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…

Finding the right fit for your special needs child

Avoiding a Day Care Nightmare My son got kicked out of Day Care today. They say he had a meltdown and started hitting and kicking. Sadly, I know this is likely true. He’s done it at home. He has behavioral problems, most likely associated with his (severe) ADHD. Finding a…

Discipline and the Special Circumstance Parent

The story below is an example of something that special circumstance that special circumstance parents  – parents of special needs kids, behaviorally challenged kids, foster kids, and adoptive parents – go through every day – from friends, parents, co-workers, and even complete strangers.  Don’t judge my friend harshly.  She meant no harm, and I love…

10 Ways to Stay Active & Spend Time Together as a Couple

When it comes to having dates out together, one of my favorites that my hubbie and I do is some type of workout activity. We’ve been active together from the very beginning, and since life has been as busy as it has, it’s amazing to get a workout in with…

Double Chocolate & Mint Chip Cookies Recipe

My personal favorite cookies are mint and chocolate. Put those two together, and everything is right with the world. Seriously–they’re delicious combinations, and my cookie recipe combines them both. But, there’s a prerequisite. You HAVE to have a sweet tooth. And more than that, you have to like chocolate because…