Fabulous 13th Birthday Party Ideas

When you become thirteen, the big deal is the “teen” on the end. You are now a teenager! You have talked to your folks and got them to agree to a party. Is it going to be at home or somewhere else? There is always ten-pin bowling, ice skating or…

Princess Castle Cakes For Girls

Castles have always held a certain appeal for young girls. These stones structures have a fairy tale quality from their moats to their turrets and towers reinforced in no small measure by the fairy tales of Cinderella, Belle and Aurora on which most little girls grew up on. Beautiful princesses…

A Romantic Dinner Date At Home

Almost all of us have good memories of turning up at a gourmet restaurant or heading off to some nearby romantic getaway to celebrate a festive few days. Well, the current economic recession affects many of us and it may happen that this year you do not have the same…

5 Entertaining Travel Games For Kids in the Car

Taking a vacation means a break away from your busy life, and the same applies to the kids as well. Sure they are not busy as you, but it still would bring them great relief if we considered that way. Going on vacation is also a great way to further…

Color Mixing Experiment with your Kids

Since she was very small, one of my daughter’s favorite books has been The Color Kittens.   This is a delightful story about two kittens whose favorite hobby is mixing paint to make all the colors in the world.  I knew she would be wild about this color mixing experiment,…

How I Use Mealtime for Discipline, Conversation and Education

There are a lot of things I’m not great at in life, but I excel at dinner time. While serving chicken nuggets in front of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse might make some aspects of my day easier, I refuse. Family dinner is too important. My children’s health, education, and well-being mean…

5 Ways to Encourage STEM Education from Infancy

She likes to explore the gadgets her father and I use, and we willingly hand them over, to feed her curiosity. My digital camera was the latest device to be examined eagerly. I watched as she flipped it, turned it an shook it, before raising it above her head, pointing…

Top Ten Kitchen Utensils and Gadgets of 2017

Since I am on a roll, I thought I might as well start doing our favorite kitchen items list for 2017.  (You can read about our Top Ten 2017 Baking Essentials here and our Top 2017 Cooking Essentials here.) This year I wanted to break it up into a few…

Top Ten Cooking Essentials for Our Home in 2017

It’s been one of those days. The kind where you start up semi-grumpy and end up seething mad because nothing goes correctly. It’s a long story. Too long and tedious for here, so I’ll digress and get to a much happier topic: COOKING! This is the sister post to our Top…

Top Ten: Baking Essentials in Our Home for 2017

One of my favorite things about spring is baking. Something about the temperatures dropping and the nights coming later makes me all nostalgic and draws me into the kitchen to bake and cook and make our home cozy and comforting. The few days we have had below 70-degree weather, I…

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