As a whole, the following ten children's books are our top picks to read together every year before Christmas. Each of these books combines a story that touches us, entertains us or teaches us with illustrations that are detailed and beautiful.
The following recipe is for a Thai style sate that is similar to kebabs. I have chicken listed as the meat of choice, but you can also choose to use strips of beef, shrimp, slices of portabello mushrooms, firm tofu or even Tempe for a vegetarian meal.
A large vocabulary of words is important to all of us. It helps us function in daily life and comprehend what we read. While these are only a few ways to begin building your toddler's vocabulary, they are important building blocks for their future.
Low fat snacks made up of a combination of good carbohydrates and protein are the best energy boosters that you can eat. The snacks I am listing here are all healthy, full of energy and easy to prepare.
Choosing to "go green" with your household cleaning supplies can mean different things to different people. Going to the store and stocking up on anything that says it is "green" does not mean that you are necessarily on the right track.
My husband has been a professional chef for more than 20 years and I am here to tell you that it is not all great food and interesting places to eat! Here is the truth about what it is really like being married to a chef.
Whether you are adopting a low meat flexitarian diet for health reasons or just out of choice, the transition can be difficult if you want it to stick. Here are several easy tips for making the transition and sticking to it.
A rainy day box can be a life saver for parents on those days when children are bored and irritable. So, what exactly should be in a rainy day box? Well, that is up to you, your children and your finances but here are some ideas.
One of the simplest and smartest things to do to ensure a fun time is had by all when doing craft projects with children is to have a craft bin full of supplies on hand and ready to go. But what should you keep in your craft bin?
Teaching your children the meaning and the solemnity of Good Friday is something that takes time and effort. Here are three different crafts to do with your child that are all about crosses for this Good Friday.
Since the actual date of Easter Sunday changes every year and can fall anywhere from late March to the end of April, I am always at a loss. Why does the date change every year? And how is that date determined?
With such a huge variety of perennials to choose from, a gardener needs to have ways to pick and choose which perennials will be best for the area to be planted. Here are my top 5 picks for perennials.
Annual flowers are among the most popular types of plants for beginning and experienced gardeners alike. All five of my favorite picks are fairly popular flowers that are generally easy to grow and maintain.
This Easter, you might want to consider an easy and inexpensive craft for you and you children. An Easter tree is a great centerpiece for your table, a fun craft to make and can become a new tradition for your family.
While flexitarians do eat some animal protein, the majority of their diet consists of non-meat foods which contain less of the essential complete proteins. The complexities of eating a balanced diet increase as you eliminate meat products from your diet.
In many cases, a flexitarian has more concerns with iron deficiency anemia than a vegetarian does. Here is some advice on how to balance your diet in ways that will help prevent iron deficiency anemia.
Children are being asked to use computers in school as part of their education as young as kindergarten and Pre-K. Here are several tips to start your toddler or preschooler off on the right foot when it comes to computer knowledge and skills.
Indoor plants are a great way to decorate and to help maintain good air quality in your home. Here is a list of the top 10 indoor plants to grow when you are looking for low maintenance, easy to grow plants.
Use your time wisely and teach your toddler while you are grocery shopping. Here are several ways to take advantage of this time at the supermarket and teach your toddler new skills or reinforce skills they already know.
By teaching your toddler in a place and a manner that is fun for them and convenient for you, you are able to teach them faster and easier. Here are some great ways to teach your toddler while you are in the kitchen!
With new computer programs and websites popping up every day that are geared towards toddlers and young children, you need to consider your toddler's computer skills. Here are several tips and suggestions to help you teach them to use the mouse.
Announcing a pregnancy can be a very memorable time. When we found out that I was pregnant with our second child, we decided that we would see how long it took people to decipher a "hint" about the pregnancy.
Your doctor, your sister, your mother or your friends may have told you to do Kegel exercises in the past. But how do you know you are doing them correctly? What exactly is a kegel exercise? How often should you do them? And, most importantly, why?
Imagine eating dinner in a restaurant, with your toddler, and truly enjoying the experience and the food. Here are several tips to help you tame the wild beast inside your toddler when it is time to go out on the town for dinner.
If you are focusing on a heart healthy diet, then breakfast is important! You want to choose recipes that are low in sodium, high in fiber and protein and low in saturated fats. This breakfast recipe is easy and simple.
Spring brings with it flowers and warm breezes and thoughts of love. It also brings the formidable task of spring cleaning your home. Here are some tips and tricks, simple cleaning methods and cleaning products that will help to make any chore manageable.
This recipe for homemade chocolate-covered strawberries is perfect to make for your spouse, partner or lover. The message of sensual delight and the sweet goodness of chocolate-covered strawberries is fitting for Valentine's Day.
While taking your child to mass on Ash Wednesday is important, children may not understand what the significance of the ashes is. Here are six activities and crafts to help you celebrate with your child on Ash Wednesday.
I hate housework. It's true. I confess. I am a stay at home mom and hate to clean house. But, over the years, I have figured out one thing that I should always do that makes me feel better about my house.
Many parents consider dress up trunks to be the exclusive property of little girls. However, building the imaginations and creativity of your little boys is just as important. And little boys love to play dress up just as much as little girls.
Let's face it, on Valentine's Day you are expected to show your lover that you love them. In these tough financial times, we all need to be more frugal. Here are several ideas for inexpensive, frugal Valentine's Day celebrating.
Bake sales have long been the go to sale for fund raising. Don't limit yourself to cookies and cupcakes either, there are many other items that will sell well. When planning your bake sale, make sure that your donations are varied.
February is American Heart Month and the American Heart Association wants us all to be aware of warning signs and actions to take in case of emergency. This is close to heart (pardon the pun) as my family has a long history of stroke and heart problems.
As the parent of a teen girl and with little ones coming up, I worry about who lives in my neighborhood and who is moving in. One way to get some piece of mind is to search the National Sex Offenders Registry at Family Watchdog.
The Petal High School marching band has been invited to represent the state of Mississippi in the 56th Inaugural Parade. The band needs to raise a total of $68,000 before January 13th in order attend the parade and represent the state.
Ideas for gifts for anyone from the teen who mows your lawn to the hostess of a last minute party. Here are some things to do or buy that will keep you, and those you gift to, happy without breaking the bank or making you crazy!