy!  Really, you have to give it a try before snubbing your nose at something vegetarian. ... …

    • Cranberry-Maple Oatmeal 

      September 28, 2010, 06:00

      ... I'm not much of a breakfast person usually, but this recipe is fast, hot, and filling.  It's good for you, and sure to please even the smallest ones in…

    • Fake It "Till You Make It 

      September 25, 2010, 18:31

      I was going to do another book review for this post, but I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to finish reading the book that I want to review.…

    • Organic versus “All Natural” 

      September 24, 2010, 01:01

      In my last post, Organic: What it Really Means, I discussed a broad analysis of what Organic means within the food industry.??In continuing with that…

    • Curried Butternut Squash Carrot Soup 

      September 23, 2010, 00:03

      This soup is great to spice things up on a dreary autumn day.  it can be served as the main dish or as an accompaniment to a meal. Ingredients 1…

    • Butternut Squash Pie (+ puree recipe) 

      September 23, 2010, 00:02

      Butternut squash pie is a lot like pumpkin pie.  In fact, it tastes almost exactly the same, only better!  You can make this using pre-made (canned)…

    • Orange Cranberry Mulled Cider (a la Slow Cooker) 

      September 23, 2010, 00:01

      Every year starting in late October I make this apple cider.  It’s so very simple and effortless, but I still receive numerous compliments and requests for…

    • Tony's Special 

      September 21, 2010, 06:00

      This dish started out as a traditional African dish called "Boo-bootie"...yes, a funny name I know.  But I made some changes here and it has become a family…

    • Creamy East African Curry 

      September 5, 2010, 17:58

      This African curry is a simple, basic curry, developed by my grandmother and later adapted, that can be easily altered to fit your liking (and in some cases,…

    • Apple Meatloaf & Blueberry Muffins 

      August 10, 2010, 06:00

      Don't let the name fool you, Apple Meatloaf is one of the best home-cooked tummy-lovin' meals!  It's a favorite of our whole family - even the little…

    • CrockPot Chicken Posole Stew 

      May 31, 2010, 10:44

      Well, this is it, last recipe in this series, and it comes to us by our guest Amy Green.  Come back tomorrow for our next segment, "Green Baby," which…

    • Creating Slow Cooker “TV Dinners” 

      May 30, 2010, 09:01

      I am extremely excited and proud to introduce today's guest blogger.  Maybe you've heard of her?  She's only just one of The Biggest Mommy Bloggers!…

    • Brazilian Black Bean Stew (Feijoada) 

      May 29, 2010, 11:32

      Everyone in Brazil knows about feijoada.  It's traditional, and it's one of my favorite meals.  It actually started out as "peasant" food, but isn't that how…

    • Chocolate Salami 

      May 28, 2010, 10:08

      Okay, don't get alarmed.  I know chocolate and salami don't really go together.  This dessert has NO meat, despite the name, is supereasy, and requires no…

    • Baked Onion Pork Chops 

      May 27, 2010, 11:06

      This simple dish has an enormous tangy flavor! Ingredients: 4 boneless pork chops (approx. 3 lbs) 1/2 package of dried onion soup mix 1/2 package of…

    • Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta 

      May 26, 2010, 09:27

      Thank you, Lindsay from Our Family Treat for the past couple of recipes.  Did you know that she and her husband teach free cooking classes?  Here is her…

    • Sticky Finger Salad 

      May 25, 2010, 07:22

      Lindsay writes again... Who doesn't love a yummy salad? I am always up for trying a new salad, especially when it has chicken in it. This salad is a…

    • Orange Sunrise Smoothie 

      May 24, 2010, 11:39

      We are thrilled to have found our guest today. Her recipes are kid-friendly, easy and yummy.  Welcome Lindsay! I am excited to be guest posting on A…

    • Double the Pesto, Double the Yum 

      May 23, 2010, 11:15

      Another Double Feature Sunday edition... with pesto!  The first recipe I got from Southern Living and the other from one of Giada's cooking shows. Remember to…

    • Thai Style Vegetable Curry 

      May 22, 2010, 11:51

      I hope you have enjoyed Kingston Girl's vegan mini-series.  This is our last vegan recipe (and my favorite!)... we hope she guest posts for us again!…

    • Crock Pot Zucchini 

      May 21, 2010, 11:34

      Photo by Vanessa / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Zucchini is nutritious, and this recipe from Kingston Girl makes it easy to make and extremely delicious. Ingredients…

    • Sun-Dried Tomato Slow Cooker 

      May 20, 2010, 11:49

      Kingston Girl continues her vegan mini-series... Epsos / CC BY 2.0 Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups chopped sun-dried tomatoes 1 medium onion, chopped 1…

    • Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa 

      May 19, 2010, 11:34

      (Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway!) Today's recipe hails from the Pacific Northwest. It's our first in our 4-day vegan mini-series from…

    • Apple Pie-lets 

      May 18, 2010, 11:13

      I saw this modified version of an apple pie on Food Network from my favorite chef, Giada.  I love apple pies but despise all the fuss it takes to make them.…

    • Indian Recipes Plus Spice Station GIVEAWAY!!! 

      May 17, 2010, 16:40

      ***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*** When I found out that Spice Station was sending me some Indian spices, I was ecstatic.  I mean, have…

    • Shrimp: Grilled Buffalo and Chili-Garlic 

      May 16, 2010, 11:02

      Photo by Mark (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Welcome to the Sunday Edition of our recipes series!  Each Sunday will be a Double Feature Sunday!!!  Today is all…

    • Lemon Thyme Cornish Game Hens 

      May 15, 2010, 11:56

      Making easy look gourmet!  I am not a game meat kind of person, but cornish game hens are not a gamey meat.  I made this dish for my first Thanksgiving…

    • Brazilian Passion Fruit Mousse 

      May 14, 2010, 10:08

      Photo by Stefan / cc by-nc-nd 2.0 If you ever read my family blog's "About Us" section, you'd know I'm Brazilian by birth.  This tangy exotic dessert,…

    • Creamy Lemon Artichoke Chicken 

      May 13, 2010, 11:26

      This chicken is smothered in a lemon and artichoke cream sauce, and best served over pasta. Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless 1…

    • Zesty Tuna Burgers 

      May 12, 2010, 09:27

      Photo by Ruben / cc by 2.0 In honor of National burger month, I thought I would kick off this series with my favorite burger.  The original idea…

    • Beef Nacho Casserole 

      April 3, 2010, 19:50

      Keli is a full time mom to 2 boys, aged 4 1/2 and 18 months. She can be found at Feeding Four, where she blogs about feeding her family of picky eaters on …

    • South of the Border Steak and Beans 

      April 2, 2010, 16:33

      (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1.5 lb beef flank steak 10 oz can chopped tomatoes with green chili peppers 1 medium onion, chopped 2…

    • Apple Coffeecake Muffins 

      April 1, 2010, 09:55

      Cooking with Carissa from Will Travel by Foot! One way to cut grocery costs is to make breakfast items from scratch instead of purchasing expensive…

    • Ratatouille Steak Sandwiches 

      March 30, 2010, 20:32

      (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1.5 lb beef flank steak 1 t dried Italian seasoning, crushed salt and pepper to taste 1.5 cups…

    • How to Crock Pot 

      March 28, 2010, 02:08

      Lindsey, full-time attorney and mother of Christina (3), Rebecca (1), and Allison (4 months), can be found at High Heeled Mom, a blog focusing on issues…

    • Mafalda with Sausage and Mushrooms 

      March 24, 2010, 20:21

      (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 12 oz bulk sweet Italian sausage 2 cups sliced fresh cremini and/or button mushrooms 28 oz can…

    • Quick and Easy Mini Pizzas 

      March 24, 2010, 19:41

      The following is a guest post by Carissa of Will Travel by Foot. While Carissa dreams of visiting exotic places, each day of her life is an adventure until…

    • Chicken and Sausage Paella 

      March 23, 2010, 20:42

      (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 2.5 to 3 pounds meaty chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, and drumsticks) 1 T cooking oil 8 oz cooked…

    • Raspberry Fudgey Brownies 

      March 21, 2010, 20:43

      (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1/2 cup butter 2 oz unsweetened chocolate 2 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup seedless red raspberry…

    • Jerk Pork Sandwiches with Lime Mayo 

      March 20, 2010, 21:18

      (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1.5 to 2 lb boneless pork shoulder roast 1 T Jamaican jerk seasoning 1/4 t dried thyme, crushed 1…

    • Caramel-Apple Nachos 

      March 20, 2010, 20:34

      (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) For the Caramel-Apple portion: 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 T quick-cooking…

    • Thai Chicken Soup 

      March 20, 2010, 20:20

      (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, rinsed and cut into 3/4 inch pieces 4 cups chicken…

    • Pot Roast with Basil Mashed Potatoes 

      March 20, 2010, 19:49

      (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook)  2 carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 1 medium turnip, peeled and cubed (1 cup) 1 small onion,…

    • Mediterranean Burgers 

      March 13, 2010, 21:09

      1 lb ground beef 2 eggs 2 T kalamata olives, pitted 2 T garlic powder 1 T dried oregano 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1 cup Italian bread crumbs 2 small…

    • Mojo Cuban Pulled Pork and Black Beans 

      March 11, 2010, 20:43

      This recipe actually takes a lot of prep and cooking (to me anyway) but it tastes great. 2 lb Pork shoulder roast Salt Pepper Cumin 1/4…

    • Mini Turkey-Bacon & Cheddar Meatloaves 

      March 6, 2010, 04:17

      This can be a part of a meal, or finger food! Cooking Time: Approx. 25 minutes (oven and microwaved used) Ingredients 1 lb. lean ground beef…

    • Slow-Cooked Roasted Chicken 

      March 5, 2010, 23:18

      (I adapted this recipe from 3 different internet recipes) Cooking time: 4-5 hours on high or 7-8 on low (Crock Pot) (all spices are dried unless specified) …

    • Luigi Thin Steaks 

      March 5, 2010, 23:17

      Cooking time: Approx. 20 minutes (stovetop) 1 lb extra thin round steaks 1 cup of Roma tomatoes, crushed 1 tsp oregano 1-3 cloves of garlic (to your…

    • Jenny’s Parmesan Chicken-adapted 

      March 5, 2010, 23:15

      Cooking time: Approx. 35 minutes (oven) 4 boneless chicken breasts (if you use dark meat, add about 10 minutes to your cooking time) 1/2 cup grated…

    • Kenny’s Mac N’ Cheese 

      March 5, 2010, 23:12

      (Given to me by my old high school friend Sara, it is an excellent gourmet kick to the traditional mac n' cheese) Cooking time: Approx. 20 minutes (stovetop) …

    • National Nutrition Month 

      March 3, 2010, 04:58

      In case you didn't know, it's National Nutrition Month...so, I am going to have to (remember to) step it up a bit on my menu planning this month. FYI, for moms…

    • Category: appetizer  (10)
      • Top 10 Football Party Treats 

        January 27, 2014, 08:44

        When you think of game day, your first thought is probably, 'What am I going to serve everyone?' Usually, your husband has it easy.  He just invites…

      • Easy Pumpkin Dip 

        October 27, 2013, 20:49

        This is a really easy pumpkin dip recipe that even the kids can help make!  My daughter made this at preschool, and the kids made their own version  they…

      • Homemade, Baked Potato Chips - Heart Shaped for Valentine's Day! 

        February 4, 2013, 07:00

        I am always looking for fun things to do for my kids, and I posted last year about making Valentine's Day treats without red dye. Making just about…

      • No Pressure Cooker, Please! (+ Recipe) 

        March 15, 2012, 00:04

        Guest post by Angie Mielke, PhD, Co-Founder, Sticky Fingers Cooking School for Kids and Licensed Clinical Psychologist The day is winding down, dinner is…

      • Valentine's Day Treats Without the Red Dye 

        February 6, 2012, 07:00

        Valentine's Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine's day, I think hearts, cupid, and…

      • Kale Chips - A Nutritional Powerhouse & Frugal Recipe 

        December 5, 2011, 07:00

        I know this has to be a shocking change from my last few recipe posts, tee-hee! Really though, I've been doing my best to eat whole, nutrient packed foods…

      • Grandma's Applesauce 

        May 11, 2011, 07:04

        .. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it's so easy to make!  It was started by my husband's Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I've…

      • Good-Bye Summer Salads 

        October 12, 2010, 06:00

        . There is nothing like fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes!  I really enjoy the pure taste of them, so in this first dish, I kept the ingredients simple. . Th…

      • Indian Recipes Plus Spice Station GIVEAWAY!!! 

        May 17, 2010, 16:40

        ***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*** When I found out that Spice Station was sending me some Indian spices, I was ecstatic.  I mean, have…

      • Mini Turkey-Bacon & Cheddar Meatloaves 

        March 6, 2010, 04:17

        This can be a part of a meal, or finger food! Cooking Time: Approx. 25 minutes (oven and microwaved used) Ingredients 1 lb. lean ground beef…

    • Category: baby food  (11)
      • "Palak Paneer" for Toddlers 

        August 21, 2013, 13:44

        One of my favorite Indian dishes is Palak Paneer, a type of spinach curry.  It is a creamy spinach dish that has cubes of paneer in it (almost like farmer…

      • Post Sesame Street Cereals for Toddlers (**BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY**) 

        July 15, 2013, 12:28

          I received product for review purposes. I was not otherwise compensated, and all opinions are my own. Post has been a trusted family…

      • Easy Zucchini for Toddlers and Kids 

        April 19, 2013, 01:30

        I am always looking for ways to prepare veggies for my kids and family.  I have always loved zucchini and came up with this extremely simple way to…

      • NurturMe Introduces New Versatile Organic Dry Meal Pouches and Toddler Snacks 

        April 15, 2013, 01:00

        NurturMe Introduces New Versatile Organic Dry Meal Pouches and Toddler Snacks From four months to four years, NurturMe helps parents feed their children…

      • Beets for Baby! 

        April 11, 2013, 02:00

        Beets are a great way to get some different colors and nutrients into your children's diet.   Beets are very nutritious, and a great source of energy,…

      • Spice it Up! (Part 2) 

        April 21, 2011, 07:03

        In my last posting of Spice it Up!, I shared with you that my son comes from a culturally diverse background.  We have really tried to introduce all types of…

      • Spice It Up with Mush Homemade Baby Food 

        April 15, 2011, 05:22

        My son comes from a culturally diverse background, my background is Swedish and Italian, and my husband’s is Indian.  So needless to say, eating bland,…

      • Mush Homemade Baby Food: Great Grains 

        April 5, 2011, 02:59

        When I introduced my son to solid food at 6 months, I used commercial instant baby rice cereal.  To be honest, at the time, I didn’t even realize that…

      • Not Your Average Baby Food 

        June 4, 2010, 10:20

        Thank you for joining us in this mini-series. This is the last of the baby food posts (at least for the summer), but come join us tomorrow for the Cloth…

      • Starting Solids the Baby-Led Way 

        June 3, 2010, 10:35

        So you want to know what all the fuss is about in Rapley's Baby-led weaning?   In a nutshell, with Baby-led weaning, you offer the baby real…

      • Make Your Own Baby Food and the Infamous Super Porridge 

        June 2, 2010, 10:29

        You can't really argue with the fact that making your own baby food costs less.  But did you know that it is also more nutritious?  Don't get me wrong, I…

    • Category: beverage  (11)
      • Mango Lassi 

        February 13, 2014, 09:40

        We have often enjoyed a mango lassi as a treat when we eat at Indian Restaurants, but it is very easy to make at home.  My kids love this drink and so we…

      • Green Energy Smoothie 

        December 13, 2013, 08:08

          I have really been enjoying making kale smoothies, especially as I use up the last of the kale from my garden.  This is my favorite morning…

      • Turmeric Milk 

        December 2, 2013, 13:12

          Turmeric milk is a traditional recipe used in many cultures.  Turmeric is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties…

      • Fresh Lemon-Ginger Tea with Honey 

        October 3, 2013, 10:33

          Ginger has so many great qualities.  It can help with nausea, and is great for digestion.  It is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. …

      • Banana Kale Smoothie 

        August 14, 2013, 13:07

          As my garden flourishes, I try to find creative ways to use kale.  It is easy to grow and loaded with antioxidants, iron, vitamin C, calcium,…

      • Staying Healthy and Hydrated with Infused Water 

        July 16, 2013, 08:00

          Infusing water with fruits, vegetables, and herbs, is an easy way to stay hydrated during the summer months.  I stay away from sugary drinks,…

      • Strawberry Kale Smoothie 

        July 9, 2013, 21:17

          I am always looking for creative ways to use kale from the garden.  It is easy to grow and loaded with antioxidants, iron, vitamin C, calcium,…

      • Valentine's Day Treats Without the Red Dye 

        February 6, 2012, 07:00

        Valentine's Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine's day, I think hearts, cupid, and…

      • Pleasing the Picky 

        October 23, 2010, 00:00

        I have found that with my picky-eating husband and somewhat picky-eating toddler, the best ways to get good and varied vegetables in them is to puree them…

      • Orange Cranberry Mulled Cider (a la Slow Cooker) 

        September 23, 2010, 00:01

        Every year starting in late October I make this apple cider.  It’s so very simple and effortless, but I still receive numerous compliments and requests for…

      • Orange Sunrise Smoothie 

        May 24, 2010, 11:39

        We are thrilled to have found our guest today. Her recipes are kid-friendly, easy and yummy.  Welcome Lindsay! I am excited to be guest posting on A…

    • Category: bread  (2)
      • Homemade Bread Recipe - Dairy and Egg Free 

        September 5, 2011, 07:00

        This bread recipe has been my #1 bread recipe for over 3 years now, it's a must-have on the Thanksgiving menu, and it's really not difficult to make! Ingre…

      • Hearty Mozzarella and Ham Bread 

        January 25, 2011, 00:11

        Bread.  Oh, how I love thee.  It's no secret that I love bread - I could write a whole dissertation on how much I love it. In fact, it makes me weak in…

    • Category: breakfast  (21)
      • Cream Cheese Squares 

        January 13, 2014, 14:18

        This recipe was highly recommended to me for years, and finally gave in and tried it.  These cream cheese squares are very good, and also very rich! …

      • "Apple Crisp" Oatmeal 

        December 10, 2013, 08:46

          I picked a lot of apples this fall - several bags!  I promised myself that I would keep the apples carefully refrigerated, but around Thanksgivin…

      • Easy Banana Oat Flour Muffins 

        August 5, 2013, 08:23

          I love oatmeal.  I have recently discovered that throwing it into my food processor and grinding it up makes cheap easy oat flour.  Oat flour…

      • Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch (**GIVEAWAY**) 

        June 17, 2013, 13:55

            This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Have you tried Honey Bunches of Oats? I received two…

      • No Bake Energy Cereal/Bites Recipe 

        June 11, 2013, 08:48

          I am a busy mom, so a healthy energy snack is the perfect idea for someone like myself who is running around trying to do too many things at…

      • Easy Pumpkin Muffins (Gluten Free or Gluten Full Options) 

        October 8, 2012, 00:29

        Several years ago, my uncle sent me a recipe that has become a family favorite.  It is easily adapted to be gluten free and can serve as a muffin (without…

      • Traveling Lean ~ Eating Healthy on the Road 

        May 21, 2012, 06:01

        With summer coming, many families have vacations and trips planned. Whether you are travelling by car or plane or even train, at some point you will have to…

      • Homemade Bacon Egg & Cheese "McMuffins"  

        January 2, 2012, 07:00

        While I love a bacon, egg & cheese muffin, I don't love the oily cheese, the often obviously-been-sitting-there-a-while taste/temperature, plus the…

      • Vanilla Cream Cheese Stuffed and Stacked Pancakes - Recipe  

        October 3, 2011, 07:00

        This recipe is decadent and delicious, but also very versatile. You control the ingredients, as well as just how "homemade" you want it to be! This will…

      • My Favorite Granola 

        August 8, 2011, 07:00

        It may seem like the wrong time of year to be making granola, but since I eat it for breakfast nearly every morning (and am headed for a 10 day vacation),…

      • Red, White & Blue Yogurt Parfait 

        July 4, 2011, 07:00

        This yogurt parfait is an easy to make, good-for-you treat. Make it fun by serving in clear glasses or bowls. It's extra-impressive in taller, or uniquely…

      • Grandma's Applesauce 

        May 11, 2011, 07:04

        .. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it's so easy to make!  It was started by my husband's Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I've…

      • Love on a Plate ~ Love Pancakes 

        February 9, 2011, 00:20

          It is the month of LOVE. My parents always sent us to school with hot breakfasts. It really meant a lot to me. I felt loved. Especially in my…

      • Hearty Mozzarella and Ham Bread 

        January 25, 2011, 00:11

        Bread.  Oh, how I love thee.  It's no secret that I love bread - I could write a whole dissertation on how much I love it. In fact, it makes me weak in…

      • Anytime Burritos 

        January 17, 2011, 23:59

        Living in Malibu for several years, I had the privilege of knowing all the good local places to eat.  Yes, there were your pricey and ritzy places, but unless…

      • Festive French Toast 

        December 5, 2010, 00:00

        French toast is a great treat any day of the week, but add a couple of ingredients and use a festive cookie cutter and you've got yourself a perfect holiday…

      • Baked Apple Oatmeal 

        November 4, 2010, 05:00

        This is a great, versatile recipe that my whole family loves.  You can use as little as one apple, for a texture similar to apple cake, or as many as 4,…

      • Pleasing the Picky 

        October 23, 2010, 00:00

        I have found that with my picky-eating husband and somewhat picky-eating toddler, the best ways to get good and varied vegetables in them is to puree them…

      • Cranberry-Maple Oatmeal 

        September 28, 2010, 06:00

        ... I'm not much of a breakfast person usually, but this recipe is fast, hot, and filling.  It's good for you, and sure to please even the smallest ones in…

      • Apple Meatloaf & Blueberry Muffins 

        August 10, 2010, 06:00

        Don't let the name fool you, Apple Meatloaf is one of the best home-cooked tummy-lovin' meals!  It's a favorite of our whole family - even the little…

      • Apple Coffeecake Muffins 

        April 1, 2010, 09:55

        Cooking with Carissa from Will Travel by Foot! One way to cut grocery costs is to make breakfast items from scratch instead of purchasing expensive…

    • Category: crock pot  (18)
      • Chicken and Gnocchi: the Italian "Chicken and Dumplings" - similar to Olive Garden's (Slow Cooker Method Included) 

        January 18, 2013, 00:00

        Most of us have had the soothing tastes of chicken and dumplings at some point in our lives.  This is a slight twist on that, and I would argue a better…

      • Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings 

        January 17, 2013, 00:00

        Chicken and dumplings.  Is there any meal more comforting than that?  Growing up, this meal was a staple in the Lowe household.  We had it every time…

      • BBQ-Apple Chicken Sandwiches 

        October 25, 2012, 02:06

        Shopping List 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, uncooked 2 cups apple juice 1 (at least 16 oz) bottle of BBQ sauce 1 onion, sliced and…

      • Honey Mustard Brisket Tostadas 

        October 11, 2012, 00:21

        Shopping List 1 (2-3 pound) brisket Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) Salt and Pepper 1 bottle honey mustard dressing (at least 16 ounces) 1 cup of…

      • Vegetarian Chili 

        October 5, 2010, 06:00

        ... This chili is simple, nutritious, filling, and SO SO yummy!  Really, you have to give it a try before snubbing your nose at something vegetarian. ... …

      • Orange Cranberry Mulled Cider (a la Slow Cooker) 

        September 23, 2010, 00:01

        Every year starting in late October I make this apple cider.  It’s so very simple and effortless, but I still receive numerous compliments and requests for…

      • Creating Slow Cooker “TV Dinners” 

        May 30, 2010, 09:01

        I am extremely excited and proud to introduce today's guest blogger.  Maybe you've heard of her?  She's only just one of The Biggest Mommy Bloggers!…

      • South of the Border Steak and Beans 

        April 2, 2010, 16:33

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1.5 lb beef flank steak 10 oz can chopped tomatoes with green chili peppers 1 medium onion, chopped 2…

      • Ratatouille Steak Sandwiches 

        March 30, 2010, 20:32

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1.5 lb beef flank steak 1 t dried Italian seasoning, crushed salt and pepper to taste 1.5 cups…

      • How to Crock Pot 

        March 28, 2010, 02:08

        Lindsey, full-time attorney and mother of Christina (3), Rebecca (1), and Allison (4 months), can be found at High Heeled Mom, a blog focusing on issues…

      • Mafalda with Sausage and Mushrooms 

        March 24, 2010, 20:21

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 12 oz bulk sweet Italian sausage 2 cups sliced fresh cremini and/or button mushrooms 28 oz can…

      • Chicken and Sausage Paella 

        March 23, 2010, 20:42

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 2.5 to 3 pounds meaty chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, and drumsticks) 1 T cooking oil 8 oz cooked…

      • Raspberry Fudgey Brownies 

        March 21, 2010, 20:43

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1/2 cup butter 2 oz unsweetened chocolate 2 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup seedless red raspberry…

      • Jerk Pork Sandwiches with Lime Mayo 

        March 20, 2010, 21:18

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1.5 to 2 lb boneless pork shoulder roast 1 T Jamaican jerk seasoning 1/4 t dried thyme, crushed 1…

      • Caramel-Apple Nachos 

        March 20, 2010, 20:34

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) For the Caramel-Apple portion: 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 T quick-cooking…

      • Thai Chicken Soup 

        March 20, 2010, 20:20

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, rinsed and cut into 3/4 inch pieces 4 cups chicken…

      • Pot Roast with Basil Mashed Potatoes 

        March 20, 2010, 19:49

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook)  2 carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 1 medium turnip, peeled and cubed (1 cup) 1 small onion,…

      • Slow-Cooked Roasted Chicken 

        March 5, 2010, 23:18

        (I adapted this recipe from 3 different internet recipes) Cooking time: 4-5 hours on high or 7-8 on low (Crock Pot) (all spices are dried unless specified) …

    • Category: desserts  (36)
      • Valentine’s Day Treats Without the Red Dye: Strawberry Mousse 

        January 28, 2014, 13:49

        Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine’s day, I think hearts, cupid,…

      • Russian Tea Cakes 

        January 23, 2014, 11:53

        With the Sochi Winter Olympics starting soon, we decided to make some Russian treats.  My girls thought these tea cakes would make a fun tea party…

      • Valentine's Day Treats Without the Red Dye: Strawberry Bruschetta 

        January 15, 2014, 10:53

        Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine’s day, I think hearts, cupid, and…

      • Cream Cheese Squares 

        January 13, 2014, 14:18

        This recipe was highly recommended to me for years, and finally gave in and tried it.  These cream cheese squares are very good, and also very rich! …

      • Easy Homemade Butter Mints 

        January 5, 2014, 18:21

        Our whole family loves butter mints, which are a nice treat especially after a meal at a restaurant.  Homemade candies often scare me when it comes to…

      • S'Mores Bars 

        October 17, 2013, 21:33

          Every summer and fall, we go camping.  And inevitably, we have leftover s'mores supplies (except for perhaps the chocolate, which doesn't last…

      • Easy Banana Oat Flour Muffins 

        August 5, 2013, 08:23

          I love oatmeal.  I have recently discovered that throwing it into my food processor and grinding it up makes cheap easy oat flour.  Oat flour…

      • Cooking with Kids: Easy No-Bake Fresh Fruit Tarts (recipe) 

        June 28, 2013, 08:41

          We are always looking for ways to use fruit and get our kids excited about cooking.  One of our favorite summer recipes is making fresh fruit…

      • Rhubarb Cake with Murbeteig Crust 

        June 16, 2013, 20:24

          I have had an amazing rhubarb plant growing on the side of my house for years.  Every year it comes up on its own, and I have been giving away…

      • Mix and Match Mama’s Irish Cream Bundt Cake 

        March 13, 2013, 00:48

        This is a perfect dessert for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday... FYI: I used Irish Cream coffee creamer in this cake instead of real Irish…

      • Festive Cupcakes and Homemade Holiday Gifts 

        December 18, 2012, 17:07

        My son has a school Christmas party tomorrow so I had to come up with a few last minute gifts (teacher and classmates) plus festive desserts with the few…

      • Chocolate Candy Cane Whoopie Pies 

        December 4, 2012, 00:01

          Shopping List 1 box chocolate cake mix 1/2 cup veggie oil 2 eggs 1/4 cup water store bought peppermint frosting* (don't panic if…

      • The Best Pecan Pie Ever 

        November 15, 2012, 16:43

        You say pee-can, I say puh-can, ... either way it's still a pecan, right? Okay, I won't attempt to be funny ever again.  I promise. I don't know how or…

      • White Chocolate-Pumpkin Neiman Marcus Bars 

        November 8, 2012, 00:00

        White chocolate with pumpkin?  That might be sheer genius on my part.  I just adore a Neiman Marcus bar...adore.  They're rich and gooey and kind of like a…

      • Spooky Halloween Oreo Lollipops 

        October 9, 2012, 06:19

        October is the start of it all. The start of the holiday excitement, the family celebration, and all the food and treats. Our children love Halloween…

      • Easy Pumpkin Muffins (Gluten Free or Gluten Full Options) 

        October 8, 2012, 00:29

        Several years ago, my uncle sent me a recipe that has become a family favorite.  It is easily adapted to be gluten free and can serve as a muffin (without…

      • Candy Corn Cupcakes 

        September 27, 2012, 00:34

          The Mix and Match Mama is back again, and this time with a recipe that is perfect for a Halloween party! Ingredients: 1 box prepared…

      • Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies 

        September 13, 2012, 00:19

        Fall is in the air!  There's nothing that says autumn more than baking something pumpkin-y.  Here is a recipe from one of our favorite guest bloggers, the…

      • Valentine's Day Treats Without the Red Dye 

        February 6, 2012, 07:00

        Valentine's Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine's day, I think hearts, cupid, and…

      • A New Twist on the Old Chocolate Chip Cookie (2 Recipes) - Perfect for Santa 

        December 21, 2011, 00:00

        Everyone knows that the holiday season brings lots of parties or entertaining of friends and family. If you are like me and you are looking for a new treat to…

      • Looking for a way to cook your turkey this year? 

        November 22, 2011, 00:00

        Last year we wrote about how we attempted to grill a turkey.   How did it turn out? It was simply the best turkey I had ever tasted. I mean, I don't even…

      • Homemade Suzy Q Type Snack Cakes - Recipe 

        November 7, 2011, 07:00

        Have you noticed a theme to my posts lately? Yeah, I've had a few hankerings since being pregnant, and one of them was those awful for you snack cakes! I…

      • Vanilla Cream Cheese Stuffed and Stacked Pancakes - Recipe  

        October 3, 2011, 07:00

        This recipe is decadent and delicious, but also very versatile. You control the ingredients, as well as just how "homemade" you want it to be! This will…

      • Apple Crisp Recipe - Perfect Summer/Fall Treat 

        August 1, 2011, 07:00

        Apple crisp is the perfect summer-into-fall dessert. It makes your house smell heavenly! Ingredients: 6-8 medium, firm apples (2 1/2-3 pounds,…

      • Red, White & Blue Yogurt Parfait 

        July 4, 2011, 07:00

        This yogurt parfait is an easy to make, good-for-you treat. Make it fun by serving in clear glasses or bowls. It's extra-impressive in taller, or uniquely…

      • Grandma's Applesauce 

        May 11, 2011, 07:04

        .. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it's so easy to make!  It was started by my husband's Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I've…

      • Strawberry Torte 

        April 19, 2011, 10:44

        For big events and holidays I am always scrambling to come up with a wonderful dessert to share or bring along with us when we are invited to eat with friends…

      • Birthday Parties, Birthday Cakes and Food Allergies, oh my! 

        February 7, 2011, 07:00

        My daughter celebrated her birthday this month, and as usual, I planned to make her a "from scratch" cake.  She just turned six, and had never had a…

      • Parade of Pies 

        November 21, 2010, 01:51

        For me Autumn means pie-baking season, because it's the only time of year I actually make them!  With the holidays coming up this week (that and a few of you…

      • My Favorite Recipe (Gluten-Free) 

        October 11, 2010, 00:00

        Sometimes I am in the mood for a little something sweet.  Being a celiac family (no wheat, rye, barely or oats), we can not just run to the store and grab…

      • Butternut Squash Pie (+ puree recipe) 

        September 23, 2010, 00:02

        Butternut squash pie is a lot like pumpkin pie.  In fact, it tastes almost exactly the same, only better!  You can make this using pre-made (canned)…

      • Chocolate Salami 

        May 28, 2010, 10:08

        Okay, don't get alarmed.  I know chocolate and salami don't really go together.  This dessert has NO meat, despite the name, is supereasy, and requires no…

      • Apple Pie-lets 

        May 18, 2010, 11:13

        I saw this modified version of an apple pie on Food Network from my favorite chef, Giada.  I love apple pies but despise all the fuss it takes to make them.…

      • Brazilian Passion Fruit Mousse 

        May 14, 2010, 10:08

        Photo by Stefan / cc by-nc-nd 2.0 If you ever read my family blog's "About Us" section, you'd know I'm Brazilian by birth.  This tangy exotic dessert,…

      • Raspberry Fudgey Brownies 

        March 21, 2010, 20:43

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1/2 cup butter 2 oz unsweetened chocolate 2 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup seedless red raspberry…

      • Caramel-Apple Nachos 

        March 20, 2010, 20:34

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) For the Caramel-Apple portion: 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 T quick-cooking…

    • Category: disguised veggies  (9)
      • 10 Tips for Getting Your Kids to Eat Healthier  

        July 6, 2012, 00:03

        Have you ever wondered why grocery stores keep the sugar laden cereals at your kid’s eye level?  Or why 99.9% of food commercials on TV are advertising…

      • Kale Chips - A Nutritional Powerhouse & Frugal Recipe 

        December 5, 2011, 07:00

        I know this has to be a shocking change from my last few recipe posts, tee-hee! Really though, I've been doing my best to eat whole, nutrient packed foods…

      • Pleasing the Picky 

        October 23, 2010, 00:00

        I have found that with my picky-eating husband and somewhat picky-eating toddler, the best ways to get good and varied vegetables in them is to puree them…

      • Please Pass the Veggies 

        October 13, 2010, 01:00

        We love our children and want them to be healthy. We work to cook and serve meals that are well rounded and good for them. Then we sit down as a family to…

      • Fake It "Till You Make It 

        September 25, 2010, 18:31

        I was going to do another book review for this post, but I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to finish reading the book that I want to review.…

      • Double the Pesto, Double the Yum 

        May 23, 2010, 11:15

        Another Double Feature Sunday edition... with pesto!  The first recipe I got from Southern Living and the other from one of Giada's cooking shows. Remember to…

      • Mafalda with Sausage and Mushrooms 

        March 24, 2010, 20:21

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 12 oz bulk sweet Italian sausage 2 cups sliced fresh cremini and/or button mushrooms 28 oz can…

      • Chicken and Sausage Paella 

        March 23, 2010, 20:42

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 2.5 to 3 pounds meaty chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, and drumsticks) 1 T cooking oil 8 oz cooked…

      • Pot Roast with Basil Mashed Potatoes 

        March 20, 2010, 19:49

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook)  2 carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 1 medium turnip, peeled and cubed (1 cup) 1 small onion,…

    • Category: freezer meals  (3)
      • Chicken and White Bean Soup Recipe - One of my Family's Favorites! 

        October 1, 2012, 07:00

        This recipe is one of my family's favorites, even when the weather is warm!  I like to serve it with my homemade bread.  Leftovers freeze & reheat…

      • Co-op Freezer Meals 

        November 11, 2010, 00:00

        I know that some of you are thinking that with your busy schedules (or other things that make life hectic) you will not be able to use the freezer meal method…

      • Freezer Meals: How to stretch your grocery budget 

        October 26, 2010, 23:35

        Before I started to make freezer meals I never realized how much we wasted, not only in food but in money as well - for take-out, groceries when in a hurry, or…

    • Category: gluten-free  (15)
      • Sprig: Gluten Free, Organic, Non-GMO Snacks (**GIVEAWAY**) 

        August 4, 2013, 20:42

          This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My kids and I love getting stuff in the mail.  But when it is in a…

      • Easy Gluten Free BLT & Other Sandwiches 

        June 10, 2013, 11:48

          Eating gluten free can be a hassle, especially when you want/need a good bread for a sandwich.  My family especially loves a good BLT. …

      • Homemade, Baked Potato Chips - Heart Shaped for Valentine's Day! 

        February 4, 2013, 07:00

        I am always looking for fun things to do for my kids, and I posted last year about making Valentine's Day treats without red dye. Making just about…

      • Fast & Easy Gluten Free Chicken Soup 

        January 14, 2013, 01:08

        Flu season has hit our area with a vengeance.  There are people coughing, hacking and using up tissues by the box.  Yuck!  So far, our family has avoided…

      • Easy Pumpkin Muffins (Gluten Free or Gluten Full Options) 

        October 8, 2012, 00:29

        Several years ago, my uncle sent me a recipe that has become a family favorite.  It is easily adapted to be gluten free and can serve as a muffin (without…

      • What to do with green tomatoes… 

        November 14, 2011, 00:00

        This year I waited until the last possible moment to pick the tomatoes from the garden.  I wanted to let them ripen as much as possible, but needed to protect…

      • Food Allergy Friendly Snacks 

        September 12, 2011, 00:01

        Food allergies make sending cupcakes to school for a birthday party a no-no or having kids over for a play-date/sleep-over a minefield.  What can you do? …

      • My Favorite Granola 

        August 8, 2011, 07:00

        It may seem like the wrong time of year to be making granola, but since I eat it for breakfast nearly every morning (and am headed for a 10 day vacation),…

      • Zucchini and Sausage Casserole 

        July 5, 2011, 15:51

        I made this recipe today hoping it would taste remotely edible and it was!  I used only zucchini, but I imagine that you can use other types of squash as…

      • Grandma's Applesauce 

        May 11, 2011, 07:04

        .. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it's so easy to make!  It was started by my husband's Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I've…

      • Fiesta Sweet Potato Soup 

        March 2, 2011, 07:00

        . I cannot tell you how much I have missed writing What's Cooking Wednesday segments!  My family has even noticed the "decline" in creative new foods and…

      • Birthday Parties, Birthday Cakes and Food Allergies, oh my! 

        February 7, 2011, 07:00

        My daughter celebrated her birthday this month, and as usual, I planned to make her a "from scratch" cake.  She just turned six, and had never had a…

      • Baked Chicken, Peaches and Acorn Squash 

        October 20, 2010, 23:53

        I absolutely love squash, and there are so many yummy things you can make with acorn squash this time of year.  Thanks to a friend who reminded me about this…

      • Good-Bye Summer Salads 

        October 12, 2010, 06:00

        . There is nothing like fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes!  I really enjoy the pure taste of them, so in this first dish, I kept the ingredients simple. . Th…

      • My Favorite Recipe (Gluten-Free) 

        October 11, 2010, 00:00

        Sometimes I am in the mood for a little something sweet.  Being a celiac family (no wheat, rye, barely or oats), we can not just run to the store and grab…

    • Category: kids recipes  (28)
      • Mango Lassi 

        February 13, 2014, 09:40

        We have often enjoyed a mango lassi as a treat when we eat at Indian Restaurants, but it is very easy to make at home.  My kids love this drink and so we…

      • Snow Ice Cream 

        December 16, 2013, 09:37

          Snow ice cream is a fun, quick and easy treat you can make when you have fresh snow to work with!  We have tried other snow ice cream recipes,…

      • Easy Pumpkin Dip 

        October 27, 2013, 20:49

        This is a really easy pumpkin dip recipe that even the kids can help make!  My daughter made this at preschool, and the kids made their own version  they…

      • S'Mores Bars 

        October 17, 2013, 21:33

          Every summer and fall, we go camping.  And inevitably, we have leftover s'mores supplies (except for perhaps the chocolate, which doesn't last…

      • Tortilla Pizzas 

        October 9, 2013, 12:38

            Lately, we have been making a lot of tortilla pizzas.  This is one of those meals that you can make a lot faster than making a real…

      • Cooking with Kids: Easy No-Bake Fresh Fruit Tarts (recipe) 

        June 28, 2013, 08:41

          We are always looking for ways to use fruit and get our kids excited about cooking.  One of our favorite summer recipes is making fresh fruit…

      • Pilaf with Veggies for Kids (recipe) 

        May 6, 2013, 01:30

          Pilaf is a staple in our household, and I am always looking for ways to incorporate some extra vegetables into our dishes.  This is an easy and fun…

      • Easy Zucchini for Toddlers and Kids 

        April 19, 2013, 01:30

        I am always looking for ways to prepare veggies for my kids and family.  I have always loved zucchini and came up with this extremely simple way to…

      • Homemade, Baked Potato Chips - Heart Shaped for Valentine's Day! 

        February 4, 2013, 07:00

        I am always looking for fun things to do for my kids, and I posted last year about making Valentine's Day treats without red dye. Making just about…

      • Festive Cupcakes and Homemade Holiday Gifts 

        December 18, 2012, 17:07

        My son has a school Christmas party tomorrow so I had to come up with a few last minute gifts (teacher and classmates) plus festive desserts with the few…

      • No Pressure Cooker, Please! (+ Recipe) 

        March 15, 2012, 00:04

        Guest post by Angie Mielke, PhD, Co-Founder, Sticky Fingers Cooking School for Kids and Licensed Clinical Psychologist The day is winding down, dinner is…

      • Homemade Conversation Hearts 

        February 14, 2012, 02:00

        Are you looking for the perfect last minute addition to your Valentine's Celebration? Look no further! This is a really fun way to show someone you care.…

      • Valentine's Day Treats Without the Red Dye 

        February 6, 2012, 07:00

        Valentine's Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine's day, I think hearts, cupid, and…

      • Homemade Bacon Egg & Cheese "McMuffins"  

        January 2, 2012, 07:00

        While I love a bacon, egg & cheese muffin, I don't love the oily cheese, the often obviously-been-sitting-there-a-while taste/temperature, plus the…

      • 8 Sanity Savers to Make Cooking with Your Kids Fun 

        October 5, 2011, 00:05

        The kitchen is often overlooked as a great place to spend some time with your kids. We often think of cooking as a chore, or an activity that takes us away…

      • Red, White & Blue Yogurt Parfait 

        July 4, 2011, 07:00

        This yogurt parfait is an easy to make, good-for-you treat. Make it fun by serving in clear glasses or bowls. It's extra-impressive in taller, or uniquely…

      • Grandma's Applesauce 

        May 11, 2011, 07:04

        .. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it's so easy to make!  It was started by my husband's Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I've…

      • Fiesta Sweet Potato Soup 

        March 2, 2011, 07:00

        . I cannot tell you how much I have missed writing What's Cooking Wednesday segments!  My family has even noticed the "decline" in creative new foods and…

      • Pleasing the Picky 

        October 23, 2010, 00:00

        I have found that with my picky-eating husband and somewhat picky-eating toddler, the best ways to get good and varied vegetables in them is to puree them…

      • Cranberry-Maple Oatmeal 

        September 28, 2010, 06:00

        ... I'm not much of a breakfast person usually, but this recipe is fast, hot, and filling.  It's good for you, and sure to please even the smallest ones in…

      • Smart Tip Tuesday: Brown Bag Popcorn 

        July 20, 2010, 06:00

        Smart Tip Tuesday is all about sharing tips on how to be green, save money, or just simplify life.  If you would like to share a tip, link up below with…

      • Not Your Average Baby Food 

        June 4, 2010, 10:20

        Thank you for joining us in this mini-series. This is the last of the baby food posts (at least for the summer), but come join us tomorrow for the Cloth…

      • Starting Solids the Baby-Led Way 

        June 3, 2010, 10:35

        So you want to know what all the fuss is about in Rapley's Baby-led weaning?   In a nutshell, with Baby-led weaning, you offer the baby real…

      • Make Your Own Baby Food and the Infamous Super Porridge 

        June 2, 2010, 10:29

        You can't really argue with the fact that making your own baby food costs less.  But did you know that it is also more nutritious?  Don't get me wrong, I…

      • Kids Activities Series: Edible Aquarium 

        April 30, 2010, 18:26

        A post from Jessica at Boy Terrain.  Looking for other fun ideas? Click here to find more in our "Activities Series." I found this fantastic…

      • Kids Activities Series: Food Fun 

        April 29, 2010, 14:33

        Abandon what your mother told you long ago about playing with your food. Next up in our Activities Series is fun with food.  (Yep, it's really okay…

      • Quick and Easy Mini Pizzas 

        March 24, 2010, 19:41

        The following is a guest post by Carissa of Will Travel by Foot. While Carissa dreams of visiting exotic places, each day of her life is an adventure until…

      • National Nutrition Month 

        March 3, 2010, 04:58

        In case you didn't know, it's National Nutrition Month...so, I am going to have to (remember to) step it up a bit on my menu planning this month. FYI, for moms…

    • Category: main dishes  (63)
      • Casino Veggies 

        February 23, 2014, 18:10

        Years ago we found a great recipe for cooking veggies, called Casino Veggies.  Many years later this is one of our favorite way to prepare veggies, and…

      • Pasta with Capers and Roasted Tomatoes 

        November 6, 2013, 08:12

        I love all the little tomatoes I get from my garden, but sometimes I end up with an abundance, and this is a great recipe to use up a lot of cherry…

      • Thai Vegetable Curry 

        October 30, 2013, 13:58

        I am a huge fan of Thai food, and after finding some curry paste at the grocery store, we decided to learn how to make our own.  This recipe is really…

      • Spinach Quiche Recipe 

        October 7, 2013, 17:01

          I am a huge fan of quiche.  I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  My favorite is spinach quiche with cheddar cheese, but you can…

      • Roasted Cauliflower 

        September 26, 2013, 09:37

          This is a quick cauliflower dish that the whole family can enjoy.  You can simply roast the cauliflower and keep this a vegan dish, or add…

      • Pasta with Sauteed Tomatoes 

        September 22, 2013, 20:54

          This is a great recipe for using tomatoes from the garden or farmer's market, but it is also a nice year-round recipe for a fresh twist on a…

      • Pasta with Roasted Vegetables 

        September 8, 2013, 20:42

          I love grilled and roasted vegetables, and this pasta is a great way to enjoy those fresh summer veggies.  I have found that roasted vegetables…

      • Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches 

        September 2, 2013, 20:51

          This is an easy sandwich to make, and is versatile too.  I am a vegetarian, and the grilled eggplant gives sandwiches or wraps an extra hearty…

      • Creamy Cajun Pasta 

        August 19, 2013, 12:22

          I am always looking for creative ways to cook pasta, and one of our favorite pasta restaurants has a Cajun pasta on their menu.  After some…

      • Easy Buttery Thyme Noodles 

        July 22, 2013, 08:12

          This is an easy way to use fresh thyme from the garden, but you can also use dried thyme.  I am always looking for ways to use my herbs while…

      • Easy Chicken-Crust Pizza Recipe 

        July 18, 2013, 16:03

          I have tried a lot of pizza crust alternative-type recipes, but this one is by far my favorite.  It makes a firm, crisp crust that you can pick…

      • Duck - A Kitchen's Most Versatile Bird 

        July 2, 2013, 08:15

          Utterly versatile and brimming with flavor, the duck is a perfect culinary choice.  While many enjoy savoring the rich taste of duck on holidays…

      • Have a Jolly Grilling Holiday! 

        November 15, 2012, 01:42

        Grilling isn't just for the summer.  In fact, my husband grills all year long, even in not-so-favorable conditions.  A couple of years ago we posted about…

      • Take a Break From Turkey: 3 Yummy Meatloaf Recipes 

        November 7, 2012, 00:00

        It takes a real comfort food aficionado to tout the virtues of meatloaf at Thanksgiving. But during the holidays when the menu tends to be limited and…

      • BBQ-Apple Chicken Sandwiches 

        October 25, 2012, 02:06

        Shopping List 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, uncooked 2 cups apple juice 1 (at least 16 oz) bottle of BBQ sauce 1 onion, sliced and…

      • Honey Mustard Brisket Tostadas 

        October 11, 2012, 00:21

        Shopping List 1 (2-3 pound) brisket Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) Salt and Pepper 1 bottle honey mustard dressing (at least 16 ounces) 1 cup of…

      • Chicken and White Bean Soup Recipe - One of my Family's Favorites! 

        October 1, 2012, 07:00

        This recipe is one of my family's favorites, even when the weather is warm!  I like to serve it with my homemade bread.  Leftovers freeze & reheat…

      • A Twist on Traditional Spaghetti 

        August 13, 2012, 00:58

        Spaghetti is a staple in some households.  My kids love pasta, but are not big fans of tomato sauce.  So, with some tweaking, I have come up with a few…

      • Grills are for More Than Just Meat! 

        May 7, 2012, 06:00

        I love grilling season! Our 10-year old, cheap grill may be a little rusty, but it's still kicking, and I'm always excited when it's time to fire it up!…

      • Looking for a way to cook your turkey this year? 

        November 22, 2011, 00:00

        Last year we wrote about how we attempted to grill a turkey.   How did it turn out? It was simply the best turkey I had ever tasted. I mean, I don't even…

      • What to do with green tomatoes… 

        November 14, 2011, 00:00

        This year I waited until the last possible moment to pick the tomatoes from the garden.  I wanted to let them ripen as much as possible, but needed to protect…

      • Zucchini and Sausage Casserole 

        July 5, 2011, 15:51

        I made this recipe today hoping it would taste remotely edible and it was!  I used only zucchini, but I imagine that you can use other types of squash as…

      • Chicken and Rice Casserole (Sans Mushroom) 

        June 20, 2011, 09:59

          I don't make casseroles but maybe twice a year - I didn't grow up eating them and have never really known what to put in them.  When it comes to making…

      • Brine, Butcher & Stock your own chicken! 

        May 4, 2011, 06:35

        . What is a brine anyway; you may be asking?  Well, the best way I can explain it is that it's a salt-based liquid (with other seasonings) that is used to…

      • What's Cooking Wednesday: Venison Taco Salad 

        March 30, 2011, 07:00

        ... ... A simple recipe for any woman who has a husband (or friend) who hunts.  Venison is a great meat!  It's lean, healthy, and you can use it place of…

      • What's Cooking Wednesday: Sweet Potato & Bacon Corn Chowder 

        March 9, 2011, 09:18

          . This is a very yummy twist on the "normal" corn chowder.  Don't be dissuaded by the sweet potato, it's delicious and oh so good for you! . The…

      • Fiesta Sweet Potato Soup 

        March 2, 2011, 07:00

        . I cannot tell you how much I have missed writing What's Cooking Wednesday segments!  My family has even noticed the "decline" in creative new foods and…

      • Anytime Burritos 

        January 17, 2011, 23:59

        Living in Malibu for several years, I had the privilege of knowing all the good local places to eat.  Yes, there were your pricey and ritzy places, but unless…

      • Southwest White Chili 

        January 13, 2011, 00:01

        This recipe is for those cold, snowy nights of winter when you just want to warm your insides.  Actually, this dish is also a great way to use up leftover…

      • There are more ways to cook a turkey... 

        November 24, 2010, 11:30

        So you've tried or at least heard of baking a turkey in an oven, deep frying a turkey, or even smoking one, but have you tried grilling a turkey?  I know it's…

      • Pleasing the Picky 

        October 23, 2010, 00:00

        I have found that with my picky-eating husband and somewhat picky-eating toddler, the best ways to get good and varied vegetables in them is to puree them…

      • Baked Chicken, Peaches and Acorn Squash 

        October 20, 2010, 23:53

        I absolutely love squash, and there are so many yummy things you can make with acorn squash this time of year.  Thanks to a friend who reminded me about this…

      • Vegetarian Chili 

        October 5, 2010, 06:00

        ... This chili is simple, nutritious, filling, and SO SO yummy!  Really, you have to give it a try before snubbing your nose at something vegetarian. ... …

      • Tony's Special 

        September 21, 2010, 06:00

        This dish started out as a traditional African dish called "Boo-bootie"...yes, a funny name I know.  But I made some changes here and it has become a family…

      • Creamy East African Curry 

        September 5, 2010, 17:58

        This African curry is a simple, basic curry, developed by my grandmother and later adapted, that can be easily altered to fit your liking (and in some cases,…

      • Apple Meatloaf & Blueberry Muffins 

        August 10, 2010, 06:00

        Don't let the name fool you, Apple Meatloaf is one of the best home-cooked tummy-lovin' meals!  It's a favorite of our whole family - even the little…

      • CrockPot Chicken Posole Stew 

        May 31, 2010, 10:44

        Well, this is it, last recipe in this series, and it comes to us by our guest Amy Green.  Come back tomorrow for our next segment, "Green Baby," which…

      • Creating Slow Cooker “TV Dinners” 

        May 30, 2010, 09:01

        I am extremely excited and proud to introduce today's guest blogger.  Maybe you've heard of her?  She's only just one of The Biggest Mommy Bloggers!…

      • Brazilian Black Bean Stew (Feijoada) 

        May 29, 2010, 11:32

        Everyone in Brazil knows about feijoada.  It's traditional, and it's one of my favorite meals.  It actually started out as "peasant" food, but isn't that how…

      • Baked Onion Pork Chops 

        May 27, 2010, 11:06

        This simple dish has an enormous tangy flavor! Ingredients: 4 boneless pork chops (approx. 3 lbs) 1/2 package of dried onion soup mix 1/2 package of…

      • Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta 

        May 26, 2010, 09:27

        Thank you, Lindsay from Our Family Treat for the past couple of recipes.  Did you know that she and her husband teach free cooking classes?  Here is her…

      • Sticky Finger Salad 

        May 25, 2010, 07:22

        Lindsay writes again... Who doesn't love a yummy salad? I am always up for trying a new salad, especially when it has chicken in it. This salad is a…

      • Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa 

        May 19, 2010, 11:34

        (Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway!) Today's recipe hails from the Pacific Northwest. It's our first in our 4-day vegan mini-series from…

      • Indian Recipes Plus Spice Station GIVEAWAY!!! 

        May 17, 2010, 16:40

        ***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*** When I found out that Spice Station was sending me some Indian spices, I was ecstatic.  I mean, have…

      • Shrimp: Grilled Buffalo and Chili-Garlic 

        May 16, 2010, 11:02

        Photo by Mark (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Welcome to the Sunday Edition of our recipes series!  Each Sunday will be a Double Feature Sunday!!!  Today is all…

      • Lemon Thyme Cornish Game Hens 

        May 15, 2010, 11:56

        Making easy look gourmet!  I am not a game meat kind of person, but cornish game hens are not a gamey meat.  I made this dish for my first Thanksgiving…

      • Creamy Lemon Artichoke Chicken 

        May 13, 2010, 11:26

        This chicken is smothered in a lemon and artichoke cream sauce, and best served over pasta. Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless 1…

      • Zesty Tuna Burgers 

        May 12, 2010, 09:27

        Photo by Ruben / cc by 2.0 In honor of National burger month, I thought I would kick off this series with my favorite burger.  The original idea…

      • Beef Nacho Casserole 

        April 3, 2010, 19:50

        Keli is a full time mom to 2 boys, aged 4 1/2 and 18 months. She can be found at Feeding Four, where she blogs about feeding her family of picky eaters on …

      • South of the Border Steak and Beans 

        April 2, 2010, 16:33

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1.5 lb beef flank steak 10 oz can chopped tomatoes with green chili peppers 1 medium onion, chopped 2…

      • Ratatouille Steak Sandwiches 

        March 30, 2010, 20:32

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1.5 lb beef flank steak 1 t dried Italian seasoning, crushed salt and pepper to taste 1.5 cups…

      • How to Crock Pot 

        March 28, 2010, 02:08

        Lindsey, full-time attorney and mother of Christina (3), Rebecca (1), and Allison (4 months), can be found at High Heeled Mom, a blog focusing on issues…

      • Mafalda with Sausage and Mushrooms 

        March 24, 2010, 20:21

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 12 oz bulk sweet Italian sausage 2 cups sliced fresh cremini and/or button mushrooms 28 oz can…

      • Chicken and Sausage Paella 

        March 23, 2010, 20:42

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 2.5 to 3 pounds meaty chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, and drumsticks) 1 T cooking oil 8 oz cooked…

      • Jerk Pork Sandwiches with Lime Mayo 

        March 20, 2010, 21:18

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1.5 to 2 lb boneless pork shoulder roast 1 T Jamaican jerk seasoning 1/4 t dried thyme, crushed 1…

      • Thai Chicken Soup 

        March 20, 2010, 20:20

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, rinsed and cut into 3/4 inch pieces 4 cups chicken…

      • Pot Roast with Basil Mashed Potatoes 

        March 20, 2010, 19:49

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook)  2 carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 1 medium turnip, peeled and cubed (1 cup) 1 small onion,…

      • Mediterranean Burgers 

        March 13, 2010, 21:09

        1 lb ground beef 2 eggs 2 T kalamata olives, pitted 2 T garlic powder 1 T dried oregano 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1 cup Italian bread crumbs 2 small…

      • Mojo Cuban Pulled Pork and Black Beans 

        March 11, 2010, 20:43

        This recipe actually takes a lot of prep and cooking (to me anyway) but it tastes great. 2 lb Pork shoulder roast Salt Pepper Cumin 1/4…

      • Mini Turkey-Bacon & Cheddar Meatloaves 

        March 6, 2010, 04:17

        This can be a part of a meal, or finger food! Cooking Time: Approx. 25 minutes (oven and microwaved used) Ingredients 1 lb. lean ground beef…

      • Luigi Thin Steaks 

        March 5, 2010, 23:17

        Cooking time: Approx. 20 minutes (stovetop) 1 lb extra thin round steaks 1 cup of Roma tomatoes, crushed 1 tsp oregano 1-3 cloves of garlic (to your…

      • Jenny’s Parmesan Chicken-adapted 

        March 5, 2010, 23:15

        Cooking time: Approx. 35 minutes (oven) 4 boneless chicken breasts (if you use dark meat, add about 10 minutes to your cooking time) 1/2 cup grated…

      • Kenny’s Mac N’ Cheese 

        March 5, 2010, 23:12

        (Given to me by my old high school friend Sara, it is an excellent gourmet kick to the traditional mac n' cheese) Cooking time: Approx. 20 minutes (stovetop) …

    • Category: quick  (9)
      • "Apple Crisp" Oatmeal 

        December 10, 2013, 08:46

          I picked a lot of apples this fall - several bags!  I promised myself that I would keep the apples carefully refrigerated, but around Thanksgivin…

      • Cooking with Kids: Easy No-Bake Fresh Fruit Tarts (recipe) 

        June 28, 2013, 08:41

          We are always looking for ways to use fruit and get our kids excited about cooking.  One of our favorite summer recipes is making fresh fruit…

      • Traveling Lean ~ Eating Healthy on the Road 

        May 21, 2012, 06:01

        With summer coming, many families have vacations and trips planned. Whether you are travelling by car or plane or even train, at some point you will have to…

      • Red, White & Blue Yogurt Parfait 

        July 4, 2011, 07:00

        This yogurt parfait is an easy to make, good-for-you treat. Make it fun by serving in clear glasses or bowls. It's extra-impressive in taller, or uniquely…

      • Grandma's Applesauce 

        May 11, 2011, 07:04

        .. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it's so easy to make!  It was started by my husband's Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I've…

      • Southwest White Chili 

        January 13, 2011, 00:01

        This recipe is for those cold, snowy nights of winter when you just want to warm your insides.  Actually, this dish is also a great way to use up leftover…

      • Good-Bye Summer Salads 

        October 12, 2010, 06:00

        . There is nothing like fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes!  I really enjoy the pure taste of them, so in this first dish, I kept the ingredients simple. . Th…

      • Cranberry-Maple Oatmeal 

        September 28, 2010, 06:00

        ... I'm not much of a breakfast person usually, but this recipe is fast, hot, and filling.  It's good for you, and sure to please even the smallest ones in…

      • Quick and Easy Mini Pizzas 

        March 24, 2010, 19:41

        The following is a guest post by Carissa of Will Travel by Foot. While Carissa dreams of visiting exotic places, each day of her life is an adventure until…

    • Category: side dishes  (13)
      • Mashed Cauliflower 

        February 18, 2014, 22:56

        Mashed cauliflower is a simple side to prepare, and an easy way to use cauliflower.  It can be a low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes. Ingredients …

      • Roasted Cauliflower 

        September 26, 2013, 09:37

          This is a quick cauliflower dish that the whole family can enjoy.  You can simply roast the cauliflower and keep this a vegan dish, or add…

      • Basmati Rice Recipe 

        September 24, 2013, 08:23

          This is my favorite recipe for Indian Style Basmati rice.  We double the recipe and freeze our leftovers, which go wonderfully with all kinds of…

      • Gobble those Greens from your Garden - Sauteed Kale 

        June 3, 2013, 07:00

        I fell in love with Kale when I was expecting my third child, and trying to increase my vitamin K intake. Until that point, the majority of my experience…

      • Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Broccoli - My Favorite Veggie Recipe! 

        April 1, 2013, 07:00

        I've been making my version of a roasted broccoli recipe for a while. I love it so much, I have been known to eat it for lunch, all by itself! When I saw a…

      • Grills are for More Than Just Meat! 

        May 7, 2012, 06:00

        I love grilling season! Our 10-year old, cheap grill may be a little rusty, but it's still kicking, and I'm always excited when it's time to fire it up!…

      • No Pressure Cooker, Please! (+ Recipe) 

        March 15, 2012, 00:04

        Guest post by Angie Mielke, PhD, Co-Founder, Sticky Fingers Cooking School for Kids and Licensed Clinical Psychologist The day is winding down, dinner is…

      • What to do with green tomatoes… 

        November 14, 2011, 00:00

        This year I waited until the last possible moment to pick the tomatoes from the garden.  I wanted to let them ripen as much as possible, but needed to protect…

      • Grandma's Applesauce 

        May 11, 2011, 07:04

        .. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it's so easy to make!  It was started by my husband's Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I've…

      • Good-Bye Summer Salads 

        October 12, 2010, 06:00

        . There is nothing like fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes!  I really enjoy the pure taste of them, so in this first dish, I kept the ingredients simple. . Th…

      • Double the Pesto, Double the Yum 

        May 23, 2010, 11:15

        Another Double Feature Sunday edition... with pesto!  The first recipe I got from Southern Living and the other from one of Giada's cooking shows. Remember to…

      • Crock Pot Zucchini 

        May 21, 2010, 11:34

        Photo by Vanessa / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Zucchini is nutritious, and this recipe from Kingston Girl makes it easy to make and extremely delicious. Ingredients…

      • Mini Turkey-Bacon & Cheddar Meatloaves 

        March 6, 2010, 04:17

        This can be a part of a meal, or finger food! Cooking Time: Approx. 25 minutes (oven and microwaved used) Ingredients 1 lb. lean ground beef…

    • Category: snack  (12)
      • Post Sesame Street Cereals for Toddlers (**BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY**) 

        July 15, 2013, 12:28

          I received product for review purposes. I was not otherwise compensated, and all opinions are my own. Post has been a trusted family…

      • No Bake Energy Cereal/Bites Recipe 

        June 11, 2013, 08:48

          I am a busy mom, so a healthy energy snack is the perfect idea for someone like myself who is running around trying to do too many things at…

      • Homemade, Baked Potato Chips - Heart Shaped for Valentine's Day! 

        February 4, 2013, 07:00

        I am always looking for fun things to do for my kids, and I posted last year about making Valentine's Day treats without red dye. Making just about…

      • Easy Pumpkin Muffins (Gluten Free or Gluten Full Options) 

        October 8, 2012, 00:29

        Several years ago, my uncle sent me a recipe that has become a family favorite.  It is easily adapted to be gluten free and can serve as a muffin (without…

      • Traveling Lean ~ Eating Healthy on the Road 

        May 21, 2012, 06:01

        With summer coming, many families have vacations and trips planned. Whether you are travelling by car or plane or even train, at some point you will have to…

      • No Pressure Cooker, Please! (+ Recipe) 

        March 15, 2012, 00:04

        Guest post by Angie Mielke, PhD, Co-Founder, Sticky Fingers Cooking School for Kids and Licensed Clinical Psychologist The day is winding down, dinner is…

      • Valentine's Day Treats Without the Red Dye 

        February 6, 2012, 07:00

        Valentine's Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine's day, I think hearts, cupid, and…

      • Kale Chips - A Nutritional Powerhouse & Frugal Recipe 

        December 5, 2011, 07:00

        I know this has to be a shocking change from my last few recipe posts, tee-hee! Really though, I've been doing my best to eat whole, nutrient packed foods…

      • Food Allergy Friendly Snacks 

        September 12, 2011, 00:01

        Food allergies make sending cupcakes to school for a birthday party a no-no or having kids over for a play-date/sleep-over a minefield.  What can you do? …

      • My Favorite Granola 

        August 8, 2011, 07:00

        It may seem like the wrong time of year to be making granola, but since I eat it for breakfast nearly every morning (and am headed for a 10 day vacation),…

      • Red, White & Blue Yogurt Parfait 

        July 4, 2011, 07:00

        This yogurt parfait is an easy to make, good-for-you treat. Make it fun by serving in clear glasses or bowls. It's extra-impressive in taller, or uniquely…

      • Grandma's Applesauce 

        May 11, 2011, 07:04

        .. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it's so easy to make!  It was started by my husband's Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I've…

    • Category: soup  (20)
      • French Onion Soup 

        February 8, 2014, 21:37

        This French Onion Soup is easy to make, and while my husband makes a traditional version, I make a vegetarian version.  You can freeze and refrigerate…

      • Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup 

        November 21, 2013, 08:17

          My husband used to always rave about a potato soup he loved at Olive Garden - their "Zuppa Toscana" - which contains potatoes, sausage, and…

      • Tortellini Soup with Spinach, Tomatoes & Garlic 

        September 29, 2013, 20:56

          This is one of my favorite simple soup recipes.  It is so easy to prepare, and it is a soup our whole family enjoys.  I also use vegetable…

      • Cream of Spinach Soup Recipe 

        July 29, 2013, 08:29

          I love spinach, and it is such a versatile vegetable.  This is a great way to use spinach from the garden, especially if you have frozen it in…

      • Easy Asparagus Soup Recipe 

        July 5, 2013, 08:48

            Our whole family loves asparagus, and I find myself looking for creative ways of preparing it, especially in the summer when I get it…

      • Ultimate Butternut Squash Soup 

        January 24, 2013, 00:00

        Shopping List 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into chunks 1 onion, chopped 3 apples (I used Braeburn...use what you like), chopped into chunks 4…

      • Chicken and Gnocchi: the Italian "Chicken and Dumplings" - similar to Olive Garden's (Slow Cooker Method Included) 

        January 18, 2013, 00:00

        Most of us have had the soothing tastes of chicken and dumplings at some point in our lives.  This is a slight twist on that, and I would argue a better…

      • Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings 

        January 17, 2013, 00:00

        Chicken and dumplings.  Is there any meal more comforting than that?  Growing up, this meal was a staple in the Lowe household.  We had it every time…

      • Super Fast Lemon Chicken Noodle Soup 

        January 14, 2013, 23:52

        I learned this version of chicken soup from my favorite Italian TV chef, Giada, long ago.  Oh, how I love her simple and tasty Italian-inspired dishes!…

      • Fast & Easy Gluten Free Chicken Soup 

        January 14, 2013, 01:08

        Flu season has hit our area with a vengeance.  There are people coughing, hacking and using up tissues by the box.  Yuck!  So far, our family has avoided…

      • Chicken and White Bean Soup Recipe - One of my Family's Favorites! 

        October 1, 2012, 07:00

        This recipe is one of my family's favorites, even when the weather is warm!  I like to serve it with my homemade bread.  Leftovers freeze & reheat…

      • Ten Fun Fall Activities 

        September 17, 2012, 00:20

        Fall is my favorite time of year. My family celebrates three birthdays, the weather gets cooler, the leaves change color and the holidays are just around…

      • Brine, Butcher & Stock your own chicken! 

        May 4, 2011, 06:35

        . What is a brine anyway; you may be asking?  Well, the best way I can explain it is that it's a salt-based liquid (with other seasonings) that is used to…

      • What's Cooking Wednesday: Sweet Potato & Bacon Corn Chowder 

        March 9, 2011, 09:18

          . This is a very yummy twist on the "normal" corn chowder.  Don't be dissuaded by the sweet potato, it's delicious and oh so good for you! . The…

      • Fiesta Sweet Potato Soup 

        March 2, 2011, 07:00

        . I cannot tell you how much I have missed writing What's Cooking Wednesday segments!  My family has even noticed the "decline" in creative new foods and…

      • Southwest White Chili 

        January 13, 2011, 00:01

        This recipe is for those cold, snowy nights of winter when you just want to warm your insides.  Actually, this dish is also a great way to use up leftover…

      • Pleasing the Picky 

        October 23, 2010, 00:00

        I have found that with my picky-eating husband and somewhat picky-eating toddler, the best ways to get good and varied vegetables in them is to puree them…

      • Vegetarian Chili 

        October 5, 2010, 06:00

        ... This chili is simple, nutritious, filling, and SO SO yummy!  Really, you have to give it a try before snubbing your nose at something vegetarian. ... …

      • Curried Butternut Squash Carrot Soup 

        September 23, 2010, 00:03

        This soup is great to spice things up on a dreary autumn day.  it can be served as the main dish or as an accompaniment to a meal. Ingredients 1…

      • Thai Chicken Soup 

        March 20, 2010, 20:20

        (from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, rinsed and cut into 3/4 inch pieces 4 cups chicken…

    • Category: spices  (2)
      • Creamy East African Curry 

        September 5, 2010, 17:58

        This African curry is a simple, basic curry, developed by my grandmother and later adapted, that can be easily altered to fit your liking (and in some cases,…

      • Indian Recipes Plus Spice Station GIVEAWAY!!! 

        May 17, 2010, 16:40

        ***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*** When I found out that Spice Station was sending me some Indian spices, I was ecstatic.  I mean, have…

    • Category: vegan  (20)
      • "Apple Crisp" Oatmeal 

        December 10, 2013, 08:46

          I picked a lot of apples this fall - several bags!  I promised myself that I would keep the apples carefully refrigerated, but around Thanksgivin…

      • Tips For Eating More Vegetarian Food 

        November 26, 2013, 10:58

        Looking to add more plant-based foods into your life?  If so, you’re not alone.  A 2012 Harris Poll conducted by the Vegetarian Resource Group found…

      • Pasta with Capers and Roasted Tomatoes 

        November 6, 2013, 08:12

        I love all the little tomatoes I get from my garden, but sometimes I end up with an abundance, and this is a great recipe to use up a lot of cherry…

      • Thai Vegetable Curry 

        October 30, 2013, 13:58

        I am a huge fan of Thai food, and after finding some curry paste at the grocery store, we decided to learn how to make our own.  This recipe is really…

      • Roasted Cauliflower 

        September 26, 2013, 09:37

          This is a quick cauliflower dish that the whole family can enjoy.  You can simply roast the cauliflower and keep this a vegan dish, or add…

      • Pasta with Sauteed Tomatoes 

        September 22, 2013, 20:54

          This is a great recipe for using tomatoes from the garden or farmer's market, but it is also a nice year-round recipe for a fresh twist on a…

      • Banana Kale Smoothie 

        August 14, 2013, 13:07

          As my garden flourishes, I try to find creative ways to use kale.  It is easy to grow and loaded with antioxidants, iron, vitamin C, calcium,…

      • Strawberry Kale Smoothie 

        July 9, 2013, 21:17

          I am always looking for creative ways to use kale from the garden.  It is easy to grow and loaded with antioxidants, iron, vitamin C, calcium,…

      • Quinoa with Black Beans and Corn 

        June 5, 2013, 01:45

          This is one of my favorite dishes, especially served cold in the summer!  You can tailor it to your tastes by using different vegetables. Ingr…

      • Gobble those Greens from your Garden - Sauteed Kale 

        June 3, 2013, 07:00

        I fell in love with Kale when I was expecting my third child, and trying to increase my vitamin K intake. Until that point, the majority of my experience…

      • Easy Asparagus (recipe) 

        May 23, 2013, 02:00

          I get excited when I see fresh asparagus at the farmer's market.  Here is a quick and easy recipe that doesn't require many ingredients. For…

      • Pilaf with Veggies for Kids (recipe) 

        May 6, 2013, 01:30

          Pilaf is a staple in our household, and I am always looking for ways to incorporate some extra vegetables into our dishes.  This is an easy and fun…

      • Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Broccoli - My Favorite Veggie Recipe! 

        April 1, 2013, 07:00

        I've been making my version of a roasted broccoli recipe for a while. I love it so much, I have been known to eat it for lunch, all by itself! When I saw a…

      • Kale Chips - A Nutritional Powerhouse & Frugal Recipe 

        December 5, 2011, 07:00

        I know this has to be a shocking change from my last few recipe posts, tee-hee! Really though, I've been doing my best to eat whole, nutrient packed foods…

      • Grandma's Applesauce 

        May 11, 2011, 07:04

        .. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it's so easy to make!  It was started by my husband's Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I've…

      • Good-Bye Summer Salads 

        October 12, 2010, 06:00

        . There is nothing like fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes!  I really enjoy the pure taste of them, so in this first dish, I kept the ingredients simple. . Th…

      • Vegetarian Chili 

        October 5, 2010, 06:00

        ... This chili is simple, nutritious, filling, and SO SO yummy!  Really, you have to give it a try before snubbing your nose at something vegetarian. ... …

      • Thai Style Vegetable Curry 

        May 22, 2010, 11:51

        I hope you have enjoyed Kingston Girl's vegan mini-series.  This is our last vegan recipe (and my favorite!)... we hope she guest posts for us again!…

      • Crock Pot Zucchini 

        May 21, 2010, 11:34

        Photo by Vanessa / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Zucchini is nutritious, and this recipe from Kingston Girl makes it easy to make and extremely delicious. Ingredients…

      • Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa 

        May 19, 2010, 11:34

        (Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway!) Today's recipe hails from the Pacific Northwest. It's our first in our 4-day vegan mini-series from…

    • Category: vegan; side dishes  (5)
      • Quinoa with Black Beans and Corn 

        June 5, 2013, 01:45

          This is one of my favorite dishes, especially served cold in the summer!  You can tailor it to your tastes by using different vegetables. Ingr…

      • Gobble those Greens from your Garden - Sauteed Kale 

        June 3, 2013, 07:00

        I fell in love with Kale when I was expecting my third child, and trying to increase my vitamin K intake. Until that point, the majority of my experience…

      • Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Broccoli - My Favorite Veggie Recipe! 

        April 1, 2013, 07:00

        I've been making my version of a roasted broccoli recipe for a while. I love it so much, I have been known to eat it for lunch, all by itself! When I saw a…

      • Grandma's Applesauce 

        May 11, 2011, 07:04

        .. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it's so easy to make!  It was started by my husband's Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I've…

      • Sun-Dried Tomato Slow Cooker 

        May 20, 2010, 11:49

        Kingston Girl continues her vegan mini-series... Epsos / CC BY 2.0 Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups chopped sun-dried tomatoes 1 medium onion, chopped 1…

    • Category: vegetarian  (44)
      • Casino Veggies 

        February 23, 2014, 18:10

        Years ago we found a great recipe for cooking veggies, called Casino Veggies.  Many years later this is one of our favorite way to prepare veggies, and…

      • Mashed Cauliflower 

        February 18, 2014, 22:56

        Mashed cauliflower is a simple side to prepare, and an easy way to use cauliflower.  It can be a low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes. Ingredients …

      • Mango Lassi 

        February 13, 2014, 09:40

        We have often enjoyed a mango lassi as a treat when we eat at Indian Restaurants, but it is very easy to make at home.  My kids love this drink and so we…

      • French Onion Soup 

        February 8, 2014, 21:37

        This French Onion Soup is easy to make, and while my husband makes a traditional version, I make a vegetarian version.  You can freeze and refrigerate…

      • Cream Cheese Squares 

        January 13, 2014, 14:18

        This recipe was highly recommended to me for years, and finally gave in and tried it.  These cream cheese squares are very good, and also very rich! …

      • "Apple Crisp" Oatmeal 

        December 10, 2013, 08:46

          I picked a lot of apples this fall - several bags!  I promised myself that I would keep the apples carefully refrigerated, but around Thanksgivin…

      • Tips For Eating More Vegetarian Food 

        November 26, 2013, 10:58

        Looking to add more plant-based foods into your life?  If so, you’re not alone.  A 2012 Harris Poll conducted by the Vegetarian Resource Group found…

      • Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup 

        November 21, 2013, 08:17

          My husband used to always rave about a potato soup he loved at Olive Garden - their "Zuppa Toscana" - which contains potatoes, sausage, and…

      • Pasta with Capers and Roasted Tomatoes 

        November 6, 2013, 08:12

        I love all the little tomatoes I get from my garden, but sometimes I end up with an abundance, and this is a great recipe to use up a lot of cherry…

      • Thai Vegetable Curry 

        October 30, 2013, 13:58

        I am a huge fan of Thai food, and after finding some curry paste at the grocery store, we decided to learn how to make our own.  This recipe is really…

      • Easy Pumpkin Dip 

        October 27, 2013, 20:49

        This is a really easy pumpkin dip recipe that even the kids can help make!  My daughter made this at preschool, and the kids made their own version  they…

      • Spinach Quiche Recipe 

        October 7, 2013, 17:01

          I am a huge fan of quiche.  I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  My favorite is spinach quiche with cheddar cheese, but you can…

      • Tortellini Soup with Spinach, Tomatoes & Garlic 

        September 29, 2013, 20:56

          This is one of my favorite simple soup recipes.  It is so easy to prepare, and it is a soup our whole family enjoys.  I also use vegetable…

      • Roasted Cauliflower 

        September 26, 2013, 09:37

          This is a quick cauliflower dish that the whole family can enjoy.  You can simply roast the cauliflower and keep this a vegan dish, or add…

      • Basmati Rice Recipe 

        September 24, 2013, 08:23

          This is my favorite recipe for Indian Style Basmati rice.  We double the recipe and freeze our leftovers, which go wonderfully with all kinds of…

      • Pasta with Sauteed Tomatoes 

        September 22, 2013, 20:54

          This is a great recipe for using tomatoes from the garden or farmer's market, but it is also a nice year-round recipe for a fresh twist on a…

      • Pasta with Roasted Vegetables 

        September 8, 2013, 20:42

          I love grilled and roasted vegetables, and this pasta is a great way to enjoy those fresh summer veggies.  I have found that roasted vegetables…

      • Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches 

        September 2, 2013, 20:51

          This is an easy sandwich to make, and is versatile too.  I am a vegetarian, and the grilled eggplant gives sandwiches or wraps an extra hearty…

      • "Palak Paneer" for Toddlers 

        August 21, 2013, 13:44

        One of my favorite Indian dishes is Palak Paneer, a type of spinach curry.  It is a creamy spinach dish that has cubes of paneer in it (almost like farmer…

      • Creamy Cajun Pasta 

        August 19, 2013, 12:22

          I am always looking for creative ways to cook pasta, and one of our favorite pasta restaurants has a Cajun pasta on their menu.  After some…

      • Banana Kale Smoothie 

        August 14, 2013, 13:07

          As my garden flourishes, I try to find creative ways to use kale.  It is easy to grow and loaded with antioxidants, iron, vitamin C, calcium,…

      • Easy Banana Oat Flour Muffins 

        August 5, 2013, 08:23

          I love oatmeal.  I have recently discovered that throwing it into my food processor and grinding it up makes cheap easy oat flour.  Oat flour…

      • Cream of Spinach Soup Recipe 

        July 29, 2013, 08:29

          I love spinach, and it is such a versatile vegetable.  This is a great way to use spinach from the garden, especially if you have frozen it in…

      • Easy Buttery Thyme Noodles 

        July 22, 2013, 08:12

          This is an easy way to use fresh thyme from the garden, but you can also use dried thyme.  I am always looking for ways to use my herbs while…

      • Easy Creamed Spinach 

        July 12, 2013, 10:15

          Creamed spinach is an easy way to prepare fresh spinach.  If you're looking for a tasty way to use spinach other than fresh salads, this recipe…

      • Strawberry Kale Smoothie 

        July 9, 2013, 21:17

          I am always looking for creative ways to use kale from the garden.  It is easy to grow and loaded with antioxidants, iron, vitamin C, calcium,…

      • Easy Asparagus Soup Recipe 

        July 5, 2013, 08:48

            Our whole family loves asparagus, and I find myself looking for creative ways of preparing it, especially in the summer when I get it…

      • Rhubarb Cake with Murbeteig Crust 

        June 16, 2013, 20:24

          I have had an amazing rhubarb plant growing on the side of my house for years.  Every year it comes up on its own, and I have been giving away…

      • Easy Gluten Free BLT & Other Sandwiches 

        June 10, 2013, 11:48

          Eating gluten free can be a hassle, especially when you want/need a good bread for a sandwich.  My family especially loves a good BLT. …

      • Quinoa with Black Beans and Corn 

        June 5, 2013, 01:45

          This is one of my favorite dishes, especially served cold in the summer!  You can tailor it to your tastes by using different vegetables. Ingr…

      • Gobble those Greens from your Garden - Sauteed Kale 

        June 3, 2013, 07:00

        I fell in love with Kale when I was expecting my third child, and trying to increase my vitamin K intake. Until that point, the majority of my experience…

      • Easy Asparagus (recipe) 

        May 23, 2013, 02:00

          I get excited when I see fresh asparagus at the farmer's market.  Here is a quick and easy recipe that doesn't require many ingredients. For…

      • Raising Vegetarian Kids 

        May 9, 2013, 02:00

        I have been a vegetarian since I was a little girl.  It was something that was entirely my own idea, and when we had kids, my husband I agreed that we…

      • Pilaf with Veggies for Kids (recipe) 

        May 6, 2013, 01:30

          Pilaf is a staple in our household, and I am always looking for ways to incorporate some extra vegetables into our dishes.  This is an easy and fun…

      • The Basics of Growing Your Own Sprouts 

        May 2, 2013, 01:30

        When I was a child, I remember my mom growing sprouts in our kitchen.  I have always loved sprouts, and I was happy to discover that my children also…

      • Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Broccoli - My Favorite Veggie Recipe! 

        April 1, 2013, 07:00

        I've been making my version of a roasted broccoli recipe for a while. I love it so much, I have been known to eat it for lunch, all by itself! When I saw a…

      • Homemade, Baked Potato Chips - Heart Shaped for Valentine's Day! 

        February 4, 2013, 07:00

        I am always looking for fun things to do for my kids, and I posted last year about making Valentine's Day treats without red dye. Making just about…

      • No Pressure Cooker, Please! (+ Recipe) 

        March 15, 2012, 00:04

        Guest post by Angie Mielke, PhD, Co-Founder, Sticky Fingers Cooking School for Kids and Licensed Clinical Psychologist The day is winding down, dinner is…

      • Kale Chips - A Nutritional Powerhouse & Frugal Recipe 

        December 5, 2011, 07:00

        I know this has to be a shocking change from my last few recipe posts, tee-hee! Really though, I've been doing my best to eat whole, nutrient packed foods…

      • What to do with green tomatoes… 

        November 14, 2011, 00:00

        This year I waited until the last possible moment to pick the tomatoes from the garden.  I wanted to let them ripen as much as possible, but needed to protect…

      • Grandma's Applesauce 

        May 11, 2011, 07:04

        .. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it's so easy to make!  It was started by my husband's Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I've…

      • What's Cooking Wednesday: Sweet Potato & Bacon Corn Chowder 

        March 9, 2011, 09:18

          . This is a very yummy twist on the "normal" corn chowder.  Don't be dissuaded by the sweet potato, it's delicious and oh so good for you! . The…

      • Good-Bye Summer Salads 

        October 12, 2010, 06:00

        . There is nothing like fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes!  I really enjoy the pure taste of them, so in this first dish, I kept the ingredients simple. . Th…

      • Vegetarian Chili 

        October 5, 2010, 06:00

        ... This chili is simple, nutritious, filling, and SO SO yummy!  Really, you have to give it a try before snubbing your nose at something vegetarian. ... …

  • Category: gardening  (6)
    • Making Your Own Fairy Gardens 

      July 30, 2013, 09:36

        Fairy gardens are so easy to make.  My girls were excited at the idea of making their own fairy gardens, and this is a fun project that you can…

    • Gobble those Greens from your Garden - Sauteed Kale 

      June 3, 2013, 07:00

      I fell in love with Kale when I was expecting my third child, and trying to increase my vitamin K intake. Until that point, the majority of my experience…

    • Make Your Own "Grass Head" (Kid's Craft) 

      May 13, 2013, 01:30

        This is a fun spring or summer project that is easy to do with kids.  Chances are, you probably have most, if not all, of the materials…

    • The Basics of Growing Your Own Sprouts 

      May 2, 2013, 01:30

      When I was a child, I remember my mom growing sprouts in our kitchen.  I have always loved sprouts, and I was happy to discover that my children also…

    • Easy Egg Carton & Recycled Container Gardening 

      April 22, 2013, 02:00

      Planting seedlings indoors is an easy springtime project for kids.  We like to get some of our garden plants started indoors, since it helps to get seedlings…

    • Green Your Kid: Gardening 

      March 14, 2012, 00:03

      By Lynda Fassa for Green Goes Simple There are many fun things to do in the backyard with the kids: picnicking, jumping through the sprinkler and…

  • Category: health  (119)
    • February: Heart Health & American Heart Month 

      February 7, 2014, 14:28

      This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. February is American Heart Month, and with a New Year underway, what better…

    • Contact Lenses for Children - A Parent’s Guide 

      January 17, 2014, 14:33

      Contact lenses are not just for older teens and adults. Children of all ages can wear contacts, although the reasons they are prescribed differ among…

    • Turmeric Milk 

      December 2, 2013, 13:12

        Turmeric milk is a traditional recipe used in many cultures.  Turmeric is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties…

    • Staying Healthy and Hydrated with Infused Water 

      July 16, 2013, 08:00

        Infusing water with fruits, vegetables, and herbs, is an easy way to stay hydrated during the summer months.  I stay away from sugary drinks,…

    • Dealing with Physiological Changes During Pregnancy 

      July 14, 2013, 17:36

        Pregnancy is an incredible event on so many levels, not the least of which being the changes that occur to the female body during this nine month…

    • Natural Ways of Dealing with Eczema 

      June 24, 2013, 09:26

          My daughter has been dealing with eczema since she was a baby.  For almost 4 years now, we have tried many natural ways to deal with…

    • Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives (2012) DVD review 

      June 6, 2013, 08:04

        I was provided a viewing link free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives is an award-winning…

    • Deodorant & Antiperspirant: Going Natural 

      May 13, 2013, 02:00

        As a teenager and in my college years, it was easy to use popular antiperspirants.  They were cute, they smelled so good, and they worked really…

    • Raising Vegetarian Kids 

      May 9, 2013, 02:00

      I have been a vegetarian since I was a little girl.  It was something that was entirely my own idea, and when we had kids, my husband I agreed that we…

    • Childhood Immune Support from the Experts 

      March 25, 2013, 00:26

      Because we know that viruses don't sleep during the warmer months only to wake up during cold weather season, the Holistic Chiropractors (Dr. Tracy Wilson and…

    • Why Do I Avoid Artificial Food Dyes? 

      August 6, 2012, 07:00

      The idea that artificial food dyes may cause hyperactive behavior in children isn't a new concept. It's been debated for decades, and is a principle of the…

    • Tips on How to Afford Organic Food 

      April 19, 2012, 00:05

      A lot of families are switching to an organic-only diet. Organic food is healthier because it doesn't contain preservatives or chemicals. However, it is not…

    • Expert Dustin Maher's 16 Rules to Eat By (Part 3) 

      March 23, 2012, 00:12

      Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review…

    • Super Foods for a Super YOU! 

      March 19, 2012, 07:00

      What are super foods? They seem to be a popular topic on many talk shows, health shows and health and fitness programs. Super foods are vegetables, fruits,…

    • Expert Dustin Maher's 16 Rules to Eat By (Part 2) 

      March 16, 2012, 00:04

      Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review…

    • 16 Rules to Eat By (by Leading Fitness Expert Dustin Maher) 

      March 10, 2012, 00:04

      Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review…

    • Whole Food Vitamins 

      March 9, 2012, 00:51

      According to an article in the New York Times, the general population that are taking multivitamins are consuming far more vitamins and minerals than are…

    • The Bane that is....Fruit Flies 

      July 14, 2011, 00:01

      By Melanie Melugin Author of Going Green with Noah We eat organic fruits and veggies…well, as much as we can. There are times that we buy non-organic…

    • Diagnosis Endometriosis 

      April 27, 2011, 15:31

      I am departing from my "regular" What's Cooking Wednesday to talk a little bit about Endometriosis (or "endo").  Ever heard about it?  Do you or someone you…

    • Some Thoughts on Drinking More Water 

      March 13, 2011, 21:14

      I am trying to drink more water. Boy how things have changed in my lifetime! I remember the days when your only choice for getting a drink was to sidle up to…

    • Truth or Myth: Does breast milk cause cavities? 

      February 22, 2011, 01:24

      If you have ever nursed a child past the age of 12 months, you have probably heard the following from a dentist or pediatrician:  "Breast milk causes tooth…

    • Building a Family Tree of Your Health 

      November 21, 2010, 23:40

      How many times have you been in this situation: You're in a doctor's office or emergency room hurriedly trying to fill out paperwork, or being interviewed by a…

    • An Unwelcome Surprise 

      November 8, 2010, 05:45

      Two weeks after my son’s one-year-old check up, we found out he had lead poisoning.  We live in a 120-year-old house, but had no idea it was poisoning…

    • Nature Deficit Disorder - Do your kids have it? 

      September 8, 2010, 00:00

      NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER is one of the newest plagues affecting our homes and our children. The good news, it can be prevented. By definition, Nature Deficit…

    • The Fats of Meat (Meat Part 3) 

      July 21, 2010, 00:41

      Continuing our meat discussion part 1 and part 2... What is CLA? Conjugated Linoleic Acid.  There are 16 different types of CLA, though each one is…

    • The Grass-Fed Benefits (Meat Part 2) 

      July 16, 2010, 01:19

      In continuation of our meat mini-series, we will discuss the benefits of eating grass-fed beef purely from a human-health perspective.  Though there are…

    • What’s in Your Meat? (Part 1) 

      July 10, 2010, 23:38

      Ever wonder where that juicy steak you’re eating came from?  Did it look fresh, juicy and red when you purchased it at the store?  Well, of course it…

    • A Greener and Cleaner Summer 

      June 17, 2010, 08:48

      After watching Oprah's Earth Day Show in April 2007, Liz was inspired to make some deliberate changes in her lifestyle. She had already started incorporating…

    • Saving My Baby 

      March 9, 2010, 17:39

      This is an inspiring story from Sarah Kaganovsky...dare ya not to get teary-eyed!! I gave birth on a February afternoon by repeat caesarean. A pink,…

    • Category: exercise  (9)
      • Why I'd Rather Be a Couch Potato Than Anything Less Than My Rock-Hard Self (Comical But True) 

        January 23, 2013, 23:00

        Don't laugh. It's a true story.  (Okay, maybe you can laugh a little.)  Ever since I had kids, it's why I have despised to start a workout program after I…

      • Fitness Tips For the Busy Mom 

        September 5, 2012, 00:01

        Finding time to exercise when you have kids is no easy feat, but modeling regular fitness is such a vital part of teaching our kids to be healthy and to…

      • Finding the Right Jogging Stroller 

        August 29, 2012, 00:01

        Now that the weather has finally cooled enough, it is an excellent time to take your jogging (or walking) outside - and with your little ones!  But before you…

      • Balancing Exercise and Mommyhood 

        March 21, 2012, 00:01

        So you have two or three children and they seem overwhelming at times…you can still get your workout in!  While I am not an elite athlete, I have been able…

      • 16 Rules to Eat By (by Leading Fitness Expert Dustin Maher) 

        March 10, 2012, 00:04

        Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review…

      • February for a Healthy Heart! 

        February 10, 2012, 00:00

        February is the month for hearts, and not just of the Valentine variety.  Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer.  In fact, something that is so…

      • Finding Time to Exercise When You Have Kids 

        March 24, 2011, 01:25

        Being married to a former professional athlete and being a former personal trainer, swim instructor, and dancer myself, I used to workout.  A lot.  After…

      • What About Me? 

        February 18, 2011, 01:00

        Every New Years'  Eve, I ask friends for resolution suggestions.  This is (a) because I never know what to resolve and (b) I feel like it tells me a little…

      • Exercising When You Have Kids 

        April 13, 2010, 19:20

        Elizabeth writes for us again... I've found it to be difficult to get into an exercise routine since having children. I just don't have the time to do…

    • Category: food allergies  (9)
    • Category: green  (76)
      • Get Rid of Fruit Flies ~ Naturally! 

        October 22, 2013, 08:07

          Every spring and summer, I try to be careful about avoiding a fruit fly problem, but somehow they still sneak into our compost bin under our sink…

      • Homemade Cloth Dinner Napkins 

        August 9, 2013, 22:20

        In our household, we try to be as eco-friendly as possible.  After switching from paper towels to cloth rags, my 6 year old insisted that she wanted all…

      • Staying Healthy and Hydrated with Infused Water 

        July 16, 2013, 08:00

          Infusing water with fruits, vegetables, and herbs, is an easy way to stay hydrated during the summer months.  I stay away from sugary drinks,…

      • Ditching Paper Towels for Cloth 

        June 18, 2013, 21:36

            It can be easy to go through a lot of paper towels.  After having kids, I felt like I was going through way too many, with many more…

      • EcoJarz: Eco-Friendly Drinking Lids & Straws (**GIVEAWAY**) 

        June 8, 2013, 21:27

          This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. We love things that are eco-friendly, and products that are healthy…

      • Deodorant & Antiperspirant: Going Natural 

        May 13, 2013, 02:00

          As a teenager and in my college years, it was easy to use popular antiperspirants.  They were cute, they smelled so good, and they worked really…

      • Baby Steps to Green - Healthy Eating 

        May 6, 2013, 09:00

        As much as I'd like to say that all my family eats is whole foods, and that my kids don't know what McDonalds is, that's not the truth! We do eat well most…

      • The Basics of Growing Your Own Sprouts 

        May 2, 2013, 01:30

        When I was a child, I remember my mom growing sprouts in our kitchen.  I have always loved sprouts, and I was happy to discover that my children also…

      • Fun Painting with Recycled Materials 

        April 24, 2013, 02:00

        This is a fun way to do a painting project by upcycling different materials.  Start by gathering up any materials that you can use for painting.  This…

      • Easy Egg Carton & Recycled Container Gardening 

        April 22, 2013, 02:00

        Planting seedlings indoors is an easy springtime project for kids.  We like to get some of our garden plants started indoors, since it helps to get seedlings…

      • Green & Frugal Gift Wrap Ideas 

        December 3, 2012, 07:00

        I love seeing beautifully wrapped packages under our tree, but I don't love the cost and waste of traditional gift wrap. I came across Gift it Green…

      • Havahart & Dr. T's Natural Animal Repellents (**GIVEAWAY**) 

        October 23, 2012, 01:15

        Havahart and Dr. T's make natural animal repellents, including the Spray Away motion activated sprinkler I received, and the Snake-A-Way Repellent that a…

      • Tips on How to Afford Organic Food 

        April 19, 2012, 00:05

        A lot of families are switching to an organic-only diet. Organic food is healthier because it doesn't contain preservatives or chemicals. However, it is not…

      • Get Your Grill on! Throw a Planet-Friendly BBQ 

        April 12, 2012, 00:01

        By Rachel Bertsche for Green Goes Simple Choose Gas over Charcoal Natural gas and propane grills are more energy-efficient and leave less waste…

      • Expert Dustin Maher's 16 Rules to Eat By (Part 3) 

        March 23, 2012, 00:12

        Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review…

      • Super Foods for a Super YOU! 

        March 19, 2012, 07:00

        What are super foods? They seem to be a popular topic on many talk shows, health shows and health and fitness programs. Super foods are vegetables, fruits,…

      • Green Your Kid: Gardening 

        March 14, 2012, 00:03

        By Lynda Fassa for Green Goes Simple There are many fun things to do in the backyard with the kids: picnicking, jumping through the sprinkler and…

      • 16 Rules to Eat By (by Leading Fitness Expert Dustin Maher) 

        March 10, 2012, 00:04

        Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review…

      • Whole Food Vitamins 

        March 9, 2012, 00:51

        According to an article in the New York Times, the general population that are taking multivitamins are consuming far more vitamins and minerals than are…

      • What's Your Green IQ? 

        March 7, 2012, 00:01

        By Andrea Kasprzak for Green Goes Simple You’ve taken some huge green steps, but how does your green knowledge measure up? Take our quiz to gauge your…

      • Love the Earth and Your Sweeties This Valentine's Day 

        February 13, 2012, 00:01

        By Amy Levin-Epstein for Green Goes Simple This February 14th, you may be tempted to spend some serious dough on your darlings. According to a National…

      • Give a Better Gift 

        December 7, 2011, 00:01

        By Cynthia Ramnarace for Green Goes Simple When I was a child, my sister and I treated piles of torn Christmas wrapping paper as if they were freshly…

      • You Made That Detergent Bottle Into a What? 

        November 29, 2011, 00:01

        I know that reusing is a key component of the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle): I’ve turned my old jelly jars into coin collectors, my ripped jeans into…

      • Everyday Chores Get Greener 

        November 2, 2011, 00:03

        By Amy Levin-Epstein for Green Goes Simple Ready to make some eco-friendly changes, but not sure where to begin? Start with the things you do each day:…

      • Shades of Green - Which are you? 

        November 1, 2011, 00:00

        It's interesting ever since we became a "green" family the comments that we receive - and yet the crazy misconceptions that people have. When I mention that…

      • Green Your Kid: Halloween! 

        October 26, 2011, 00:01

        By Lynda Fassa for Green Goes Simple I love this time of year. Besides hustling for the school bus in the morning and the magic of birthdays for two of my…

      • Turn Something Old Into Something New 

        October 19, 2011, 00:03

        By Alison Baenen for Green Goes Simple It’s easy to forget that the components of the classic sustainability slogan “reduce, reuse, recycle” are…

      • Baby Goes Vintage 

        October 12, 2011, 00:03

        By Amy Levin-Epstein for Green Goes Simple Babies are cute, but -- I'm sorry to say -- they’re hardly green. These tiny little humans need a whole lot…

      • Halloween: The Green Way 

        October 4, 2011, 12:01

        It's October - My favorite time of year!  Coming off one of the hottest summers in Texas history, you better believe that the cooler temperatures (well -…

      • It’s Never Been Easier to Be Green 

        September 28, 2011, 00:03

        By Elizabeth Barker for Green Goes Simple With just a little eco-savvy, creating a greener home can be a breeze for busy moms. Here, Terra Wellington,…

      • Stewardship, Part 3 

        September 19, 2011, 06:41

        In this third post on stewardship, I want to talk about our responsibilities to the earth. Remember the definition of stewardship? The conducting, managing…

      • Better for Baby 

        September 14, 2011, 00:03

        By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple Look for Natural Playthings Babies put everything in their mouths, especially their playthings. Toys made from…

      • Better Home Decor 

        September 7, 2011, 00:01

        By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple Choose a Safer Paint Got a room in need of a perk-up? Trade pale walls for bright hues, like canary yellow.…

      • How Healthy Is Your Bedroom? 

        August 15, 2011, 07:38

        By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple The kitchen may be the most popular room in the house, but the bedroom is where you clock the most time. Human…

      • Safer ways to ward off bugs : Consumer Reports 

        August 11, 2011, 00:01

        By: Melanie – Author of Going Green with Noah (This article is adapted from the July 2010 Consumer Reports magazine.) Mosquitos and ticks can spread…

      • The ABC's of Keeping Cool the Eco-Friendly Way 

        August 4, 2011, 00:01

        Article shared by Melanie of Going Green with Noah Article written and published by Healthy Baby, Healthy Child! During the Dog Days of summer, many…

      • The Bane that is....Fruit Flies 

        July 14, 2011, 00:01

        By Melanie Melugin Author of Going Green with Noah We eat organic fruits and veggies…well, as much as we can. There are times that we buy non-organic…

      • Keep Eco-Cool this Summer 

        July 7, 2011, 19:31

        By: Melanie - Author of Going Green with Noah It is HOT outside, especially here in Dallas!  Reaching temperatures upwards of 103 degrees, it is miserable…

      • New Uses for Old Things: Household Odds and Ends 

        July 1, 2011, 07:07

        By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple As a busy, penny-wise, green-minded mama, I’m on an ever-present mission to find new uses for things that may…

      • An Eco-Friendly 4th of July Celebration 

        June 30, 2011, 23:59

          This weekend is the celebration of the Independence Day of the United States of America.  Celebrations are planned with family and friends and you…

      • Eco-Friendly Activities for the Summer 

        June 24, 2011, 06:55

        Summer is here and you either have kids that are not yet in school…..or kids that are out of school.  Trying to find great eco friendly activities for them…

      • How to Slash Your Electricity Bill This Summer 

        June 16, 2011, 07:32

        By Amy Levin-Epstein for Green Goes Simple Using less electricity at home is a win-win: You reduce your environmental impact and your monthly bill. But…

      • How to Cloth Diaper 

        April 29, 2011, 06:55

        Everyone does it differently, but there are so many bad stigmas that deal with cloth diapering that I thought I would address them, and show you what my…

      • How "live" is your live Christmas Tree? 

        December 6, 2010, 07:00

        Our first Christmas as a married couple, my husband and I were young, broke and living in an apartment.  We cruised through the parking lot "live…

      • Do It Yourself: Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning Solution 

        November 12, 2010, 09:46

        By: Melanie of Goinggreenwithnoah.com We are all moms.  Therefore we understand that dirt is inevitable! Do you know how harmful the conventional…

      • Designer Diapers: Cloth Diapering in Style 

        October 29, 2010, 23:30

        The most common reasons we hear for choosing to cloth diaper your baby are: they are more economical than disposables, they are better for baby's skin, and…

      • Cloth Diapering On a Budget 

        October 28, 2010, 23:06

        Cloth diapering has been making a comeback during the last few years as more attention is being paid to both our economy and our planet. Because cloth…

      • Being Green: Make it Yourself – Natural Bar Soaps 

        October 22, 2010, 00:17

        Have you ever wondered how to go green and save money at the same time? I recently discovered this great article that teaches how to make our own natural…

      • Is Organic Always Better for You? No! 

        October 8, 2010, 01:01

        After many comments and emails at www.goinggreenwithnoah.com, I must clarify one thing......Organic is not always better for you ...in the sense of calories,…

      • Organic versus “All Natural” 

        September 24, 2010, 01:01

        In my last post, Organic: What it Really Means, I discussed a broad analysis of what Organic means within the food industry.??In continuing with that…

      • What does “Organic” really mean? 

        September 10, 2010, 01:01

        I had a follower at  WWW.GOINGGREENWITHNOAH.COM recently say that they were hesitant to eat Organic food (over conventional), because of the "truth"…

      • Confessions of the Unaware: A Journey to a Healthier Family 

        September 7, 2010, 00:15

        How many of us are aware of the organic or natural fad that is currently a trend in our nation? How many of us have glanced at the organic sections of the…

      • Cloth Wipes: Green and Frugal! 

        September 6, 2010, 06:00

        Cloth Wipes are a must have for any cloth diapering family, but they are a wise choice for all Moms.  They are economical, "green" and you have complete…

      • The Skin We're In: The Final Chapter 

        August 27, 2010, 00:01

        Sodium Lauryl Sulfate By Melanie Melugin Author of Going Green with Noah Please take a moment to come and visit my blog – become a follower – enter the…

      • How to Compost 

        August 16, 2010, 01:21

        Compost! This includes things like food scraps, grass, yard clippings, dead plants. It breaks down into wonderful, rich soil, and keeps waste out of the…

      • The Skin We’re In: Part 2 – Fragrances 

        August 13, 2010, 07:00

        The Skin We’re In –Part 2 Fragrances – Potential Health Hazard? By: Melanie Melugin, Going Green with Noah Last week, in The Skin We’re In…

      • Summer of Green (Part 3) 

        August 7, 2010, 02:09

        Live Green Mom continues her "Green" Summer... If you’ve read my blog Live Green Mom, you know I am all about small changes that add up over time. Small…

      • Smart Tip Tuesday: DIY Cloth Diaper 

        July 27, 2010, 06:00

        Want to make this........ ...or this... ...out of your old baby blankets/t-shirts? Hop on over to my personal blog, The Lean Green Mommy…

      • The Fats of Meat (Meat Part 3) 

        July 21, 2010, 00:41

        Continuing our meat discussion part 1 and part 2... What is CLA? Conjugated Linoleic Acid.  There are 16 different types of CLA, though each one is…

      • Smart Tip Tuesday: Brown Bag Popcorn 

        July 20, 2010, 06:00

        Smart Tip Tuesday is all about sharing tips on how to be green, save money, or just simplify life.  If you would like to share a tip, link up below with…

      • The Grass-Fed Benefits (Meat Part 2) 

        July 16, 2010, 01:19

        In continuation of our meat mini-series, we will discuss the benefits of eating grass-fed beef purely from a human-health perspective.  Though there are…

      • Summer of Green & Clean (Part II) 

        July 14, 2010, 02:00

        Live Green Mom continues her series... If you are a mom (or dad) trying to go green, you have probably heard plenty of hype about cleaning with white…

      • What’s in Your Meat? (Part 1) 

        July 10, 2010, 23:38

        Ever wonder where that juicy steak you’re eating came from?  Did it look fresh, juicy and red when you purchased it at the store?  Well, of course it…

      • Mauled by Mosquitoes 

        July 8, 2010, 02:00

        I was going to wait to post this next week, but I just can't take it any longer... I don't know about you, but we've been getting eaten alive by…

      • Budgeting Organic Buying 

        July 6, 2010, 01:02

        Going organic has many benefits - from taste to more nutrient content to long-term health benefits (and savings).  However, buying organic can leave quite a…

      • A Quick Intro to Organic 

        July 2, 2010, 04:30

        What is organic? Simply stated, organic foods are grown, prepared, processed and packaged without added chemicals or unnatural components.…

      • My Journey to Healthy Living 

        June 30, 2010, 04:20

        It wasn't too long ago that I was completely oblivious to the dangers lurking in our everyday use items.  In fact, it was just a few short months ago that I…

      • Summer of Green 

        June 28, 2010, 08:28

        Hello, and welcome! Good to see you here. I'm Helga, from Live Green Mom. I'm a 40 year old married mom to an 8 year old girl and a 6 year old boy. I live in…

      • A Greener and Cleaner Summer 

        June 17, 2010, 08:48

        After watching Oprah's Earth Day Show in April 2007, Liz was inspired to make some deliberate changes in her lifestyle. She had already started incorporating…

      • Household Cleaner Alternatives 

        March 31, 2010, 20:30

        In honor of Spring Cleaning season, here are some tips that I have acquired through the years from friends, family members, and/or internet on household…

      • Category: compost  (1)
        • How to Compost 

          August 16, 2010, 01:21

          Compost! This includes things like food scraps, grass, yard clippings, dead plants. It breaks down into wonderful, rich soil, and keeps waste out of the…

      • Category: healthy living  (37)
        • Staying Healthy and Hydrated with Infused Water 

          July 16, 2013, 08:00

            Infusing water with fruits, vegetables, and herbs, is an easy way to stay hydrated during the summer months.  I stay away from sugary drinks,…

        • Tips on Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) 

          June 30, 2013, 20:47

            Thinking about joining a CSA?  Community Supported Agriculture is when a farmer offers shares of their farm to the public.  You can purchase a…

        • How Do YOU Chia? (**GIVEAWAY**) 

          May 23, 2013, 01:30

            This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Have you heard of Chia seeds?  Have you tried them yet?  Chia…

        • Deodorant & Antiperspirant: Going Natural 

          May 13, 2013, 02:00

            As a teenager and in my college years, it was easy to use popular antiperspirants.  They were cute, they smelled so good, and they worked really…

        • Baby Steps to Green - Healthy Eating 

          May 6, 2013, 09:00

          As much as I'd like to say that all my family eats is whole foods, and that my kids don't know what McDonalds is, that's not the truth! We do eat well most…

        • The Basics of Growing Your Own Sprouts 

          May 2, 2013, 01:30

          When I was a child, I remember my mom growing sprouts in our kitchen.  I have always loved sprouts, and I was happy to discover that my children also…

        • Traveling Lean ~ Eating Healthy on the Road 

          May 21, 2012, 06:01

          With summer coming, many families have vacations and trips planned. Whether you are travelling by car or plane or even train, at some point you will have to…

        • Tips on How to Afford Organic Food 

          April 19, 2012, 00:05

          A lot of families are switching to an organic-only diet. Organic food is healthier because it doesn't contain preservatives or chemicals. However, it is not…

        • Expert Dustin Maher's 16 Rules to Eat By (Part 3) 

          March 23, 2012, 00:12

          Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review…

        • Super Foods for a Super YOU! 

          March 19, 2012, 07:00

          What are super foods? They seem to be a popular topic on many talk shows, health shows and health and fitness programs. Super foods are vegetables, fruits,…

        • 16 Rules to Eat By (by Leading Fitness Expert Dustin Maher) 

          March 10, 2012, 00:04

          Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review…

        • Whole Food Vitamins 

          March 9, 2012, 00:51

          According to an article in the New York Times, the general population that are taking multivitamins are consuming far more vitamins and minerals than are…

        • Safer ways to ward off bugs : Consumer Reports 

          August 11, 2011, 00:01

          By: Melanie – Author of Going Green with Noah (This article is adapted from the July 2010 Consumer Reports magazine.) Mosquitos and ticks can spread…

        • The ABC's of Keeping Cool the Eco-Friendly Way 

          August 4, 2011, 00:01

          Article shared by Melanie of Going Green with Noah Article written and published by Healthy Baby, Healthy Child! During the Dog Days of summer, many…

        • Manuka Honey: Not Your Average Honey 

          July 21, 2011, 00:01

          By: Melanie – Author of Going Green with Noah Manuka honey has great antiseptic qualities. Try using it to clean and soothe minor cuts, burns and…

        • The Bane that is....Fruit Flies 

          July 14, 2011, 00:01

          By Melanie Melugin Author of Going Green with Noah We eat organic fruits and veggies…well, as much as we can. There are times that we buy non-organic…

        • Keep Eco-Cool this Summer 

          July 7, 2011, 19:31

          By: Melanie - Author of Going Green with Noah It is HOT outside, especially here in Dallas!  Reaching temperatures upwards of 103 degrees, it is miserable…

        • Cloth Diapering On a Budget 

          October 28, 2010, 23:06

          Cloth diapering has been making a comeback during the last few years as more attention is being paid to both our economy and our planet. Because cloth…

        • Being Green: Make it Yourself – Natural Bar Soaps 

          October 22, 2010, 00:17

          Have you ever wondered how to go green and save money at the same time? I recently discovered this great article that teaches how to make our own natural…

        • Please Pass the Veggies 

          October 13, 2010, 01:00

          We love our children and want them to be healthy. We work to cook and serve meals that are well rounded and good for them. Then we sit down as a family to…

        • Is Organic Always Better for You? No! 

          October 8, 2010, 01:01

          After many comments and emails at www.goinggreenwithnoah.com, I must clarify one thing......Organic is not always better for you ...in the sense of calories,…

        • Organic versus “All Natural” 

          September 24, 2010, 01:01

          In my last post, Organic: What it Really Means, I discussed a broad analysis of what Organic means within the food industry.??In continuing with that…

        • What does “Organic” really mean? 

          September 10, 2010, 01:01

          I had a follower at  WWW.GOINGGREENWITHNOAH.COM recently say that they were hesitant to eat Organic food (over conventional), because of the "truth"…

        • Confessions of the Unaware: A Journey to a Healthier Family 

          September 7, 2010, 00:15

          How many of us are aware of the organic or natural fad that is currently a trend in our nation? How many of us have glanced at the organic sections of the…

        • The Skin We're In: The Final Chapter 

          August 27, 2010, 00:01

          Sodium Lauryl Sulfate By Melanie Melugin Author of Going Green with Noah Please take a moment to come and visit my blog – become a follower – enter the…

        • The Skin We’re In: Part 2 – Fragrances 

          August 13, 2010, 07:00

          The Skin We’re In –Part 2 Fragrances – Potential Health Hazard? By: Melanie Melugin, Going Green with Noah Last week, in The Skin We’re In…

        • The Skin We’re In – Part I 

          July 30, 2010, 08:00

          Parabens By: Melanie Melugin, Going Green with Noah In a society in which we are obsessed with how our skin looks, whether it is through the use of…

        • The Fats of Meat (Meat Part 3) 

          July 21, 2010, 00:41

          Continuing our meat discussion part 1 and part 2... What is CLA? Conjugated Linoleic Acid.  There are 16 different types of CLA, though each one is…

        • The Grass-Fed Benefits (Meat Part 2) 

          July 16, 2010, 01:19

          In continuation of our meat mini-series, we will discuss the benefits of eating grass-fed beef purely from a human-health perspective.  Though there are…

        • Summer of Green & Clean (Part II) 

          July 14, 2010, 02:00

          Live Green Mom continues her series... If you are a mom (or dad) trying to go green, you have probably heard plenty of hype about cleaning with white…

        • What’s in Your Meat? (Part 1) 

          July 10, 2010, 23:38

          Ever wonder where that juicy steak you’re eating came from?  Did it look fresh, juicy and red when you purchased it at the store?  Well, of course it…

        • Mauled by Mosquitoes 

          July 8, 2010, 02:00

          I was going to wait to post this next week, but I just can't take it any longer... I don't know about you, but we've been getting eaten alive by…

        • Budgeting Organic Buying 

          July 6, 2010, 01:02

          Going organic has many benefits - from taste to more nutrient content to long-term health benefits (and savings).  However, buying organic can leave quite a…

        • A Quick Intro to Organic 

          July 2, 2010, 04:30

          What is organic? Simply stated, organic foods are grown, prepared, processed and packaged without added chemicals or unnatural components.…

        • My Journey to Healthy Living 

          June 30, 2010, 04:20

          It wasn't too long ago that I was completely oblivious to the dangers lurking in our everyday use items.  In fact, it was just a few short months ago that I…

        • Summer of Green 

          June 28, 2010, 08:28

          Hello, and welcome! Good to see you here. I'm Helga, from Live Green Mom. I'm a 40 year old married mom to an 8 year old girl and a 6 year old boy. I live in…

        • A Greener and Cleaner Summer 

          June 17, 2010, 08:48

          After watching Oprah's Earth Day Show in April 2007, Liz was inspired to make some deliberate changes in her lifestyle. She had already started incorporating…

    • Category: health problems  (12)
      • Epidermolysis Bullosa ("EB") and National EB Awareness Week 

        October 20, 2013, 22:01

        I have the worst disease you never heard of. In 1976 I was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).  EB is a very rare genetic connective tissue…

      • September ~ Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month 

        September 5, 2013, 21:59

        The things I know now… Once we know something we are forever changed… forever aware.  Once we know something we must share it, change it, fix it,…

      • Natural Ways of Dealing with Eczema 

        June 24, 2013, 09:26

            My daughter has been dealing with eczema since she was a baby.  For almost 4 years now, we have tried many natural ways to deal with…

      • Got Yeast? A Natural Solution 

        May 16, 2013, 02:00

          I don't like to talk about it out loud too often, but I used to get yeast infections in rather uncomfortable places very frequently.  In fact, I…

      • Spring Cleaning & Lead Dust 

        March 30, 2012, 00:00

        Spring cleaning is much more challenging when you live in a place that has lead paint and lead dust.  It means thinking carefully about your environment,…

      • 9 Most Common Childhood Diseases 

        March 20, 2012, 00:01

        Having a baby is an adventure in medical care. You are learning which bugs are harmless and which ones are more serious. You can rest assured that most colds…

      • Dealing with the Increasingly Popular Peanut Allergy 

        March 12, 2012, 00:02

        With my first daughter, we never dealt with food allergies.  I was very careful about introducing foods that could be possible allergens within her first 2…

      • February for a Healthy Heart! 

        February 10, 2012, 00:00

        February is the month for hearts, and not just of the Valentine variety.  Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer.  In fact, something that is so…

      • Diagnosis Endometriosis 

        April 27, 2011, 15:31

        I am departing from my "regular" What's Cooking Wednesday to talk a little bit about Endometriosis (or "endo").  Ever heard about it?  Do you or someone you…

      • Truth or Myth: Does breast milk cause cavities? 

        February 22, 2011, 01:24

        If you have ever nursed a child past the age of 12 months, you have probably heard the following from a dentist or pediatrician:  "Breast milk causes tooth…

      • Saving Savannah 

        September 26, 2010, 00:04

        I can't tell you how blessed I feel that I have been asked to write a guest post for The Village of Moms.  You see I am one of the luckiest Mami’s in The…

      • Saving My Baby 

        March 9, 2010, 17:39

        This is an inspiring story from Sarah Kaganovsky...dare ya not to get teary-eyed!! I gave birth on a February afternoon by repeat caesarean. A pink,…

    • Category: lead  (2)
      • Spring Cleaning & Lead Dust 

        March 30, 2012, 00:00

        Spring cleaning is much more challenging when you live in a place that has lead paint and lead dust.  It means thinking carefully about your environment,…

      • An Unwelcome Surprise 

        November 8, 2010, 05:45

        Two weeks after my son’s one-year-old check up, we found out he had lead poisoning.  We live in a 120-year-old house, but had no idea it was poisoning…

    • Category: Nutrition  (9)
      • Eating Real Food While Traveling 

        April 7, 2013, 23:48

        It can be very difficult to eat real food while you are traveling.  Fast food is so tempting because it is fast and easy.  However, as a family of people…

      • Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and the Prenatal Vitamin 

        September 20, 2012, 00:32

        “I’ve delivered literally thousands of babies over the past 30+ years,” says a smiling Dr. Doug Odom, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist in Jackson,…

      • Why Do I Avoid Artificial Food Dyes? 

        August 6, 2012, 07:00

        The idea that artificial food dyes may cause hyperactive behavior in children isn't a new concept. It's been debated for decades, and is a principle of the…

      • 10 Tips for Getting Your Kids to Eat Healthier  

        July 6, 2012, 00:03

        Have you ever wondered why grocery stores keep the sugar laden cereals at your kid’s eye level?  Or why 99.9% of food commercials on TV are advertising…

      • Expert Dustin Maher's 16 Rules to Eat By (Part 3) 

        March 23, 2012, 00:12

        Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review…

      • Super Foods for a Super YOU! 

        March 19, 2012, 07:00

        What are super foods? They seem to be a popular topic on many talk shows, health shows and health and fitness programs. Super foods are vegetables, fruits,…

      • Expert Dustin Maher's 16 Rules to Eat By (Part 2) 

        March 16, 2012, 00:04

        Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review…

      • 16 Rules to Eat By (by Leading Fitness Expert Dustin Maher) 

        March 10, 2012, 00:04

        Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review…

      • Whole Food Vitamins 

        March 9, 2012, 00:51

        According to an article in the New York Times, the general population that are taking multivitamins are consuming far more vitamins and minerals than are…

  • Category: housekeeping  (46)
    • Great Tips for Cleaning and Organizing During the Holidays and Beyond 

      November 19, 2012, 23:30

      The Holidays are upon us, and that means lots of visitors, well wishers, and family. We love this season, but life gets so busy, I never feel like I have time…

    • How to get your kids to help you Spring Clean 

      April 24, 2012, 00:11

      Spring in Utah is beautiful. While the weather is warming up outside, we are busy Spring Cleaning inside. It is not a one man job and I really want and need…

    • The 15-Minute Purge 

      April 2, 2012, 00:03

      Kelly Gash is a Southern California-based professional organizer who can help you tame the clutter in your life.  Visit her website at www.orgforlife.com. Ok…

    • My Kitchen is Boring: Renovating the Kitchen to Make it More Exciting 

      December 19, 2011, 11:47

      by guest Andrew Brusnahan Let’s face it, sometimes your house can become boring to look at, especially if you have been there for a few years. Walking…

    • Dirty Enough to be Happy! (Plus GREAT Cleaning Tips) 

      September 27, 2011, 01:20

      "Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing." Phyllis Diller  "Make Your Home Clean Enough to…

    • How to Hold a Garage Sale (or Not!) 

      July 11, 2011, 06:28

      Holding a garage sale may seem like an overwhelming task, but with some forethought, hard work and preparation, it can be a nice way to make some money…

    • New Uses for Old Things: Household Odds and Ends 

      July 1, 2011, 07:07

      By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple As a busy, penny-wise, green-minded mama, I’m on an ever-present mission to find new uses for things that may…

    • As the Fog Clears 

      September 29, 2010, 02:00

      Kingdom Mama is a frugal homeschooling mom of TWO sets of twins and a singleton that spends the majority of her day in the kitchen.  The self-proclaimed…

    • Fall Cleaning: Ready, Set, Go! 

      September 22, 2010, 00:01

      Fall is definitely approaching, especially where I live.  I spent the entire weekend feeling freezing cold. Want to know just how cold? On Saturday, people…

    • Fall Cleaning 

      September 13, 2010, 00:01

      Ahh, autumn.  The leaves change colors and start to fall, the weather is cools down, school buses parade the streets, apple pies are a-bakin', trips to the…

    • 3 Habits for a Tidier House 

      August 6, 2010, 07:00

      We all fight with clutter.  There are various types- clutter left over from cooking a meal, clutter that piles up after school and work every day on the…

    • 30 Items Less 

      July 29, 2010, 08:00

      I'm a big fan of the website Unclutterer.com, and a recent challenge posted there has inspired me.   For the month of August, I'm planning to get rid of one…

    • Summer of Green & Clean (Part II) 

      July 14, 2010, 02:00

      Live Green Mom continues her series... If you are a mom (or dad) trying to go green, you have probably heard plenty of hype about cleaning with white…

    • Do You Freecycle? 

      May 1, 2010, 19:34

      Elizabeth writes in again, perfect timing for getting rid of all the spring cleaning items you might have de-cluttered in your home... Today while…

    • Conquering Clutter 

      April 25, 2010, 19:33

      Elizabeth writes for us again... I have had it up to here (holds hand way above head!) with clutter. Today I picked up a billion little army men hidden…

    • Are You a Trash Picker? 

      April 22, 2010, 19:28

      Elizabeth writes for us again... I wouldn't necessarily consider myself a trash picker, but I do follow the mantra of "one person's trash is another's…

    • Spring Cleaning 

      April 5, 2010, 09:14

      Okay, so it's finally spring and that means if you haven't done SPRING CLEANING yet, it's time!  A lot of this stuff I personally do either every time I clean…

    • Household Cleaner Alternatives 

      March 31, 2010, 20:30

      In honor of Spring Cleaning season, here are some tips that I have acquired through the years from friends, family members, and/or internet on household…

    • Category: cleaning  (24)
      • Get Your Outdoors Organized 

        November 20, 2013, 10:37

        The cleaning up is seemingly never done.  As soon the house is clean it somehow becomes dirty again.  Perhaps this is what the wisest man to ever live,…

      • Get Rid of Fruit Flies ~ Naturally! 

        October 22, 2013, 08:07

          Every spring and summer, I try to be careful about avoiding a fruit fly problem, but somehow they still sneak into our compost bin under our sink…

      • Ditching Paper Towels for Cloth 

        June 18, 2013, 21:36

            It can be easy to go through a lot of paper towels.  After having kids, I felt like I was going through way too many, with many more…

      • 3 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Join in With Chores 

        May 28, 2013, 08:02

          Children and chores are two things that don’t go together. We all remember that scene in Mary Poppins where the children have loads of fun…

      • Weekly Checklist To Keep Your Pool Clean This Summer 

        May 21, 2013, 01:30

          When we first installed our family pool, we weren’t regular about maintenance. We quickly discovered that things got handled very ineffectively,…

      • Winter Cleaning Checklist 

        January 11, 2013, 00:00

        Tracked-in slush, ashes, dust - do these make way into your home on a regular basis during this season?  Winter can just be plain messy!  Since we're cooped…

      • Great Tips for Cleaning and Organizing During the Holidays and Beyond 

        November 19, 2012, 23:30

        The Holidays are upon us, and that means lots of visitors, well wishers, and family. We love this season, but life gets so busy, I never feel like I have time…

      • How to get your kids to help you Spring Clean 

        April 24, 2012, 00:11

        Spring in Utah is beautiful. While the weather is warming up outside, we are busy Spring Cleaning inside. It is not a one man job and I really want and need…

      • The 15-Minute Purge 

        April 2, 2012, 00:03

        Kelly Gash is a Southern California-based professional organizer who can help you tame the clutter in your life.  Visit her website at www.orgforlife.com. Ok…

      • Spring Cleaning & Lead Dust 

        March 30, 2012, 00:00

        Spring cleaning is much more challenging when you live in a place that has lead paint and lead dust.  It means thinking carefully about your environment,…

      • Everyday Chores Get Greener 

        November 2, 2011, 00:03

        By Amy Levin-Epstein for Green Goes Simple Ready to make some eco-friendly changes, but not sure where to begin? Start with the things you do each day:…

      • Dirty Enough to be Happy! (Plus GREAT Cleaning Tips) 

        September 27, 2011, 01:20

        "Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing." Phyllis Diller  "Make Your Home Clean Enough to…

      • How Healthy Is Your Bedroom? 

        August 15, 2011, 07:38

        By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple The kitchen may be the most popular room in the house, but the bedroom is where you clock the most time. Human…

      • How to Hold a Garage Sale (or Not!) 

        July 11, 2011, 06:28

        Holding a garage sale may seem like an overwhelming task, but with some forethought, hard work and preparation, it can be a nice way to make some money…

      • Speed Cleaning: The Cheat Sheet 

        March 17, 2011, 14:30

        Your friend calls and tells you she is coming over for a unplanned visit in 30 minutes, but your house is a mess.  What do you do?  Hopefully you are not put…

      • Do It Yourself: Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning Solution 

        November 12, 2010, 09:46

        By: Melanie of Goinggreenwithnoah.com We are all moms.  Therefore we understand that dirt is inevitable! Do you know how harmful the conventional…

      • Fall Cleaning: The Finish Line 

        October 6, 2010, 00:03

        Our fall cleaning segment is at an end. There’s quite a checklist to be done this time, so I highly suggest recruiting some people (husband, kids, friends)…

      • Fall Cleaning: Finishing Inside the Home 

        September 29, 2010, 23:59

        After a good cleaning of your bedrooms and bathrooms, you should be all set for housing those extra holiday guests.  If you realized that you need extra guest…

      • Fall Cleaning: Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Closets! 

        September 27, 2010, 00:00

        I hope you have been enjoying your newly clean kitchen.  Although, if it’s anything like my house, the day it gets cleaned is the day it gets dirty again. …

      • Fall Cleaning: Ready, Set, Go! 

        September 22, 2010, 00:01

        Fall is definitely approaching, especially where I live.  I spent the entire weekend feeling freezing cold. Want to know just how cold? On Saturday, people…

      • Fall Cleaning 

        September 13, 2010, 00:01

        Ahh, autumn.  The leaves change colors and start to fall, the weather is cools down, school buses parade the streets, apple pies are a-bakin', trips to the…

      • Summer of Green & Clean (Part II) 

        July 14, 2010, 02:00

        Live Green Mom continues her series... If you are a mom (or dad) trying to go green, you have probably heard plenty of hype about cleaning with white…

      • Spring Cleaning 

        April 5, 2010, 09:14

        Okay, so it's finally spring and that means if you haven't done SPRING CLEANING yet, it's time!  A lot of this stuff I personally do either every time I clean…

      • Household Cleaner Alternatives 

        March 31, 2010, 20:30

        In honor of Spring Cleaning season, here are some tips that I have acquired through the years from friends, family members, and/or internet on household…

    • Category: home decor  (3)
      • DIY Fabric Canvas Wall Art 

        January 22, 2014, 12:35

        For years we had large pictures hanging on our walls, but after we had our first baby, I wanted something over my couch that was safe for kids.  Inevitably…

      • 10 Quick Ways to Brighten a Room 

        November 23, 2012, 00:00

        The amount of light in a room has a dramatic effect on how the room looks and the mood of people in the room. A bright room says “welcome, we’re glad…

      • Better Home Decor 

        September 7, 2011, 00:01

        By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple Choose a Safer Paint Got a room in need of a perk-up? Trade pale walls for bright hues, like canary yellow.…

    • Category: housekeeping miscellaneous  (7)
      • Weekly Checklist To Keep Your Pool Clean This Summer 

        May 21, 2013, 01:30

          When we first installed our family pool, we weren’t regular about maintenance. We quickly discovered that things got handled very ineffectively,…

      • Great Tips for Cleaning and Organizing During the Holidays and Beyond 

        November 19, 2012, 23:30

        The Holidays are upon us, and that means lots of visitors, well wishers, and family. We love this season, but life gets so busy, I never feel like I have time…

      • Protect Your Floors After the Holidays 

        January 20, 2012, 00:01

        The holiday season can be a rough time for the floors in your home. Snowy boots, spilled wine, and don’t even get me started on the dangers of cranberry…

      • Dirty Enough to be Happy! (Plus GREAT Cleaning Tips) 

        September 27, 2011, 01:20

        "Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing." Phyllis Diller  "Make Your Home Clean Enough to…

      • How to Hold a Garage Sale (or Not!) 

        July 11, 2011, 06:28

        Holding a garage sale may seem like an overwhelming task, but with some forethought, hard work and preparation, it can be a nice way to make some money…

      • Do You Freecycle? 

        May 1, 2010, 19:34

        Elizabeth writes in again, perfect timing for getting rid of all the spring cleaning items you might have de-cluttered in your home... Today while…

      • Are You a Trash Picker? 

        April 22, 2010, 19:28

        Elizabeth writes for us again... I wouldn't necessarily consider myself a trash picker, but I do follow the mantra of "one person's trash is another's…

    • Category: organization  (19)
      • Get Your Outdoors Organized 

        November 20, 2013, 10:37

        The cleaning up is seemingly never done.  As soon the house is clean it somehow becomes dirty again.  Perhaps this is what the wisest man to ever live,…

      • Core Bamboo Expandable Spice Rack (**GIVEAWAY**) 

        June 22, 2013, 20:24

            This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Core Bamboo manufactures bamboo bowls, cutting boards,…

      • Helping Our Children Get Organized for the New Year 

        January 22, 2013, 02:21

        Getting and staying organized can help our children succeed in school and juggle all the demands. As 2013 gets under way, here are four ideas for a more…

      • Great Tips for Cleaning and Organizing During the Holidays and Beyond 

        November 19, 2012, 23:30

        The Holidays are upon us, and that means lots of visitors, well wishers, and family. We love this season, but life gets so busy, I never feel like I have time…

      • Don't Let the Toys Take Over! 

        April 16, 2012, 06:00

        It's Christmas, or your kid's birthday party, or the grandparents come to visit. You see the excitement on your child's face as they open present after…

      • Getting Organized: Storing Clothes and Changing Seasons 

        April 9, 2012, 00:01

        Doing the seasonal/size clothing shift is a big deal in our house.  With three kids and two adults, that seems like a ton of clothing to manage.  But, I have…

      • The 15-Minute Purge 

        April 2, 2012, 00:03

        Kelly Gash is a Southern California-based professional organizer who can help you tame the clutter in your life.  Visit her website at www.orgforlife.com. Ok…

      • Organizing With Binders and Page Protectors 

        April 2, 2012, 00:00

        I love to be organized; I could spend half a day and a small fortune in The Container Store! Since baby #3 was born in December, things around here haven't…

      • Dirty Enough to be Happy! (Plus GREAT Cleaning Tips) 

        September 27, 2011, 01:20

        "Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing." Phyllis Diller  "Make Your Home Clean Enough to…

      • How to Hold a Garage Sale (or Not!) 

        July 11, 2011, 06:28

        Holding a garage sale may seem like an overwhelming task, but with some forethought, hard work and preparation, it can be a nice way to make some money…

      • Scheduling without a schedule 

        March 31, 2011, 06:36

        I am a planner by nature.  Growing up (and even until I had kids) I had schedules and lists, and even lists for my lists.  I spent hours just organizing my…

      • Getting It All Together 

        February 16, 2011, 01:37

        By Julie Kieras I thought life at home with baby would by idyllic. I would read and coo and play with baby, then flit about the house with a feather duster,…

      • Managing Your Time at Home 

        November 18, 2010, 12:40

        I often get emails (almost daily!) asking about scheduling, time management, and any tips to make life easier at home with little ones running around. If you…

      • Fall Cleaning: Ready, Set, Go! 

        September 22, 2010, 00:01

        Fall is definitely approaching, especially where I live.  I spent the entire weekend feeling freezing cold. Want to know just how cold? On Saturday, people…

      • Beginning of Fall 

        September 17, 2010, 05:00

        Two weeks ago, in my End of Summer post, I wrote about my love for shiny new school supplies and decluttering, clearing space out for what's to come. Since…

      • End of Summer 

        September 3, 2010, 07:00

        I am mostly not a fan of fall.  While I do enjoy apple cider and the change in the weather, and I am looking forward to returning to the pumpkin patch we…

      • 3 Habits for a Tidier House 

        August 6, 2010, 07:00

        We all fight with clutter.  There are various types- clutter left over from cooking a meal, clutter that piles up after school and work every day on the…

      • 30 Items Less 

        July 29, 2010, 08:00

        I'm a big fan of the website Unclutterer.com, and a recent challenge posted there has inspired me.   For the month of August, I'm planning to get rid of one…

      • Conquering Clutter 

        April 25, 2010, 19:33

        Elizabeth writes for us again... I have had it up to here (holds hand way above head!) with clutter. Today I picked up a billion little army men hidden…

  • Category: Life  (182)
    • Baby Flat Head Syndrome 

      October 4, 2013, 10:00

        What you should know about Baby Flat Head Syndrome The Back to Sleep campaign began in the 1990s, and it has been very successful in reducing…

    • How To Survive a Layoff 

      February 11, 2013, 00:36

      This may seem like an odd topic for a blog targeting parents, but having been through four layoffs in 16 years, and facing a possible fifth, I have learned a…

    • The Modern-Day Hippie Mom 

      February 7, 2013, 22:38

      When I think of a traditional hippie, I can't help but think of progressive, Woodstock-going, tie-dye and Birkenstock- wearing individuals who loved the peace…

    • 5 Ways to Combat the "Winter Blues" 

      January 21, 2013, 05:00

      The holidays are over and we are now right in the middle of winter, which is a time when some people are susceptible to depression or seasonal affective…

    • Family Resolutions 

      January 8, 2013, 05:07

      With the New Year upon us, many have taken the time to set some resolutions. But it is not just personal resolutions that we might consider, it is also a…

    • I Am Thankful for My 11 Favorite Things...That Make Life Easier 

      November 13, 2012, 00:44

      There isn't anything fancy about the things that make my life easier. They are simple and might even seem silly. But with 4 children and all that goes with…

    • Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School 

      September 25, 2012, 00:49

      One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When…

    • Beautiful Hands 

      July 25, 2012, 00:29

      There are days I look at my tired thirty-something hands - all veiny, tanned and starting to look all weathered - and scoff.  I wish they could stay smooth…

    • Kind, Respectful, Supportive and Choices  

      July 10, 2012, 00:18

      Right now as I type, a dear friend of mine is at the hospital going into labor. I can't get her off my mind. She was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm. This…

    • I Know I’m Grown Up, But I Still Need My Mom! 

      February 2, 2012, 00:01

      Although I’m not a Mom, I have an amazing Mom (this first sentence will make her instantly cry, sorry Mom)!  I’d like to share my perspective as both a…

    • Leave the Red Pen in the Drawer 

      October 25, 2011, 01:06

          As a new graduate student I was asked to take a TA class. The training prepared me to assist professors with grading assignments in…

    • To Save a Life 

      May 18, 2011, 07:22

      "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

    • Oncologist's Office-Perspective on Motherhood 

      April 12, 2011, 00:20

      Our family had an experience a few months ago that changed us. Enough time has passed that I can share. In November, at a doctor's appointment I had…

    • Dating Your Spouse? Something to Talk About. 

      March 8, 2011, 01:22

      Remember when you were dating your husband, before you got married, and you promised each other that kids, and life, and work, and being tired would NEVER…

    • My So-Called Teenage Years 

      March 3, 2011, 01:00

      High School.  Do you remember those days?  Unfortunately, I was reminded of "those days" a couple of weekends ago when watching a movie.  Not that I have…

    • My Role as a Human Pacifier 

      January 15, 2011, 00:03

      I know some of you will be able to relate or even sympathize with this scenario, and then again some of you won't agree with my thoughts on the subject.…

    • Making Un-Resolutions 

      January 10, 2011, 00:01

      Haven’t made your New Year’s resolutions, yet?  Read this first. January is a time when most people make (and fail to keep) their New Year’s…

    • The Kids Are Out of School – Fun Things To Do 

      December 22, 2010, 00:20

      The kids are out of school. That means they are now home ALL day, ready for some holiday fun. It is a great time of year to draw closer to one another,…

    • My Perspective on My Perspective 

      December 13, 2010, 00:18

      If you knew me, you would know that I am a born pessimist.  Not only is the glass half empty, but it is evaporating as we speak!  I can tell you the negative…

    • To Wrap or Not To Wrap - Christmas Traditions 

      December 8, 2010, 11:59

      HAVE YOU EVER DISAGREED ON A CHRISTMAS TRADITION? Christmas Eve 5 years ago. Our son was three and a half and we knew that this year he would remember…

    • Traveling with Toddlers 

      November 24, 2010, 00:07

      The holidays are a great time of year. A time to be with our families and friends. There are a lot of us that will be traveling to be with those we love. Trave…

    • Family Activities: Encouraging Gratitude 

      November 12, 2010, 00:00

      In an attempt to discover how gratitude affected our health, researchers at UC Davis conducted a study with three groups of volunteers. One group kept a…

    • Things I Learned From My Mom 

      November 5, 2010, 07:00

      Call this a Mothers' Day and a half celebration. This is my mother (and my youngest daughter).  She recently had what they call a "big" birthday.   A…

    • Moving! 

      August 24, 2010, 06:00

      Well, it's that time again...moving day.  :-P  YUCK.  I do not like moving.  I do not like saying good-bye.  I do not like packing.  It's a bitter-sweet…

    • Photography 101 

      August 19, 2010, 06:00

      Are you terrified of your camera?  Maybe you don’t even own a camera and you spend hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars a year to have professionals…

    • Give Yourself a Break 

      August 11, 2010, 01:31

      As women we often struggle with feelings of inadequacy. We beat ourselves up for not being good enough and not doing enough. I know these feelings. I…

    • Blessings and Miracles 

      August 3, 2010, 06:00

      I thought that I would stray away from Smart Tip Tuesday today, and give some food for thought.  BUT, If you would like to read the continuation from last…

    • Saving My Baby 

      March 9, 2010, 17:39

      This is an inspiring story from Sarah Kaganovsky...dare ya not to get teary-eyed!! I gave birth on a February afternoon by repeat caesarean. A pink,…

    • Category: DIY Crafts and Projects  (23)
      • DIY Fabric Canvas Wall Art 

        January 22, 2014, 12:35

        For years we had large pictures hanging on our walls, but after we had our first baby, I wanted something over my couch that was safe for kids.  Inevitably…

      • Writing Thank You Cards with Kids 

        January 8, 2014, 12:48

        When I was a little girl, my mom taught me to write thank you notes at a very young age.  This is still something I do as an adult, and I have taught my…

      • Homemade Holiday Sugar Scrubs 

        December 4, 2013, 07:42

          My kids and I like to make homemade sugar scrubs as gifts for teachers and other people during the holidays.  You can make any scent you like,…

      • DIY Microwave Rice Warmer 

        November 29, 2013, 21:14

          In the colder months, which seem to stretch on forever here in the Northeast, I use a my microwave rice warmer on a daily basis.  My kids liked…

      • DIY Glass Magnets 

        November 16, 2013, 22:09

          This is an easy project to make really cute magnets!  You can make any design you want, and my kids have fun making their own too. Supplies…

      • Melted Bead Crafts 

        November 7, 2013, 22:28

        This is an easy craft you can do, and you can do so many things with your melted beads.  I love how creative you can get with designs and how many ways…

      • DIY Seashell Ornaments 

        November 4, 2013, 07:10

        Every year, we go to the seashore, and we always come home with lots of shells.  We try to do as many crafts and projects as possible with them, and this…

      • Halloween Decoupage Jars 

        October 1, 2013, 08:12

        These cute Halloween jars are easy to make, and there are lots of fun things you can do with the finished product.  My kids had a lot of fun doing this…

      • Homemade Cloth Dinner Napkins 

        August 9, 2013, 22:20

        In our household, we try to be as eco-friendly as possible.  After switching from paper towels to cloth rags, my 6 year old insisted that she wanted all…

      • Easy DIY Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub 

        August 6, 2013, 23:04

        I am a huge fan of coconut oil, and I use it on my skin quite frequently.  I decided that I would start making my own sugar scrub instead of buying it.  …

      • Making Your Own Fairy Gardens 

        July 30, 2013, 09:36

          Fairy gardens are so easy to make.  My girls were excited at the idea of making their own fairy gardens, and this is a fun project that you can…

      • Tissue Paper Mosaic Turtle Craft 

        July 24, 2013, 09:58

            My kids love turtles, and after seeing a few this spring, we came up with a turtle-inspired craft. Supplies you will need: ~…

      • Shell Frame Craft ~ Saving Beach Memories 

        July 17, 2013, 07:15

          Every summer, we head to the beach, and we come back with a lot of shells!  I am often at a loss as far as what to do with all the pretty shells…

      • Summer Fun Jar for Kids 

        June 20, 2013, 21:16

          Do your kids get bored in the summertime?  Like most kids do, mine get bored too!  That is why I came up with the Summer Fun Jar.  It's really…

      • Homemade Fingerprint Note Cards 

        June 13, 2013, 12:56

          I always encourage my children to write thank you notes, and as a result, I end up buying quite a few cards.  I realized that I would rather…

      • Tissue Paper Tree Craft for Kids 

        June 5, 2013, 01:30

          This is an easy craft for kids, and chances are, you already have all the materials! You will need: ~ sticks/twigs ~ hot glue ~ regular…

      • Make Your Own "Grass Head" (Kid's Craft) 

        May 13, 2013, 01:30

          This is a fun spring or summer project that is easy to do with kids.  Chances are, you probably have most, if not all, of the materials…

      • Fun Painting with Recycled Materials 

        April 24, 2013, 02:00

        This is a fun way to do a painting project by upcycling different materials.  Start by gathering up any materials that you can use for painting.  This…

      • LENT: Easter v. Christmas .... and CRAFTS! 

        February 19, 2013, 01:54

        I grew up Catholic, so my understanding of the season of Lent is quite different than those that do not have a background in which Lent was observed.  Over…

      • DIY: Batman and Robin Halloween Costumes 

        October 16, 2012, 00:01

          I only received my sewing machine in December and I am bound and determined to teach myself how to sew! Not that there is anything wrong with…

      • Ten Fun Fall Activities 

        September 17, 2012, 00:20

        Fall is my favorite time of year. My family celebrates three birthdays, the weather gets cooler, the leaves change color and the holidays are just around…

      • Candy-Free, Allergy-Free Valentine Ideas 

        February 3, 2012, 00:01

        In my world, kids eat too much candy.  They need more candy like they need a hole in the head.  Couple that with kids who have multiple food allergies, and…

      • DIY Travel Desk 

        May 6, 2011, 07:08

        I jumped at the chance to guest blog at A Nation of Moms because who doesn't love the topics they cover, the principles they stand for and the great giveaways…

    • Category: faith  (20)
      • Easter vs. Easter 

        April 5, 2012, 00:01

        As a mom, I feel that we can be swept up in the whirlwind of "traditions" that typically surrounds Easter, including visiting the Easter bunny and Easter Egg…

      • Stewardship, Part 3 

        September 19, 2011, 06:41

        In this third post on stewardship, I want to talk about our responsibilities to the earth. Remember the definition of stewardship? The conducting, managing…

      • Stewardship, Part 2 

        August 27, 2011, 08:00

        If you want to be a good Christian, citizen, role model to your children, or just respect the people and family around you, this topic should be important…

      • A Noble Woman (Stewardship, part I) 

        July 30, 2011, 09:16

        I am learning to be more honest with myself. This means that I have to take a hard look at my life, actions and attitudes and realize that I struggle. I…

      • To Save a Life 

        May 18, 2011, 07:22

        "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

      • Oncologist's Office-Perspective on Motherhood 

        April 12, 2011, 00:20

        Our family had an experience a few months ago that changed us. Enough time has passed that I can share. In November, at a doctor's appointment I had…

      • Family Activities: Encouraging Gratitude 

        November 12, 2010, 00:00

        In an attempt to discover how gratitude affected our health, researchers at UC Davis conducted a study with three groups of volunteers. One group kept a…

      • Saving Savannah 

        September 26, 2010, 00:04

        I can't tell you how blessed I feel that I have been asked to write a guest post for The Village of Moms.  You see I am one of the luckiest Mami’s in The…

      • Every Mother’s Worst Nightmare 

        August 26, 2010, 00:15

        I tell people I have 7 children; however, anyone who takes the time to count heads will notice there are not 7 children trailing along behind me. There are…

      • Blessings and Miracles 

        August 3, 2010, 06:00

        I thought that I would stray away from Smart Tip Tuesday today, and give some food for thought.  BUT, If you would like to read the continuation from last…

      • Building Families and Raising Adults 

        February 22, 2010, 04:35

        At church this month we had a lesson on the family's dynamics based on Ephesians 5 and 6.  I loved this study, and though, I am not going to delve too far…

      • Category: grief  (8)
        • Being a Child and Living with Loss 

          January 20, 2014, 15:31

          There is so much in this journey that is hard to comprehend for me; imagine being a child. Imagine one day your sibling, parent, friend or close family…

        • Hope in the Holidays 

          December 4, 2013, 14:04

          I feel like this year, entering the holiday season is something I look forward to.  I guess I don’t wonder if we will make it through.  It has been a…

        • Where Did My Life Go? Living After a Loss 

          September 18, 2013, 07:10

            Where did my life go?  This is a common wonder I have.  Where did the ‘marry my college sweetheart, get a house, get a dog and have lovely…

        • How to Help When a Family Has a Loss 

          July 7, 2013, 22:27

            When  a child dies… A day will come when most of us will be faced with knowing, maybe being very close to, a family who loses a child. …

        • "Living" Without: Loss of a Child 

          May 28, 2013, 01:00

            One never starts this adventure of being a mom thinking that their story will change like mine has.  To think that my daughter Madeline would…

        • To Save a Life 

          May 18, 2011, 07:22

          "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

        • Every Mother’s Worst Nightmare 

          August 26, 2010, 00:15

          I tell people I have 7 children; however, anyone who takes the time to count heads will notice there are not 7 children trailing along behind me. There are…

        • Category: death  (7)
          • Being a Child and Living with Loss 

            January 20, 2014, 15:31

            There is so much in this journey that is hard to comprehend for me; imagine being a child. Imagine one day your sibling, parent, friend or close family…

          • Hope in the Holidays 

            December 4, 2013, 14:04

            I feel like this year, entering the holiday season is something I look forward to.  I guess I don’t wonder if we will make it through.  It has been a…

          • Where Did My Life Go? Living After a Loss 

            September 18, 2013, 07:10

              Where did my life go?  This is a common wonder I have.  Where did the ‘marry my college sweetheart, get a house, get a dog and have lovely…

          • "Living" Without: Loss of a Child 

            May 28, 2013, 01:00

              One never starts this adventure of being a mom thinking that their story will change like mine has.  To think that my daughter Madeline would…

          • To Save a Life 

            May 18, 2011, 07:22

            "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

          • Death: The Forbidden, But Incredibly Important Topic 

            May 9, 2011, 06:54

            I am at a stage in life when I am losing grandparents and some of my older friends. Many of my parent’s peers are getting sick and dying. I even have…

          • Every Mother’s Worst Nightmare 

            August 26, 2010, 00:15

            I tell people I have 7 children; however, anyone who takes the time to count heads will notice there are not 7 children trailing along behind me. There are…

      • Category: hope  (7)
        • Hope in the Holidays 

          December 4, 2013, 14:04

          I feel like this year, entering the holiday season is something I look forward to.  I guess I don’t wonder if we will make it through.  It has been a…

        • "Living" Without: Loss of a Child 

          May 28, 2013, 01:00

            One never starts this adventure of being a mom thinking that their story will change like mine has.  To think that my daughter Madeline would…

        • Less of a Mom 

          June 9, 2012, 00:36

          They don't come very often, but there are days I would rather gouge my eyes out with a teeny tiny baby spoon than to deal with one more tantrum, one more…

        • To Save a Life 

          May 18, 2011, 07:22

          "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

        • Oncologist's Office-Perspective on Motherhood 

          April 12, 2011, 00:20

          Our family had an experience a few months ago that changed us. Enough time has passed that I can share. In November, at a doctor's appointment I had…

        • Family Activities: Encouraging Gratitude 

          November 12, 2010, 00:00

          In an attempt to discover how gratitude affected our health, researchers at UC Davis conducted a study with three groups of volunteers. One group kept a…

        • Every Mother’s Worst Nightmare 

          August 26, 2010, 00:15

          I tell people I have 7 children; however, anyone who takes the time to count heads will notice there are not 7 children trailing along behind me. There are…

      • Category: prayer  (4)
        • To Save a Life 

          May 18, 2011, 07:22

          "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

        • A Stay-At-Home Mother's Thanks 

          November 25, 2010, 08:10

          Being a stay-at-home mom at times is difficult.  Okay, it's always difficult, but the rewards are great as well.  Oftentimes I have to remind myself of all…

        • Blessings and Miracles 

          August 3, 2010, 06:00

          I thought that I would stray away from Smart Tip Tuesday today, and give some food for thought.  BUT, If you would like to read the continuation from last…

        • Be Careful What You Ask For… 

          April 4, 2010, 08:04

          Pary Moppins spends her days living in grace trying to run a perfectly practical household with her hubby Engineer and their daughter Diva. What?! Are…

    • Category: finances  (17)
      • How To Survive a Layoff 

        February 11, 2013, 00:36

        This may seem like an odd topic for a blog targeting parents, but having been through four layoffs in 16 years, and facing a possible fifth, I have learned a…

      • Teaching Your Kids How to Shop Smartly 

        September 19, 2012, 00:01

        My little boy always shop with me in his First Years Wave Stroller and I gradually realize it's important to teach him something about shopping. A vast…

      • A Guide to Children and Allowances 

        August 27, 2012, 00:01

        Getting an allowance is part of the image of childhood. It's been a part of the childhood image for decades and is expressed in books and on the screen. Yet,…

      • Using Quicken to Manage My Family's Money 

        March 5, 2012, 07:00

        In late 2001, my husband and I were newlyweds. He had just graduated from college and was working a temporary job to make a few bucks until he found a…

      • Stewardship Part 4: Finances 

        January 16, 2012, 06:00

        I am finally completing my series on stewardship. I saved the hardest topic for last: Stewardship of your finances. I think it is the hardest, because I am…

      • Making Sense of Your Dollars 

        April 8, 2011, 08:30

        We all know how work can follow us home. As a finance director, making sense of my family's finances was the last thing I wanted to do, but given my career…

      • Planning A Frugal Living by a Mom Before She Retires 

        November 22, 2010, 12:28

        Author's Bio: RP is a community writer for debt consolidation care, the world’s largest debt consolidation community. Being a mom of two kids, she…

      • Co-op Freezer Meals 

        November 11, 2010, 00:00

        I know that some of you are thinking that with your busy schedules (or other things that make life hectic) you will not be able to use the freezer meal method…

      • Freezer Meals: How to stretch your grocery budget 

        October 26, 2010, 23:35

        Before I started to make freezer meals I never realized how much we wasted, not only in food but in money as well - for take-out, groceries when in a hurry, or…

      • Category: frugal  (11)
        • Frugal Party Ideas 

          September 17, 2013, 08:48

            Kid’s parties often become expensive. Celebrations can add up quickly, especially if you have more than one child and you are hosting a variety…

        • Tips on How to Afford Organic Food 

          April 19, 2012, 00:05

          A lot of families are switching to an organic-only diet. Organic food is healthier because it doesn't contain preservatives or chemicals. However, it is not…

        • How to Hold a Garage Sale (or Not!) 

          July 11, 2011, 06:28

          Holding a garage sale may seem like an overwhelming task, but with some forethought, hard work and preparation, it can be a nice way to make some money…

        • New Uses for Old Things: Household Odds and Ends 

          July 1, 2011, 07:07

          By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple As a busy, penny-wise, green-minded mama, I’m on an ever-present mission to find new uses for things that may…

        • Surprising Ways to Save Water 

          June 23, 2011, 07:38

          By Dana Courtney for Green Goes Simple Get Two Dishes for the Price of One When boiling a pot of water for pasta, place a steamer basket filled with…

        • How to Slash Your Electricity Bill This Summer 

          June 16, 2011, 07:32

          By Amy Levin-Epstein for Green Goes Simple Using less electricity at home is a win-win: You reduce your environmental impact and your monthly bill. But…

        • Planning A Frugal Living by a Mom Before She Retires 

          November 22, 2010, 12:28

          Author's Bio: RP is a community writer for debt consolidation care, the world’s largest debt consolidation community. Being a mom of two kids, she…

        • Co-op Freezer Meals 

          November 11, 2010, 00:00

          I know that some of you are thinking that with your busy schedules (or other things that make life hectic) you will not be able to use the freezer meal method…

        • Cloth Diapering On a Budget 

          October 28, 2010, 23:06

          Cloth diapering has been making a comeback during the last few years as more attention is being paid to both our economy and our planet. Because cloth…

        • Freezer Meals: How to stretch your grocery budget 

          October 26, 2010, 23:35

          Before I started to make freezer meals I never realized how much we wasted, not only in food but in money as well - for take-out, groceries when in a hurry, or…

        • Saving on Halloween Costumes 

          October 19, 2010, 01:36

          Halloween.  I used to despise this holiday, even as a child.  But somehow the minute I became a parent, I immediately wanted to dress up my child in the…

    • Category: holidays  (44)
      • Writing Thank You Cards with Kids 

        January 8, 2014, 12:48

        When I was a little girl, my mom taught me to write thank you notes at a very young age.  This is still something I do as an adult, and I have taught my…

      • Hope in the Holidays 

        December 4, 2013, 14:04

        I feel like this year, entering the holiday season is something I look forward to.  I guess I don’t wonder if we will make it through.  It has been a…

      • Homemade Holiday Sugar Scrubs 

        December 4, 2013, 07:42

          My kids and I like to make homemade sugar scrubs as gifts for teachers and other people during the holidays.  You can make any scent you like,…

      • DIY Seashell Ornaments 

        November 4, 2013, 07:10

        Every year, we go to the seashore, and we always come home with lots of shells.  We try to do as many crafts and projects as possible with them, and this…

      • Being TRULY Green on St Paddy's Day 

        March 15, 2013, 09:42

        Although it's the first thing that often comes to mind, St Patrick's day isn't all about drinking green beer. To make your St. Patrick's Day even…

      • LENT: Easter v. Christmas .... and CRAFTS! 

        February 19, 2013, 01:54

        I grew up Catholic, so my understanding of the season of Lent is quite different than those that do not have a background in which Lent was observed.  Over…

      • One-on-One 

        February 12, 2013, 02:51

        It's that time of year. Love is in the air and we are getting ready to celebrate Valentines Day. A day to show love to those you care about. Most…

      • Making New Year's Resolutions Work  

        January 7, 2013, 07:00

        While I don't necessarily make New Year's resolutions, I do like to set goals for myself, for things I'd like to work on in the coming year. (Be more…

      • Festive Cupcakes and Homemade Holiday Gifts 

        December 18, 2012, 17:07

        My son has a school Christmas party tomorrow so I had to come up with a few last minute gifts (teacher and classmates) plus festive desserts with the few…

      • The Perfect Game To Entertain Your Holiday Guests 

        December 11, 2012, 02:56

        Before we know it, Christmas Break will be here and our homes will be filled with holiday guests and visitors. We love having people stay at our house over…

      • Chocolate Candy Cane Whoopie Pies 

        December 4, 2012, 00:01

          Shopping List 1 box chocolate cake mix 1/2 cup veggie oil 2 eggs 1/4 cup water store bought peppermint frosting* (don't panic if…

      • Green & Frugal Gift Wrap Ideas 

        December 3, 2012, 07:00

        I love seeing beautifully wrapped packages under our tree, but I don't love the cost and waste of traditional gift wrap. I came across Gift it Green…

      • I Am Thankful for My 11 Favorite Things...That Make Life Easier 

        November 13, 2012, 00:44

        There isn't anything fancy about the things that make my life easier. They are simple and might even seem silly. But with 4 children and all that goes with…

      • DIY: Batman and Robin Halloween Costumes 

        October 16, 2012, 00:01

          I only received my sewing machine in December and I am bound and determined to teach myself how to sew! Not that there is anything wrong with…

      • Spooky Halloween Oreo Lollipops 

        October 9, 2012, 06:19

        October is the start of it all. The start of the holiday excitement, the family celebration, and all the food and treats. Our children love Halloween…

      • Cowboy Birthday Bash 

        July 18, 2012, 01:46

        Last week we had a post on simple birthday party ideas.  Well, this is not one of those parties.  (I blame Pinterest mainly.) It's not that it's elaborate,…

      • On Being a Mother and Wife... 

        May 13, 2012, 00:00

        A wife of noble character who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies.  Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.  She…

      • Easter vs. Easter 

        April 5, 2012, 00:01

        As a mom, I feel that we can be swept up in the whirlwind of "traditions" that typically surrounds Easter, including visiting the Easter bunny and Easter Egg…

      • Homemade Conversation Hearts 

        February 14, 2012, 02:00

        Are you looking for the perfect last minute addition to your Valentine's Celebration? Look no further! This is a really fun way to show someone you care.…

      • Love the Earth and Your Sweeties This Valentine's Day 

        February 13, 2012, 00:01

        By Amy Levin-Epstein for Green Goes Simple This February 14th, you may be tempted to spend some serious dough on your darlings. According to a National…

      • Candy-Free, Allergy-Free Valentine Ideas 

        February 3, 2012, 00:01

        In my world, kids eat too much candy.  They need more candy like they need a hole in the head.  Couple that with kids who have multiple food allergies, and…

      • Merry Christmas 

        December 23, 2011, 11:32

        It's nearly Christmas - a time for celebrating the birth of Christ with loved ones near and far!!  Presents have been purchased and wrapped (hopefully),…

      • Give a Better Gift 

        December 7, 2011, 00:01

        By Cynthia Ramnarace for Green Goes Simple When I was a child, my sister and I treated piles of torn Christmas wrapping paper as if they were freshly…

      • The Christmas ADVENTure 

        December 6, 2011, 00:01

          Christmastime is upon us. As much as we would like to believe that Christmas is about family and presents, Christmas is only here and celebrated…

      • Happy Thanksgiving! 

        November 24, 2011, 10:58

        A Nation of Moms would love to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!  We personally have so much to be thankful for this year, but we are especially thankful for our…

      • Looking for a way to cook your turkey this year? 

        November 22, 2011, 00:00

        Last year we wrote about how we attempted to grill a turkey.   How did it turn out? It was simply the best turkey I had ever tasted. I mean, I don't even…

      • Green Your Kid: Halloween! 

        October 26, 2011, 00:01

        By Lynda Fassa for Green Goes Simple I love this time of year. Besides hustling for the school bus in the morning and the magic of birthdays for two of my…

      • Halloween: The Green Way 

        October 4, 2011, 12:01

        It's October - My favorite time of year!  Coming off one of the hottest summers in Texas history, you better believe that the cooler temperatures (well -…

      • Happy Birthday, America! 

        July 4, 2011, 09:27

        I read this on the church bulletin this weekend and thought it was perfect for the day... Growing up in Virginia I learned lots of history because so much of…

      • Red, White & Blue Yogurt Parfait 

        July 4, 2011, 07:00

        This yogurt parfait is an easy to make, good-for-you treat. Make it fun by serving in clear glasses or bowls. It's extra-impressive in taller, or uniquely…

      • An Eco-Friendly 4th of July Celebration 

        June 30, 2011, 23:59

          This weekend is the celebration of the Independence Day of the United States of America.  Celebrations are planned with family and friends and you…

      • A Very Happy Father's Day 

        June 19, 2011, 09:04

        Happy Father's Day to all you dads who have changed numerous dirty diapers, played tickle monster too many times to even count, worked arduously on our…

      • 50 Ways to Romance Your Sweetheart 

        February 13, 2011, 18:12

        Valentine's Day doesn't have to break the bank.  And showing your love to your spouse doesn't necessarily have to be limited to a certain day or holiday. …

      • Love on a Plate ~ Love Pancakes 

        February 9, 2011, 00:20

          It is the month of LOVE. My parents always sent us to school with hot breakfasts. It really meant a lot to me. I felt loved. Especially in my…

      • Valentine’s Day is coming! 

        February 2, 2011, 00:01

        Need an inexpensive, unique and/or thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift for your child or your spouse?  What about your best friend or sister?  Here is an idea…

      • The Kids Are Out of School – Fun Things To Do 

        December 22, 2010, 00:20

        The kids are out of school. That means they are now home ALL day, ready for some holiday fun. It is a great time of year to draw closer to one another,…

      • Christmas and Autism: 5 Things You Can Do To Help 

        December 16, 2010, 00:01

        Many of you will be seeing family or friends who have a child with Autism this Christmas... here are 5 things you can do to make sure that visit goes a little…

      • Have a Very Greenie Christmas 

        December 10, 2010, 00:01

        Going Green with Noah By Melanie Melugin As an eco-friendly individual, have you ever considered how to green out your Christmas celebrations? Here…

      • To Wrap or Not To Wrap - Christmas Traditions 

        December 8, 2010, 11:59

        HAVE YOU EVER DISAGREED ON A CHRISTMAS TRADITION? Christmas Eve 5 years ago. Our son was three and a half and we knew that this year he would remember…

      • How "live" is your live Christmas Tree? 

        December 6, 2010, 07:00

        Our first Christmas as a married couple, my husband and I were young, broke and living in an apartment.  We cruised through the parking lot "live…

      • Traveling with Toddlers 

        November 24, 2010, 00:07

        The holidays are a great time of year. A time to be with our families and friends. There are a lot of us that will be traveling to be with those we love. Trave…

      • Giving Thanks for Convenience 

        November 19, 2010, 07:00

        A little picture history of our family at Thanksgiving... Thanksgiving 2006 We were newlyweds, having tied the knot in April 2006 after dating for…

      • Family Activities: Encouraging Gratitude 

        November 12, 2010, 00:00

        In an attempt to discover how gratitude affected our health, researchers at UC Davis conducted a study with three groups of volunteers. One group kept a…

      • Saving on Halloween Costumes 

        October 19, 2010, 01:36

        Halloween.  I used to despise this holiday, even as a child.  But somehow the minute I became a parent, I immediately wanted to dress up my child in the…

    • Category: humor  (6)
    • Category: Just for Mom  (79)
      • Five Fun Ideas for Your Next Mom's Night Out 

        January 27, 2014, 07:36

        Spending a night out with the girls is always a great idea. It gives you a chance to catch up with your BFFs and let your hair down. Here are some ideas…

      • Baby Flat Head Syndrome 

        October 4, 2013, 10:00

          What you should know about Baby Flat Head Syndrome The Back to Sleep campaign began in the 1990s, and it has been very successful in reducing…

      • Making Mommy Friends 

        March 6, 2013, 00:01

        As parents, we're quick to set up play dates and social interaction times for our children.  We recognize the importance of providing opportunities for our…

      • 5 Ways to Combat the "Winter Blues" 

        January 21, 2013, 05:00

        The holidays are over and we are now right in the middle of winter, which is a time when some people are susceptible to depression or seasonal affective…

      • I Am Thankful for My 11 Favorite Things...That Make Life Easier 

        November 13, 2012, 00:44

        There isn't anything fancy about the things that make my life easier. They are simple and might even seem silly. But with 4 children and all that goes with…

      • Beautiful Hands 

        July 25, 2012, 00:29

        There are days I look at my tired thirty-something hands - all veiny, tanned and starting to look all weathered - and scoff.  I wish they could stay smooth…

      • Kind, Respectful, Supportive and Choices  

        July 10, 2012, 00:18

        Right now as I type, a dear friend of mine is at the hospital going into labor. I can't get her off my mind. She was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm. This…

      • Less of a Mom 

        June 9, 2012, 00:36

        They don't come very often, but there are days I would rather gouge my eyes out with a teeny tiny baby spoon than to deal with one more tantrum, one more…

      • On Being a Mother and Wife... 

        May 13, 2012, 00:00

        A wife of noble character who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies.  Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.  She…

      • I Know I’m Grown Up, But I Still Need My Mom! 

        February 2, 2012, 00:01

        Although I’m not a Mom, I have an amazing Mom (this first sentence will make her instantly cry, sorry Mom)!  I’d like to share my perspective as both a…

      • Rebel at Heart  

        January 9, 2012, 00:00

        You might never guess by looking at me that I am a rebel at heart.  I appear to be a plain wife and Mom who is plodding through life doing my best to get done…

      • Five Minute Shower 

        October 10, 2011, 00:32

        Do you remember what it was like before kids?  A recent comment from a single friend got me reminiscing about the way things used to be.  She had dropped…

      • Mommy-me Time Activities That Don’t Cost an Arm and a Leg  

        July 12, 2011, 06:56

        I recently read an article by stay-at-home mom who was told that she must have a lot of time for herself since she stays home and that  " you don’t do much…

      • Oncologist's Office-Perspective on Motherhood 

        April 12, 2011, 00:20

        Our family had an experience a few months ago that changed us. Enough time has passed that I can share. In November, at a doctor's appointment I had…

      • My So-Called Teenage Years 

        March 3, 2011, 01:00

        High School.  Do you remember those days?  Unfortunately, I was reminded of "those days" a couple of weekends ago when watching a movie.  Not that I have…

      • What About Me? 

        February 18, 2011, 01:00

        Every New Years'  Eve, I ask friends for resolution suggestions.  This is (a) because I never know what to resolve and (b) I feel like it tells me a little…

      • My Perspective on My Perspective 

        December 13, 2010, 00:18

        If you knew me, you would know that I am a born pessimist.  Not only is the glass half empty, but it is evaporating as we speak!  I can tell you the negative…

      • To Wrap or Not To Wrap - Christmas Traditions 

        December 8, 2010, 11:59

        HAVE YOU EVER DISAGREED ON A CHRISTMAS TRADITION? Christmas Eve 5 years ago. Our son was three and a half and we knew that this year he would remember…

      • Moving! 

        August 24, 2010, 06:00

        Well, it's that time again...moving day.  :-P  YUCK.  I do not like moving.  I do not like saying good-bye.  I do not like packing.  It's a bitter-sweet…

      • Photography 101 

        August 19, 2010, 06:00

        Are you terrified of your camera?  Maybe you don’t even own a camera and you spend hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars a year to have professionals…

      • Give Yourself a Break 

        August 11, 2010, 01:31

        As women we often struggle with feelings of inadequacy. We beat ourselves up for not being good enough and not doing enough. I know these feelings. I…

      • Category: beauty  (8)
        • The Ultimate Guide to Buying Cheap Shoes 

          January 15, 2014, 10:46

            Every woman wants a walk-in closet full of shoes fit for every occasion. However, Manolos, Louboutins and Jimmy Choos may not always fit in the budget…

        • Easy DIY Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub 

          August 6, 2013, 23:04

          I am a huge fan of coconut oil, and I use it on my skin quite frequently.  I decided that I would start making my own sugar scrub instead of buying it.  …

        • Festive Cupcakes and Homemade Holiday Gifts 

          December 18, 2012, 17:07

          My son has a school Christmas party tomorrow so I had to come up with a few last minute gifts (teacher and classmates) plus festive desserts with the few…

        • I Am Thankful for My 11 Favorite Things...That Make Life Easier 

          November 13, 2012, 00:44

          There isn't anything fancy about the things that make my life easier. They are simple and might even seem silly. But with 4 children and all that goes with…

        • 8 Homemade Moisturizing Facial Masks + Dry Skin Tips 

          March 2, 2012, 00:00

          Yesterday we shared 11 recipes to get your hair out of a winter funk.  Today we’ll continue with facial masks to restore your skin from chilly, drying…

        • Beat the Dry Winter Blues: 11 DIY Hair Masks + Tips 

          March 1, 2012, 00:01

          Has the dry winter weather been making you sing those dull hair and ashy skin blues? Spring is just around the corner and it's time for some serious repair and…

        • Feet First: DIY Foot Spa 

          August 2, 2011, 07:38

          By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple Elevate Been on your feet all day? The easiest way to start pampering them is to stop using them. Find a…

        • Dressed for Success 

          March 30, 2010, 01:49

          Hallee Bridgeman is a homemaker and mother of 3 in small town Kentucky who juggles cloth diapers, grain mills, two precocious toddlers, a teenager, and a…

      • Category: Blogging Assistance  (8)
      • Category: clothing  (3)
        • Transitioning from a Summer to Fall Wardrobe - Tips from an Un-Fashionista 

          September 21, 2012, 00:00

          "Transition" season is what I call it.  It's the unpredictable time between seasons (generally Summer to Fall and Winter to Spring) that requires almost 2…

        • What About Me? 

          February 18, 2011, 01:00

          Every New Years'  Eve, I ask friends for resolution suggestions.  This is (a) because I never know what to resolve and (b) I feel like it tells me a little…

        • Dressed for Success 

          March 30, 2010, 01:49

          Hallee Bridgeman is a homemaker and mother of 3 in small town Kentucky who juggles cloth diapers, grain mills, two precocious toddlers, a teenager, and a…

      • Category: depression  (2)
        • 5 Ways to Combat the "Winter Blues" 

          January 21, 2013, 05:00

          The holidays are over and we are now right in the middle of winter, which is a time when some people are susceptible to depression or seasonal affective…

        • 2012: A Diagnosis and a Year of Change 

          January 3, 2012, 00:01

          2011 came and went faster than I could blink an eye, with the dawn of many new and great adventures that God presented to us. I wanted to start off this New…

      • Category: personal  (41)
        • Being a Child and Living with Loss 

          January 20, 2014, 15:31

          There is so much in this journey that is hard to comprehend for me; imagine being a child. Imagine one day your sibling, parent, friend or close family…

        • How to Help When a Family Has a Loss 

          July 7, 2013, 22:27

            When  a child dies… A day will come when most of us will be faced with knowing, maybe being very close to, a family who loses a child. …

        • "Living" Without: Loss of a Child 

          May 28, 2013, 01:00

            One never starts this adventure of being a mom thinking that their story will change like mine has.  To think that my daughter Madeline would…

        • Lost? The Verizon VZ Navigator app can find you! 

          February 1, 2013, 00:01

          Not too long ago, I decided to surprise my husband with a trip to California. For his birthday he opened a card, complete with a tentative itinerary and plane…

        • The Perfect Game To Entertain Your Holiday Guests 

          December 11, 2012, 02:56

          Before we know it, Christmas Break will be here and our homes will be filled with holiday guests and visitors. We love having people stay at our house over…

        • I Am Thankful for My 11 Favorite Things...That Make Life Easier 

          November 13, 2012, 00:44

          There isn't anything fancy about the things that make my life easier. They are simple and might even seem silly. But with 4 children and all that goes with…

        • Beautiful Hands 

          July 25, 2012, 00:29

          There are days I look at my tired thirty-something hands - all veiny, tanned and starting to look all weathered - and scoff.  I wish they could stay smooth…

        • Kind, Respectful, Supportive and Choices  

          July 10, 2012, 00:18

          Right now as I type, a dear friend of mine is at the hospital going into labor. I can't get her off my mind. She was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm. This…

        • Family Reunion Coming Up? Write Your Family History Book! 

          July 2, 2012, 07:00

          I am very fortunate to have 3 of my grandparents still living, but I didn't get the chance to really get to know them as I was growing up. Since my Dad's Mom…

        • When Kids Tell Lies 

          June 12, 2012, 01:00

          It is really normal for kids to tell a fib or two. They lie for lots of different reasons. Maybe they are worried about getting in trouble, or they are…

        • I Know I’m Grown Up, But I Still Need My Mom! 

          February 2, 2012, 00:01

          Although I’m not a Mom, I have an amazing Mom (this first sentence will make her instantly cry, sorry Mom)!  I’d like to share my perspective as both a…

        • Babies, Babies, Babies! (Looking Back at 2011) 

          December 28, 2011, 00:12

           This year we were thankful for the babies born in 2011.  Just look at all these adorable faces!          A BIG congrats to 8 of our ANOM…

        • Oncologist's Office-Perspective on Motherhood 

          April 12, 2011, 00:20

          Our family had an experience a few months ago that changed us. Enough time has passed that I can share. In November, at a doctor's appointment I had…

        • My So-Called Teenage Years 

          March 3, 2011, 01:00

          High School.  Do you remember those days?  Unfortunately, I was reminded of "those days" a couple of weekends ago when watching a movie.  Not that I have…

        • What About Me? 

          February 18, 2011, 01:00

          Every New Years'  Eve, I ask friends for resolution suggestions.  This is (a) because I never know what to resolve and (b) I feel like it tells me a little…

        • My Perspective on My Perspective 

          December 13, 2010, 00:18

          If you knew me, you would know that I am a born pessimist.  Not only is the glass half empty, but it is evaporating as we speak!  I can tell you the negative…

        • How We Met and got "Twitterpated" 

          March 22, 2010, 06:58

          In honor of my anniversary (today)... My husband and I started dating in late fall of 1997 (almost 13 years ago) and were married just a few feet from that…

        • A Doula Is Like... 

          March 6, 2010, 05:06

          If you read my birth story post then you know how much I love my doula. Here is a blog post I recently came across about doulas that I liked. A Doula is…

        • A Birth Story 

          February 14, 2010, 06:38

          I thought I would start this blog on Valentine's Day with what most recently went on in my life...the birth of our second child. It was an an absolutely…

        • I’m Not Green, but… 

          February 7, 2010, 02:36

          I have never thought of myself as granola.  Not even a little bit.  I don't even like to eat granola!  I was girlie, a dancer, wore dresses, was never…

        • Category: personal story  (28)
          • Being a Child and Living with Loss 

            January 20, 2014, 15:31

            There is so much in this journey that is hard to comprehend for me; imagine being a child. Imagine one day your sibling, parent, friend or close family…

          • Caregiving and Planning for the Future with Genworth 

            December 16, 2013, 10:47

              Information for this post is sourced from Genworth Financial.  All opinions are my own. As we approach the holidays, I  have been thinking…

          • Epidermolysis Bullosa ("EB") and National EB Awareness Week 

            October 20, 2013, 22:01

            I have the worst disease you never heard of. In 1976 I was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).  EB is a very rare genetic connective tissue…

          • Baby Flat Head Syndrome 

            October 4, 2013, 10:00

              What you should know about Baby Flat Head Syndrome The Back to Sleep campaign began in the 1990s, and it has been very successful in reducing…

          • Where Did My Life Go? Living After a Loss 

            September 18, 2013, 07:10

              Where did my life go?  This is a common wonder I have.  Where did the ‘marry my college sweetheart, get a house, get a dog and have lovely…

          • September ~ Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month 

            September 5, 2013, 21:59

            The things I know now… Once we know something we are forever changed… forever aware.  Once we know something we must share it, change it, fix it,…

          • "Living" Without: Loss of a Child 

            May 28, 2013, 01:00

              One never starts this adventure of being a mom thinking that their story will change like mine has.  To think that my daughter Madeline would…

          • Lost? The Verizon VZ Navigator app can find you! 

            February 1, 2013, 00:01

            Not too long ago, I decided to surprise my husband with a trip to California. For his birthday he opened a card, complete with a tentative itinerary and plane…

          • Kind, Respectful, Supportive and Choices  

            July 10, 2012, 00:18

            Right now as I type, a dear friend of mine is at the hospital going into labor. I can't get her off my mind. She was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm. This…

          • Family Reunion Coming Up? Write Your Family History Book! 

            July 2, 2012, 07:00

            I am very fortunate to have 3 of my grandparents still living, but I didn't get the chance to really get to know them as I was growing up. Since my Dad's Mom…

          • My Do-Over Moment 

            June 23, 2012, 22:49

            How many times do we say, "If I could only do that over...." Or ... "In hindsight it's 20/20 vision!" If only I could have invested in that "red fruit"…

          • Dealing with the Increasingly Popular Peanut Allergy 

            March 12, 2012, 00:02

            With my first daughter, we never dealt with food allergies.  I was very careful about introducing foods that could be possible allergens within her first 2…

          • I Know I’m Grown Up, But I Still Need My Mom! 

            February 2, 2012, 00:01

            Although I’m not a Mom, I have an amazing Mom (this first sentence will make her instantly cry, sorry Mom)!  I’d like to share my perspective as both a…

          • Career or Kids? Why I chose my kids over "my" life 

            September 20, 2011, 00:01

            I think I lost a friend.  I don’t know how, but I’m pretty sure she’s not my friend anymore.  And, I think she’s not my friend because I have…

          • Oncologist's Office-Perspective on Motherhood 

            April 12, 2011, 00:20

            Our family had an experience a few months ago that changed us. Enough time has passed that I can share. In November, at a doctor's appointment I had…

          • My Role as a Human Pacifier 

            January 15, 2011, 00:03

            I know some of you will be able to relate or even sympathize with this scenario, and then again some of you won't agree with my thoughts on the subject.…

          • To Wrap or Not To Wrap - Christmas Traditions 

            December 8, 2010, 11:59

            HAVE YOU EVER DISAGREED ON A CHRISTMAS TRADITION? Christmas Eve 5 years ago. Our son was three and a half and we knew that this year he would remember…

          • Saving Savannah 

            September 26, 2010, 00:04

            I can't tell you how blessed I feel that I have been asked to write a guest post for The Village of Moms.  You see I am one of the luckiest Mami’s in The…

          • Every Mother’s Worst Nightmare 

            August 26, 2010, 00:15

            I tell people I have 7 children; however, anyone who takes the time to count heads will notice there are not 7 children trailing along behind me. There are…

          • Moving! 

            August 24, 2010, 06:00

            Well, it's that time again...moving day.  :-P  YUCK.  I do not like moving.  I do not like saying good-bye.  I do not like packing.  It's a bitter-sweet…

          • Meet VoM Author Kimberlee 

            August 9, 2010, 02:07

            My name is Kimberlee.  I am a late-thirties wife and Mom with three energetic kids, three lazy cats and a slightly different take on eating, schooling and…

          • Do You Ever Just Need to Vent? 

            July 13, 2010, 01:38

            This is one of those times for me, so I apologize but I am going to have to interrupt the normally scheduled post for the day.  My head is just not in the…

          • A Cloth Diapering Personal Story 

            June 5, 2010, 09:49

            In the world of "Fitteds and pockets and snappis, oh my!" Maria is "changing the world by changing diapers."  She is mom to two kids who is figuring…

          • Motherhood: My Other Resume 

            May 9, 2010, 15:02

            Amber Johnson of The Life and Times of Stella is a mom and writer (and a funny one at that!).  Her blog is dedicated to documenting (and chronically worrying…

          • Just a Mother? 

            May 9, 2010, 04:41

            This "story," the first of two "mom" posts for Mother's Day, was often circulated as an email a few years ago and has only recently been resurfacing.  Its…

          • Be Careful What You Ask For… 

            April 4, 2010, 08:04

            Pary Moppins spends her days living in grace trying to run a perfectly practical household with her hubby Engineer and their daughter Diva. What?! Are…

          • Saving My Baby 

            March 9, 2010, 17:39

            This is an inspiring story from Sarah Kaganovsky...dare ya not to get teary-eyed!! I gave birth on a February afternoon by repeat caesarean. A pink,…

          • The Curious Case of the Grumpy Mother 

            March 1, 2010, 02:37

            Right after my daughter was born, I blogged (on my family blog) on how big 2 year old son looked to me, comparatively. Then one night, right after his shower,…

      • Category: Photography  (10)
        • Photographing Life 

          September 15, 2013, 12:37

          I recently heard a quote that went something like this.... "Great picture! You must have a really nice camera!" The response being, "Thanks, I taught it…

        • Photoshop 101: Dodging and Burning 

          May 15, 2013, 00:01

          Have you ever been around people that understand photography and Photoshop and they throw around terms like dodging and burning? Well here is a quick…

        • Photography 101: Crop & Enhance Effectively in Photoshop 

          April 15, 2013, 01:13

          Bluebonnets bloomed this year quite sparsely in Texas, but we were graced with some beautiful red poppies in the mix. In capturing images of children, I…

        • 10 Fun Gifts for the Photographer in your Life! 

          November 6, 2012, 00:01

          TOP TEN GIFT IDEAS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS I love photography! The bug hit me when I was little ~ my mom was constantly behind the lens! Now I have…

        • Digital Photography 101 

          August 21, 2012, 00:01

          August is now coming to a close and for those of us in the South, it means that cooler temperatures are finally drawing near. As my photography business…

        • Basic Photo Editing 

          February 4, 2011, 14:01

          My two favorite things about digital photography are a) being able to take & delete as many pictures as I want and b) being able to “fix” my images…

        • Tackling Christmas Card Photos 

          November 15, 2010, 02:00

          It’s time to be thinking about Christmas cards!  Some of you have probably been planning yours for the past several months and some of you (I would more…

        • Using Shutter Speed (Light, Part 2!) 

          October 18, 2010, 04:43

          I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again-- light is essential to good pictures.  I would say the most important element of photography, but I might have…

        • Light– Using Aperture to Create Better Images 

          September 20, 2010, 01:00

          Of all the things “essential” to good photography, light is paramount.  In fact, “photos” is Greek for “light.”  That being said, the key to…

        • Photography 101 

          August 19, 2010, 06:00

          Are you terrified of your camera?  Maybe you don’t even own a camera and you spend hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars a year to have professionals…

      • Category: taking care of mom  (5)
        • February for a Healthy Heart! 

          February 10, 2012, 00:00

          February is the month for hearts, and not just of the Valentine variety.  Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer.  In fact, something that is so…

        • 2012: A Diagnosis and a Year of Change 

          January 3, 2012, 00:01

          2011 came and went faster than I could blink an eye, with the dawn of many new and great adventures that God presented to us. I wanted to start off this New…

        • What About Me? 

          February 18, 2011, 01:00

          Every New Years'  Eve, I ask friends for resolution suggestions.  This is (a) because I never know what to resolve and (b) I feel like it tells me a little…

        • Take Time For Yourself 

          January 21, 2011, 08:53

          Take time for yourself. I actually really don't like this phrase.  It's not that I don't appreciate the sentiment, but it's that most of the people who say…

        • Dressed for Success 

          March 30, 2010, 01:49

          Hallee Bridgeman is a homemaker and mother of 3 in small town Kentucky who juggles cloth diapers, grain mills, two precocious toddlers, a teenager, and a…

    • Category: marriage  (14)
      • Family Resolutions 

        January 8, 2013, 05:07

        With the New Year upon us, many have taken the time to set some resolutions. But it is not just personal resolutions that we might consider, it is also a…

      • Kind, Respectful, Supportive and Choices  

        July 10, 2012, 00:18

        Right now as I type, a dear friend of mine is at the hospital going into labor. I can't get her off my mind. She was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm. This…

      • Being Active, With Your Spouse 

        March 27, 2012, 01:44

        Not only is it important to be active with your family, but it is also important to be active with your spouse. Working together and going on dates together…

      • Love in Marriage 

        February 8, 2012, 00:05

        Marriage is the ultimate commitment, yet one of the hardest endeavors that many of us encounter in our lives. I have been married, divorced and…

      • Tips on Providing a Healthy Marriage for Children 

        February 8, 2012, 00:01

        You try to make your children's lives happy and fulfilled. You want them to have the best education, the best doctors, and the safest environment. What you…

      • Oncologist's Office-Perspective on Motherhood 

        April 12, 2011, 00:20

        Our family had an experience a few months ago that changed us. Enough time has passed that I can share. In November, at a doctor's appointment I had…

      • Dating Your Spouse? Something to Talk About. 

        March 8, 2011, 01:22

        Remember when you were dating your husband, before you got married, and you promised each other that kids, and life, and work, and being tired would NEVER…

      • 50 Ways to Romance Your Sweetheart 

        February 13, 2011, 18:12

        Valentine's Day doesn't have to break the bank.  And showing your love to your spouse doesn't necessarily have to be limited to a certain day or holiday. …

      • The Roller Coaster of Marriage 

        April 10, 2010, 18:40

        Elizabeth writes for us again... I hesitate sometimes in becoming too personal on my blog. But today while contemplating whether I should delve into my…

      • Category: love  (13)
        • One-on-One 

          February 12, 2013, 02:51

          It's that time of year. Love is in the air and we are getting ready to celebrate Valentines Day. A day to show love to those you care about. Most…

        • Family Resolutions 

          January 8, 2013, 05:07

          With the New Year upon us, many have taken the time to set some resolutions. But it is not just personal resolutions that we might consider, it is also a…

        • Making Time for Family 

          September 11, 2012, 09:36

          We seem to be swamped with this new school year. We have gone from the endless, carefree days of summer, to the busy routine of school and after school…

        • Kind, Respectful, Supportive and Choices  

          July 10, 2012, 00:18

          Right now as I type, a dear friend of mine is at the hospital going into labor. I can't get her off my mind. She was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm. This…

        • Bedtime - Stop the Battles 

          June 26, 2012, 08:04

          Bedtime can be a hard time of day for families. After a full day with kids, it seems that when the bedtime battles begin, our patience can go out the window. H…

        • Being Active, With Your Spouse 

          March 27, 2012, 01:44

          Not only is it important to be active with your family, but it is also important to be active with your spouse. Working together and going on dates together…

        • Homemade Conversation Hearts 

          February 14, 2012, 02:00

          Are you looking for the perfect last minute addition to your Valentine's Celebration? Look no further! This is a really fun way to show someone you care.…

        • Love in Marriage 

          February 8, 2012, 00:05

          Marriage is the ultimate commitment, yet one of the hardest endeavors that many of us encounter in our lives. I have been married, divorced and…

        • Oncologist's Office-Perspective on Motherhood 

          April 12, 2011, 00:20

          Our family had an experience a few months ago that changed us. Enough time has passed that I can share. In November, at a doctor's appointment I had…

        • Dating Your Spouse? Something to Talk About. 

          March 8, 2011, 01:22

          Remember when you were dating your husband, before you got married, and you promised each other that kids, and life, and work, and being tired would NEVER…

        • 50 Ways to Romance Your Sweetheart 

          February 13, 2011, 18:12

          Valentine's Day doesn't have to break the bank.  And showing your love to your spouse doesn't necessarily have to be limited to a certain day or holiday. …

        • Valentine’s Day is coming! 

          February 2, 2011, 00:01

          Need an inexpensive, unique and/or thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift for your child or your spouse?  What about your best friend or sister?  Here is an idea…

        • The Roller Coaster of Marriage 

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      • Limiting Screen Time for Children 

        February 24, 2014, 09:07

        When my first child was born about seven years ago, iPhones were just being introduced, and the iPad was released in 2010.  In just a few years, media…

      • Make School Mornings Less Stressful 

        October 15, 2013, 09:47

          Do you find mornings stressful, trying to get the kids out the door to school?  Many parents can agree that this is a busy and chaotic time. …

      • Helping Our Children Get Organized for the New Year 

        January 22, 2013, 02:21

        Getting and staying organized can help our children succeed in school and juggle all the demands. As 2013 gets under way, here are four ideas for a more…

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        September 11, 2012, 09:36

        We seem to be swamped with this new school year. We have gone from the endless, carefree days of summer, to the busy routine of school and after school…

      • Scheduling without a schedule 

        March 31, 2011, 06:36

        I am a planner by nature.  Growing up (and even until I had kids) I had schedules and lists, and even lists for my lists.  I spent hours just organizing my…

      • Getting It All Together 

        February 16, 2011, 01:37

        By Julie Kieras I thought life at home with baby would by idyllic. I would read and coo and play with baby, then flit about the house with a feather duster,…

      • Take Time For Yourself 

        January 21, 2011, 08:53

        Take time for yourself. I actually really don't like this phrase.  It's not that I don't appreciate the sentiment, but it's that most of the people who say…

      • Managing Your Time at Home 

        November 18, 2010, 12:40

        I often get emails (almost daily!) asking about scheduling, time management, and any tips to make life easier at home with little ones running around. If you…

      • As the Fog Clears 

        September 29, 2010, 02:00

        Kingdom Mama is a frugal homeschooling mom of TWO sets of twins and a singleton that spends the majority of her day in the kitchen.  The self-proclaimed…

      • Beginning of Fall 

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    • Getting the Most out of Your Local Library 

      April 15, 2013, 01:30

      Do you take advantage of everything your local library has to offer? Ever since my kids were very little, we have made regular trips to the library. They are…

    • I Am Thankful for My 11 Favorite Things...That Make Life Easier 

      November 13, 2012, 00:44

      There isn't anything fancy about the things that make my life easier. They are simple and might even seem silly. But with 4 children and all that goes with…

    • To Save a Life 

      May 18, 2011, 07:22

      "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

    • My So-Called Teenage Years 

      March 3, 2011, 01:00

      High School.  Do you remember those days?  Unfortunately, I was reminded of "those days" a couple of weekends ago when watching a movie.  Not that I have…

    • Changing Station Irritation 

      August 25, 2010, 01:00

      It seems like every time I go out these days, I get stuck having to do a public diaper change. I try to reserve diaper changes for the car, but my baby…

    • Moving! 

      August 24, 2010, 06:00

      Well, it's that time again...moving day.  :-P  YUCK.  I do not like moving.  I do not like saying good-bye.  I do not like packing.  It's a bitter-sweet…

    • Have a Good One! 

      July 3, 2010, 02:25

      Have a wonderful Independence Day weekend! Enjoy the company of good friends and family, eat some good food, watch a baseball game, listen to a…

    • Good Things Lie Ahead 

      June 29, 2010, 11:36

      So we've just finished a big 2-week period of reviews and giveaways (though entries are still being accepted for the remainder of this week), now what?  Well,…

    • Help Wanted! 

      June 25, 2010, 21:57

      I think I might be losing my mind.  Does anyone out there know how to fix my Google Friend Connect issue?  I have tried and failed numerous times.  Nothing…

    • The Hands of a Father 

      June 20, 2010, 18:29

      While this is a blog dedicated to, well, mothers, we can't forget those special men in our lives.  They, too, deserve to be honored, thanked and loved (and…

    • Feed Subscribers 

      June 16, 2010, 13:01

      I must apologize to my readers.  After the migration to to the new website, many of you have been having issues connecting with me in various capacities.…

    • Road Trip Tips 

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    • Limiting Screen Time for Children 

      February 24, 2014, 09:07

      When my first child was born about seven years ago, iPhones were just being introduced, and the iPad was released in 2010.  In just a few years, media…

    • Torticollis: The Baby in the Little Blue Helmet 

      July 9, 2013, 21:39

        “It’s just a flat spot, it’s totally normal, especially given the size of the babies,” the pediatrician assured me at Brandon’s 1 month…

    • Raising Cinderella 

      May 14, 2013, 02:14

      I always hoped, because I was a girl, I would be prepared to raise girls. Until I had them. Times are very different from when I was young, and the…

    • Exploding Straws: A Game for the Whole Family 

      April 23, 2013, 00:48

      All you need are straws. Just be sure you use the straight straws. You DON'T want the ones that bend. Cut each straw in half. Each person needs their own…

    • Children's Books. A Powerful Parenting Tool 

      April 9, 2013, 03:26

      Children's book aren't just for bedtime any more. They are a powerful tool that parents can use to teach our children important values, and emphasize principles…

    • Childhood Immune Support from the Experts 

      March 25, 2013, 00:26

      Because we know that viruses don't sleep during the warmer months only to wake up during cold weather season, the Holistic Chiropractors (Dr. Tracy Wilson and…

    • Our Rewards System for our Kids 

      March 4, 2013, 07:00

      I know that there is a great divide in the parenting world about rewarding children for chores & behavior, and there is a fine line/difference of…

    • Ooga-Booga Look! A Family Game 

      February 26, 2013, 00:20

      So many amazing things happen when we play games with our families. Here is the perfect, quick, family game. Your kids will love it. And you don't need…

    • One-on-One 

      February 12, 2013, 02:51

      It's that time of year. Love is in the air and we are getting ready to celebrate Valentines Day. A day to show love to those you care about. Most…

    • MEALTIME’S ARE A TOP PRIORITY FOR FAMILIES 

      January 31, 2013, 00:00

      New Study Shows Families Are Strong, Making Time to Eat Together At Home Byline: Sarah-Jane Bedwell, RD, LDN Using mealtime as the barometer, a new…

    • Helping Our Children Get Organized for the New Year 

      January 22, 2013, 02:21

      Getting and staying organized can help our children succeed in school and juggle all the demands. As 2013 gets under way, here are four ideas for a more…

    • Redeeming the Baby Walker: Truths and Myths Behind the "Bad" Reputation 

      January 18, 2013, 12:20

      When it comes to baby walkers, there are many mixed emotions, heated debates and people (parents and pediatric professionals) on both sides of the fence.  The…

    • Stressed Out Mommy Playlist 

      January 16, 2013, 15:40

      On Facebook today, I posted about how playing certain kinds of music in the background can mellow you out when you're feeling the stresses of mommyhood.  It's…

    • Family Resolutions 

      January 8, 2013, 05:07

      With the New Year upon us, many have taken the time to set some resolutions. But it is not just personal resolutions that we might consider, it is also a…

    • What to Look for When Shopping for Children's Shoes 

      January 3, 2013, 11:27

      Shoe shopping can be quite the ordeal for many of us.  Once we find a style we like and in the size we think we need, we have to see how it fits. Does it…

    • Footsteps2Brilliance Review and **GIVEAWAY** 

      December 12, 2012, 00:00

      Since we found out we were pregnant with our first child, over 10 years ago, I have been on the look out for a good reading program I could do with our…

    • The Perfect Game To Entertain Your Holiday Guests 

      December 11, 2012, 02:56

      Before we know it, Christmas Break will be here and our homes will be filled with holiday guests and visitors. We love having people stay at our house over…

    • Talking to Our Children About Strangers 

      November 28, 2012, 01:12

      There are so many important conversations we need to have with our children. One of the most important, is talking to them about strangers. This is…

    • I Am Thankful for My 11 Favorite Things...That Make Life Easier 

      November 13, 2012, 00:44

      There isn't anything fancy about the things that make my life easier. They are simple and might even seem silly. But with 4 children and all that goes with…

    • Holiday Gift Guide: Our Favorite Books 

      November 12, 2012, 00:00

      Reading is a big deal in our family.  We read in school.  We read for pleasure.  We read before bed.  We read on the potty.  We read in the car.  I…

    • National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month 

      October 23, 2012, 04:11

      October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Nation wide, schools and communities are coming together to educate and bring light to this…

    • Top Tips for Coping with a Newborn and a Toddler 

      September 26, 2012, 00:00

      Dealing with a newborn alongside a toddler is a challenging old business. It’s also the most rewarding experience I have ever been through and I wouldn’t…

    • Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School 

      September 25, 2012, 00:49

      One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When…

    • Teaching Your Kids How to Shop Smartly 

      September 19, 2012, 00:01

      My little boy always shop with me in his First Years Wave Stroller and I gradually realize it's important to teach him something about shopping. A vast…

    • Making Time for Family 

      September 11, 2012, 09:36

      We seem to be swamped with this new school year. We have gone from the endless, carefree days of summer, to the busy routine of school and after school…

    • Fitness Tips For the Busy Mom 

      September 5, 2012, 00:01

      Finding time to exercise when you have kids is no easy feat, but modeling regular fitness is such a vital part of teaching our kids to be healthy and to…

    • A Guide to Children and Allowances 

      August 27, 2012, 00:01

      Getting an allowance is part of the image of childhood. It's been a part of the childhood image for decades and is expressed in books and on the screen. Yet,…

    • Only the Necessities! (Baby Items Checklist) 

      August 20, 2012, 00:24

      Excitement, anticipation and joy are some of the emotions you feel when you are expecting a baby. You wait and wait to meet your new little bundle of…

    • Back to School Prep for Mom 

      August 14, 2012, 01:04

      Hard to believe that summer is ending and it is time to go back to school. There is lots of excitement, but for me there is some sadness also. I will miss…

    • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: What's with LOVE and LOGIC? 

      July 26, 2012, 00:00

      Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

    • Does Birth Order Matter? 

      July 24, 2012, 01:46

      The study of birth order is nothing new. For years, researchers have been trying to prove that the order you are born in your family, does/does not affect…

    • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Enforceable Statements 

      July 20, 2012, 00:00

      Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

    • Cowboy Birthday Bash 

      July 18, 2012, 01:46

      Last week we had a post on simple birthday party ideas.  Well, this is not one of those parties.  (I blame Pinterest mainly.) It's not that it's elaborate,…

    • Kind, Respectful, Supportive and Choices  

      July 10, 2012, 00:18

      Right now as I type, a dear friend of mine is at the hospital going into labor. I can't get her off my mind. She was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm. This…

    • Simple Birthday Party Ideas 

      July 9, 2012, 00:51

      The current trend amongst parents and kids is to have elaborate, complicated, expensive birthday parties that send kids home with gifts of their own (why?) and…

    • Bedtime - Stop the Battles 

      June 26, 2012, 08:04

      Bedtime can be a hard time of day for families. After a full day with kids, it seems that when the bedtime battles begin, our patience can go out the window. H…

    • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Growing Up Too Fast 

      June 13, 2012, 00:39

      Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

    • When Kids Tell Lies 

      June 12, 2012, 01:00

      It is really normal for kids to tell a fib or two. They lie for lots of different reasons. Maybe they are worried about getting in trouble, or they are…

    • The Joy of Puzzles 

      June 11, 2012, 00:00

      Our kids love to do puzzles.  They come by it naturally.  My MIL and her Mom love to do puzzles- the harder the better.  They love those ones that are all…

    • Less of a Mom 

      June 9, 2012, 00:36

      They don't come very often, but there are days I would rather gouge my eyes out with a teeny tiny baby spoon than to deal with one more tantrum, one more…

    • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Arguments 

      June 6, 2012, 00:01

      Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

    • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Consequences with Empathy 

      May 30, 2012, 00:00

      Don't pave the path, trying to remove obstacles and potholes along the way.  Rather, shape the child for the (inevitable) path that lies ahead. Dewey Howard,…

    • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Ownership 

      May 24, 2012, 00:00

      Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

    • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Effective Parenting 

      May 16, 2012, 00:00

      Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

    • End of the School Year: Teacher Gift Ideas 

      May 11, 2012, 00:01

      It is the time of year that the kids say goodbye to their teachers and begin to enjoy summer! Whether your child is in Mother's Day Out, elementary school…

    • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Responsibility and Expectations 

      May 10, 2012, 00:00

      Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert, and his wife Angela have successfully raised 3 kids using the "Love and Logic" parenting method.  He now shares his…

    • Go Outside and Play 

      May 8, 2012, 13:35

      There is so much for our families to learn from being outside. Unfortunantly, since the early 80's we have seen a dramatic change in where children spend…

    • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Delayed Consequences 

      May 2, 2012, 00:00

      Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert, and his wife Angela have successfully raised 3 kids using the "Love and Logic" parenting method.  He now shares his…

    • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Mistakes 

      April 26, 2012, 00:05

      In the next several weeks, we will have short parenting tip segments like these written by Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert.  He and his wife Angela…

    • How to get your kids to help you Spring Clean 

      April 24, 2012, 00:11

      Spring in Utah is beautiful. While the weather is warming up outside, we are busy Spring Cleaning inside. It is not a one man job and I really want and need…

    • Our Schools Are Weak, Not Our Children 

      April 17, 2012, 00:02

      Here I am sitting at a too-small table with my second grader’s teachers for another Parent-Teacher conference, but this time there is venom in my veins and a…

    • 9 Most Common Childhood Diseases 

      March 20, 2012, 00:01

      Having a baby is an adventure in medical care. You are learning which bugs are harmless and which ones are more serious. You can rest assured that most colds…

    • No Pressure Cooker, Please! (+ Recipe) 

      March 15, 2012, 00:04

      Guest post by Angie Mielke, PhD, Co-Founder, Sticky Fingers Cooking School for Kids and Licensed Clinical Psychologist The day is winding down, dinner is…

    • Being Active is a Family Affair 

      March 13, 2012, 03:22

      There are so many reasons why kids need to be active and exercise. There is the obvious: Activity and exercise helps kids maintain a healthy weight,…

    • Do You Speak LOVE Languages? 

      February 22, 2012, 00:01

      I have often heard that you need to parent your children differently based on their individual needs and personality, but I have always been hesitant in…

    • Is FEAR Making You INVULNERABLE in Your Parenting? 

      February 16, 2012, 00:01

      In our society vulnerability seems to be synonymous with weakness.  The anxiety of appearing to be the “weakest link” leads us to numb ourselves to being…

    • Tips on Providing a Healthy Marriage for Children 

      February 8, 2012, 00:01

      You try to make your children's lives happy and fulfilled. You want them to have the best education, the best doctors, and the safest environment. What you…

    • Candy-Free, Allergy-Free Valentine Ideas 

      February 3, 2012, 00:01

      In my world, kids eat too much candy.  They need more candy like they need a hole in the head.  Couple that with kids who have multiple food allergies, and…

    • 8 Unintended Rules We Are Telling Our Children 

      February 1, 2012, 00:01

      When we bring a tiny life into this world as first time parents, we try to do everything right and perfect.  Oftentimes we even project this perfection onto…

    • Strong Families Play Games! "Don't Show Your Teeth" 

      January 24, 2012, 00:58

      One of the best ways we can come closer together as families, is to have fun together. This doesn't mean that we need to spend money to go out and…

    • When Will My Baby Move?-Mobile Developments 

      January 10, 2012, 01:29

      When we had our first child, I was worried about EVERY developmental stage. Shouldn't he be rolling over? Why isn't he walking? What if he walks…

    • 40 Read Aloud Chapter Books for Young Children 

      January 5, 2012, 00:00

      One of my New Year's resolutions was to start reading chapter books at bedtime to our sensitive 4 year old son and spunky 2 year old daughter. Okay, the 2 year…

    • 2012: A Diagnosis and a Year of Change 

      January 3, 2012, 00:01

      2011 came and went faster than I could blink an eye, with the dawn of many new and great adventures that God presented to us. I wanted to start off this New…

    • "I'm Bored" 

      December 27, 2011, 13:21

        "Mom, I am bored!" Anyone hearing this from their kids right about now? Half way through Christmas Break and wondering what to do? I get a…

    • Teaching our Children to Work 

      December 13, 2011, 01:30

      My freshman year in college, I had a roommate who never had to do any work in her house growing up. Didn't make a bed, cook a meal, clean a bathroom, or help…

    • Five Things I Never Thought I Would Say  

      December 12, 2011, 00:00

      When I was growing up and thinking about what it would be like to be married and have children, I always pictured perfectly groomed, perfectly behaved, perfect…

    • Stop the Selfishness-Part 2 

      November 22, 2011, 01:35

      SO... where did we leave off last week? Let's talk about how we can stop the selfishness. Take Back Control... A spoiled and selfish child knows how to…

    • Stop the Selfishness - Part 1 

      November 8, 2011, 00:57

      httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhR4VtfgNWU (Part 2 is at the bottom of the post. Watch them with your kids) Is your child unappreciative? Do you often…

    • Leave the Red Pen in the Drawer 

      October 25, 2011, 01:06

          As a new graduate student I was asked to take a TA class. The training prepared me to assist professors with grading assignments in…

    • 30 Needs, to Help our Kids Succeed 

      October 11, 2011, 01:55

      Research shows that kids need certain things to succeed in life. Are our children getting what they need to succeed? As parents it is good to read through…

    • Five Minute Shower 

      October 10, 2011, 00:32

      Do you remember what it was like before kids?  A recent comment from a single friend got me reminiscing about the way things used to be.  She had dropped…

    • Celebrate the Differences 

      September 6, 2011, 23:15

      Don't let the similar faces fool you ... they are complete opposites. My husband and I have spent the last two hours sitting on the couch talking about…

    • Nightmares and Night Terrors 

      August 23, 2011, 03:49

        As a parent, it is a horrible feeling to wake up in the middle of the night to your child screaming and crying from a bad dream. Our first…

    • Dealing with a "Demanding Child" 

      August 9, 2011, 00:26

        Our son and daughter are very different. Like oil and water, the sun and the moon, Modern Family and Leave it to Beaver. Differences aside, they…

    • Oldest Children 

      July 26, 2011, 16:12

      The attention and flattery that comes with being the oldest child is starting to wear off for our daughter. She now has two younger sisters, one is only 8…

    • Summer Fun for Everyone (Special Needs Kids)! 

      July 25, 2011, 15:00

      Now that school is out, there is just an amazing amount of time to fill. For kids with special needs, this means that there is a lot of time to fill and all of…

    • "Shy" Children-A Parent's Role 

      July 12, 2011, 09:12

      It doesn't take long to notice that each of our children are different. Some are less outgoing than others and each has their own temperament. For those…

    • Discovery Girls Package **Giveaway** 

      June 29, 2011, 17:48

      Growing up these days seems more challenging than ever. Especially for girls. There is so much pressure to fit a certain mold. The challenges are numerous…

    • Backtalk, Make it STOP! 

      June 14, 2011, 07:51

      "No" "Your not the boss of me" "Do it yourself" Sound familiar? Regardless of our children's age, toddlers to teenagers. Backtalk is a parent's…

    • Why You Shouldn't Build Up Self-Esteem in Children 

      June 13, 2011, 01:05

      Last month, Heather Ann spoke of the importance of building self-esteem in children.  In Part 2 of our 2-part series, Kimberlee will discuss why that…

    • Children's Self Esteem - A Parent's Job 

      May 24, 2011, 00:12

      Currently, there is a new topic of discussion among parents: Should we focus on building self-esteem in children or not?  Fortunately, we have two great…

    • To Save a Life 

      May 18, 2011, 07:22

      "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

    • Bullying-What Can We Do? 

      May 10, 2011, 00:20

      Recent studies show that 160,000 children a day skip school because they fear being attacked or intimidated by other students. Bullying is real, it is…

    • Imaginary Friends, or Foe? 

      April 26, 2011, 00:12

      Last week I asked our 2 year old to head to the garage door so we could get in the car and leave. Her response, "I can't mommy, Maddie doesn't have her…

    • Discipline, Part II 

      April 22, 2011, 23:28

      I am not sure if I mentioned in my last post or not, but I want to clarify that I am not an expert on discipline. I do have some experience (maybe a little…

    • Oncologist's Office-Perspective on Motherhood 

      April 12, 2011, 00:20

      Our family had an experience a few months ago that changed us. Enough time has passed that I can share. In November, at a doctor's appointment I had…

    • Are They Ready? Music Lessons, Band, Choir or Orchestra 

      April 11, 2011, 07:00

      Not all children are cut out to start playing an instrument at age 3 or 4 or 10.  In fact, I would argue that there are very few children who are ready at an…

    • Teaching My Kids Tolerance And Dealing With Outside Influences 

      April 4, 2011, 07:00

      The older my oldest child gets (she is 6 now), the more I am struck by what a responsibility it is to raise a child. Diapers, potty training, healthy eating…

    • Finding Time to Exercise When You Have Kids 

      March 24, 2011, 01:25

      Being married to a former professional athlete and being a former personal trainer, swim instructor, and dancer myself, I used to workout.  A lot.  After…

    • Is Naptime a Nightmare? 

      March 22, 2011, 02:00

      Our little ones need naps. Babies that have good nap habits have better nighttime sleep habits. It is important to set a routine early, from birth, to…

    • Motivating My Strong Willed Child With Money 

      March 7, 2011, 07:00

      I'm one of those people who loves gadgets, and typically sits down and reads the manual from cover to cover when I get something new.  Unfortunately, my…

    • 10 Ways to Babyproof Your Home 

      February 25, 2011, 00:18

      By Joy Paley, who also writes for onlinecollegedegrees.net and has also written at length about phlebotomy. Every year, millions of babies in the U.S.…

    • Bossy, Bossy, Bossy: The Terrific Two's 

      February 23, 2011, 00:20

      Does this face look bossy to you? Contrary to popular belief, the 2's don't have to be terrible. My mom always calls them terrific and I have to agree. It is…

    • Wonder WAHMs: 7 Reasons Why Work-at-Home Moms are Today's Superheroes 

      February 21, 2011, 00:08

      By Hemily Lang who also writes about paralegal certification and ways to earn your social worker degree. 1. Telepathy WAHMs seem to possess the…

    • Mommy Autopilot 

      February 8, 2011, 00:16

      I cherish those moments in life that make us stop and reevaluate our behavior, and how we respond to our munchkins.  Most days I am on autopilot.  Before I…

    • Valentine’s Day is coming! 

      February 2, 2011, 00:01

      Need an inexpensive, unique and/or thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift for your child or your spouse?  What about your best friend or sister?  Here is an idea…

    • Discipline, Part 1 

      January 28, 2011, 00:01

      Before I had a kid, being a parent was something I definitely wanted and always imagined would be a part of my life, but the details of parenting were not…

    • R_E_S_P_E_C_T! Do our kids have it? 

      January 26, 2011, 02:16

      The bad news: Respectful behavior in children is slowly becoming extinct. The good news: We can teach our children to be respectful. And along the way,…

    • My Role as a Human Pacifier 

      January 15, 2011, 00:03

      I know some of you will be able to relate or even sympathize with this scenario, and then again some of you won't agree with my thoughts on the subject.…

    • Toddlers NEED to Play, Moms NEED to Stay Sane 

      January 12, 2011, 03:20

      Spend a few minutes with little ones and you realize very quickly that they love to play. The next time you find yourself wondering if you can spend one more…

    • Do 9-Year Olds Need a Purity Tea Party? 

      January 4, 2011, 00:01

      (by Jane DeAngelis) After having lived in Italy for 11 years, my family and I returned to the USA in 2003.  Little did I realize how much American culture…

    • The Kids Are Out of School – Fun Things To Do 

      December 22, 2010, 00:20

      The kids are out of school. That means they are now home ALL day, ready for some holiday fun. It is a great time of year to draw closer to one another,…

    • To Wrap or Not To Wrap - Christmas Traditions 

      December 8, 2010, 11:59

      HAVE YOU EVER DISAGREED ON A CHRISTMAS TRADITION? Christmas Eve 5 years ago. Our son was three and a half and we knew that this year he would remember…

    • Curing the Dreaded Diaper Rash 

      December 2, 2010, 02:32

      After putting it in writing that my daughter didn't have a diaper rash, that very night she had her first bout with the worst diaper rash our family has seen.…

    • Traveling with Toddlers 

      November 24, 2010, 00:07

      The holidays are a great time of year. A time to be with our families and friends. There are a lot of us that will be traveling to be with those we love. Trave…

    • Family Activities: Encouraging Gratitude 

      November 12, 2010, 00:00

      In an attempt to discover how gratitude affected our health, researchers at UC Davis conducted a study with three groups of volunteers. One group kept a…

    • Designer Diapers: Cloth Diapering in Style 

      October 29, 2010, 23:30

      The most common reasons we hear for choosing to cloth diaper your baby are: they are more economical than disposables, they are better for baby's skin, and…

    • Please Pass the Veggies 

      October 13, 2010, 01:00

      We love our children and want them to be healthy. We work to cook and serve meals that are well rounded and good for them. Then we sit down as a family to…

    • Baby wearing: My experience 

      October 4, 2010, 07:00

      When my daughter (now 5 1/2) was an infant, my baby wearing experience was limited to the Baby Bjorn.  Our use of that was short lived since it wasn't…

    • As the Fog Clears 

      September 29, 2010, 02:00

      Kingdom Mama is a frugal homeschooling mom of TWO sets of twins and a singleton that spends the majority of her day in the kitchen.  The self-proclaimed…

    • Show Your Love 

      September 13, 2010, 00:05

      How do you tell your kids or show your kids that you love them?  Is it unique?  Special?  Just for them?  Does it communicate a message that you want…

    • Dads Can Help with Child-Led Learning 

      September 9, 2010, 00:00

      Whenever we could, the main principle my husband and I tried to follow in our homeschool was child-led learning. Child-led learning is what I consider the most…

    • Nature Deficit Disorder - Do your kids have it? 

      September 8, 2010, 00:00

      NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER is one of the newest plagues affecting our homes and our children. The good news, it can be prevented. By definition, Nature Deficit…

    • SO YOU'RE GOING TO BE A GRANDPARENT! (Part 2) 

      September 4, 2010, 00:21

      With the aging of our population, most of us can expect to be grandparents and even great-grand parents.  Our health may be better than our own grandparents,…

    • SO YOU’RE GOING TO BE A GRANDPARENT! (Part 1) 

      September 2, 2010, 00:01

      It is a grand moment when you learn you are going to be a grand parent.  Hopefully this is good news, but sometimes the circumstances make it a difficult…

    • Every Mother’s Worst Nightmare 

      August 26, 2010, 00:15

      I tell people I have 7 children; however, anyone who takes the time to count heads will notice there are not 7 children trailing along behind me. There are…

    • Your child has special needs? Really? 

      August 21, 2010, 05:00

      I've got a child with a disability. Most people don't believe me because he's verbal, funny, plays hockey and does anything a normal 6 year old does. My child…

    • Snappy 

      August 20, 2010, 07:00

      I'm sick of hearing myself speak in a snappy tone of voice.  I don't yell, and I don't lose my temper, but things come out... snappy. "Christina, STOP…

    • Top 3 Montessori Principles You Can Use with Your Preschooler 

      August 11, 2010, 23:46

      Dr. Maria Montessori brought a new method of education to the world in the early 1900s. Children are still benefiting today. Whether or not your preschooler…

    • Give Yourself a Break 

      August 11, 2010, 01:31

      As women we often struggle with feelings of inadequacy. We beat ourselves up for not being good enough and not doing enough. I know these feelings. I…

    • Parenting with Love and Logic Magic 

      August 5, 2010, 01:31

      "No! Don't touch that! If I have to say it one more time..." Do any of these outbursts sound familiar?  If you are a parent, then yes they do.  In fact, we…

    • Smart Tip Tuesday: DIY Cloth Diaper 

      July 27, 2010, 06:00

      Want to make this........ ...or this... ...out of your old baby blankets/t-shirts? Hop on over to my personal blog, The Lean Green Mommy…

    • Back to School Potty Training 

      July 23, 2010, 01:26

      By Kay Green, Copyright 2010 Do you have a child enrolled in preschool this fall but not yet potty trained? Are you feeling stressed knowing the school rules…

    • The Hands of a Father 

      June 20, 2010, 18:29

      While this is a blog dedicated to, well, mothers, we can't forget those special men in our lives.  They, too, deserve to be honored, thanked and loved (and…

    • A Cloth Diapering Personal Story 

      June 5, 2010, 09:49

      In the world of "Fitteds and pockets and snappis, oh my!" Maria is "changing the world by changing diapers."  She is mom to two kids who is figuring…

    • Kids Activities Series: Fun School 

      May 11, 2010, 07:17

      It's not your regular school - it's fun school (aka all the activities that didn't fit anywhere else or I had left out for some reason or another).  This is…

    • Kids Activities Series: Boxes and Tubes 

      May 10, 2010, 11:22

      Ever wonder what to do with all your old boxes, tubes, and containers?  Well, wonder no more, and I'll tell ya! Use old boxes to make vehicles (buses,…

    • Kids Activities Series: Fun with Color 

      May 8, 2010, 11:34

      There are probably more than enough ways for your creative little artist to make a mess color in this post! 1. Pictures with colored glue:  Use food…

    • Kids Activities Series: Sunny Beach Day! 

      May 7, 2010, 10:53

      Frugal Family Fun Blog has another great idea (especially when it's cold or rainy outside)... For more fun ideas in this series, click here. Desi…

    • Kids Activities Series: Let’s Get Physical! 

      May 6, 2010, 09:34

      Looking for ways to get the kids (or yourself) off the couch?  Sixteen simple solutions ahead.  Just one thing...don't be a spectator.  Immerse yourself in…

    • Kids Activities Series: Beans and Rice and Corn, Oh My! 

      May 5, 2010, 10:26

      Here are just a few things you can do with varieties of beans, rice or popcorn (all dry and uncooked/unpopped, of course!)... Empty coffee cans make…

    • Kids Activities Series: Fossil Dig 

      May 4, 2010, 12:52

      Our next idea in the "Activity Series" comes from Valerie of Frugal Family Fun Blog, a fantastic blog packed-full of free or cheap craft and activity ideas…

    • Kids Activities Series: Kites 

      May 3, 2010, 11:53

      Are Maya-made ideas not THE BEST?  I just can't get enough of them in our Activities Series!  Here's a perfect, easy project for this windy spring…

    • Kids Activities Series: Edible Aquarium 

      April 30, 2010, 18:26

      A post from Jessica at Boy Terrain.  Looking for other fun ideas? Click here to find more in our "Activities Series." I found this fantastic…

    • Kids Activities Series: Food Fun 

      April 29, 2010, 14:33

      Abandon what your mother told you long ago about playing with your food. Next up in our Activities Series is fun with food.  (Yep, it's really okay…

    • Kids Activities Series: Aqua Scope 

      April 28, 2010, 11:36

      Another ingenious Maya-made idea... This is a fabulous way to reuse your old plastic yogurt containers.  The kids can make and decorate these aqua…

    • Kids Activities Series: Summer Pavilion 

      April 27, 2010, 11:42

      Maya's idea for this simple summer pavilion is fabulous and inviting... All you need to make this is rope or twine, an old sheet, garden stakes or…

    • Kids Activities Series: Rainy Day Race Track 

      April 26, 2010, 18:26

      A post from Jessica at Boy Terrain... Looking for other fun ideas? Click here to find more in our "Activities Series." I saw this idea while blog…

    • Kids Activities Series: Goopy Fun 

      April 23, 2010, 11:16

      If you are not of the squeamish variety, you will enjoy watching your kids play with these "goopy" ideas in our Activities Series. Photo by Morgan Did…

    • Kids Activities Series: Flower People 

      April 21, 2010, 11:42

      Maya finds happiness in making unique children's spaces, toys and clothing. Visit her blog for some more inspirational ideas. Take a look at this b…

    • How to Organize Your Kids Without Organizing Them 

      April 20, 2010, 15:33

      Elizabeth from More Than A Mom writes: I am so much more than just one role. I’m a MOM to two beautiful children; I’m a WIFE; I’m a CAREGIVER with my…

    • Kids Activities Series: Letterboxing 

      April 19, 2010, 15:55

      Carissa, one of our veteran guest bloggers, has a great idea for our "Activities Series." Letterboxing 101 "Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines…

    • Kids Activities Series: Good Clean Fun 

      April 16, 2010, 20:33

      In continuing with our Activities Series... Good "Clean" Fun These fun activities are things that aren't too messy, or if they do make a mess, at least…

    • Should Stay-at-home Moms Just Stay Home? 

      April 16, 2010, 07:27

      Elizabeth writes for us again... Can you really be a stay-at-home mom when you are always on the go? I think the term of stay-at-home mom has become a way…

    • Kids Activities Series: Spoon People 

      April 13, 2010, 01:51

      Jessica at Boy Terrain comes to us as a perfect fit for our "Activities Series." As a mother of two (very busy) young boys, she seems to be an expert at…

    • Road Trip Tips 

      April 11, 2010, 19:23

      Will Travel By Foot's blogger, Carissa, writes for us again about road trips, just in time for Spring Break! 4) Pack a separate overnight bag If we…

    • Kids Activities Series: Introduction and Indoor Camping 

      April 8, 2010, 12:02

      I have been working on this project for quite some time (by flipping through magazines, researching internet sites, reading blog comments, asking friends,…

    • How to Crock Pot 

      March 28, 2010, 02:08

      Lindsey, full-time attorney and mother of Christina (3), Rebecca (1), and Allison (4 months), can be found at High Heeled Mom, a blog focusing on issues…

    • Easy Ways to Introduce Geography 

      March 27, 2010, 01:52

      Another great post from Carissa at Will Travel by Foot! I will admit something embarrassing to you right here and now. Are you ready? My five year old son…

    • To Nurse or Not to Nurse 

      March 7, 2010, 04:50

      If you are trying to decide whether to breastfeed or formula feed your newborn, here is a website full of positives for breastfeeding.  Of…

    • Rethink Your Reactions 

      March 3, 2010, 04:55

      "Rethink your reactions" is a commercial I saw today that I think God was using as a reminder for me. Actually, I saw it twice on two different channels, one…

    • The Curious Case of the Grumpy Mother 

      March 1, 2010, 02:37

      Right after my daughter was born, I blogged (on my family blog) on how big 2 year old son looked to me, comparatively. Then one night, right after his shower,…

    • Building Families and Raising Adults 

      February 22, 2010, 04:35

      At church this month we had a lesson on the family's dynamics based on Ephesians 5 and 6.  I loved this study, and though, I am not going to delve too far…

    • I’m Not Green, but… 

      February 7, 2010, 02:36

      I have never thought of myself as granola.  Not even a little bit.  I don't even like to eat granola!  I was girlie, a dancer, wore dresses, was never…

    • Increasing Your Milk Supply 

      January 31, 2010, 19:53

      I found various online resources for breastfeeding mothers who are needing help in increasing milk supply. Some talk about possible causes and how to tell if…

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      • Attachment Parenting: A Close Bond from the Start 

        February 20, 2012, 06:00

        New parents are always receiving advice, some of it is valuable and some of it is completely out there. Sometimes we need it, but sometimes it is unsolicited.…

      • My Role as a Human Pacifier 

        January 15, 2011, 00:03

        I know some of you will be able to relate or even sympathize with this scenario, and then again some of you won't agree with my thoughts on the subject.…

      • Baby wearing: My experience 

        October 4, 2010, 07:00

        When my daughter (now 5 1/2) was an infant, my baby wearing experience was limited to the Baby Bjorn.  Our use of that was short lived since it wasn't…

      • Saving My Baby 

        March 9, 2010, 17:39

        This is an inspiring story from Sarah Kaganovsky...dare ya not to get teary-eyed!! I gave birth on a February afternoon by repeat caesarean. A pink,…

    • Category: baby  (40)
      • Nursing a Fussy Baby?  

        September 11, 2013, 16:31

          If you are nursing a new baby and find that he or she is really fussy, consider what you are eating.  What you eat has a huge impact on your…

      • Dealing with Physiological Changes During Pregnancy 

        July 14, 2013, 17:36

          Pregnancy is an incredible event on so many levels, not the least of which being the changes that occur to the female body during this nine month…

      • Torticollis: The Baby in the Little Blue Helmet 

        July 9, 2013, 21:39

          “It’s just a flat spot, it’s totally normal, especially given the size of the babies,” the pediatrician assured me at Brandon’s 1 month…

      • Using Baby Walkers Safely - Tips and Guidelines 

        January 18, 2013, 12:07

        There are many infant “entertainers” out on the market today – from stationary activity centers and exersaucers to jumpers, bouncers, walkers and walk…

      • Top Tips for Coping with a Newborn and a Toddler 

        September 26, 2012, 00:00

        Dealing with a newborn alongside a toddler is a challenging old business. It’s also the most rewarding experience I have ever been through and I wouldn’t…

      • Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and the Prenatal Vitamin 

        September 20, 2012, 00:32

        “I’ve delivered literally thousands of babies over the past 30+ years,” says a smiling Dr. Doug Odom, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist in Jackson,…

      • Foods for Infants to Avoid 

        August 23, 2012, 01:08

        When it comes to feeding a baby, some of us get a little nervous, and for a good reason!  There have been so many do's and don't's, revisions and differing…

      • Only the Necessities! (Baby Items Checklist) 

        August 20, 2012, 00:24

        Excitement, anticipation and joy are some of the emotions you feel when you are expecting a baby. You wait and wait to meet your new little bundle of…

      • 5 Things to Consider When Choosing YOUR Perfect Carrier 

        July 5, 2012, 00:15

        by Michal Chesal, President of Baby K’tan Before I developed the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier, I was faced with so few options on the market for baby carriers.…

      • 9 Most Common Childhood Diseases 

        March 20, 2012, 00:01

        Having a baby is an adventure in medical care. You are learning which bugs are harmless and which ones are more serious. You can rest assured that most colds…

      • Attachment Parenting: A Close Bond from the Start 

        February 20, 2012, 06:00

        New parents are always receiving advice, some of it is valuable and some of it is completely out there. Sometimes we need it, but sometimes it is unsolicited.…

      • 2012: A Diagnosis and a Year of Change 

        January 3, 2012, 00:01

        2011 came and went faster than I could blink an eye, with the dawn of many new and great adventures that God presented to us. I wanted to start off this New…

      • Baby Goes Vintage 

        October 12, 2011, 00:03

        By Amy Levin-Epstein for Green Goes Simple Babies are cute, but -- I'm sorry to say -- they’re hardly green. These tiny little humans need a whole lot…

      • ,144.83 vs. ,385.05 

        May 3, 2011, 00:03

        When I first looked into cloth diapering I was blown away by the price, seriously .99 for a SINGLE diaper? I was a major coupon-er, I looked for deals, I…

      • How to Cloth Diaper 

        April 29, 2011, 06:55

        Everyone does it differently, but there are so many bad stigmas that deal with cloth diapering that I thought I would address them, and show you what my…

      • Is Naptime a Nightmare? 

        March 22, 2011, 02:00

        Our little ones need naps. Babies that have good nap habits have better nighttime sleep habits. It is important to set a routine early, from birth, to…

      • My Role as a Human Pacifier 

        January 15, 2011, 00:03

        I know some of you will be able to relate or even sympathize with this scenario, and then again some of you won't agree with my thoughts on the subject.…

      • Traveling with Toddlers 

        November 24, 2010, 00:07

        The holidays are a great time of year. A time to be with our families and friends. There are a lot of us that will be traveling to be with those we love. Trave…

      • Designer Diapers: Cloth Diapering in Style 

        October 29, 2010, 23:30

        The most common reasons we hear for choosing to cloth diaper your baby are: they are more economical than disposables, they are better for baby's skin, and…

      • Cloth Diapering On a Budget 

        October 28, 2010, 23:06

        Cloth diapering has been making a comeback during the last few years as more attention is being paid to both our economy and our planet. Because cloth…

      • Baby wearing: My experience 

        October 4, 2010, 07:00

        When my daughter (now 5 1/2) was an infant, my baby wearing experience was limited to the Baby Bjorn.  Our use of that was short lived since it wasn't…

      • Changing Station Irritation 

        August 25, 2010, 01:00

        It seems like every time I go out these days, I get stuck having to do a public diaper change. I try to reserve diaper changes for the car, but my baby…

      • Smart Tip Tuesday: DIY Cloth Diaper 

        July 27, 2010, 06:00

        Want to make this........ ...or this... ...out of your old baby blankets/t-shirts? Hop on over to my personal blog, The Lean Green Mommy…

      • Back to School Potty Training 

        July 23, 2010, 01:26

        By Kay Green, Copyright 2010 Do you have a child enrolled in preschool this fall but not yet potty trained? Are you feeling stressed knowing the school rules…

      • Cloth Diapering: FAQ’s 

        June 12, 2010, 11:09

        This post will address some more common questions about cloth diapering. What do I do when they’re dirty? I use a large Planet Wise wet bag as a hanging…

      • Cloth Diapering: Getting Started 

        June 10, 2010, 10:03

        I would love nothing more than for other moms to think about what's best for their children.  I know we already do that as moms, but sometimes I tend to…

      • Cloth Diapering 201: Getting Down to the Details 

        June 9, 2010, 11:41

        Last time, I talked about types of cloth diapers. This time we’ll talk about even more choices to make - sizing, closure type and materials. Sizi…

      • Cloth Diapering 101: Basic Types 

        June 7, 2010, 11:07

        Do the terms AIO, AI2, contours, pre-fitteds, prefolds, skirties, or soakers mean anything to you?  If not, keep reading! It wasn’t too long ago that I…

      • A Cloth Diapering Personal Story 

        June 5, 2010, 09:49

        In the world of "Fitteds and pockets and snappis, oh my!" Maria is "changing the world by changing diapers."  She is mom to two kids who is figuring…

      • Not Your Average Baby Food 

        June 4, 2010, 10:20

        Thank you for joining us in this mini-series. This is the last of the baby food posts (at least for the summer), but come join us tomorrow for the Cloth…

      • Starting Solids the Baby-Led Way 

        June 3, 2010, 10:35

        So you want to know what all the fuss is about in Rapley's Baby-led weaning?   In a nutshell, with Baby-led weaning, you offer the baby real…

      • Make Your Own Baby Food and the Infamous Super Porridge 

        June 2, 2010, 10:29

        You can't really argue with the fact that making your own baby food costs less.  But did you know that it is also more nutritious?  Don't get me wrong, I…

      • Saving My Baby 

        March 9, 2010, 17:39

        This is an inspiring story from Sarah Kaganovsky...dare ya not to get teary-eyed!! I gave birth on a February afternoon by repeat caesarean. A pink,…

      • A Birth Story 

        February 14, 2010, 06:38

        I thought I would start this blog on Valentine's Day with what most recently went on in my life...the birth of our second child. It was an an absolutely…

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        • 5 Things to Consider When Choosing YOUR Perfect Carrier 

          July 5, 2012, 00:15

          by Michal Chesal, President of Baby K’tan Before I developed the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier, I was faced with so few options on the market for baby carriers.…

        • Attachment Parenting: A Close Bond from the Start 

          February 20, 2012, 06:00

          New parents are always receiving advice, some of it is valuable and some of it is completely out there. Sometimes we need it, but sometimes it is unsolicited.…

        • Baby wearing: My experience 

          October 4, 2010, 07:00

          When my daughter (now 5 1/2) was an infant, my baby wearing experience was limited to the Baby Bjorn.  Our use of that was short lived since it wasn't…

        • Saving My Baby 

          March 9, 2010, 17:39

          This is an inspiring story from Sarah Kaganovsky...dare ya not to get teary-eyed!! I gave birth on a February afternoon by repeat caesarean. A pink,…

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        • 10 Reasons You Should Consider Cloth Diapers 

          June 6, 2011, 07:00

           Expecting?  Have a baby in diapers?  Don't throw your money away!  Consider cloth.   Here are 10 reasons you need to take a look at modern cloth…

        • Changing Station Irritation 

          August 25, 2010, 01:00

          It seems like every time I go out these days, I get stuck having to do a public diaper change. I try to reserve diaper changes for the car, but my baby…

        • Smart Tip Tuesday: DIY Cloth Diaper 

          July 27, 2010, 06:00

          Want to make this........ ...or this... ...out of your old baby blankets/t-shirts? Hop on over to my personal blog, The Lean Green Mommy…

        • Cloth Diapering: FAQ’s 

          June 12, 2010, 11:09

          This post will address some more common questions about cloth diapering. What do I do when they’re dirty? I use a large Planet Wise wet bag as a hanging…

        • Cloth Diapering: Getting Started 

          June 10, 2010, 10:03

          I would love nothing more than for other moms to think about what's best for their children.  I know we already do that as moms, but sometimes I tend to…

        • Cloth Diapering 201: Getting Down to the Details 

          June 9, 2010, 11:41

          Last time, I talked about types of cloth diapers. This time we’ll talk about even more choices to make - sizing, closure type and materials. Sizi…

        • Cloth Diapering 101: Basic Types 

          June 7, 2010, 11:07

          Do the terms AIO, AI2, contours, pre-fitteds, prefolds, skirties, or soakers mean anything to you?  If not, keep reading! It wasn’t too long ago that I…

        • A Cloth Diapering Personal Story 

          June 5, 2010, 09:49

          In the world of "Fitteds and pockets and snappis, oh my!" Maria is "changing the world by changing diapers."  She is mom to two kids who is figuring…

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          • 10 Reasons You Should Consider Cloth Diapers 

            June 6, 2011, 07:00

             Expecting?  Have a baby in diapers?  Don't throw your money away!  Consider cloth.   Here are 10 reasons you need to take a look at modern cloth…

          • ,144.83 vs. ,385.05 

            May 3, 2011, 00:03

            When I first looked into cloth diapering I was blown away by the price, seriously .99 for a SINGLE diaper? I was a major coupon-er, I looked for deals, I…

          • How to Cloth Diaper 

            April 29, 2011, 06:55

            Everyone does it differently, but there are so many bad stigmas that deal with cloth diapering that I thought I would address them, and show you what my…

          • Designer Diapers: Cloth Diapering in Style 

            October 29, 2010, 23:30

            The most common reasons we hear for choosing to cloth diaper your baby are: they are more economical than disposables, they are better for baby's skin, and…

          • Cloth Diapering On a Budget 

            October 28, 2010, 23:06

            Cloth diapering has been making a comeback during the last few years as more attention is being paid to both our economy and our planet. Because cloth…

          • Cloth Diapering - What You Need to Know! 

            September 7, 2010, 11:24

            This week we are trying to raise cloth diaper awareness... I often think "Why didn't I do this earlier?" I hesitated with my son, though I am still…

          • Cloth Wipes: Green and Frugal! 

            September 6, 2010, 06:00

            Cloth Wipes are a must have for any cloth diapering family, but they are a wise choice for all Moms.  They are economical, "green" and you have complete…

          • Smart Tip Tuesday: DIY Cloth Diaper 

            July 27, 2010, 06:00

            Want to make this........ ...or this... ...out of your old baby blankets/t-shirts? Hop on over to my personal blog, The Lean Green Mommy…

          • Cloth Diapering: FAQ’s 

            June 12, 2010, 11:09

            This post will address some more common questions about cloth diapering. What do I do when they’re dirty? I use a large Planet Wise wet bag as a hanging…

          • Cloth Diapering: Getting Started 

            June 10, 2010, 10:03

            I would love nothing more than for other moms to think about what's best for their children.  I know we already do that as moms, but sometimes I tend to…

          • Cloth Diapering 201: Getting Down to the Details 

            June 9, 2010, 11:41

            Last time, I talked about types of cloth diapers. This time we’ll talk about even more choices to make - sizing, closure type and materials. Sizi…

          • Cloth Diapering 101: Basic Types 

            June 7, 2010, 11:07

            Do the terms AIO, AI2, contours, pre-fitteds, prefolds, skirties, or soakers mean anything to you?  If not, keep reading! It wasn’t too long ago that I…

          • A Cloth Diapering Personal Story 

            June 5, 2010, 09:49

            In the world of "Fitteds and pockets and snappis, oh my!" Maria is "changing the world by changing diapers."  She is mom to two kids who is figuring…

      • Category: fussy  (2)
        • Nursing a Fussy Baby?  

          September 11, 2013, 16:31

            If you are nursing a new baby and find that he or she is really fussy, consider what you are eating.  What you eat has a huge impact on your…

        • Saving My Baby 

          March 9, 2010, 17:39

          This is an inspiring story from Sarah Kaganovsky...dare ya not to get teary-eyed!! I gave birth on a February afternoon by repeat caesarean. A pink,…

      • Category: green baby  (14)
        • Baby Goes Vintage 

          October 12, 2011, 00:03

          By Amy Levin-Epstein for Green Goes Simple Babies are cute, but -- I'm sorry to say -- they’re hardly green. These tiny little humans need a whole lot…

        • ,144.83 vs. ,385.05 

          May 3, 2011, 00:03

          When I first looked into cloth diapering I was blown away by the price, seriously .99 for a SINGLE diaper? I was a major coupon-er, I looked for deals, I…

        • Designer Diapers: Cloth Diapering in Style 

          October 29, 2010, 23:30

          The most common reasons we hear for choosing to cloth diaper your baby are: they are more economical than disposables, they are better for baby's skin, and…

        • Cloth Diapering On a Budget 

          October 28, 2010, 23:06

          Cloth diapering has been making a comeback during the last few years as more attention is being paid to both our economy and our planet. Because cloth…

        • Cloth Wipes: Green and Frugal! 

          September 6, 2010, 06:00

          Cloth Wipes are a must have for any cloth diapering family, but they are a wise choice for all Moms.  They are economical, "green" and you have complete…

        • Smart Tip Tuesday: DIY Cloth Diaper 

          July 27, 2010, 06:00

          Want to make this........ ...or this... ...out of your old baby blankets/t-shirts? Hop on over to my personal blog, The Lean Green Mommy…

        • Cloth Diapering: FAQ’s 

          June 12, 2010, 11:09

          This post will address some more common questions about cloth diapering. What do I do when they’re dirty? I use a large Planet Wise wet bag as a hanging…

        • Cloth Diapering: Getting Started 

          June 10, 2010, 10:03

          I would love nothing more than for other moms to think about what's best for their children.  I know we already do that as moms, but sometimes I tend to…

        • Cloth Diapering 201: Getting Down to the Details 

          June 9, 2010, 11:41

          Last time, I talked about types of cloth diapers. This time we’ll talk about even more choices to make - sizing, closure type and materials. Sizi…

        • Cloth Diapering 101: Basic Types 

          June 7, 2010, 11:07

          Do the terms AIO, AI2, contours, pre-fitteds, prefolds, skirties, or soakers mean anything to you?  If not, keep reading! It wasn’t too long ago that I…

        • A Cloth Diapering Personal Story 

          June 5, 2010, 09:49

          In the world of "Fitteds and pockets and snappis, oh my!" Maria is "changing the world by changing diapers."  She is mom to two kids who is figuring…

        • Not Your Average Baby Food 

          June 4, 2010, 10:20

          Thank you for joining us in this mini-series. This is the last of the baby food posts (at least for the summer), but come join us tomorrow for the Cloth…

        • Starting Solids the Baby-Led Way 

          June 3, 2010, 10:35

          So you want to know what all the fuss is about in Rapley's Baby-led weaning?   In a nutshell, with Baby-led weaning, you offer the baby real…

        • Make Your Own Baby Food and the Infamous Super Porridge 

          June 2, 2010, 10:29

          You can't really argue with the fact that making your own baby food costs less.  But did you know that it is also more nutritious?  Don't get me wrong, I…

    • Category: breastfeeding  (9)
      • Nursing a Fussy Baby?  

        September 11, 2013, 16:31

          If you are nursing a new baby and find that he or she is really fussy, consider what you are eating.  What you eat has a huge impact on your…

      • Breastfeeding Essentials 

        March 5, 2013, 00:16

        It’s funny the looks you get from non-moms when you begin to talk about breastfeeding. The single women get obviously uncomfortable and/or disgusted. They…

      • Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and the Prenatal Vitamin 

        September 20, 2012, 00:32

        “I’ve delivered literally thousands of babies over the past 30+ years,” says a smiling Dr. Doug Odom, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist in Jackson,…

      • Attachment Parenting: A Close Bond from the Start 

        February 20, 2012, 06:00

        New parents are always receiving advice, some of it is valuable and some of it is completely out there. Sometimes we need it, but sometimes it is unsolicited.…

      • Truth or Myth: Does breast milk cause cavities? 

        February 22, 2011, 01:24

        If you have ever nursed a child past the age of 12 months, you have probably heard the following from a dentist or pediatrician:  "Breast milk causes tooth…

      • My Role as a Human Pacifier 

        January 15, 2011, 00:03

        I know some of you will be able to relate or even sympathize with this scenario, and then again some of you won't agree with my thoughts on the subject.…

      • Lifestyle and Breastmilk Supply 

        March 22, 2010, 22:03

        A guest post by Cara of Health Home and Happiness. Cara has a passion for motherhood, homemaking, and using real whole foods in the kitchen. Reading Real Food…

      • To Nurse or Not to Nurse 

        March 7, 2010, 04:50

        If you are trying to decide whether to breastfeed or formula feed your newborn, here is a website full of positives for breastfeeding.  Of…

      • Increasing Your Milk Supply 

        January 31, 2010, 19:53

        I found various online resources for breastfeeding mothers who are needing help in increasing milk supply. Some talk about possible causes and how to tell if…

    • Category: children  (82)
      • Limiting Screen Time for Children 

        February 24, 2014, 09:07

        When my first child was born about seven years ago, iPhones were just being introduced, and the iPad was released in 2010.  In just a few years, media…

      • Raising Cinderella 

        May 14, 2013, 02:14

        I always hoped, because I was a girl, I would be prepared to raise girls. Until I had them. Times are very different from when I was young, and the…

      • Exploding Straws: A Game for the Whole Family 

        April 23, 2013, 00:48

        All you need are straws. Just be sure you use the straight straws. You DON'T want the ones that bend. Cut each straw in half. Each person needs their own…

      • Children's Books. A Powerful Parenting Tool 

        April 9, 2013, 03:26

        Children's book aren't just for bedtime any more. They are a powerful tool that parents can use to teach our children important values, and emphasize principles…

      • TOYS! 

        March 23, 2013, 04:28

        I have realized that kids are magical. No, I’m not trying to be sentimental - I’m not referring to the loving looks newborns give you as they nurse, or…

      • Ooga-Booga Look! A Family Game 

        February 26, 2013, 00:20

        So many amazing things happen when we play games with our families. Here is the perfect, quick, family game. Your kids will love it. And you don't need…

      • Helping Our Children Get Organized for the New Year 

        January 22, 2013, 02:21

        Getting and staying organized can help our children succeed in school and juggle all the demands. As 2013 gets under way, here are four ideas for a more…

      • Family Resolutions 

        January 8, 2013, 05:07

        With the New Year upon us, many have taken the time to set some resolutions. But it is not just personal resolutions that we might consider, it is also a…

      • The Perfect Game To Entertain Your Holiday Guests 

        December 11, 2012, 02:56

        Before we know it, Christmas Break will be here and our homes will be filled with holiday guests and visitors. We love having people stay at our house over…

      • Talking to Our Children About Strangers 

        November 28, 2012, 01:12

        There are so many important conversations we need to have with our children. One of the most important, is talking to them about strangers. This is…

      • I Am Thankful for My 11 Favorite Things...That Make Life Easier 

        November 13, 2012, 00:44

        There isn't anything fancy about the things that make my life easier. They are simple and might even seem silly. But with 4 children and all that goes with…

      • Spooky Halloween Oreo Lollipops 

        October 9, 2012, 06:19

        October is the start of it all. The start of the holiday excitement, the family celebration, and all the food and treats. Our children love Halloween…

      • Top Tips for Coping with a Newborn and a Toddler 

        September 26, 2012, 00:00

        Dealing with a newborn alongside a toddler is a challenging old business. It’s also the most rewarding experience I have ever been through and I wouldn’t…

      • Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School 

        September 25, 2012, 00:49

        One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When…

      • Making Time for Family 

        September 11, 2012, 09:36

        We seem to be swamped with this new school year. We have gone from the endless, carefree days of summer, to the busy routine of school and after school…

      • Back to School Prep for Mom 

        August 14, 2012, 01:04

        Hard to believe that summer is ending and it is time to go back to school. There is lots of excitement, but for me there is some sadness also. I will miss…

      • Why Do I Avoid Artificial Food Dyes? 

        August 6, 2012, 07:00

        The idea that artificial food dyes may cause hyperactive behavior in children isn't a new concept. It's been debated for decades, and is a principle of the…

      • Kind, Respectful, Supportive and Choices  

        July 10, 2012, 00:18

        Right now as I type, a dear friend of mine is at the hospital going into labor. I can't get her off my mind. She was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm. This…

      • Bedtime - Stop the Battles 

        June 26, 2012, 08:04

        Bedtime can be a hard time of day for families. After a full day with kids, it seems that when the bedtime battles begin, our patience can go out the window. H…

      • When Kids Tell Lies 

        June 12, 2012, 01:00

        It is really normal for kids to tell a fib or two. They lie for lots of different reasons. Maybe they are worried about getting in trouble, or they are…

      • Enjoy Summer - Act Like a Kid 

        June 4, 2012, 07:00

        Lately, I've been sitting back and really observing my children, noting how we adults could learn a thing or two from our little ones. They see things in…

      • Go Outside and Play 

        May 8, 2012, 13:35

        There is so much for our families to learn from being outside. Unfortunantly, since the early 80's we have seen a dramatic change in where children spend…

      • How to get your kids to help you Spring Clean 

        April 24, 2012, 00:11

        Spring in Utah is beautiful. While the weather is warming up outside, we are busy Spring Cleaning inside. It is not a one man job and I really want and need…

      • No Pressure Cooker, Please! (+ Recipe) 

        March 15, 2012, 00:04

        Guest post by Angie Mielke, PhD, Co-Founder, Sticky Fingers Cooking School for Kids and Licensed Clinical Psychologist The day is winding down, dinner is…

      • Being Active is a Family Affair 

        March 13, 2012, 03:22

        There are so many reasons why kids need to be active and exercise. There is the obvious: Activity and exercise helps kids maintain a healthy weight,…

      • Do You Speak LOVE Languages? 

        February 22, 2012, 00:01

        I have often heard that you need to parent your children differently based on their individual needs and personality, but I have always been hesitant in…

      • Attachment Parenting: A Close Bond from the Start 

        February 20, 2012, 06:00

        New parents are always receiving advice, some of it is valuable and some of it is completely out there. Sometimes we need it, but sometimes it is unsolicited.…

      • Homemade Conversation Hearts 

        February 14, 2012, 02:00

        Are you looking for the perfect last minute addition to your Valentine's Celebration? Look no further! This is a really fun way to show someone you care.…

      • Strong Families Play Games! "Don't Show Your Teeth" 

        January 24, 2012, 00:58

        One of the best ways we can come closer together as families, is to have fun together. This doesn't mean that we need to spend money to go out and…

      • When Will My Baby Move?-Mobile Developments 

        January 10, 2012, 01:29

        When we had our first child, I was worried about EVERY developmental stage. Shouldn't he be rolling over? Why isn't he walking? What if he walks…

      • 40 Read Aloud Chapter Books for Young Children 

        January 5, 2012, 00:00

        One of my New Year's resolutions was to start reading chapter books at bedtime to our sensitive 4 year old son and spunky 2 year old daughter. Okay, the 2 year…

      • "I'm Bored" 

        December 27, 2011, 13:21

          "Mom, I am bored!" Anyone hearing this from their kids right about now? Half way through Christmas Break and wondering what to do? I get a…

      • Teaching our Children to Work 

        December 13, 2011, 01:30

        My freshman year in college, I had a roommate who never had to do any work in her house growing up. Didn't make a bed, cook a meal, clean a bathroom, or help…

      • Stop the Selfishness - Part 1 

        November 8, 2011, 00:57

        httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhR4VtfgNWU (Part 2 is at the bottom of the post. Watch them with your kids) Is your child unappreciative? Do you often…

      • Leave the Red Pen in the Drawer 

        October 25, 2011, 01:06

            As a new graduate student I was asked to take a TA class. The training prepared me to assist professors with grading assignments in…

      • 30 Needs, to Help our Kids Succeed 

        October 11, 2011, 01:55

        Research shows that kids need certain things to succeed in life. Are our children getting what they need to succeed? As parents it is good to read through…

      • 8 Sanity Savers to Make Cooking with Your Kids Fun 

        October 5, 2011, 00:05

        The kitchen is often overlooked as a great place to spend some time with your kids. We often think of cooking as a chore, or an activity that takes us away…

      • Celebrate the Differences 

        September 6, 2011, 23:15

        Don't let the similar faces fool you ... they are complete opposites. My husband and I have spent the last two hours sitting on the couch talking about…

      • Nightmares and Night Terrors 

        August 23, 2011, 03:49

          As a parent, it is a horrible feeling to wake up in the middle of the night to your child screaming and crying from a bad dream. Our first…

      • Dealing with a "Demanding Child" 

        August 9, 2011, 00:26

          Our son and daughter are very different. Like oil and water, the sun and the moon, Modern Family and Leave it to Beaver. Differences aside, they…

      • Oldest Children 

        July 26, 2011, 16:12

        The attention and flattery that comes with being the oldest child is starting to wear off for our daughter. She now has two younger sisters, one is only 8…

      • "Shy" Children-A Parent's Role 

        July 12, 2011, 09:12

        It doesn't take long to notice that each of our children are different. Some are less outgoing than others and each has their own temperament. For those…

      • Discovery Girls Package **Giveaway** 

        June 29, 2011, 17:48

        Growing up these days seems more challenging than ever. Especially for girls. There is so much pressure to fit a certain mold. The challenges are numerous…

      • Backtalk, Make it STOP! 

        June 14, 2011, 07:51

        "No" "Your not the boss of me" "Do it yourself" Sound familiar? Regardless of our children's age, toddlers to teenagers. Backtalk is a parent's…

      • Why You Shouldn't Build Up Self-Esteem in Children 

        June 13, 2011, 01:05

        Last month, Heather Ann spoke of the importance of building self-esteem in children.  In Part 2 of our 2-part series, Kimberlee will discuss why that…

      • Children's Self Esteem - A Parent's Job 

        May 24, 2011, 00:12

        Currently, there is a new topic of discussion among parents: Should we focus on building self-esteem in children or not?  Fortunately, we have two great…

      • Bullying-What Can We Do? 

        May 10, 2011, 00:20

        Recent studies show that 160,000 children a day skip school because they fear being attacked or intimidated by other students. Bullying is real, it is…

      • Teaching My Kids Tolerance And Dealing With Outside Influences 

        April 4, 2011, 07:00

        The older my oldest child gets (she is 6 now), the more I am struck by what a responsibility it is to raise a child. Diapers, potty training, healthy eating…

      • Is Naptime a Nightmare? 

        March 22, 2011, 02:00

        Our little ones need naps. Babies that have good nap habits have better nighttime sleep habits. It is important to set a routine early, from birth, to…

      • Bossy, Bossy, Bossy: The Terrific Two's 

        February 23, 2011, 00:20

        Does this face look bossy to you? Contrary to popular belief, the 2's don't have to be terrible. My mom always calls them terrific and I have to agree. It is…

      • R_E_S_P_E_C_T! Do our kids have it? 

        January 26, 2011, 02:16

        The bad news: Respectful behavior in children is slowly becoming extinct. The good news: We can teach our children to be respectful. And along the way,…

      • Toddlers NEED to Play, Moms NEED to Stay Sane 

        January 12, 2011, 03:20

        Spend a few minutes with little ones and you realize very quickly that they love to play. The next time you find yourself wondering if you can spend one more…

      • The Kids Are Out of School – Fun Things To Do 

        December 22, 2010, 00:20

        The kids are out of school. That means they are now home ALL day, ready for some holiday fun. It is a great time of year to draw closer to one another,…

      • To Wrap or Not To Wrap - Christmas Traditions 

        December 8, 2010, 11:59

        HAVE YOU EVER DISAGREED ON A CHRISTMAS TRADITION? Christmas Eve 5 years ago. Our son was three and a half and we knew that this year he would remember…

      • Traveling with Toddlers 

        November 24, 2010, 00:07

        The holidays are a great time of year. A time to be with our families and friends. There are a lot of us that will be traveling to be with those we love. Trave…

      • Family Activities: Encouraging Gratitude 

        November 12, 2010, 00:00

        In an attempt to discover how gratitude affected our health, researchers at UC Davis conducted a study with three groups of volunteers. One group kept a…

      • Please Pass the Veggies 

        October 13, 2010, 01:00

        We love our children and want them to be healthy. We work to cook and serve meals that are well rounded and good for them. Then we sit down as a family to…

      • As the Fog Clears 

        September 29, 2010, 02:00

        Kingdom Mama is a frugal homeschooling mom of TWO sets of twins and a singleton that spends the majority of her day in the kitchen.  The self-proclaimed…

      • Smart Tip Tuesday: Traveling Tips Two! 

        September 14, 2010, 06:00

        ... Greetings!  It's been about 2 weeks and we are back online again!  Yes! Moving across country is never easy - many of you know this. We have done it…

      • Show Your Love 

        September 13, 2010, 00:05

        How do you tell your kids or show your kids that you love them?  Is it unique?  Special?  Just for them?  Does it communicate a message that you want…

      • Nature Deficit Disorder - Do your kids have it? 

        September 8, 2010, 00:00

        NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER is one of the newest plagues affecting our homes and our children. The good news, it can be prevented. By definition, Nature Deficit…

      • Snappy 

        August 20, 2010, 07:00

        I'm sick of hearing myself speak in a snappy tone of voice.  I don't yell, and I don't lose my temper, but things come out... snappy. "Christina, STOP…

      • Top 3 Montessori Principles You Can Use with Your Preschooler 

        August 11, 2010, 23:46

        Dr. Maria Montessori brought a new method of education to the world in the early 1900s. Children are still benefiting today. Whether or not your preschooler…

      • Parenting with Love and Logic Magic 

        August 5, 2010, 01:31

        "No! Don't touch that! If I have to say it one more time..." Do any of these outbursts sound familiar?  If you are a parent, then yes they do.  In fact, we…

      • Not Your Average Baby Food 

        June 4, 2010, 10:20

        Thank you for joining us in this mini-series. This is the last of the baby food posts (at least for the summer), but come join us tomorrow for the Cloth…

      • Starting Solids the Baby-Led Way 

        June 3, 2010, 10:35

        So you want to know what all the fuss is about in Rapley's Baby-led weaning?   In a nutshell, with Baby-led weaning, you offer the baby real…

      • Make Your Own Baby Food and the Infamous Super Porridge 

        June 2, 2010, 10:29

        You can't really argue with the fact that making your own baby food costs less.  But did you know that it is also more nutritious?  Don't get me wrong, I…

      • Kids Activities Series: Fun School 

        May 11, 2010, 07:17

        It's not your regular school - it's fun school (aka all the activities that didn't fit anywhere else or I had left out for some reason or another).  This is…

      • Kids Activities Series: Boxes and Tubes 

        May 10, 2010, 11:22

        Ever wonder what to do with all your old boxes, tubes, and containers?  Well, wonder no more, and I'll tell ya! Use old boxes to make vehicles (buses,…

      • Kids Activities Series: Fun with Color 

        May 8, 2010, 11:34

        There are probably more than enough ways for your creative little artist to make a mess color in this post! 1. Pictures with colored glue:  Use food…

      • Kids Activities Series: Sunny Beach Day! 

        May 7, 2010, 10:53

        Frugal Family Fun Blog has another great idea (especially when it's cold or rainy outside)... For more fun ideas in this series, click here. Desi…

      • Kids Activities Series: Beans and Rice and Corn, Oh My! 

        May 5, 2010, 10:26

        Here are just a few things you can do with varieties of beans, rice or popcorn (all dry and uncooked/unpopped, of course!)... Empty coffee cans make…

      • Kids Activities Series: Fossil Dig 

        May 4, 2010, 12:52

        Our next idea in the "Activity Series" comes from Valerie of Frugal Family Fun Blog, a fantastic blog packed-full of free or cheap craft and activity ideas…

      • Kids Activities Series: Kites 

        May 3, 2010, 11:53

        Are Maya-made ideas not THE BEST?  I just can't get enough of them in our Activities Series!  Here's a perfect, easy project for this windy spring…

      • Kids Activities Series: Food Fun 

        April 29, 2010, 14:33

        Abandon what your mother told you long ago about playing with your food. Next up in our Activities Series is fun with food.  (Yep, it's really okay…

      • Kids Activities Series: Aqua Scope 

        April 28, 2010, 11:36

        Another ingenious Maya-made idea... This is a fabulous way to reuse your old plastic yogurt containers.  The kids can make and decorate these aqua…

      • Kids Activities Series: Summer Pavilion 

        April 27, 2010, 11:42

        Maya's idea for this simple summer pavilion is fabulous and inviting... All you need to make this is rope or twine, an old sheet, garden stakes or…

      • Kids Activities Series: Flower People 

        April 21, 2010, 11:42

        Maya finds happiness in making unique children's spaces, toys and clothing. Visit her blog for some more inspirational ideas. Take a look at this b…

      • How to Organize Your Kids Without Organizing Them 

        April 20, 2010, 15:33

        Elizabeth from More Than A Mom writes: I am so much more than just one role. I’m a MOM to two beautiful children; I’m a WIFE; I’m a CAREGIVER with my…

      • Building Families and Raising Adults 

        February 22, 2010, 04:35

        At church this month we had a lesson on the family's dynamics based on Ephesians 5 and 6.  I loved this study, and though, I am not going to delve too far…

      • Category: play  (5)
        • Exploding Straws: A Game for the Whole Family 

          April 23, 2013, 00:48

          All you need are straws. Just be sure you use the straight straws. You DON'T want the ones that bend. Cut each straw in half. Each person needs their own…

        • Ooga-Booga Look! A Family Game 

          February 26, 2013, 00:20

          So many amazing things happen when we play games with our families. Here is the perfect, quick, family game. Your kids will love it. And you don't need…

        • Enchanted Princess Tea Party 

          January 9, 2013, 15:44

          For my daughter’s 3rd birthday, I knew I wanted to do something memorable but not quite monumental (at least not until she turned 5). There is something…

        • The Perfect Game To Entertain Your Holiday Guests 

          December 11, 2012, 02:56

          Before we know it, Christmas Break will be here and our homes will be filled with holiday guests and visitors. We love having people stay at our house over…

        • The Power of Dramatic Play and the Toys to Promote It 

          November 8, 2012, 00:12

          There are those that see no real value in playing.  To them, I say nonsense! One of the most important ways kids learn is through playing, especially by…

    • Category: CIO  (2)
      • Attachment Parenting: A Close Bond from the Start 

        February 20, 2012, 06:00

        New parents are always receiving advice, some of it is valuable and some of it is completely out there. Sometimes we need it, but sometimes it is unsolicited.…

      • Saving My Baby 

        March 9, 2010, 17:39

        This is an inspiring story from Sarah Kaganovsky...dare ya not to get teary-eyed!! I gave birth on a February afternoon by repeat caesarean. A pink,…

    • Category: communication  (44)
      • Limiting Screen Time for Children 

        February 24, 2014, 09:07

        When my first child was born about seven years ago, iPhones were just being introduced, and the iPad was released in 2010.  In just a few years, media…

      • Raising Cinderella 

        May 14, 2013, 02:14

        I always hoped, because I was a girl, I would be prepared to raise girls. Until I had them. Times are very different from when I was young, and the…

      • National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month 

        October 23, 2012, 04:11

        October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Nation wide, schools and communities are coming together to educate and bring light to this…

      • Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School 

        September 25, 2012, 00:49

        One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When…

      • Making Time for Family 

        September 11, 2012, 09:36

        We seem to be swamped with this new school year. We have gone from the endless, carefree days of summer, to the busy routine of school and after school…

      • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: What's with LOVE and LOGIC? 

        July 26, 2012, 00:00

        Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

      • Does Birth Order Matter? 

        July 24, 2012, 01:46

        The study of birth order is nothing new. For years, researchers have been trying to prove that the order you are born in your family, does/does not affect…

      • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Enforceable Statements 

        July 20, 2012, 00:00

        Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

      • Kind, Respectful, Supportive and Choices  

        July 10, 2012, 00:18

        Right now as I type, a dear friend of mine is at the hospital going into labor. I can't get her off my mind. She was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm. This…

      • Bedtime - Stop the Battles 

        June 26, 2012, 08:04

        Bedtime can be a hard time of day for families. After a full day with kids, it seems that when the bedtime battles begin, our patience can go out the window. H…

      • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Growing Up Too Fast 

        June 13, 2012, 00:39

        Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

      • When Kids Tell Lies 

        June 12, 2012, 01:00

        It is really normal for kids to tell a fib or two. They lie for lots of different reasons. Maybe they are worried about getting in trouble, or they are…

      • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Arguments 

        June 6, 2012, 00:01

        Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

      • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Consequences with Empathy 

        May 30, 2012, 00:00

        Don't pave the path, trying to remove obstacles and potholes along the way.  Rather, shape the child for the (inevitable) path that lies ahead. Dewey Howard,…

      • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Ownership 

        May 24, 2012, 00:00

        Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

      • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Effective Parenting 

        May 16, 2012, 00:00

        Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

      • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Responsibility and Expectations 

        May 10, 2012, 00:00

        Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert, and his wife Angela have successfully raised 3 kids using the "Love and Logic" parenting method.  He now shares his…

      • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Delayed Consequences 

        May 2, 2012, 00:00

        Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert, and his wife Angela have successfully raised 3 kids using the "Love and Logic" parenting method.  He now shares his…

      • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Mistakes 

        April 26, 2012, 00:05

        In the next several weeks, we will have short parenting tip segments like these written by Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert.  He and his wife Angela…

      • How to get your kids to help you Spring Clean 

        April 24, 2012, 00:11

        Spring in Utah is beautiful. While the weather is warming up outside, we are busy Spring Cleaning inside. It is not a one man job and I really want and need…

      • Do You Speak LOVE Languages? 

        February 22, 2012, 00:01

        I have often heard that you need to parent your children differently based on their individual needs and personality, but I have always been hesitant in…

      • 8 Unintended Rules We Are Telling Our Children 

        February 1, 2012, 00:01

        When we bring a tiny life into this world as first time parents, we try to do everything right and perfect.  Oftentimes we even project this perfection onto…

      • "I'm Bored" 

        December 27, 2011, 13:21

          "Mom, I am bored!" Anyone hearing this from their kids right about now? Half way through Christmas Break and wondering what to do? I get a…

      • Teaching our Children to Work 

        December 13, 2011, 01:30

        My freshman year in college, I had a roommate who never had to do any work in her house growing up. Didn't make a bed, cook a meal, clean a bathroom, or help…

      • Stop the Selfishness-Part 2 

        November 22, 2011, 01:35

        SO... where did we leave off last week? Let's talk about how we can stop the selfishness. Take Back Control... A spoiled and selfish child knows how to…

      • Stop the Selfishness - Part 1 

        November 8, 2011, 00:57

        httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhR4VtfgNWU (Part 2 is at the bottom of the post. Watch them with your kids) Is your child unappreciative? Do you often…

      • Leave the Red Pen in the Drawer 

        October 25, 2011, 01:06

            As a new graduate student I was asked to take a TA class. The training prepared me to assist professors with grading assignments in…

      • 30 Needs, to Help our Kids Succeed 

        October 11, 2011, 01:55

        Research shows that kids need certain things to succeed in life. Are our children getting what they need to succeed? As parents it is good to read through…

      • Dealing with a "Demanding Child" 

        August 9, 2011, 00:26

          Our son and daughter are very different. Like oil and water, the sun and the moon, Modern Family and Leave it to Beaver. Differences aside, they…

      • Oldest Children 

        July 26, 2011, 16:12

        The attention and flattery that comes with being the oldest child is starting to wear off for our daughter. She now has two younger sisters, one is only 8…

      • "Shy" Children-A Parent's Role 

        July 12, 2011, 09:12

        It doesn't take long to notice that each of our children are different. Some are less outgoing than others and each has their own temperament. For those…

      • Backtalk, Make it STOP! 

        June 14, 2011, 07:51

        "No" "Your not the boss of me" "Do it yourself" Sound familiar? Regardless of our children's age, toddlers to teenagers. Backtalk is a parent's…

      • Discipline, Part II 

        April 22, 2011, 23:28

        I am not sure if I mentioned in my last post or not, but I want to clarify that I am not an expert on discipline. I do have some experience (maybe a little…

      • Is Naptime a Nightmare? 

        March 22, 2011, 02:00

        Our little ones need naps. Babies that have good nap habits have better nighttime sleep habits. It is important to set a routine early, from birth, to…

      • Motivating My Strong Willed Child With Money 

        March 7, 2011, 07:00

        I'm one of those people who loves gadgets, and typically sits down and reads the manual from cover to cover when I get something new.  Unfortunately, my…

      • Bossy, Bossy, Bossy: The Terrific Two's 

        February 23, 2011, 00:20

        Does this face look bossy to you? Contrary to popular belief, the 2's don't have to be terrible. My mom always calls them terrific and I have to agree. It is…

      • Discipline, Part 1 

        January 28, 2011, 00:01

        Before I had a kid, being a parent was something I definitely wanted and always imagined would be a part of my life, but the details of parenting were not…

      • R_E_S_P_E_C_T! Do our kids have it? 

        January 26, 2011, 02:16

        The bad news: Respectful behavior in children is slowly becoming extinct. The good news: We can teach our children to be respectful. And along the way,…

      • Parenting with Love and Logic Magic 

        August 5, 2010, 01:31

        "No! Don't touch that! If I have to say it one more time..." Do any of these outbursts sound familiar?  If you are a parent, then yes they do.  In fact, we…

      • Building Families and Raising Adults 

        February 22, 2010, 04:35

        At church this month we had a lesson on the family's dynamics based on Ephesians 5 and 6.  I loved this study, and though, I am not going to delve too far…

      • Category: behavior  (17)
        • Raising Cinderella 

          May 14, 2013, 02:14

          I always hoped, because I was a girl, I would be prepared to raise girls. Until I had them. Times are very different from when I was young, and the…

        • Why Do I Avoid Artificial Food Dyes? 

          August 6, 2012, 07:00

          The idea that artificial food dyes may cause hyperactive behavior in children isn't a new concept. It's been debated for decades, and is a principle of the…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: What's with LOVE and LOGIC? 

          July 26, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Does Birth Order Matter? 

          July 24, 2012, 01:46

          The study of birth order is nothing new. For years, researchers have been trying to prove that the order you are born in your family, does/does not affect…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Enforceable Statements 

          July 20, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Bedtime - Stop the Battles 

          June 26, 2012, 08:04

          Bedtime can be a hard time of day for families. After a full day with kids, it seems that when the bedtime battles begin, our patience can go out the window. H…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Growing Up Too Fast 

          June 13, 2012, 00:39

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • When Kids Tell Lies 

          June 12, 2012, 01:00

          It is really normal for kids to tell a fib or two. They lie for lots of different reasons. Maybe they are worried about getting in trouble, or they are…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Arguments 

          June 6, 2012, 00:01

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Consequences with Empathy 

          May 30, 2012, 00:00

          Don't pave the path, trying to remove obstacles and potholes along the way.  Rather, shape the child for the (inevitable) path that lies ahead. Dewey Howard,…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Ownership 

          May 24, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Effective Parenting 

          May 16, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Responsibility and Expectations 

          May 10, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert, and his wife Angela have successfully raised 3 kids using the "Love and Logic" parenting method.  He now shares his…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Delayed Consequences 

          May 2, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert, and his wife Angela have successfully raised 3 kids using the "Love and Logic" parenting method.  He now shares his…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Mistakes 

          April 26, 2012, 00:05

          In the next several weeks, we will have short parenting tip segments like these written by Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert.  He and his wife Angela…

        • How to get your kids to help you Spring Clean 

          April 24, 2012, 00:11

          Spring in Utah is beautiful. While the weather is warming up outside, we are busy Spring Cleaning inside. It is not a one man job and I really want and need…

        • Do You Speak LOVE Languages? 

          February 22, 2012, 00:01

          I have often heard that you need to parent your children differently based on their individual needs and personality, but I have always been hesitant in…

      • Category: discipline  (35)
        • Limiting Screen Time for Children 

          February 24, 2014, 09:07

          When my first child was born about seven years ago, iPhones were just being introduced, and the iPad was released in 2010.  In just a few years, media…

        • Where is our society headed? 

          December 15, 2012, 16:20

          In light of the tragedies of this past week, I felt compelled to write this, though I know I may be in the minority and may not go down on anyone's "favorite"…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: What's with LOVE and LOGIC? 

          July 26, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Enforceable Statements 

          July 20, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Bedtime - Stop the Battles 

          June 26, 2012, 08:04

          Bedtime can be a hard time of day for families. After a full day with kids, it seems that when the bedtime battles begin, our patience can go out the window. H…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Growing Up Too Fast 

          June 13, 2012, 00:39

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • When Kids Tell Lies 

          June 12, 2012, 01:00

          It is really normal for kids to tell a fib or two. They lie for lots of different reasons. Maybe they are worried about getting in trouble, or they are…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Arguments 

          June 6, 2012, 00:01

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Consequences with Empathy 

          May 30, 2012, 00:00

          Don't pave the path, trying to remove obstacles and potholes along the way.  Rather, shape the child for the (inevitable) path that lies ahead. Dewey Howard,…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Ownership 

          May 24, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Effective Parenting 

          May 16, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Responsibility and Expectations 

          May 10, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert, and his wife Angela have successfully raised 3 kids using the "Love and Logic" parenting method.  He now shares his…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Delayed Consequences 

          May 2, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert, and his wife Angela have successfully raised 3 kids using the "Love and Logic" parenting method.  He now shares his…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Mistakes 

          April 26, 2012, 00:05

          In the next several weeks, we will have short parenting tip segments like these written by Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert.  He and his wife Angela…

        • Do You Speak LOVE Languages? 

          February 22, 2012, 00:01

          I have often heard that you need to parent your children differently based on their individual needs and personality, but I have always been hesitant in…

        • 8 Unintended Rules We Are Telling Our Children 

          February 1, 2012, 00:01

          When we bring a tiny life into this world as first time parents, we try to do everything right and perfect.  Oftentimes we even project this perfection onto…

        • "I'm Bored" 

          December 27, 2011, 13:21

            "Mom, I am bored!" Anyone hearing this from their kids right about now? Half way through Christmas Break and wondering what to do? I get a…

        • Teaching our Children to Work 

          December 13, 2011, 01:30

          My freshman year in college, I had a roommate who never had to do any work in her house growing up. Didn't make a bed, cook a meal, clean a bathroom, or help…

        • Stop the Selfishness-Part 2 

          November 22, 2011, 01:35

          SO... where did we leave off last week? Let's talk about how we can stop the selfishness. Take Back Control... A spoiled and selfish child knows how to…

        • Stop the Selfishness - Part 1 

          November 8, 2011, 00:57

          httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhR4VtfgNWU (Part 2 is at the bottom of the post. Watch them with your kids) Is your child unappreciative? Do you often…

        • Leave the Red Pen in the Drawer 

          October 25, 2011, 01:06

              As a new graduate student I was asked to take a TA class. The training prepared me to assist professors with grading assignments in…

        • 30 Needs, to Help our Kids Succeed 

          October 11, 2011, 01:55

          Research shows that kids need certain things to succeed in life. Are our children getting what they need to succeed? As parents it is good to read through…

        • Dealing with a "Demanding Child" 

          August 9, 2011, 00:26

            Our son and daughter are very different. Like oil and water, the sun and the moon, Modern Family and Leave it to Beaver. Differences aside, they…

        • Oldest Children 

          July 26, 2011, 16:12

          The attention and flattery that comes with being the oldest child is starting to wear off for our daughter. She now has two younger sisters, one is only 8…

        • "Shy" Children-A Parent's Role 

          July 12, 2011, 09:12

          It doesn't take long to notice that each of our children are different. Some are less outgoing than others and each has their own temperament. For those…

        • Backtalk, Make it STOP! 

          June 14, 2011, 07:51

          "No" "Your not the boss of me" "Do it yourself" Sound familiar? Regardless of our children's age, toddlers to teenagers. Backtalk is a parent's…

        • Discipline, Part III 

          May 27, 2011, 23:59

          Last time I talked about an effective way to stop undesirable behavior in your child. In my opinion, this part of parenting is a little bit easier than the…

        • Discipline, Part II 

          April 22, 2011, 23:28

          I am not sure if I mentioned in my last post or not, but I want to clarify that I am not an expert on discipline. I do have some experience (maybe a little…

        • Is Naptime a Nightmare? 

          March 22, 2011, 02:00

          Our little ones need naps. Babies that have good nap habits have better nighttime sleep habits. It is important to set a routine early, from birth, to…

        • Motivating My Strong Willed Child With Money 

          March 7, 2011, 07:00

          I'm one of those people who loves gadgets, and typically sits down and reads the manual from cover to cover when I get something new.  Unfortunately, my…

        • Bossy, Bossy, Bossy: The Terrific Two's 

          February 23, 2011, 00:20

          Does this face look bossy to you? Contrary to popular belief, the 2's don't have to be terrible. My mom always calls them terrific and I have to agree. It is…

        • Discipline, Part 1 

          January 28, 2011, 00:01

          Before I had a kid, being a parent was something I definitely wanted and always imagined would be a part of my life, but the details of parenting were not…

        • R_E_S_P_E_C_T! Do our kids have it? 

          January 26, 2011, 02:16

          The bad news: Respectful behavior in children is slowly becoming extinct. The good news: We can teach our children to be respectful. And along the way,…

        • Parenting with Love and Logic Magic 

          August 5, 2010, 01:31

          "No! Don't touch that! If I have to say it one more time..." Do any of these outbursts sound familiar?  If you are a parent, then yes they do.  In fact, we…

        • Building Families and Raising Adults 

          February 22, 2010, 04:35

          At church this month we had a lesson on the family's dynamics based on Ephesians 5 and 6.  I loved this study, and though, I am not going to delve too far…

      • Category: love  (17)
        • Raising Cinderella 

          May 14, 2013, 02:14

          I always hoped, because I was a girl, I would be prepared to raise girls. Until I had them. Times are very different from when I was young, and the…

        • Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School 

          September 25, 2012, 00:49

          One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When…

        • Making Time for Family 

          September 11, 2012, 09:36

          We seem to be swamped with this new school year. We have gone from the endless, carefree days of summer, to the busy routine of school and after school…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: What's with LOVE and LOGIC? 

          July 26, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Enforceable Statements 

          July 20, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Kind, Respectful, Supportive and Choices  

          July 10, 2012, 00:18

          Right now as I type, a dear friend of mine is at the hospital going into labor. I can't get her off my mind. She was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm. This…

        • Bedtime - Stop the Battles 

          June 26, 2012, 08:04

          Bedtime can be a hard time of day for families. After a full day with kids, it seems that when the bedtime battles begin, our patience can go out the window. H…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Growing Up Too Fast 

          June 13, 2012, 00:39

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Arguments 

          June 6, 2012, 00:01

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Consequences with Empathy 

          May 30, 2012, 00:00

          Don't pave the path, trying to remove obstacles and potholes along the way.  Rather, shape the child for the (inevitable) path that lies ahead. Dewey Howard,…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Ownership 

          May 24, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Effective Parenting 

          May 16, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert and recovering "drill sergeant dad", and his wife Angela, a recovering "helicopter mom", have successfully raised 3…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Responsibility and Expectations 

          May 10, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert, and his wife Angela have successfully raised 3 kids using the "Love and Logic" parenting method.  He now shares his…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Delayed Consequences 

          May 2, 2012, 00:00

          Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert, and his wife Angela have successfully raised 3 kids using the "Love and Logic" parenting method.  He now shares his…

        • Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Mistakes 

          April 26, 2012, 00:05

          In the next several weeks, we will have short parenting tip segments like these written by Dewey Howard, a "Love & Logic" expert.  He and his wife Angela…

        • Being Active, With Your Spouse 

          March 27, 2012, 01:44

          Not only is it important to be active with your family, but it is also important to be active with your spouse. Working together and going on dates together…

        • Do You Speak LOVE Languages? 

          February 22, 2012, 00:01

          I have often heard that you need to parent your children differently based on their individual needs and personality, but I have always been hesitant in…

      • Category: love and logic  (10)
    • Category: costumes  (1)
      • Saving on Halloween Costumes 

        October 19, 2010, 01:36

        Halloween.  I used to despise this holiday, even as a child.  But somehow the minute I became a parent, I immediately wanted to dress up my child in the…

    • Category: cry-it-out  (3)
      • Attachment Parenting: A Close Bond from the Start 

        February 20, 2012, 06:00

        New parents are always receiving advice, some of it is valuable and some of it is completely out there. Sometimes we need it, but sometimes it is unsolicited.…

      • To Save a Life 

        May 18, 2011, 07:22

        "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

      • Saving My Baby 

        March 9, 2010, 17:39

        This is an inspiring story from Sarah Kaganovsky...dare ya not to get teary-eyed!! I gave birth on a February afternoon by repeat caesarean. A pink,…

    • Category: Eating Issues  (2)
      • 10 Tips for Getting Your Kids to Eat Healthier  

        July 6, 2012, 00:03

        Have you ever wondered why grocery stores keep the sugar laden cereals at your kid’s eye level?  Or why 99.9% of food commercials on TV are advertising…

      • No Pressure Cooker, Please! (+ Recipe) 

        March 15, 2012, 00:04

        Guest post by Angie Mielke, PhD, Co-Founder, Sticky Fingers Cooking School for Kids and Licensed Clinical Psychologist The day is winding down, dinner is…

    • Category: entertainment  (10)
      • Limiting Screen Time for Children 

        February 24, 2014, 09:07

        When my first child was born about seven years ago, iPhones were just being introduced, and the iPad was released in 2010.  In just a few years, media…

      • The Perfect Game To Entertain Your Holiday Guests 

        December 11, 2012, 02:56

        Before we know it, Christmas Break will be here and our homes will be filled with holiday guests and visitors. We love having people stay at our house over…

      • Indoor Activities For Really Cold Days 

        December 10, 2012, 00:01

        If you have not experienced them already, there may be a day or two or twelve in your future when it is too cold outside to send your children out to play. …

      • Go Outside and Play 

        May 8, 2012, 13:35

        There is so much for our families to learn from being outside. Unfortunantly, since the early 80's we have seen a dramatic change in where children spend…

      • Play-dough Pictionary 

        April 10, 2012, 05:24

        It's that time of year. When we are working to organize our homes with lots of Spring Cleaning. But, our houses are not the only thing that needs whipped into…

      • Strong Families Play Games! "Don't Show Your Teeth" 

        January 24, 2012, 00:58

        One of the best ways we can come closer together as families, is to have fun together. This doesn't mean that we need to spend money to go out and…

      • 40 Read Aloud Chapter Books for Young Children 

        January 5, 2012, 00:00

        One of my New Year's resolutions was to start reading chapter books at bedtime to our sensitive 4 year old son and spunky 2 year old daughter. Okay, the 2 year…

      • To Save a Life 

        May 18, 2011, 07:22

        "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

      • The Kids Are Out of School – Fun Things To Do 

        December 22, 2010, 00:20

        The kids are out of school. That means they are now home ALL day, ready for some holiday fun. It is a great time of year to draw closer to one another,…

      • Top Family and Date Night Movies 

        August 17, 2010, 06:00

        . "Smart choices for the family" Top 3 Family Movies: 1. The Princess & The Frog A clasic family film with everything Disney used to be about...bu…

    • Category: family  (66)
      • Raising Cinderella 

        May 14, 2013, 02:14

        I always hoped, because I was a girl, I would be prepared to raise girls. Until I had them. Times are very different from when I was young, and the…

      • Exploding Straws: A Game for the Whole Family 

        April 23, 2013, 00:48

        All you need are straws. Just be sure you use the straight straws. You DON'T want the ones that bend. Cut each straw in half. Each person needs their own…

      • Children's Books. A Powerful Parenting Tool 

        April 9, 2013, 03:26

        Children's book aren't just for bedtime any more. They are a powerful tool that parents can use to teach our children important values, and emphasize principles…

      • Ooga-Booga Look! A Family Game 

        February 26, 2013, 00:20

        So many amazing things happen when we play games with our families. Here is the perfect, quick, family game. Your kids will love it. And you don't need…

      • Helping Our Children Get Organized for the New Year 

        January 22, 2013, 02:21

        Getting and staying organized can help our children succeed in school and juggle all the demands. As 2013 gets under way, here are four ideas for a more…

      • Family Resolutions 

        January 8, 2013, 05:07

        With the New Year upon us, many have taken the time to set some resolutions. But it is not just personal resolutions that we might consider, it is also a…

      • The Perfect Game To Entertain Your Holiday Guests 

        December 11, 2012, 02:56

        Before we know it, Christmas Break will be here and our homes will be filled with holiday guests and visitors. We love having people stay at our house over…

      • Talking to Our Children About Strangers 

        November 28, 2012, 01:12

        There are so many important conversations we need to have with our children. One of the most important, is talking to them about strangers. This is…

      • I Am Thankful for My 11 Favorite Things...That Make Life Easier 

        November 13, 2012, 00:44

        There isn't anything fancy about the things that make my life easier. They are simple and might even seem silly. But with 4 children and all that goes with…

      • Spooky Halloween Oreo Lollipops 

        October 9, 2012, 06:19

        October is the start of it all. The start of the holiday excitement, the family celebration, and all the food and treats. Our children love Halloween…

      • Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School 

        September 25, 2012, 00:49

        One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When…

      • Ten Fun Fall Activities 

        September 17, 2012, 00:20

        Fall is my favorite time of year. My family celebrates three birthdays, the weather gets cooler, the leaves change color and the holidays are just around…

      • Making Time for Family 

        September 11, 2012, 09:36

        We seem to be swamped with this new school year. We have gone from the endless, carefree days of summer, to the busy routine of school and after school…

      • Back to School Prep for Mom 

        August 14, 2012, 01:04

        Hard to believe that summer is ending and it is time to go back to school. There is lots of excitement, but for me there is some sadness also. I will miss…

      • Kind, Respectful, Supportive and Choices  

        July 10, 2012, 00:18

        Right now as I type, a dear friend of mine is at the hospital going into labor. I can't get her off my mind. She was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm. This…

      • Family Reunion Coming Up? Write Your Family History Book! 

        July 2, 2012, 07:00

        I am very fortunate to have 3 of my grandparents still living, but I didn't get the chance to really get to know them as I was growing up. Since my Dad's Mom…

      • Bedtime - Stop the Battles 

        June 26, 2012, 08:04

        Bedtime can be a hard time of day for families. After a full day with kids, it seems that when the bedtime battles begin, our patience can go out the window. H…

      • Summer is for Family Learning Fun 

        June 20, 2012, 00:01

          "No more classes, no more books.  No more teachers dirty looks!"  I remember that day every year when I was in school~ there is no better feeling…

      • When Kids Tell Lies 

        June 12, 2012, 01:00

        It is really normal for kids to tell a fib or two. They lie for lots of different reasons. Maybe they are worried about getting in trouble, or they are…

      • The Joy of Puzzles 

        June 11, 2012, 00:00

        Our kids love to do puzzles.  They come by it naturally.  My MIL and her Mom love to do puzzles- the harder the better.  They love those ones that are all…

      • Enjoy Summer - Act Like a Kid 

        June 4, 2012, 07:00

        Lately, I've been sitting back and really observing my children, noting how we adults could learn a thing or two from our little ones. They see things in…

      • Go Outside and Play 

        May 8, 2012, 13:35

        There is so much for our families to learn from being outside. Unfortunantly, since the early 80's we have seen a dramatic change in where children spend…

      • How to get your kids to help you Spring Clean 

        April 24, 2012, 00:11

        Spring in Utah is beautiful. While the weather is warming up outside, we are busy Spring Cleaning inside. It is not a one man job and I really want and need…

      • Being Active, With Your Spouse 

        March 27, 2012, 01:44

        Not only is it important to be active with your family, but it is also important to be active with your spouse. Working together and going on dates together…

      • Being Active is a Family Affair 

        March 13, 2012, 03:22

        There are so many reasons why kids need to be active and exercise. There is the obvious: Activity and exercise helps kids maintain a healthy weight,…

      • Homemade Conversation Hearts 

        February 14, 2012, 02:00

        Are you looking for the perfect last minute addition to your Valentine's Celebration? Look no further! This is a really fun way to show someone you care.…

      • Tips on Providing a Healthy Marriage for Children 

        February 8, 2012, 00:01

        You try to make your children's lives happy and fulfilled. You want them to have the best education, the best doctors, and the safest environment. What you…

      • 8 Unintended Rules We Are Telling Our Children 

        February 1, 2012, 00:01

        When we bring a tiny life into this world as first time parents, we try to do everything right and perfect.  Oftentimes we even project this perfection onto…

      • Strong Families Play Games! "Don't Show Your Teeth" 

        January 24, 2012, 00:58

        One of the best ways we can come closer together as families, is to have fun together. This doesn't mean that we need to spend money to go out and…

      • When Will My Baby Move?-Mobile Developments 

        January 10, 2012, 01:29

        When we had our first child, I was worried about EVERY developmental stage. Shouldn't he be rolling over? Why isn't he walking? What if he walks…

      • 40 Read Aloud Chapter Books for Young Children 

        January 5, 2012, 00:00

        One of my New Year's resolutions was to start reading chapter books at bedtime to our sensitive 4 year old son and spunky 2 year old daughter. Okay, the 2 year…

      • "I'm Bored" 

        December 27, 2011, 13:21

          "Mom, I am bored!" Anyone hearing this from their kids right about now? Half way through Christmas Break and wondering what to do? I get a…

      • Teaching our Children to Work 

        December 13, 2011, 01:30

        My freshman year in college, I had a roommate who never had to do any work in her house growing up. Didn't make a bed, cook a meal, clean a bathroom, or help…

      • Stop the Selfishness-Part 2 

        November 22, 2011, 01:35

        SO... where did we leave off last week? Let's talk about how we can stop the selfishness. Take Back Control... A spoiled and selfish child knows how to…

      • Stop the Selfishness - Part 1 

        November 8, 2011, 00:57

        httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhR4VtfgNWU (Part 2 is at the bottom of the post. Watch them with your kids) Is your child unappreciative? Do you often…

      • Leave the Red Pen in the Drawer 

        October 25, 2011, 01:06

            As a new graduate student I was asked to take a TA class. The training prepared me to assist professors with grading assignments in…

      • 30 Needs, to Help our Kids Succeed 

        October 11, 2011, 01:55

        Research shows that kids need certain things to succeed in life. Are our children getting what they need to succeed? As parents it is good to read through…

      • Dirty Enough to be Happy! (Plus GREAT Cleaning Tips) 

        September 27, 2011, 01:20

        "Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing." Phyllis Diller  "Make Your Home Clean Enough to…

      • Celebrate the Differences 

        September 6, 2011, 23:15

        Don't let the similar faces fool you ... they are complete opposites. My husband and I have spent the last two hours sitting on the couch talking about…

      • CaringBridge: Connecting Family and Friends *GIVEAWAY* (Rafflecopter) 

        August 30, 2011, 00:01

        CaringBridge is an organization dedicated to helping families connect with family and friends when they need it the most. At CaringBridge you can set up a…

      • Nightmares and Night Terrors 

        August 23, 2011, 03:49

          As a parent, it is a horrible feeling to wake up in the middle of the night to your child screaming and crying from a bad dream. Our first…

      • Dealing with a "Demanding Child" 

        August 9, 2011, 00:26

          Our son and daughter are very different. Like oil and water, the sun and the moon, Modern Family and Leave it to Beaver. Differences aside, they…

      • Oldest Children 

        July 26, 2011, 16:12

        The attention and flattery that comes with being the oldest child is starting to wear off for our daughter. She now has two younger sisters, one is only 8…

      • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 2 

        July 19, 2011, 06:13

        In a previous post, I discussed my decision to enroll the girls in a cyber school.  This post is about the benefits to ME!   I remember that…

      • "Shy" Children-A Parent's Role 

        July 12, 2011, 09:12

        It doesn't take long to notice that each of our children are different. Some are less outgoing than others and each has their own temperament. For those…

      • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 1 

        July 7, 2011, 07:11

        I know I 'homeschool.' and I am (one of) the homeschool contributor (who misses her deadlines by 2 or 3 months) here, but I have a confession.  I am not…

      • Discovery Girls Package **Giveaway** 

        June 29, 2011, 17:48

        Growing up these days seems more challenging than ever. Especially for girls. There is so much pressure to fit a certain mold. The challenges are numerous…

      • Backtalk, Make it STOP! 

        June 14, 2011, 07:51

        "No" "Your not the boss of me" "Do it yourself" Sound familiar? Regardless of our children's age, toddlers to teenagers. Backtalk is a parent's…

      • Children's Self Esteem - A Parent's Job 

        May 24, 2011, 00:12

        Currently, there is a new topic of discussion among parents: Should we focus on building self-esteem in children or not?  Fortunately, we have two great…

      • To Save a Life 

        May 18, 2011, 07:22

        "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

      • Bullying-What Can We Do? 

        May 10, 2011, 00:20

        Recent studies show that 160,000 children a day skip school because they fear being attacked or intimidated by other students. Bullying is real, it is…

      • Oncologist's Office-Perspective on Motherhood 

        April 12, 2011, 00:20

        Our family had an experience a few months ago that changed us. Enough time has passed that I can share. In November, at a doctor's appointment I had…

      • Is Naptime a Nightmare? 

        March 22, 2011, 02:00

        Our little ones need naps. Babies that have good nap habits have better nighttime sleep habits. It is important to set a routine early, from birth, to…

      • Bossy, Bossy, Bossy: The Terrific Two's 

        February 23, 2011, 00:20

        Does this face look bossy to you? Contrary to popular belief, the 2's don't have to be terrible. My mom always calls them terrific and I have to agree. It is…

      • R_E_S_P_E_C_T! Do our kids have it? 

        January 26, 2011, 02:16

        The bad news: Respectful behavior in children is slowly becoming extinct. The good news: We can teach our children to be respectful. And along the way,…

      • Toddlers NEED to Play, Moms NEED to Stay Sane 

        January 12, 2011, 03:20

        Spend a few minutes with little ones and you realize very quickly that they love to play. The next time you find yourself wondering if you can spend one more…

      • The Kids Are Out of School – Fun Things To Do 

        December 22, 2010, 00:20

        The kids are out of school. That means they are now home ALL day, ready for some holiday fun. It is a great time of year to draw closer to one another,…

      • To Wrap or Not To Wrap - Christmas Traditions 

        December 8, 2010, 11:59

        HAVE YOU EVER DISAGREED ON A CHRISTMAS TRADITION? Christmas Eve 5 years ago. Our son was three and a half and we knew that this year he would remember…

      • Traveling with Toddlers 

        November 24, 2010, 00:07

        The holidays are a great time of year. A time to be with our families and friends. There are a lot of us that will be traveling to be with those we love. Trave…

      • Family Activities: Encouraging Gratitude 

        November 12, 2010, 00:00

        In an attempt to discover how gratitude affected our health, researchers at UC Davis conducted a study with three groups of volunteers. One group kept a…

      • Please Pass the Veggies 

        October 13, 2010, 01:00

        We love our children and want them to be healthy. We work to cook and serve meals that are well rounded and good for them. Then we sit down as a family to…

      • Nature Deficit Disorder - Do your kids have it? 

        September 8, 2010, 00:00

        NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER is one of the newest plagues affecting our homes and our children. The good news, it can be prevented. By definition, Nature Deficit…

      • Moving! 

        August 24, 2010, 06:00

        Well, it's that time again...moving day.  :-P  YUCK.  I do not like moving.  I do not like saying good-bye.  I do not like packing.  It's a bitter-sweet…

      • Top Family and Date Night Movies 

        August 17, 2010, 06:00

        . "Smart choices for the family" Top 3 Family Movies: 1. The Princess & The Frog A clasic family film with everything Disney used to be about...bu…

      • Give Yourself a Break 

        August 11, 2010, 01:31

        As women we often struggle with feelings of inadequacy. We beat ourselves up for not being good enough and not doing enough. I know these feelings. I…

      • Building Families and Raising Adults 

        February 22, 2010, 04:35

        At church this month we had a lesson on the family's dynamics based on Ephesians 5 and 6.  I loved this study, and though, I am not going to delve too far…

    • Category: fear  (6)
      • Top Tips for Coping with a Newborn and a Toddler 

        September 26, 2012, 00:00

        Dealing with a newborn alongside a toddler is a challenging old business. It’s also the most rewarding experience I have ever been through and I wouldn’t…

      • Is FEAR Making You INVULNERABLE in Your Parenting? 

        February 16, 2012, 00:01

        In our society vulnerability seems to be synonymous with weakness.  The anxiety of appearing to be the “weakest link” leads us to numb ourselves to being…

      • Nightmares and Night Terrors 

        August 23, 2011, 03:49

          As a parent, it is a horrible feeling to wake up in the middle of the night to your child screaming and crying from a bad dream. Our first…

      • To Save a Life 

        May 18, 2011, 07:22

        "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

      • Oncologist's Office-Perspective on Motherhood 

        April 12, 2011, 00:20

        Our family had an experience a few months ago that changed us. Enough time has passed that I can share. In November, at a doctor's appointment I had…

      • Every Mother’s Worst Nightmare 

        August 26, 2010, 00:15

        I tell people I have 7 children; however, anyone who takes the time to count heads will notice there are not 7 children trailing along behind me. There are…

    • Category: foreign language  (1)
    • Category: frustrations  (8)
      • Top Tips for Coping with a Newborn and a Toddler 

        September 26, 2012, 00:00

        Dealing with a newborn alongside a toddler is a challenging old business. It’s also the most rewarding experience I have ever been through and I wouldn’t…

      • 2012: A Diagnosis and a Year of Change 

        January 3, 2012, 00:01

        2011 came and went faster than I could blink an eye, with the dawn of many new and great adventures that God presented to us. I wanted to start off this New…

      • Sinking and Failing at Homeschooling 

        October 24, 2011, 00:01

        If any of you are regular readers of my posts here on a Nation of Moms, you know that deadlines and I do not get along. At all. So, I definitely did not…

      • To Save a Life 

        May 18, 2011, 07:22

        "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

      • Changing Station Irritation 

        August 25, 2010, 01:00

        It seems like every time I go out these days, I get stuck having to do a public diaper change. I try to reserve diaper changes for the car, but my baby…

      • Moving! 

        August 24, 2010, 06:00

        Well, it's that time again...moving day.  :-P  YUCK.  I do not like moving.  I do not like saying good-bye.  I do not like packing.  It's a bitter-sweet…

      • Snappy 

        August 20, 2010, 07:00

        I'm sick of hearing myself speak in a snappy tone of voice.  I don't yell, and I don't lose my temper, but things come out... snappy. "Christina, STOP…

      • The Curious Case of the Grumpy Mother 

        March 1, 2010, 02:37

        Right after my daughter was born, I blogged (on my family blog) on how big 2 year old son looked to me, comparatively. Then one night, right after his shower,…

    • Category: fun ideas  (68)
      • Snow Dough 

        February 3, 2014, 09:23

        This is a fun winter version of play dough.  It has a very cool sensory feel to it, and feels very silky and is crumbly.  You can adjust the texture a…

      • Snow Ice Cream 

        December 16, 2013, 09:37

          Snow ice cream is a fun, quick and easy treat you can make when you have fresh snow to work with!  We have tried other snow ice cream recipes,…

      • Cheap, Fun Bath Toys You Probably Already Have in Your House 

        November 13, 2013, 13:54

          Let me begin by saying that bath time is a great time to "play" with your kids.  It is common sense not to leave them in the tub alone, without…

      • Melted Bead Crafts 

        November 7, 2013, 22:28

        This is an easy craft you can do, and you can do so many things with your melted beads.  I love how creative you can get with designs and how many ways…

      • DIY Seashell Ornaments 

        November 4, 2013, 07:10

        Every year, we go to the seashore, and we always come home with lots of shells.  We try to do as many crafts and projects as possible with them, and this…

      • Fall Recycled PuzzleTrees 

        September 10, 2013, 07:55

          I am always trying to think of what to do with all our old puzzles that have missing pieces.  I hate to throw them out, so we decided to make…

      • Decoupaged Recycled Jars ~ Kid's Craft 

        September 3, 2013, 22:30

          This is a great craft for using recycled materials, and it is quick and easy for a range of ages. All you need is: ~ jars or containers…

      • Make Your Own Slime! 

        August 26, 2013, 07:00

          This is a very easy project to do.  I still remember as a kid, there were those machines in the front of the grocery store where you could buy…

      • Butterfly Life Cycle Craft 

        August 12, 2013, 21:24

          This is a fun craft to teach the life cycle of a butterfly, and is adaptable for a variety of ages. Materials needed: ~ Paper plate or…

      • Making Your Own Fairy Gardens 

        July 30, 2013, 09:36

          Fairy gardens are so easy to make.  My girls were excited at the idea of making their own fairy gardens, and this is a fun project that you can…

      • Tissue Paper Mosaic Turtle Craft 

        July 24, 2013, 09:58

            My kids love turtles, and after seeing a few this spring, we came up with a turtle-inspired craft. Supplies you will need: ~…

      • Shell Frame Craft ~ Saving Beach Memories 

        July 17, 2013, 07:15

          Every summer, we head to the beach, and we come back with a lot of shells!  I am often at a loss as far as what to do with all the pretty shells…

      • Helpful Tips for Hiking with Kids 

        June 25, 2013, 21:36

          One of my favorite activities is getting outside and going hiking.  I did quite a bit of hiking before I had kids, and as soon as my girls were…

      • Summer Fun Jar for Kids 

        June 20, 2013, 21:16

          Do your kids get bored in the summertime?  Like most kids do, mine get bored too!  That is why I came up with the Summer Fun Jar.  It's really…

      • Homemade Fingerprint Note Cards 

        June 13, 2013, 12:56

          I always encourage my children to write thank you notes, and as a result, I end up buying quite a few cards.  I realized that I would rather…

      • Tissue Paper Tree Craft for Kids 

        June 5, 2013, 01:30

          This is an easy craft for kids, and chances are, you already have all the materials! You will need: ~ sticks/twigs ~ hot glue ~ regular…

      • Tips for Berry Picking -- a Fun Family Activity 

        June 2, 2013, 18:45

          One of our yearly rituals involves taking our children berry picking at a local farm.  It is a fun for all of us, and a valuable experience…

      • Make Your Own "Grass Head" (Kid's Craft) 

        May 13, 2013, 01:30

          This is a fun spring or summer project that is easy to do with kids.  Chances are, you probably have most, if not all, of the materials…

      • Fun Painting with Recycled Materials 

        April 24, 2013, 02:00

        This is a fun way to do a painting project by upcycling different materials.  Start by gathering up any materials that you can use for painting.  This…

      • Exploding Straws: A Game for the Whole Family 

        April 23, 2013, 00:48

        All you need are straws. Just be sure you use the straight straws. You DON'T want the ones that bend. Cut each straw in half. Each person needs their own…

      • Easy Egg Carton & Recycled Container Gardening 

        April 22, 2013, 02:00

        Planting seedlings indoors is an easy springtime project for kids.  We like to get some of our garden plants started indoors, since it helps to get seedlings…

      • Getting the Most out of Your Local Library 

        April 15, 2013, 01:30

        Do you take advantage of everything your local library has to offer? Ever since my kids were very little, we have made regular trips to the library. They are…

      • Signs of Spring -- Activities for Kids 

        April 10, 2013, 07:51

        Although spring officially started on March 20, it can still be almost wintry for a while in some areas.  It can be tough explaining kids why we still get…

      • Activities to do while your child is sick 

        March 11, 2013, 00:02

        Sometimes when kids are sick, they don't want to sleep and need to do something.  What kind of things can you do with your child when they are not feeling up…

      • Indoor Activities For Really Cold Days 

        December 10, 2012, 00:01

        If you have not experienced them already, there may be a day or two or twelve in your future when it is too cold outside to send your children out to play. …

      • Spooky Halloween Oreo Lollipops 

        October 9, 2012, 06:19

        October is the start of it all. The start of the holiday excitement, the family celebration, and all the food and treats. Our children love Halloween…

      • Ten Fun Fall Activities 

        September 17, 2012, 00:20

        Fall is my favorite time of year. My family celebrates three birthdays, the weather gets cooler, the leaves change color and the holidays are just around…

      • Kubb: Family Backyard Game 

        September 10, 2012, 00:12

        To create "forever memories" with your family, consider making backyard games part of your family time. There are many games that are fun for children and…

      • Summer is for Family Learning Fun 

        June 20, 2012, 00:01

          "No more classes, no more books.  No more teachers dirty looks!"  I remember that day every year when I was in school~ there is no better feeling…

      • The Joy of Puzzles 

        June 11, 2012, 00:00

        Our kids love to do puzzles.  They come by it naturally.  My MIL and her Mom love to do puzzles- the harder the better.  They love those ones that are all…

      • Homeschooling: On the Road and In the Summer? 

        May 14, 2012, 00:00

        Our family is planning a vacation to Wyoming and South Dakota this summer.  So, why am I talking about homeschooling?  Because we are doing unit studies and…

      • Go Outside and Play 

        May 8, 2012, 13:35

        There is so much for our families to learn from being outside. Unfortunantly, since the early 80's we have seen a dramatic change in where children spend…

      • Play-dough Pictionary 

        April 10, 2012, 05:24

        It's that time of year. When we are working to organize our homes with lots of Spring Cleaning. But, our houses are not the only thing that needs whipped into…

      • Green Your Kid: Gardening 

        March 14, 2012, 00:03

        By Lynda Fassa for Green Goes Simple There are many fun things to do in the backyard with the kids: picnicking, jumping through the sprinkler and…

      • Less Television, More Fun 

        March 6, 2012, 00:00

        Let’s face it, parents, sometimes television is easier. Sometimes it’s so much easier to just fire up Nick Jr. and let your children dance and…

      • Candy-Free, Allergy-Free Valentine Ideas 

        February 3, 2012, 00:01

        In my world, kids eat too much candy.  They need more candy like they need a hole in the head.  Couple that with kids who have multiple food allergies, and…

      • Strong Families Play Games! "Don't Show Your Teeth" 

        January 24, 2012, 00:58

        One of the best ways we can come closer together as families, is to have fun together. This doesn't mean that we need to spend money to go out and…

      • 40 Read Aloud Chapter Books for Young Children 

        January 5, 2012, 00:00

        One of my New Year's resolutions was to start reading chapter books at bedtime to our sensitive 4 year old son and spunky 2 year old daughter. Okay, the 2 year…

      • 8 Sanity Savers to Make Cooking with Your Kids Fun 

        October 5, 2011, 00:05

        The kitchen is often overlooked as a great place to spend some time with your kids. We often think of cooking as a chore, or an activity that takes us away…

      • 10 Wallet Friendly Ways to Beat Boredom in Autumn 

        September 29, 2011, 00:01

        Submitted on behalf of Primrose Schools: The Leader in Educational Day Care by Emily Patterson (@epatt1062) After a record-breaking summer, filled with…

      • Eco-Friendly Activities for the Summer 

        June 24, 2011, 06:55

        Summer is here and you either have kids that are not yet in school…..or kids that are out of school.  Trying to find great eco friendly activities for them…

      • DIY Travel Desk 

        May 6, 2011, 07:08

        I jumped at the chance to guest blog at A Nation of Moms because who doesn't love the topics they cover, the principles they stand for and the great giveaways…

      • The Kids Are Out of School – Fun Things To Do 

        December 22, 2010, 00:20

        The kids are out of school. That means they are now home ALL day, ready for some holiday fun. It is a great time of year to draw closer to one another,…

      • Crafty Christmas Ornaments 

        December 7, 2010, 23:52

        We went to a Christmas party for my husband's job earlier this week and I saw these cute little snowman s'mores ornaments, doubled as centerpieces, that they…

      • Family Activities: Encouraging Gratitude 

        November 12, 2010, 00:00

        In an attempt to discover how gratitude affected our health, researchers at UC Davis conducted a study with three groups of volunteers. One group kept a…

      • What's the Big Deal About Tot Trays? 

        October 7, 2010, 00:00

        Have I shared with you my love for Montessori?  If I haven't, I apologize.  I am completely engrossed in the entire idea and have started implementing…

      • Top Family and Date Night Movies 

        August 17, 2010, 06:00

        . "Smart choices for the family" Top 3 Family Movies: 1. The Princess & The Frog A clasic family film with everything Disney used to be about...bu…

      • Kool-Aid Scented Play Dough 

        August 2, 2010, 07:00

          Those who know me might be surprised to see Kool-Aid in my pantry!  I've been wanting to make homemade scented play dough with it since the days of…

      • Kids Activities Series: Fun School 

        May 11, 2010, 07:17

        It's not your regular school - it's fun school (aka all the activities that didn't fit anywhere else or I had left out for some reason or another).  This is…

      • Kids Activities Series: Boxes and Tubes 

        May 10, 2010, 11:22

        Ever wonder what to do with all your old boxes, tubes, and containers?  Well, wonder no more, and I'll tell ya! Use old boxes to make vehicles (buses,…

      • Kids Activities Series: Fun with Color 

        May 8, 2010, 11:34

        There are probably more than enough ways for your creative little artist to make a mess color in this post! 1. Pictures with colored glue:  Use food…

      • Kids Activities Series: Sunny Beach Day! 

        May 7, 2010, 10:53

        Frugal Family Fun Blog has another great idea (especially when it's cold or rainy outside)... For more fun ideas in this series, click here. Desi…

      • Kids Activities Series: Let’s Get Physical! 

        May 6, 2010, 09:34

        Looking for ways to get the kids (or yourself) off the couch?  Sixteen simple solutions ahead.  Just one thing...don't be a spectator.  Immerse yourself in…

      • Kids Activities Series: Beans and Rice and Corn, Oh My! 

        May 5, 2010, 10:26

        Here are just a few things you can do with varieties of beans, rice or popcorn (all dry and uncooked/unpopped, of course!)... Empty coffee cans make…

      • Kids Activities Series: Fossil Dig 

        May 4, 2010, 12:52

        Our next idea in the "Activity Series" comes from Valerie of Frugal Family Fun Blog, a fantastic blog packed-full of free or cheap craft and activity ideas…

      • Kids Activities Series: Kites 

        May 3, 2010, 11:53

        Are Maya-made ideas not THE BEST?  I just can't get enough of them in our Activities Series!  Here's a perfect, easy project for this windy spring…

      • Kids Activities Series: Edible Aquarium 

        April 30, 2010, 18:26

        A post from Jessica at Boy Terrain.  Looking for other fun ideas? Click here to find more in our "Activities Series." I found this fantastic…

      • Kids Activities Series: Food Fun 

        April 29, 2010, 14:33

        Abandon what your mother told you long ago about playing with your food. Next up in our Activities Series is fun with food.  (Yep, it's really okay…

      • Kids Activities Series: Aqua Scope 

        April 28, 2010, 11:36

        Another ingenious Maya-made idea... This is a fabulous way to reuse your old plastic yogurt containers.  The kids can make and decorate these aqua…

      • Kids Activities Series: Summer Pavilion 

        April 27, 2010, 11:42

        Maya's idea for this simple summer pavilion is fabulous and inviting... All you need to make this is rope or twine, an old sheet, garden stakes or…

      • Kids Activities Series: Rainy Day Race Track 

        April 26, 2010, 18:26

        A post from Jessica at Boy Terrain... Looking for other fun ideas? Click here to find more in our "Activities Series." I saw this idea while blog…

      • Kids Activities Series: Goopy Fun 

        April 23, 2010, 11:16

        If you are not of the squeamish variety, you will enjoy watching your kids play with these "goopy" ideas in our Activities Series. Photo by Morgan Did…

      • Kids Activities Series: Flower People 

        April 21, 2010, 11:42

        Maya finds happiness in making unique children's spaces, toys and clothing. Visit her blog for some more inspirational ideas. Take a look at this b…

      • How to Organize Your Kids Without Organizing Them 

        April 20, 2010, 15:33

        Elizabeth from More Than A Mom writes: I am so much more than just one role. I’m a MOM to two beautiful children; I’m a WIFE; I’m a CAREGIVER with my…

      • Kids Activities Series: Letterboxing 

        April 19, 2010, 15:55

        Carissa, one of our veteran guest bloggers, has a great idea for our "Activities Series." Letterboxing 101 "Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines…

      • Kids Activities Series: Good Clean Fun 

        April 16, 2010, 20:33

        In continuing with our Activities Series... Good "Clean" Fun These fun activities are things that aren't too messy, or if they do make a mess, at least…

      • Kids Activities Series: Spoon People 

        April 13, 2010, 01:51

        Jessica at Boy Terrain comes to us as a perfect fit for our "Activities Series." As a mother of two (very busy) young boys, she seems to be an expert at…

      • Kids Activities Series: Introduction and Indoor Camping 

        April 8, 2010, 12:02

        I have been working on this project for quite some time (by flipping through magazines, researching internet sites, reading blog comments, asking friends,…

      • Category: activities series  (19)
        • Kids Activities Series: Fun School 

          May 11, 2010, 07:17

          It's not your regular school - it's fun school (aka all the activities that didn't fit anywhere else or I had left out for some reason or another).  This is…

        • Kids Activities Series: Boxes and Tubes 

          May 10, 2010, 11:22

          Ever wonder what to do with all your old boxes, tubes, and containers?  Well, wonder no more, and I'll tell ya! Use old boxes to make vehicles (buses,…

        • Kids Activities Series: Fun with Color 

          May 8, 2010, 11:34

          There are probably more than enough ways for your creative little artist to make a mess color in this post! 1. Pictures with colored glue:  Use food…

        • Kids Activities Series: Sunny Beach Day! 

          May 7, 2010, 10:53

          Frugal Family Fun Blog has another great idea (especially when it's cold or rainy outside)... For more fun ideas in this series, click here. Desi…

        • Kids Activities Series: Let’s Get Physical! 

          May 6, 2010, 09:34

          Looking for ways to get the kids (or yourself) off the couch?  Sixteen simple solutions ahead.  Just one thing...don't be a spectator.  Immerse yourself in…

        • Kids Activities Series: Beans and Rice and Corn, Oh My! 

          May 5, 2010, 10:26

          Here are just a few things you can do with varieties of beans, rice or popcorn (all dry and uncooked/unpopped, of course!)... Empty coffee cans make…

        • Kids Activities Series: Fossil Dig 

          May 4, 2010, 12:52

          Our next idea in the "Activity Series" comes from Valerie of Frugal Family Fun Blog, a fantastic blog packed-full of free or cheap craft and activity ideas…

        • Kids Activities Series: Kites 

          May 3, 2010, 11:53

          Are Maya-made ideas not THE BEST?  I just can't get enough of them in our Activities Series!  Here's a perfect, easy project for this windy spring…

        • Kids Activities Series: Edible Aquarium 

          April 30, 2010, 18:26

          A post from Jessica at Boy Terrain.  Looking for other fun ideas? Click here to find more in our "Activities Series." I found this fantastic…

        • Kids Activities Series: Food Fun 

          April 29, 2010, 14:33

          Abandon what your mother told you long ago about playing with your food. Next up in our Activities Series is fun with food.  (Yep, it's really okay…

        • Kids Activities Series: Aqua Scope 

          April 28, 2010, 11:36

          Another ingenious Maya-made idea... This is a fabulous way to reuse your old plastic yogurt containers.  The kids can make and decorate these aqua…

        • Kids Activities Series: Summer Pavilion 

          April 27, 2010, 11:42

          Maya's idea for this simple summer pavilion is fabulous and inviting... All you need to make this is rope or twine, an old sheet, garden stakes or…

        • Kids Activities Series: Rainy Day Race Track 

          April 26, 2010, 18:26

          A post from Jessica at Boy Terrain... Looking for other fun ideas? Click here to find more in our "Activities Series." I saw this idea while blog…

        • Kids Activities Series: Goopy Fun 

          April 23, 2010, 11:16

          If you are not of the squeamish variety, you will enjoy watching your kids play with these "goopy" ideas in our Activities Series. Photo by Morgan Did…

        • Kids Activities Series: Flower People 

          April 21, 2010, 11:42

          Maya finds happiness in making unique children's spaces, toys and clothing. Visit her blog for some more inspirational ideas. Take a look at this b…

        • Kids Activities Series: Letterboxing 

          April 19, 2010, 15:55

          Carissa, one of our veteran guest bloggers, has a great idea for our "Activities Series." Letterboxing 101 "Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines…

        • Kids Activities Series: Good Clean Fun 

          April 16, 2010, 20:33

          In continuing with our Activities Series... Good "Clean" Fun These fun activities are things that aren't too messy, or if they do make a mess, at least…

        • Kids Activities Series: Spoon People 

          April 13, 2010, 01:51

          Jessica at Boy Terrain comes to us as a perfect fit for our "Activities Series." As a mother of two (very busy) young boys, she seems to be an expert at…

        • Kids Activities Series: Introduction and Indoor Camping 

          April 8, 2010, 12:02

          I have been working on this project for quite some time (by flipping through magazines, researching internet sites, reading blog comments, asking friends,…

    • Category: grandparent  (5)
      • Family Reunion Coming Up? Write Your Family History Book! 

        July 2, 2012, 07:00

        I am very fortunate to have 3 of my grandparents still living, but I didn't get the chance to really get to know them as I was growing up. Since my Dad's Mom…

      • How to Support Your Special Needs Grandchild 

        April 7, 2012, 00:00

        If your grandchild has special needs, it's difficult to know how to be there for both them and their parents. The best thing a grandparent can do to support…

      • Stop the Selfishness-Part 2 

        November 22, 2011, 01:35

        SO... where did we leave off last week? Let's talk about how we can stop the selfishness. Take Back Control... A spoiled and selfish child knows how to…

      • SO YOU'RE GOING TO BE A GRANDPARENT! (Part 2) 

        September 4, 2010, 00:21

        With the aging of our population, most of us can expect to be grandparents and even great-grand parents.  Our health may be better than our own grandparents,…

      • SO YOU’RE GOING TO BE A GRANDPARENT! (Part 1) 

        September 2, 2010, 00:01

        It is a grand moment when you learn you are going to be a grand parent.  Hopefully this is good news, but sometimes the circumstances make it a difficult…

    • Category: homeschool  (26)
      • The Learning Box Preschool (**GIVEAWAY**) 

        November 7, 2013, 18:39

        his product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. The Learning Box Preschool is a professionally designed online educational pre…

      • Homeschooling Through Life's Circumstances 

        January 16, 2013, 00:00

        I don't know about you, but my life never goes as I plan. Be it personal {I never thought I'd be a single mom for this long!}, the blog, or homeschooling, I am…

      • This is all part of homeschooling (Homeschooling in the New Year) 

        December 19, 2012, 00:00

        So, it's almost time to start a new year. 2013. It's coming~ and it'll be here soon. Even though homeschooling goals and schedules are set in the Summer,…

      • Footsteps2Brilliance Review and **GIVEAWAY** 

        December 12, 2012, 00:00

        Since we found out we were pregnant with our first child, over 10 years ago, I have been on the look out for a good reading program I could do with our…

      • Homeschool Thankfulness (Plus My Favorite Resources) 

        November 22, 2012, 00:51

        Homeschooling is hard! There is so much planning, researching, studying, talking to others, etc that goes into each and every week, just to have your carefully…

      • Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School 

        September 25, 2012, 00:49

        One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When…

      • Simply Homeschooling 

        September 23, 2012, 23:00

        There is a vision amongst us homeschoolers that everyone is a homeschooling supermom. Everyone has it together, is organized, has great resources and kids that…

      • Make the new school year a new beginning 

        July 17, 2012, 09:00

          Back to school means reevaluation With less than a month to go before most of us start homeschooling for 2012-2013 school year, I am once again…

      • Summer is for Family Learning Fun 

        June 20, 2012, 00:01

          "No more classes, no more books.  No more teachers dirty looks!"  I remember that day every year when I was in school~ there is no better feeling…

      • Take Homeschooling Outside 

        May 29, 2012, 00:00

        The cold, cold days of winter are long past but schooling is not quite done.  At least it's not for us; we school year round.  But now, it's finally Summer…

      • Homeschooling: On the Road and In the Summer? 

        May 14, 2012, 00:00

        Our family is planning a vacation to Wyoming and South Dakota this summer.  So, why am I talking about homeschooling?  Because we are doing unit studies and…

      • Homeschooling When It's Hard 

        November 15, 2011, 17:09

        Sometimes, it gets hard to homeschool. Well, honestly, it's always hard to homeschool, but some times it's worse than others. Recently, I hit a rough patch…

      • Sinking and Failing at Homeschooling 

        October 24, 2011, 00:01

        If any of you are regular readers of my posts here on a Nation of Moms, you know that deadlines and I do not get along. At all. So, I definitely did not…

      • Career or Kids? Why I chose my kids over "my" life 

        September 20, 2011, 00:01

        I think I lost a friend.  I don’t know how, but I’m pretty sure she’s not my friend anymore.  And, I think she’s not my friend because I have…

      • Our Homeschool Preschool Plan 

        August 18, 2011, 02:30

        I know this might come a tad bit on the late side, but I just didn't have the time to plan out our school year until just recently.  (Or perhaps I was just…

      • Why I No Longer Homeschool ~ Part 3 

        August 16, 2011, 07:24

        In the last two parts of Why I No Longer Homeschool we talked about what led me to cyber school and the benefits to me.  This time, I would like to take a…

      • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 2 

        July 19, 2011, 06:13

        In a previous post, I discussed my decision to enroll the girls in a cyber school.  This post is about the benefits to ME!   I remember that…

      • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 1 

        July 7, 2011, 07:11

        I know I 'homeschool.' and I am (one of) the homeschool contributor (who misses her deadlines by 2 or 3 months) here, but I have a confession.  I am not…

      • Homeschooling and the Single Mom 

        March 15, 2011, 07:00

        According to several Twitter (@momtosprouts) and Facebook (Home Grown Families) prompts I am the ONLY single Mom that homeschools. Fortunately, a Google…

      • What's the Big Deal About Tot Trays? 

        October 7, 2010, 00:00

        Have I shared with you my love for Montessori?  If I haven't, I apologize.  I am completely engrossed in the entire idea and have started implementing…

      • Dads Can Help with Child-Led Learning 

        September 9, 2010, 00:00

        Whenever we could, the main principle my husband and I tried to follow in our homeschool was child-led learning. Child-led learning is what I consider the most…

      • When they don't agree with Homeschooling 

        September 1, 2010, 00:30

        So, you have decided to homeschool! Congratulations! You have prayed, weighed your options, researched curriculum and talked to everyone you know who has…

      • Top 3 Montessori Principles You Can Use with Your Preschooler 

        August 11, 2010, 23:46

        Dr. Maria Montessori brought a new method of education to the world in the early 1900s. Children are still benefiting today. Whether or not your preschooler…

      • Why homeschool? 

        August 4, 2010, 07:00

        Hello! My name is Tiffany and I am from Home Grown Families. I am so excited to be able to do a guest post for Village of Moms! Since it is Back to School…

      • How to Organize Your Kids Without Organizing Them 

        April 20, 2010, 15:33

        Elizabeth from More Than A Mom writes: I am so much more than just one role. I’m a MOM to two beautiful children; I’m a WIFE; I’m a CAREGIVER with my…

      • Easy Ways to Introduce Geography 

        March 27, 2010, 01:52

        Another great post from Carissa at Will Travel by Foot! I will admit something embarrassing to you right here and now. Are you ready? My five year old son…

      • Category: geography  (2)
        • Homeschooling: On the Road and In the Summer? 

          May 14, 2012, 00:00

          Our family is planning a vacation to Wyoming and South Dakota this summer.  So, why am I talking about homeschooling?  Because we are doing unit studies and…

        • Easy Ways to Introduce Geography 

          March 27, 2010, 01:52

          Another great post from Carissa at Will Travel by Foot! I will admit something embarrassing to you right here and now. Are you ready? My five year old son…

    • Category: illness  (3)
      • Childhood Immune Support from the Experts 

        March 25, 2013, 00:26

        Because we know that viruses don't sleep during the warmer months only to wake up during cold weather season, the Holistic Chiropractors (Dr. Tracy Wilson and…

      • Activities to do while your child is sick 

        March 11, 2013, 00:02

        Sometimes when kids are sick, they don't want to sleep and need to do something.  What kind of things can you do with your child when they are not feeling up…

      • 9 Most Common Childhood Diseases 

        March 20, 2012, 00:01

        Having a baby is an adventure in medical care. You are learning which bugs are harmless and which ones are more serious. You can rest assured that most colds…

    • Category: losing a child  (6)
      • Being a Child and Living with Loss 

        January 20, 2014, 15:31

        There is so much in this journey that is hard to comprehend for me; imagine being a child. Imagine one day your sibling, parent, friend or close family…

      • Where Did My Life Go? Living After a Loss 

        September 18, 2013, 07:10

          Where did my life go?  This is a common wonder I have.  Where did the ‘marry my college sweetheart, get a house, get a dog and have lovely…

      • September ~ Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month 

        September 5, 2013, 21:59

        The things I know now… Once we know something we are forever changed… forever aware.  Once we know something we must share it, change it, fix it,…

      • How to Help When a Family Has a Loss 

        July 7, 2013, 22:27

          When  a child dies… A day will come when most of us will be faced with knowing, maybe being very close to, a family who loses a child. …

      • "Living" Without: Loss of a Child 

        May 28, 2013, 01:00

          One never starts this adventure of being a mom thinking that their story will change like mine has.  To think that my daughter Madeline would…

      • Every Mother’s Worst Nightmare 

        August 26, 2010, 00:15

        I tell people I have 7 children; however, anyone who takes the time to count heads will notice there are not 7 children trailing along behind me. There are…

    • Category: mother's intuition  (2)
      • Give Yourself a Break 

        August 11, 2010, 01:31

        As women we often struggle with feelings of inadequacy. We beat ourselves up for not being good enough and not doing enough. I know these feelings. I…

      • Saving My Baby 

        March 9, 2010, 17:39

        This is an inspiring story from Sarah Kaganovsky...dare ya not to get teary-eyed!! I gave birth on a February afternoon by repeat caesarean. A pink,…

    • Category: multiples  (6)
      • Sinking and Failing at Homeschooling 

        October 24, 2011, 00:01

        If any of you are regular readers of my posts here on a Nation of Moms, you know that deadlines and I do not get along. At all. So, I definitely did not…

      • Career or Kids? Why I chose my kids over "my" life 

        September 20, 2011, 00:01

        I think I lost a friend.  I don’t know how, but I’m pretty sure she’s not my friend anymore.  And, I think she’s not my friend because I have…

      • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 2 

        July 19, 2011, 06:13

        In a previous post, I discussed my decision to enroll the girls in a cyber school.  This post is about the benefits to ME!   I remember that…

      • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 1 

        July 7, 2011, 07:11

        I know I 'homeschool.' and I am (one of) the homeschool contributor (who misses her deadlines by 2 or 3 months) here, but I have a confession.  I am not…

      • Top 10 Tips for Moms of Multiples 

        April 7, 2011, 01:06

        Being a mommy of multiples means having lots of patience, and some of the early memories are a bit of a blur. I have made it almost to 3 years old with my…

      • As the Fog Clears 

        September 29, 2010, 02:00

        Kingdom Mama is a frugal homeschooling mom of TWO sets of twins and a singleton that spends the majority of her day in the kitchen.  The self-proclaimed…

    • Category: organize  (8)
      • Make School Mornings Less Stressful 

        October 15, 2013, 09:47

          Do you find mornings stressful, trying to get the kids out the door to school?  Many parents can agree that this is a busy and chaotic time. …

      • Utilizing Small Spaces in the House 

        July 16, 2013, 18:42

          It seems as though we exit the womb with a natural predisposition to collecting items.  Lucky we don’t have wings, as we would potentially be…

      • TOYS! 

        March 23, 2013, 04:28

        I have realized that kids are magical. No, I’m not trying to be sentimental - I’m not referring to the loving looks newborns give you as they nurse, or…

      • Helping Our Children Get Organized for the New Year 

        January 22, 2013, 02:21

        Getting and staying organized can help our children succeed in school and juggle all the demands. As 2013 gets under way, here are four ideas for a more…

      • Great Tips for Cleaning and Organizing During the Holidays and Beyond 

        November 19, 2012, 23:30

        The Holidays are upon us, and that means lots of visitors, well wishers, and family. We love this season, but life gets so busy, I never feel like I have time…

      • Don't Let the Toys Take Over! 

        April 16, 2012, 06:00

        It's Christmas, or your kid's birthday party, or the grandparents come to visit. You see the excitement on your child's face as they open present after…

      • As the Fog Clears 

        September 29, 2010, 02:00

        Kingdom Mama is a frugal homeschooling mom of TWO sets of twins and a singleton that spends the majority of her day in the kitchen.  The self-proclaimed…

      • How to Organize Your Kids Without Organizing Them 

        April 20, 2010, 15:33

        Elizabeth from More Than A Mom writes: I am so much more than just one role. I’m a MOM to two beautiful children; I’m a WIFE; I’m a CAREGIVER with my…

    • Category: potty training  (3)
    • Category: preschool  (10)
      • The Learning Box Preschool (**GIVEAWAY**) 

        November 7, 2013, 18:39

        his product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. The Learning Box Preschool is a professionally designed online educational pre…

      • Helping Our Children Get Organized for the New Year 

        January 22, 2013, 02:21

        Getting and staying organized can help our children succeed in school and juggle all the demands. As 2013 gets under way, here are four ideas for a more…

      • Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School 

        September 25, 2012, 00:49

        One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When…

      • Back to School Prep for Mom 

        August 14, 2012, 01:04

        Hard to believe that summer is ending and it is time to go back to school. There is lots of excitement, but for me there is some sadness also. I will miss…

      • 40 Read Aloud Chapter Books for Young Children 

        January 5, 2012, 00:00

        One of my New Year's resolutions was to start reading chapter books at bedtime to our sensitive 4 year old son and spunky 2 year old daughter. Okay, the 2 year…

      • Our Homeschool Preschool Plan 

        August 18, 2011, 02:30

        I know this might come a tad bit on the late side, but I just didn't have the time to plan out our school year until just recently.  (Or perhaps I was just…

      • Daycare Stuff 

        December 2, 2010, 20:07

        If you're going through what I'm going through with so much to juggle, please let me know.  Daycare solves a lot of my problems (including the primary one of…

      • What's the Big Deal About Tot Trays? 

        October 7, 2010, 00:00

        Have I shared with you my love for Montessori?  If I haven't, I apologize.  I am completely engrossed in the entire idea and have started implementing…

      • Dads Can Help with Child-Led Learning 

        September 9, 2010, 00:00

        Whenever we could, the main principle my husband and I tried to follow in our homeschool was child-led learning. Child-led learning is what I consider the most…

      • Top 3 Montessori Principles You Can Use with Your Preschooler 

        August 11, 2010, 23:46

        Dr. Maria Montessori brought a new method of education to the world in the early 1900s. Children are still benefiting today. Whether or not your preschooler…

    • Category: public school  (4)
      • Helping Our Children Get Organized for the New Year 

        January 22, 2013, 02:21

        Getting and staying organized can help our children succeed in school and juggle all the demands. As 2013 gets under way, here are four ideas for a more…

      • Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School 

        September 25, 2012, 00:49

        One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When…

      • Back to School Prep for Mom 

        August 14, 2012, 01:04

        Hard to believe that summer is ending and it is time to go back to school. There is lots of excitement, but for me there is some sadness also. I will miss…

      • Our Schools Are Weak, Not Our Children 

        April 17, 2012, 00:02

        Here I am sitting at a too-small table with my second grader’s teachers for another Parent-Teacher conference, but this time there is venom in my veins and a…

    • Category: purity  (2)
      • To Save a Life 

        May 18, 2011, 07:22

        "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

      • Do 9-Year Olds Need a Purity Tea Party? 

        January 4, 2011, 00:01

        (by Jane DeAngelis) After having lived in Italy for 11 years, my family and I returned to the USA in 2003.  Little did I realize how much American culture…

    • Category: remedies  (4)
      • Got Yeast? A Natural Solution 

        May 16, 2013, 02:00

          I don't like to talk about it out loud too often, but I used to get yeast infections in rather uncomfortable places very frequently.  In fact, I…

      • Childhood Immune Support from the Experts 

        March 25, 2013, 00:26

        Because we know that viruses don't sleep during the warmer months only to wake up during cold weather season, the Holistic Chiropractors (Dr. Tracy Wilson and…

      • 9 Most Common Childhood Diseases 

        March 20, 2012, 00:01

        Having a baby is an adventure in medical care. You are learning which bugs are harmless and which ones are more serious. You can rest assured that most colds…

      • Curing the Dreaded Diaper Rash 

        December 2, 2010, 02:32

        After putting it in writing that my daughter didn't have a diaper rash, that very night she had her first bout with the worst diaper rash our family has seen.…

      • Category: diaper rash  (1)
        • Curing the Dreaded Diaper Rash 

          December 2, 2010, 02:32

          After putting it in writing that my daughter didn't have a diaper rash, that very night she had her first bout with the worst diaper rash our family has seen.…

    • Category: safety  (6)
      • When Are Children Old Enough to Use Facebook? 

        February 6, 2014, 14:53

        It seems like children are oh-so eager to grow up, from little girls borrowing their moms’ shoes and lip gloss to little boys acting like soldiers or…

      • Safety Tattoos from Kid Safe Ink 

        April 11, 2013, 01:00

        The product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. If you are going to a crowded place and taking your children, it can be…

      • Talking to Our Children About Strangers 

        November 28, 2012, 01:12

        There are so many important conversations we need to have with our children. One of the most important, is talking to them about strangers. This is…

      • National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month 

        October 23, 2012, 04:11

        October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Nation wide, schools and communities are coming together to educate and bring light to this…

      • Bullying-What Can We Do? 

        May 10, 2011, 00:20

        Recent studies show that 160,000 children a day skip school because they fear being attacked or intimidated by other students. Bullying is real, it is…

      • 10 Ways to Babyproof Your Home 

        February 25, 2011, 00:18

        By Joy Paley, who also writes for onlinecollegedegrees.net and has also written at length about phlebotomy. Every year, millions of babies in the U.S.…

    • Category: school  (6)
      • Helping Our Children Get Organized for the New Year 

        January 22, 2013, 02:21

        Getting and staying organized can help our children succeed in school and juggle all the demands. As 2013 gets under way, here are four ideas for a more…

      • National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month 

        October 23, 2012, 04:11

        October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Nation wide, schools and communities are coming together to educate and bring light to this…

      • Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School 

        September 25, 2012, 00:49

        One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When…

      • Back to School Prep for Mom 

        August 14, 2012, 01:04

        Hard to believe that summer is ending and it is time to go back to school. There is lots of excitement, but for me there is some sadness also. I will miss…

      • Summer is for Family Learning Fun 

        June 20, 2012, 00:01

          "No more classes, no more books.  No more teachers dirty looks!"  I remember that day every year when I was in school~ there is no better feeling…

      • End of the School Year: Teacher Gift Ideas 

        May 11, 2012, 00:01

        It is the time of year that the kids say goodbye to their teachers and begin to enjoy summer! Whether your child is in Mother's Day Out, elementary school…

    • Category: single parenting  (6)
      • Homeschooling Through Life's Circumstances 

        January 16, 2013, 00:00

        I don't know about you, but my life never goes as I plan. Be it personal {I never thought I'd be a single mom for this long!}, the blog, or homeschooling, I am…

      • Sinking and Failing at Homeschooling 

        October 24, 2011, 00:01

        If any of you are regular readers of my posts here on a Nation of Moms, you know that deadlines and I do not get along. At all. So, I definitely did not…

      • Career or Kids? Why I chose my kids over "my" life 

        September 20, 2011, 00:01

        I think I lost a friend.  I don’t know how, but I’m pretty sure she’s not my friend anymore.  And, I think she’s not my friend because I have…

      • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 2 

        July 19, 2011, 06:13

        In a previous post, I discussed my decision to enroll the girls in a cyber school.  This post is about the benefits to ME!   I remember that…

      • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 1 

        July 7, 2011, 07:11

        I know I 'homeschool.' and I am (one of) the homeschool contributor (who misses her deadlines by 2 or 3 months) here, but I have a confession.  I am not…

      • Homeschooling and the Single Mom 

        March 15, 2011, 07:00

        According to several Twitter (@momtosprouts) and Facebook (Home Grown Families) prompts I am the ONLY single Mom that homeschools. Fortunately, a Google…

    • Category: sleep  (2)
      • Bedtime - Stop the Battles 

        June 26, 2012, 08:04

        Bedtime can be a hard time of day for families. After a full day with kids, it seems that when the bedtime battles begin, our patience can go out the window. H…

      • Is Naptime a Nightmare? 

        March 22, 2011, 02:00

        Our little ones need naps. Babies that have good nap habits have better nighttime sleep habits. It is important to set a routine early, from birth, to…

    • Category: special needs  (24)
      • Baby Flat Head Syndrome 

        October 4, 2013, 10:00

          What you should know about Baby Flat Head Syndrome The Back to Sleep campaign began in the 1990s, and it has been very successful in reducing…

      • Making Time for Family 

        September 11, 2012, 09:36

        We seem to be swamped with this new school year. We have gone from the endless, carefree days of summer, to the busy routine of school and after school…

      • Make the new school year a new beginning 

        July 17, 2012, 09:00

          Back to school means reevaluation With less than a month to go before most of us start homeschooling for 2012-2013 school year, I am once again…

      • Summer is for Family Learning Fun 

        June 20, 2012, 00:01

          "No more classes, no more books.  No more teachers dirty looks!"  I remember that day every year when I was in school~ there is no better feeling…

      • How to Support Your Special Needs Grandchild 

        April 7, 2012, 00:00

        If your grandchild has special needs, it's difficult to know how to be there for both them and their parents. The best thing a grandparent can do to support…

      • Sinking and Failing at Homeschooling 

        October 24, 2011, 00:01

        If any of you are regular readers of my posts here on a Nation of Moms, you know that deadlines and I do not get along. At all. So, I definitely did not…

      • Special Needs Does Not Equal Lowered Expectations 

        September 26, 2011, 07:00

        For years, I've had to fight against people constantly underestimating Isaac.  It has happened as far back as I can remember. It has been every school year…

      • Career or Kids? Why I chose my kids over "my" life 

        September 20, 2011, 00:01

        I think I lost a friend.  I don’t know how, but I’m pretty sure she’s not my friend anymore.  And, I think she’s not my friend because I have…

      • 5 things I wish my son's new classmates parents knew 

        August 24, 2011, 07:00

          Each new school year brings a new crop of kids in Isaac's class. Some of them know him and can handle his quirky nature. Others are new to him and…

      • Summer Fun for Everyone (Special Needs Kids)! 

        July 25, 2011, 15:00

        Now that school is out, there is just an amazing amount of time to fill. For kids with special needs, this means that there is a lot of time to fill and all of…

      • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 2 

        July 19, 2011, 06:13

        In a previous post, I discussed my decision to enroll the girls in a cyber school.  This post is about the benefits to ME!   I remember that…

      • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 1 

        July 7, 2011, 07:11

        I know I 'homeschool.' and I am (one of) the homeschool contributor (who misses her deadlines by 2 or 3 months) here, but I have a confession.  I am not…

      • Parenting Special Needs Kids 

        May 16, 2011, 06:35

        Parenting is the toughest job there is. Parenting special needs kids is even tougher! As the parent of two special needs kids (Tourettes, Bipolar and ADHD), I…

      • Springtime equals IEP time! 

        March 28, 2011, 12:10

        I tend to go a bit bananas in the spring. Not because I'm coming off of a long winter in Upstate New York (especially this winter!), but because I realize I…

      • Cats and dogs and fish and frogs, oh my! 

        January 24, 2011, 07:06

        People think I'm crazy when I tell them the types of animals I have in my house. I have 2 cats, a few fish and 2 albino claw frogs. Yes, the cats torment the…

      • Christmas and Autism: 5 Things You Can Do To Help 

        December 16, 2010, 00:01

        Many of you will be seeing family or friends who have a child with Autism this Christmas... here are 5 things you can do to make sure that visit goes a little…

      • Rest for the weary 

        October 25, 2010, 11:28

        One thing that special needs parents need more than anything else is to take care of themselves. This doesn't happen as often as it should. The majority of…

      • Sporting Dilemma 

        September 27, 2010, 05:00

        Last year, Isaac got a great brainstorm. He asked to join the local professional hockey team. This was after one of the players asked him if he was going to…

      • Why I chose public school 

        August 30, 2010, 05:00

        Last year at this time, I was tearing my hair out, in tears trying to figure out where Isaac was going to school for kindergarten. He had just come out of an…

      • Including everyone-One mom (and teacher)’s perspective 

        August 23, 2010, 05:00

        In about two weeks here in Upstate New York, the students will be heading back into the classrooms and the learning will begin.  What a lot of students don't…

      • Your child has special needs? Really? 

        August 21, 2010, 05:00

        I've got a child with a disability. Most people don't believe me because he's verbal, funny, plays hockey and does anything a normal 6 year old does. My child…

      • Category: ADHD  (9)
        • Why Do I Avoid Artificial Food Dyes? 

          August 6, 2012, 07:00

          The idea that artificial food dyes may cause hyperactive behavior in children isn't a new concept. It's been debated for decades, and is a principle of the…

        • Make the new school year a new beginning 

          July 17, 2012, 09:00

            Back to school means reevaluation With less than a month to go before most of us start homeschooling for 2012-2013 school year, I am once again…

        • Career or Kids? Why I chose my kids over "my" life 

          September 20, 2011, 00:01

          I think I lost a friend.  I don’t know how, but I’m pretty sure she’s not my friend anymore.  And, I think she’s not my friend because I have…

        • 5 things I wish my son's new classmates parents knew 

          August 24, 2011, 07:00

            Each new school year brings a new crop of kids in Isaac's class. Some of them know him and can handle his quirky nature. Others are new to him and…

        • Summer Fun for Everyone (Special Needs Kids)! 

          July 25, 2011, 15:00

          Now that school is out, there is just an amazing amount of time to fill. For kids with special needs, this means that there is a lot of time to fill and all of…

        • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 2 

          July 19, 2011, 06:13

          In a previous post, I discussed my decision to enroll the girls in a cyber school.  This post is about the benefits to ME!   I remember that…

        • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 1 

          July 7, 2011, 07:11

          I know I 'homeschool.' and I am (one of) the homeschool contributor (who misses her deadlines by 2 or 3 months) here, but I have a confession.  I am not…

        • Parenting Special Needs Kids 

          May 16, 2011, 06:35

          Parenting is the toughest job there is. Parenting special needs kids is even tougher! As the parent of two special needs kids (Tourettes, Bipolar and ADHD), I…

        • Your child has special needs? Really? 

          August 21, 2010, 05:00

          I've got a child with a disability. Most people don't believe me because he's verbal, funny, plays hockey and does anything a normal 6 year old does. My child…

      • Category: autism  (6)
        • Skweezrs Lycra Bedsheets (**GIVEAWAY**) 

          August 25, 2013, 21:20

            This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Yup, I spelled that right.  Skweezrs! What is Skweezrs? …

        • Why Do I Avoid Artificial Food Dyes? 

          August 6, 2012, 07:00

          The idea that artificial food dyes may cause hyperactive behavior in children isn't a new concept. It's been debated for decades, and is a principle of the…

        • Make the new school year a new beginning 

          July 17, 2012, 09:00

            Back to school means reevaluation With less than a month to go before most of us start homeschooling for 2012-2013 school year, I am once again…

        • Sinking and Failing at Homeschooling 

          October 24, 2011, 00:01

          If any of you are regular readers of my posts here on a Nation of Moms, you know that deadlines and I do not get along. At all. So, I definitely did not…

        • Career or Kids? Why I chose my kids over "my" life 

          September 20, 2011, 00:01

          I think I lost a friend.  I don’t know how, but I’m pretty sure she’s not my friend anymore.  And, I think she’s not my friend because I have…

        • Christmas and Autism: 5 Things You Can Do To Help 

          December 16, 2010, 00:01

          Many of you will be seeing family or friends who have a child with Autism this Christmas... here are 5 things you can do to make sure that visit goes a little…

      • Category: bipolar  (1)
        • Parenting Special Needs Kids 

          May 16, 2011, 06:35

          Parenting is the toughest job there is. Parenting special needs kids is even tougher! As the parent of two special needs kids (Tourettes, Bipolar and ADHD), I…

      • Category: dyslexia  (3)
      • Category: school  (8)
        • Making Time for Family 

          September 11, 2012, 09:36

          We seem to be swamped with this new school year. We have gone from the endless, carefree days of summer, to the busy routine of school and after school…

        • Make the new school year a new beginning 

          July 17, 2012, 09:00

            Back to school means reevaluation With less than a month to go before most of us start homeschooling for 2012-2013 school year, I am once again…

        • Special Needs Does Not Equal Lowered Expectations 

          September 26, 2011, 07:00

          For years, I've had to fight against people constantly underestimating Isaac.  It has happened as far back as I can remember. It has been every school year…

        • Career or Kids? Why I chose my kids over "my" life 

          September 20, 2011, 00:01

          I think I lost a friend.  I don’t know how, but I’m pretty sure she’s not my friend anymore.  And, I think she’s not my friend because I have…

        • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 2 

          July 19, 2011, 06:13

          In a previous post, I discussed my decision to enroll the girls in a cyber school.  This post is about the benefits to ME!   I remember that…

        • Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 1 

          July 7, 2011, 07:11

          I know I 'homeschool.' and I am (one of) the homeschool contributor (who misses her deadlines by 2 or 3 months) here, but I have a confession.  I am not…

        • Springtime equals IEP time! 

          March 28, 2011, 12:10

          I tend to go a bit bananas in the spring. Not because I'm coming off of a long winter in Upstate New York (especially this winter!), but because I realize I…

        • Including everyone-One mom (and teacher)’s perspective 

          August 23, 2010, 05:00

          In about two weeks here in Upstate New York, the students will be heading back into the classrooms and the learning will begin.  What a lot of students don't…

      • Category: Tourettes  (1)
        • Parenting Special Needs Kids 

          May 16, 2011, 06:35

          Parenting is the toughest job there is. Parenting special needs kids is even tougher! As the parent of two special needs kids (Tourettes, Bipolar and ADHD), I…

    • Category: stay-at-home mom  (3)
      • Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School 

        September 25, 2012, 00:49

        One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When…

      • Only the Necessities! (Baby Items Checklist) 

        August 20, 2012, 00:24

        Excitement, anticipation and joy are some of the emotions you feel when you are expecting a baby. You wait and wait to meet your new little bundle of…

      • Should Stay-at-home Moms Just Stay Home? 

        April 16, 2010, 07:27

        Elizabeth writes for us again... Can you really be a stay-at-home mom when you are always on the go? I think the term of stay-at-home mom has become a way…

    • Category: travel  (10)
      • Eating Real Food While Traveling 

        April 7, 2013, 23:48

        It can be very difficult to eat real food while you are traveling.  Fast food is so tempting because it is fast and easy.  However, as a family of people…

      • ToiletTreeToiletry Bag with Travel Accessories (**GIVEAWAY**) 

        June 13, 2012, 23:59

        The ToiletTree Products Toiletry Bag with Travel Accessories arrived just in time for our first attempt to fly with 3 kids! This heavy duty bag organizes…

      • Traveling Lean ~ Eating Healthy on the Road 

        May 21, 2012, 06:01

        With summer coming, many families have vacations and trips planned. Whether you are travelling by car or plane or even train, at some point you will have to…

      • Homeschooling: On the Road and In the Summer? 

        May 14, 2012, 00:00

        Our family is planning a vacation to Wyoming and South Dakota this summer.  So, why am I talking about homeschooling?  Because we are doing unit studies and…

      • Road Trip Gadgets for Restless Kids 

        January 28, 2012, 00:00

        Spring Break is just around the corner and that means family vacations and road trips.  Check out this guest post from Dale Cooper. Family road trips are a…

      • Traveling with Toddlers 

        November 24, 2010, 00:07

        The holidays are a great time of year. A time to be with our families and friends. There are a lot of us that will be traveling to be with those we love. Trave…

      • Smart Tip Tuesday: Traveling Tips Two! 

        September 14, 2010, 06:00

        ... Greetings!  It's been about 2 weeks and we are back online again!  Yes! Moving across country is never easy - many of you know this. We have done it…

      • Moving! 

        August 24, 2010, 06:00

        Well, it's that time again...moving day.  :-P  YUCK.  I do not like moving.  I do not like saying good-bye.  I do not like packing.  It's a bitter-sweet…

      • Is Stress-Free Air Travel with Young Kids Even Possible? 

        August 18, 2010, 02:13

        I realize that such a post comes at an inopportune time, as summer is nearly over, but I figure that these tips will come in handy on upcoming holiday travel…

      • Road Trip Tips 

        April 11, 2010, 19:23

        Will Travel By Foot's blogger, Carissa, writes for us again about road trips, just in time for Spring Break! 4) Pack a separate overnight bag If we…

    • Category: working mom  (6)
      • Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School 

        September 25, 2012, 00:49

        One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When…

      • Only the Necessities! (Baby Items Checklist) 

        August 20, 2012, 00:24

        Excitement, anticipation and joy are some of the emotions you feel when you are expecting a baby. You wait and wait to meet your new little bundle of…

      • Career or Kids? Why I chose my kids over "my" life 

        September 20, 2011, 00:01

        I think I lost a friend.  I don’t know how, but I’m pretty sure she’s not my friend anymore.  And, I think she’s not my friend because I have…

      • Wonder WAHMs: 7 Reasons Why Work-at-Home Moms are Today's Superheroes 

        February 21, 2011, 00:08

        By Hemily Lang who also writes about paralegal certification and ways to earn your social worker degree. 1. Telepathy WAHMs seem to possess the…

      • Daycare Stuff 

        December 2, 2010, 20:07

        If you're going through what I'm going through with so much to juggle, please let me know.  Daycare solves a lot of my problems (including the primary one of…

      • How to Crock Pot 

        March 28, 2010, 02:08

        Lindsey, full-time attorney and mother of Christina (3), Rebecca (1), and Allison (4 months), can be found at High Heeled Mom, a blog focusing on issues…

  • Category: pets  (2)
    • Cats and dogs and fish and frogs, oh my! 

      January 24, 2011, 07:06

      People think I'm crazy when I tell them the types of animals I have in my house. I have 2 cats, a few fish and 2 albino claw frogs. Yes, the cats torment the…

    • Just GIVE It to the Dogs – GIVEAWAY (CLOSED) 

      July 25, 2010, 13:25

      This is a “Tail of Two Dogs.”  It was the best of dogs; it was the worst of dogs.  Just kidding.  No Charles Dickens novels here, but we do have two…

  • Category: Uncategorized  (83)
    • Limiting Screen Time for Children 

      February 24, 2014, 09:07

      When my first child was born about seven years ago, iPhones were just being introduced, and the iPad was released in 2010.  In just a few years, media…

    • DIY Fabric Canvas Wall Art 

      January 22, 2014, 12:35

      For years we had large pictures hanging on our walls, but after we had our first baby, I wanted something over my couch that was safe for kids.  Inevitably…

    • Easy Homemade Butter Mints 

      January 5, 2014, 18:21

      Our whole family loves butter mints, which are a nice treat especially after a meal at a restaurant.  Homemade candies often scare me when it comes to…

    • Marika ~ Women's Activewear and Yoga Clothing 

      December 17, 2013, 11:03

      Marika, a division of Rock Fit, LLC, is the company’s original fitness brand and remains focused on multi-sport active wear while their Balance Collection…

    • The Coffee Beanery (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**) 

      December 2, 2013, 09:33

      This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. After the harvest season was over, I was exhilarated with the amount of…

    • Heirloom Wooden Toys Root Vue (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**) 

      December 2, 2013, 09:13

      This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Heirloom Wooden Toys is a great place to shop for toys and gifts, especially…

    • Quest Nutrition (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**) 

      November 26, 2013, 21:20

        This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. As we enter the holiday season, things are getting hectic and stressful.…

    • BarkBox ~ a Monthly Box of Dog Goodies! (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**) 

      November 26, 2013, 16:02

      This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. You've probably heard of monthly subscription boxes.  Why should your dogs…

    • KissMe Organics Matcha Review 

      November 22, 2013, 12:31

      This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely love green tea, and I am a huge fan of health food products. …

    • Rodan and Fields ~ Changing Skin. Changing Lives. (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**) 

      November 18, 2013, 17:23

      "People will stare. Make it worth their while" ~ Henry Thoreau If you could have partnered with the doctors that created the doctors that developed the #1…

    • The Dirty Sock Funtime Band ~ The Dirty Socks Come Clean CD (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**) 

      November 16, 2013, 21:45

      This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. The Dirty Sock Funtime Band is back with their newest CD, "The Dirty Socks…

    • Fairy Spirit Wings (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**) 

      November 12, 2013, 21:03

      What little girl, or big girl alike, hasn't dreamed about being a fairy or fairy princess? With a pair of your very own custom fairy spirit wings, you…

    • Heirloom Wooden Toys Learning Tower 

      November 11, 2013, 15:57

      This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. "Mommy, I want to sit up high!" The constant complaint and request posed…

    • My Tot Clock (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**) 

      November 11, 2013, 08:51

      This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. As parents, we are the ultimate owners of sleep deprivation. Not only from…

    • Scentsy (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**) 

      November 10, 2013, 09:17

      Scentsy is an amazing company that started a little over nine years ago in Idaho.  Scentsy consists of 3 different brands - Scentsy Fragrance, Velata, and…

    • The Learning Box Preschool (**GIVEAWAY**) 

      November 7, 2013, 18:39

      his product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. The Learning Box Preschool is a professionally designed online educational pre…

    • FunBites (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**) 

      November 5, 2013, 08:05

        This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. The fall and winter seasons are upon us, and school has been well…

    • Beautiful AM/PM Natural Skin Care (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**) 

      November 3, 2013, 20:51

        This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it craves pure nourishing…

    • Ella's Kitchen (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**) 

      November 3, 2013, 07:37

      This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Ella's Kitchen was created by a father who wanted better food for his daughter…

    • Diamond Candles (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**) 

      November 1, 2013, 07:06

        This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Let's begin with a love story ~ the very best place to start. David…

    • Scotties Trees Rock! Video Contest (**+GIVEAWAY**) 

      October 30, 2013, 12:46

      This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. With cold and flu season on it's way, Scotties Facial Tissue is there for…

    • Get Rid of Fruit Flies ~ Naturally! 

      October 22, 2013, 08:07

        Every spring and summer, I try to be careful about avoiding a fruit fly problem, but somehow they still sneak into our compost bin under our sink…

    • Matilda Jane ~ Paint by Numbers (**GIVEAWAY**) 

      September 19, 2013, 13:12

        This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Shabby chic is the new style and the fashion world is entranced and…

    • Frugal Party Ideas 

      September 17, 2013, 08:48

        Kid’s parties often become expensive. Celebrations can add up quickly, especially if you have more than one child and you are hosting a variety…

    • Enjoy Life Decadent Soft-Baked Bars: Delicious, Allergy-Free Snacks  

      September 12, 2013, 22:13

      This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. A couple years ago, my daughter (who is 4 now) had an allergic reaction to…

    • Country Crock Original Spread ~ Casseroles Made Easy 

      September 6, 2013, 21:55

      School has started, which means that not only is school back in session, but we have extremely busy schedules after school as well, including sports,…

    • Back to School with Dixon Ticonderoga and Prang Products 

      September 5, 2013, 07:26

          This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. When it is time for shopping for craft and school…

    • Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches 

      September 2, 2013, 20:51

        This is an easy sandwich to make, and is versatile too.  I am a vegetarian, and the grilled eggplant gives sandwiches or wraps an extra hearty…

    • P28 High Protein Products (**GIVEAWAY**) 

      August 19, 2013, 21:19

          This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. A big part of eating healthy and working out is a high…

    • It's Still Hot Outside ~ Stay Cool and Have Fun! 

      August 15, 2013, 05:00

      School is starting in just a couple of weeks, but for those of us that don't have school aged children, it is still hot outside and our focus is keeping those…

    • Butterfly Life Cycle Craft 

      August 12, 2013, 21:24

        This is a fun craft to teach the life cycle of a butterfly, and is adaptable for a variety of ages. Materials needed: ~ Paper plate or…

    • Easy Banana Oat Flour Muffins 

      August 5, 2013, 08:23

        I love oatmeal.  I have recently discovered that throwing it into my food processor and grinding it up makes cheap easy oat flour.  Oat flour…

    • Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (** GC GIVEAWAY**) 

      July 30, 2013, 07:00

      “This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Huggies, but all my opinions are my own. #HuggiesSlipO…

    • Oransi: High-Quality, Eco-friendly Solutions (**GIVEAWAY**) 

      July 24, 2013, 09:57

          This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Who suffers from allergies?  Who suffers from asthma (or…

    • Easy Chicken-Crust Pizza Recipe 

      July 18, 2013, 16:03

        I have tried a lot of pizza crust alternative-type recipes, but this one is by far my favorite.  It makes a firm, crisp crust that you can pick…

    • Summer Cleanout: A Printable Guide to Control the Chaos 

      July 15, 2013, 00:01

      Back to school is about 6 weeks away and the madness of running around will begin again. Take a moment to reclaim your home during these summer months,…

    • Torticollis: The Baby in the Little Blue Helmet 

      July 9, 2013, 21:39

        “It’s just a flat spot, it’s totally normal, especially given the size of the babies,” the pediatrician assured me at Brandon’s 1 month…

    • Snails: Safe, Washable Nail Polish (**GIVEAWAY**) 

      July 7, 2013, 21:13

        This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I have always been very careful about what products I use for my…

    • Tips on Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) 

      June 30, 2013, 20:47

        Thinking about joining a CSA?  Community Supported Agriculture is when a farmer offers shares of their farm to the public.  You can purchase a…

    • Cooking with Kids: Easy No-Bake Fresh Fruit Tarts (recipe) 

      June 28, 2013, 08:41

        We are always looking for ways to use fruit and get our kids excited about cooking.  One of our favorite summer recipes is making fresh fruit…

    • Helpful Tips for Hiking with Kids 

      June 25, 2013, 21:36

        One of my favorite activities is getting outside and going hiking.  I did quite a bit of hiking before I had kids, and as soon as my girls were…

    • Natural Ways to Beat the Summer Bugs! 

      June 15, 2013, 08:04

      With summer, inevitably, comes the bugs.....and lots of them. Luckily, though, there are some safe and effective ways to beat them away without exposing…

    • "Deep Sea Diver" CD from Recess Monkey (**GIVEAWAY**) 

      June 14, 2013, 13:39

          This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Recess Monkey has a new album coming out on June 18,…

    • Tissue Paper Tree Craft for Kids 

      June 5, 2013, 01:30

        This is an easy craft for kids, and chances are, you already have all the materials! You will need: ~ sticks/twigs ~ hot glue ~ regular…

    • Tips for Berry Picking -- a Fun Family Activity 

      June 2, 2013, 18:45

        One of our yearly rituals involves taking our children berry picking at a local farm.  It is a fun for all of us, and a valuable experience…

    • Raising Cinderella 

      May 14, 2013, 02:14

      I always hoped, because I was a girl, I would be prepared to raise girls. Until I had them. Times are very different from when I was young, and the…

    • Make Your Own "Grass Head" (Kid's Craft) 

      May 13, 2013, 01:30

        This is a fun spring or summer project that is easy to do with kids.  Chances are, you probably have most, if not all, of the materials…

    • Pilaf with Veggies for Kids (recipe) 

      May 6, 2013, 01:30

        Pilaf is a staple in our household, and I am always looking for ways to incorporate some extra vegetables into our dishes.  This is an easy and fun…

    • Scotties Tissues to the Rescue for Allergy Season! (**GIVEAWAY**) 

      May 6, 2013, 01:00

        The product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. We go through a lot of tissues in our household.  Just when we had…

    • Easy Egg Carton & Recycled Container Gardening 

      April 22, 2013, 02:00

      Planting seedlings indoors is an easy springtime project for kids.  We like to get some of our garden plants started indoors, since it helps to get seedlings…

    • Easy Zucchini for Toddlers and Kids 

      April 19, 2013, 01:30

      I am always looking for ways to prepare veggies for my kids and family.  I have always loved zucchini and came up with this extremely simple way to…

    • Bunny in the Moon CD by DidiPop (**GIVEAWAY**) 

      April 19, 2013, 01:00

      This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Looking for a collection of songs for bedtime that is flexible enough to help…

    • Getting the Most out of Your Local Library 

      April 15, 2013, 01:30

      Do you take advantage of everything your local library has to offer? Ever since my kids were very little, we have made regular trips to the library. They are…

    • Beets for Baby! 

      April 11, 2013, 02:00

      Beets are a great way to get some different colors and nutrients into your children's diet.   Beets are very nutritious, and a great source of energy,…

    • Britax Introduces Its Most Innovative Harness-2-Booster Seats 

      April 9, 2013, 07:15

      BRITAX INTRODUCES ITS MOST INNOVATIVE HARNESS-2-BOOSTER SEATS FRONTIER 90 and PINNACLE 90 seats with ClickTight™ technology install safely, securely and…

    • Children's Books. A Powerful Parenting Tool 

      April 9, 2013, 03:26

      Children's book aren't just for bedtime any more. They are a powerful tool that parents can use to teach our children important values, and emphasize principles…

    • Family Resolutions 

      January 8, 2013, 05:07

      With the New Year upon us, many have taken the time to set some resolutions. But it is not just personal resolutions that we might consider, it is also a…

    • Happy Holidays 

      December 25, 2012, 11:50

        Thank you for all the support you have shown A Nation of Moms through 2012. We wish you and your family a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2013. &nbs…

    • DIY Advent Calendar * Celebrate the True Meaning 

      December 18, 2012, 09:44

      Advent has begun and I have always struggled with finding a fun calendar that was not cheap.  Advent is truly a season that is meant to prepare and celebrate…

    • Spooky Halloween Oreo Lollipops 

      October 9, 2012, 06:19

      October is the start of it all. The start of the holiday excitement, the family celebration, and all the food and treats. Our children love Halloween…

    • Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School 

      September 25, 2012, 00:49

      One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When…

    • Making Time for Family 

      September 11, 2012, 09:36

      We seem to be swamped with this new school year. We have gone from the endless, carefree days of summer, to the busy routine of school and after school…

    • It's a Fitness Twitter Party! 

      August 3, 2012, 00:02

      Now that summer is nearly over and the weather is getting just a tad bit more tolerable, fitness strollers everywhere will be hitting the pavement!  Or so…

    • The #KolcraftMomFest Part 1: The Anatomy of a Mattress 

      July 27, 2012, 09:40

      For the past few days, I (along with Christine From Dates to Diapers, Sarah from Minnesota Mama Must Haves and Jennifer from Mom Spotted) had an amazing…

    • Diet Myths That Doctors Warn About  

      May 22, 2012, 18:00

      By Nina Wallace When it comes to dieting, there are many different myths that abound with dieting. These include but are not limited to liposuction…

    • Rekindle the Flame-In the Bedroom 

      February 28, 2012, 04:07

      A common problem we all seem to fight, is keeping the flames of intimacy burning in our marriages. Life gets busy, we get tired, and naturally kids can…

    • "I'm Bored" 

      December 27, 2011, 13:21

        "Mom, I am bored!" Anyone hearing this from their kids right about now? Half way through Christmas Break and wondering what to do? I get a…

    • Important Updates to Our Giveaway Policies 

      August 22, 2011, 16:02

      You might have noticed a few inconspicuous changes around here in the last few days, or maybe you've heard me talk about some of them in a couple of groups and…

    • Green Tip: Re-Read New Books 

      July 28, 2011, 00:01

      By: Melanie – Author of Going Green with Noah Why do we consume so much paper?  Well, one reason is that when a book hits the shelf, we tend to go…

    • Summer Fun for Everyone (Special Needs Kids)! 

      July 25, 2011, 15:00

      Now that school is out, there is just an amazing amount of time to fill. For kids with special needs, this means that there is a lot of time to fill and all of…

    • Backtalk, Make it STOP! 

      June 14, 2011, 07:51

      "No" "Your not the boss of me" "Do it yourself" Sound familiar? Regardless of our children's age, toddlers to teenagers. Backtalk is a parent's…

    • To Save a Life 

      May 18, 2011, 07:22

      "Smart choices for the whole family" . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think…

    • Bullying-What Can We Do? 

      May 10, 2011, 00:20

      Recent studies show that 160,000 children a day skip school because they fear being attacked or intimidated by other students. Bullying is real, it is…

    • Happy Mother's Day! 

      May 8, 2011, 16:29

      Just a quick message to all of our mothers (grandmothers, aunts, and moms to be)... We hope you all have a wonderfully blessed Mother's Day with the special…

    • Reflections in Our Rear View Mirror... 

      January 1, 2011, 01:30

      New Year's Eve.  This is the time of year for reflection, forgiving and starting anew.  Reminiscing all the good moments of the year, the not-so-good moments…

    • To Wrap or Not To Wrap - Christmas Traditions 

      December 8, 2010, 11:59

      HAVE YOU EVER DISAGREED ON A CHRISTMAS TRADITION? Christmas Eve 5 years ago. Our son was three and a half and we knew that this year he would remember…

    • The Giveaway Events Start Tomorrow!!! Almost 00 in Prizes! 

      October 31, 2010, 16:01

      Starting tomorrow, we have 2 giveaway events.  For those of you who did not win the Oreck Edge Vacuum the first time around, you will have an opportunity you…

    • EXTRA ENTRIES UP FOR GRABS! 

      October 27, 2010, 21:01

      Lately we've really been in the giving mood.  Must be the coming of the holiday season!  So, in honor of our "giving mood," we are offering even more bonus…

    • Oreck Vacuum Winner & Consolation Prize 

      October 27, 2010, 02:11

      We have a winner!  After much checking and double-chekcing, I am happy to announce theat the winner of the 0 Oreck Edge Vacuum is Heather B. from Homemade…

    • Do you have a Halloween Scaredy-Cat? 

      October 27, 2010, 00:50

      Do you know what your kids are going to be for Halloween? So far in our house we have a little black cat and a witch. Our son is still undecided. We are…

    • We've Grown! (A SPECIAL IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT) 

      October 16, 2010, 15:56

      Thanks to our faithful readers, this "Village" is no longer a village!  And we're no longer just raising kids. Since January this blog has grown to…

    • Introducing Studio Chic Design! 

      August 25, 2010, 22:59

      Does your website or blog need some sprucing up?  How about some web graphics?  Dionne, the expert designer at Studio Chic Boutique Graphic Design, is your…

    • Moving! 

      August 24, 2010, 06:00

      Well, it's that time again...moving day.  :-P  YUCK.  I do not like moving.  I do not like saying good-bye.  I do not like packing.  It's a bitter-sweet…