Family Fun With Geography

We’re all familiar with old-fashioned spelling bees. In fact, most adults can still remember THE word that knocked them out of the contest back in the day. (For me, it was “restaurant” back in fifth grade.) But have you ever been in a geography bee or had fun with geography? I don’t recall participating in such an event, but in their early elementary years, my boys’ school participated in the Read More

Learning a Second Language Isn’t Easy

Both of my boys, 9 and 5, are now fluent in both Spanish and English, at least age-appropriately so, and there is one thing I keep hearing that has started to bother me. In fairness, I think I may have said it once or twice in the past myself, so please don’t think I’m getting all “high and mighty” about it.

 

We may say it in different ways and, … Read More

New Year’s Resolution

As we start looking to the New Year, many of us come up with resolutions to get 2014 off to a great start.  We sit down and start our lists: lose weight, work out, spend more time at home, and travel more.  The lists can go on and on.  This year, why not take this opportunity to sit down with your child and come together to make achievable academic goals.  … Read More

Top 10 Educational Gifts for Kids

Before you head out to buy a lot of Christmas toys this year, ask yourself — what happened to the toys from last year? Forgotten? Bottom of the toy box? Never taken out of the box? Interesting for only two days? These are common mom observations, and it can be a challenge to find meaningful Christmas gifts.

 

No surprise, I look for gifts that are fun and encourage learning, … Read More

A Holiday Craft Science Project

In Mexico, Santa doesn’t bring gifts at Christmas. But don’t feel too sad for the kids, because Santa has his helpers, the Three Kings, and they do bring gifts on Jan. 6. Kids put their shoes out on the evening of Jan. 5, and gifts appear next to their shoes in the morning. Of course, these are the same three kings who followed the star and came bearing gifts on … Read More

The Gift of Experience

I swear I’m not a holiday Grinch. I enjoy the warm “fuzzies” that come from giving the perfect gift to a loved one, but I’m tired of the stuff — the piles and messes that clutter my house. My boys may be hoping for cool new clothes or additions to their favorite collections, but this year I want to focus on gifts of experience. In the end, stuff is just stuff, no … Read More

Family Time Ideas for Thanksgiving

This is the time of year we get to be surrounded by family and loved ones, so take the opportunity to get to know each other better, and really show how thankful you are to have one another. Below are ways to share time with your family and friends this holiday season.

Make time for your family traditions and add more to the … Read More

Hilarious Tales of Thanksgiving Disasters

Have you ever encountered a few snags in your holiday celebrations? If so, you’re not alone! Mistakes are bound to happen during the holiday chaos. Relax this year and laugh at yourself if you hit a few bumps in the road.

From sick kids who ruin appetites to meeting “his” mother for the first time, this article from Ladies Home Journal has a variety of Read More

Thanksgiving DIY Turkey

November is here and that means big meals, family gatherings and the kids are home from school. Here is a simple Thanksgiving DIY Turkey that they can do while you have your hands full with making sure everything else is ready for the holiday.

The great part is, many of this you might have laying around the house, left over from your Labor Day cookout.  Just follow the steps … Read More

Mom’s Holiday Survival Guide

While I was taking a stroll through Costco the other day, I realized that “that time of year” is coming. Yes, the time of year when we start to think about decorations, gifts, family and food … the holiday season. I know in our home it can be a wonderful time of year (just like the song), but for some, including myself, it can also be stressful and a taxing time of … Read More