Babywearing may be a new concept to many moms and moms-to-be. Its benefits, including having your hands free while increasing your bond with your baby, sometimes seem nearly endless to me. So, as someone who’s tried out several styles, I’d like to share a few of my favorite tips with you. Fave Benefit of Babywearing My favorite benefit is the bonding time. Many moms work, or there are days we have to be away from our child. When I get home I’m ready to reconnect with my son, so I put ... Continue Reading
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A recent poll asked “Would you want to know if your partner was cheating on you?” The answers may surprise you.
Cheating. It’s a scary word. When we think of a cheating partner, we usually think of it at a distance. It’s something that we’ve seen in a movie or heard that happened to one of our friends. Very seldom do we believe that cheating could happen in our own relationship. I used to think like this…until it happened to me. In the grand scheme of things, there are far worse events that could happen than to discover that your partner hasn’t been faithful. But when it happens to you, ... Continue Reading
Use everyday items to create rich dyes for your Easter eggs.
When I set out to find eco Easter egg dye options, I was surprised by the many kitchen items you could use. It is easy to forego the chemical-laden food colorings and teach your kids the joys and uses of nature used in easy egg coloring recipes. Dye Recipe Instructions for Eggs: Select a dyeing agent (outlined below) and place it in the pot. Add 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a ... Continue Reading
Opt for a staycation this year, spending your week at home with your family.
With Spring Break taking over March and April, many people are planning their destination of choice - opting for snow or sun or somewhere inbetween. But many families are talking about staying right at home, relaxing via a staycation instead. A few years ago I incorporated the staycation into a learning experience with my children. We expanded it over a summer, but you can easily tailor it down to a week for spring break. Get a Mental Picture The idea of a staycation is to explore a ... Continue Reading
Save money this year with four tips everyone in your family can appreciate.
In today's economy, many families are looking for ways to spend less money without making sacrifices. Easier said than done ... but it only takes a little effort up front to save time and extra expenses in the long run. Check out these tips for saving money and having a happy family to go along with it. At the Salon Cutting out family haircuts can be a huge money saver. Have you calculated the amount of money your entire family spends on hair cuts in a year? My husband alone spent $480 a year ... Continue Reading
Look at what American moms are doing right, instead of turning to foreign methods.
Parenting Country by Country? How about Just Doing What’s Right for Children? With Pamela Druckerman’s new book Bringing Up Bébé extolling Gallic parenting, parents can now choose between parenting the French way or the so-called Chinese way presented last year by Amy Chua’s sensational Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Druckerman wants us to just say no, while Chua writes about doing whatever it takes, including berating our children, to demand excellence. The media storm over ... Continue Reading
A look at some family-friendly dog breeds that may be perfect for your next pet.
When people think of a dog, they often think "Man's Best Friend." And, while that may be true, we want our dogs to be "Woman's Best Friend" and "Kids Best Friend" too. Having a dog for a pet can be a wonderful blessing for a family. It can also be a disaster if you don't put any thought into picking the right furry friend. There are thousands of dog breeds out there and more being created each day. These dogs each have there own special qualities, both good and bad, and it is important to ... Continue Reading
Do you have a large age gap in your children? Here are some ways to make the transition easier.
When I was a little girl, before I knew that God’s response to those who planned out their lives in detail was laughter, I decided that I was going to go to college, travel around the world, become a Broadway actress, write a bestselling novel, then marry a gorgeous, wonderful man, whereupon we’d be blessed with raising two children – twins – a boy and a girl, and, well, of course, I would live happily ever after. Instead, I married, divorced, married, birthed a boy, birthed a girl, ... Continue Reading
Incorporate a secret healthy ingredients in your meals – fruits and vegetables.
Getting your kids to eat fruits and vegetables can be similar to pulling teeth or even moving mountains. For some reason, kids always shy away from anything that resembles a fruit or a vegetable, but that's about half of the food they should be eating. Ohio State University conducted a study in 2009 that showed only 22% of kids get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet. Furthermore, the number of kids that eat the recommended amount decreases as the kids become older. How is a busy mom ... Continue Reading
Plan a special family Valentine’s Dinner with a restaurant at home.
Romance is in the air this time of year but with three children in tow, sometimes it can be tricky to find alone time to go out to a nice dinner with hubby. When we were dating, we'd plan our Valentine's dinner weeks in advance, making sure to secure a prime table at our favorite romantic dinner spot, complete with chocolate fountain and bubbly drinks. Nowadays, Valentine's Day takes on a different look, with chocolate kisses perched on the placemat of each son's spot at the table, alongside a ... Continue Reading