Category: Family Life

Talking to Kids About Tragedies

Ashley B | December 15, 2012 | 56 Comments

With the heartbreaking and horrifying events that happened yesterday in Newtown, Connecticut, many of us are reeling: Not only are we all holding our babies a little tighter today and swallowing back our deepest fears as we fathom putting them on schoolbuses and dropping them off at their schools on Monday, but we may not […]

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Arsenic in Rice: What You Need to Know

Ashley B | December 13, 2012 | 47 Comments

Every so often, we hear about hidden health hazards in various foods. There could be listeria bacteria in hot dogs, E.Coli in bagged spinach and we know that there’s mercury in canned tuna. Now it has come to our attention that there may be high levels of arsenic in something that many of us feed […]

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Treats for the Birds

Ashley B | December 11, 2012 | 24 Comments

During the warm months, berries, fruits and worms are plentiful and provide hearty sustenance for our fine feathered friends. Now that the ground is cold and maybe even frozen in your area, and many trees and bushes no longer have berries, the birds that did not fly south for the winter might be scrounging for […]

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Toddlerproofing During the Holidays

Ashley B | December 10, 2012 | 28 Comments

This is the time of year when company is coming and going, new decorations are out in full view and you might be visiting relatives. To your toddler, this is extremely exciting, and her curiosity is probably piqued. While you know what she tends to get into at your home on a normal day, you […]

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Fun Science Experiments to Do Indoors

Ashley B | December 5, 2012 | 22 Comments

During your child’s winter break and on snowy weekends throughout the winter, you’ll be looking for ways to keep everyone occupied with their brains engaged. My kids love doing science experiments, the messier the better! Since it’s not really the season to let them make slime and explode volcanoes outside in most parts of the […]

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How to Build the Perfect Snowman

Tina | December 4, 2012 | 28 Comments

Is it snowing yet where you live? I grew up in cold New England, so I spent my childhood building snowmen during the winter. My own kids have grown up in Florida, though, and a couple of years ago, when we visited family up north, it snowed. They were totally elated, but had no idea […]

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Walt Disney World at Christmastime

Tina | December 3, 2012 | 34 Comments

Christmas is a magical time of year, and according to some, there’s no better place to spend the season than at Walt Disney World! The magic of Disney combined with the joy of the holiday come together in a spectacular display, and it’s something that you should try to see at some point in your […]

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Ear Infections: What You Need to Know

Ashley B | November 29, 2012 | 18 Comments

Wintertime is just around the corner, and in many areas, we’re already into cold and flu season. One complication of the common cold that can also occur on its own is the middle ear infection. Some kids seem predisposed to them: My son had what seemed like constant ear infections when he was a baby, […]

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Not-so-Unhealthy Convenience Foods

Ashley B | November 28, 2012 | 47 Comments

We all want to serve our families healthy, home-cooked food. I would love to be able to cook my family three hot, nutritious meals a day, plus serve healthy, homemade snacks. Wouldn’t you? While I do manage to cook a lot of the time, everybody is busy with school, work, activities, and life in general, […]

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Dealing With Childhood Fears

Ashley B | November 24, 2012 | 26 Comments

From the time they’re little, kids have fears. Some of these are transient, and others stick around for a long time. Most of us are familiar with a baby’s fear of separation from his mother, and a three-year-old’s terror of spiders, but what about bigger kids? During my 12-year-old’s recent well-child visit, I mentioned to […]

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