Saving Money on Kids’ Haircuts

Saving Money on Kids’ Haircuts

| January 29, 2013 | 19 Comments

How much do you pay for kids’ haircuts? My son, who used to be happy with my home-haircuts, has recently informed me that he would like to have his hair cut by a professional. Since he is a pre-teen and has his own sense of style, I agreed that that would be fine… then had […]

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Recess: Is It Really Necessary?

Recess: Is It Really Necessary?

| January 28, 2013 | 28 Comments

When I was a kid, we had recess before school, at some point in the mid-morning, and again after lunch. Do you remember those days of playing four-square and kickball on the blacktop? I sure do! Many elementary schools across the nation are cutting out recess, however. In my town, the goal is to let […]

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Exotic Pets for Kids

Exotic Pets for Kids

| January 28, 2013 | 4 Comments

Do you have pets? The majority of households have a dog or a cat (or both), and many kids have pets like hamsters, gerbils or fish. One of my kids’ friends has two snakes for pets! We have two cats, and I love watching the kids interact with them. One kitty in particular tends to […]

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Ice Skating: Tips to Stay Safe and Have Fun

Ice Skating: Tips to Stay Safe and Have Fun

| January 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Are the ponds and lakes frozen over where you are? One of the wintertime pleasures of those living in cold climates is ice skating! I have fond memories of skating on a local pond when I was younger. Of course, those of us living in warmer areas can still go skating at ice rinks, but […]

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Kids and Funerals: Things to Think About

Kids and Funerals: Things to Think About

| January 25, 2013 | 33 Comments

We recently had a death in the family: My husband’s aunt passed away after many years of illness. This was the first family death that our children have been aware of, and they had some questions. As we live far from family, only my husband flew up for the funeral, but it did lead to […]

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The Toddler Years: Thumbsucking

The Toddler Years: Thumbsucking

| January 20, 2013 | 31 Comments

Now that I’m an adult, I can admit that I sucked my thumb until I was eight years old. I was recently out shopping, and I saw a big kid, probably about that age, sucking his thumb, and it reminded me of how long I indulged in the habit. What finally deterred me was having […]

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Food

Red, White and Blue Flag Fruit Salad

Red, White and Blue Flag Fruit Salad

Looking for a healthy alternative to dessert this fourth of July or Memorial Day? Summer is the perfect time for fresh fruit and there are so many options!
1. Core pineapple and dice. Slice bananas on the same cutting board so they get a little pineapple juice on them, this help keep them from turning brown.
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Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French invaders in 1862. Today it is celebrated not only in Mexico but in the US as well. We LOVE mexican food (as a matter of fact tacos are on our weekly family menu) and can’t wait to have our fiesta tonight! Here are some of […]

Shopping

What’s on Sale and Things to Buy in June

What’s on Sale and Things to Buy in June

Wow, June already; we’re almost halfway through the year! June brings Father’s Day, camp outs, the official start of summer, and some great sales on items that you want and need. Just like last month, June is a good time to buy mattresses; stores deeply discount last year’s stock. We were able to buy new […]

Gift Ideas for the new Graduates

Gift Ideas for the new Graduates

High school graduation is a huge step from adolescence to adulthood. High school graduations are taking place right now, and you might be getting ready to attend a graduation party at some point in late May or June. While it is tempting to stick some cash in a card (after all, green suits everyone!), if […]