Recipe: Cheesy Toasts

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Share this:As I sit down to write this post, it’s a cold and dreary January in our corner of the northern hemisphere. We’re barely back from our latest visit with family, and I haven’t even had time to unpack, let alone get to the supermarket. So I’m snacking on cheesy toasts. Correction: WAS snacking on – I… Continue reading Recipe: Cheesy Toasts




Kimmie’s New Year Resolutions and Goals

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Kimmie made a Happy New Year card for her homeroom teacher, Mr. Hellag.

Share this:Happy New Year! I’m in the middle of several weeks of enjoying holiday and vacation time with my family. Hence, in lieu of a longer post, I thought I’d share seven-year-old Kimmie’s resolutions and goals for the new year. Kimmie’s New Year Resolutions Kimmie actually volunteered some personal new year resolutions to my mother… Continue reading Kimmie’s New Year Resolutions and Goals




Bucket-Filling For Your Kids

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Do Unto Otters

Share this:Do your kiddos practice bucket-filling on a daily basis? Have you even taught them about bucket-filling yet? You probably have, and just don’t realize it. But in this season of celebrating miracles and light and goodness, many of us are focusing in our families on bucket-filling anyway. Even if we don’t do so in the… Continue reading Bucket-Filling For Your Kids




Super-Simple Holiday Centerpiece

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Share this:I admit, I’m addicted to home-decor magazines. I’m a sucker when I find myself waiting in doctor’s offices or checkout lines; next thing I know, I’m reading them cover to cover. I usually find their ideas for things like room makeovers and holiday centerpiece creations drool-worthy. But drool-worthy is one thing; realistic to replicate,… Continue reading Super-Simple Holiday Centerpiece




Paper Clip Angels: Sweet, Easy Holiday Craft for Kids

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assorted paper clip angels

Share this:I first saw paper clip angels a few years ago at our church’s holiday bazaar and thought, “Oh, how sweet!” There must be a gazillion versions of paper clip angels on Pinterest, but every time I do this craft, it’s new to everyone who sees it. The girls made these last year for Christmas… Continue reading Paper Clip Angels: Sweet, Easy Holiday Craft for Kids




Smart Games For Your Holiday Gift List

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Share this:Looking for some super gift ideas for your little ones this holiday season? Try some Smart Games. What are Smart Games? Smart Games is a company founded in Belgium that makes a super selection of games to grow your kid’s brain. The games are designed to help kids develop problem-solving skills and other basic brain functions… Continue reading Smart Games For Your Holiday Gift List




Responsible Kids On the Road: My Top Tips for Travel

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Share this:Do you have responsible kids on the road? Maybe you’re thinking, Hah, I can’t even get my kids to be responsible for their own stuff at home, let alone when we’re traveling. (I hear ya; it’s an ongoing struggle.) But take heart. Being away from home is a great time to mold responsible kids.… Continue reading Responsible Kids On the Road: My Top Tips for Travel




Best Travel Carseat Ever (Hint: it’s not a carseat!)

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Share this:The holidays are coming. Are you ready for holiday travel? In other words, do you have the best travel carseat ever? I love to start New Year purging before the holidays even hit. Winter is a great time for moving out the old to make way for the new, whether it’s holiday gifts or a… Continue reading Best Travel Carseat Ever (Hint: it’s not a carseat!)




Recipe: Take-Along Taco Salad

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Share this:Do your kids love tacos as much as mine do? Does your family need some new ideas for school lunches, now that we’re several months into the school year? If so, here’s the recipe for one of my kiddos’ new lunchbox faves: Take-Along Taco Salad. As soon as Essie saw this recipe in the… Continue reading Recipe: Take-Along Taco Salad




Overheard at Bedtime: The Fuzzies Economy

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Share this:Overheard at bedtime the other night, a half-hour after lights-off, as I’m trying to get Kimmie tucked in: Kimmie: “I’ve got to have a talk with Huckle’s teacher.” Huckle, a stuffed-animal incarnation of the Richard Scarry character, is Kimmie’s bedtime buddy. Oh, crud I think to myself – did she overhear me saying something along… Continue reading Overheard at Bedtime: The Fuzzies Economy




How To Make A Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)

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Share this:When does your family start thinking about Halloween? Me, I start hounding my kids for costume ideas over the summer. I love DIY costumes; having them take forever to make, not so much. Hence I was thrilled this past August when Essie announced she’d be a ghost for Halloween. How hard can it be to make… Continue reading How To Make A Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)




Big-Kid Nightmares? Try Big-Kid Massage

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Share this:Have big-kid nightmares got your household missing more sleep than you’ve missed since you had a newborn around? That’s how our house has been feeling lately, since Kimmie went back to school. For example, take last night. It’s around 9pm. My husband and I had just wrapped up our nightly planning meeting and settled… Continue reading Big-Kid Nightmares? Try Big-Kid Massage




Back-To-School Anxiety: Herding the Purple Cow

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Share this:So the kiddos have been back to school for a few weeks now. How’s the back-to-school anxiety level in your household? In ours, it seems we’re still sorting through back-to-school anxiety, with mixed results. Your back-to-school anxiety checklist Have you noticed any of these back-to-school anxiety symptoms in your child(ren) since they resumed classes… Continue reading Back-To-School Anxiety: Herding the Purple Cow




Back-To-School Cookies

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Share this:Last weekend my mom came for a visit. And since my energy is not up to par these days, she did some fun back-to-school things with the girls. Including making Back-To-School Cookies. What? You’ve never heard of Back-To-School Cookies? Well, I hadn’t either. Until my girls dreamed up this idea as a great excuse… Continue reading Back-To-School Cookies




Parenting While Disabled: My Latest Attempt

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Parenting while disabled this summer means lots of time icing my leg.

Share this:Parenting While Disabled. There’s a loaded topic. I’m icing my left knee as I type this, having recently reentered the land where I can’t trust my body. Meaning that self-care is my top priority. This land doesn’t mesh well with caring for small children. In the United States, there’s growing awareness of the challenges of… Continue reading Parenting While Disabled: My Latest Attempt




Loving the Environment for Kids: Check Out My Guest Post!

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Share this:(Updated 6/3/2017: While Everyday Ecologist goes through a website makeover, I’ve republished Loving the Environment for Kids on my own site. You can find the full post here. Enjoy!)  Hope you’ve been filling up your families’ summer tanks with memories that will last a lifetime. I also hope some of those memories involve the… Continue reading Loving the Environment for Kids: Check Out My Guest Post!




How To Get Your Kid To Go To Sleep

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Share this:Maybe you’re a first-time parent of a less-than-one-year-old. Maybe your kiddo is going through a sleep cycle shift. The switch to summer vacation and longer daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere can leave even veteran parents wondering how to get your kid to go to sleep. And as seasoned parents know, you will find… Continue reading How To Get Your Kid To Go To Sleep




From Leakproof Sippy Cup to Top Travel Mug: My Fave Beverage Containers

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Share this:Ever since becoming a parent, I’ve been on a quest for beverage containers that won’t leak. First it was a leakproof sippy cup. Then it was leakproof not-quite-sippy cups for the preschool set. Next it was leakproof water bottles for school, hikes, and family outings. Why is the quest for a leakproof sippy cup… Continue reading From Leakproof Sippy Cup to Top Travel Mug: My Fave Beverage Containers




Thank You Notes for Teachers

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Share this:Has your family done thank you notes for teachers yet? With the school year drawing to a close, now’s the perfect time to say thanks. Why bother? Believe me, nothing means more to teachers than handwritten thank-you notes, whether from students or their parents. It doesn’t have to be long, or fancy; so long… Continue reading Thank You Notes for Teachers




Technique: Microwave-Steamed Vegetables

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Ready to try microwave-steaming vegetables? Broccoli, carrots, zucchini,or green beans are all great places to start.

Share this:Steaming vegetables in the microwave is about as easy as cooking gets. If you haven’t done this before – or if you wish your kids would eat more veggies – then microwave-steamed vegetables is a technique worth trying. What you need All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, a tablespoon or two of water,… Continue reading Technique: Microwave-Steamed Vegetables