September 16 is National Guacamole Day! Avocados are one of the healthiest foods on the planet the have 20 essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. There are hundreds of different kinds of avocados all over the world but here in the U.S. you mainly see Hass Avocados. How do you know if an avocado is read? […]
December is bursting with festivities, and with those festivities are often alcoholic beverages. It’s fine for you to have a few drinks, of course, and drinking moderately can help set a good example for your children of appropriate and responsible alcohol usage. Of course, every year we hear of injuries and fatalities caused by drinking […]
We’ve been talking over the past few weeks about ways to make the upcoming holiday season more affordable. Most of us need to watch our holiday budgets, and starting to think about gifts early can make a big difference in your credit card statements come January! Many times, the extra time and energy you invest […]
Our family enjoys hosting foreign exchange students, and over the years, we’ve been able to experience some of the interesting observances and celebrations that other cultures participate in. One of our family favorites is one that a German student brought to our home several years ago: St. Nicholas Day.
In Germany, children place one or two […]
The holidays are quickly approaching, but if you’re like anything like me, you spend the first half of December wishing that you’d started your holiday shopping earlier! With many of us feeling the economic pinch, you might not be in the position to spend a lot of money on Christmas and Hanukkah gifts. Homemade gifts […]
I grew up with a Catholic mother and a Jewish father, so I was exposed to all sorts of holiday traditions. Although we celebrated Christmas at home, we’d go to my paternal grandmother’s house every December to observe Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights. We’d gather at some point during the celebration to light candles […]
December is often seen as a time to connect with old friends and faraway family members. It’s cold in many areas of the country, and of course several holidays fall within the course of the month. Did you know that December is designated as Write-a-Friend-a-Letter Month? Since people tend to batten down the hatches and […]
Now that fall is in the air and your big kids are off at school, you might be getting the urge to have some special mom-and-child fall-themed fun with your littlest one. Toddlers and preschoolers are still learning a lot about the world around them, so even simple, everyday objects are exciting to explore and […]
September is here! When I lived in New England, this was always my favorite time of year: the air would be crisp in the mornings, but still comfortably warm in the afternoons. Living in Florida now, I miss those days of early fall!
Now the kids are back in school (or returning after this upcoming weekend, […]
It’s August already! This is typically the time to stock up on back-to-school items if you live in a state that doesn’t start back to school until the end of the month or after Labor Day. (You might still be able to get some great deals in the states that start earlier, as well, but […]