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10 Tips on Supporting Children through Crisis

10 Tips to Help Kids Cope with Tragedy

I am numb with disbelief and sorrow. Unimaginable and yet, all too real. The tragedy yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut could have happened anywhere. My town, in fact, used to be named Newtown long ago.

I received this timely advice from an organization not far from Newtown and wanted to share. I hope this helps you and your children during these terrible times.

I will be posting later on what we, as parents, can do to get tougher gun control laws. But first things first. Hug your children tight. Help them through this tragic news. And then, later, let’s all try to do something about it. Read more…

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Random Acts of Kindness to Celebrate My Upcoming Birthday

I’m Inspired to do Random Acts of Kindness

I’m not sure how I found the first one, but when I read how Inner Child Fun blogger Valerie spent her birthday doing 35 acts of kindness in one day, I was inspired. Her post stopped me in my tracks actually. Suddenly, I seemed to find more bloggers who were doing this. Thumba Lea did 28 acts of kindness for her birthday. And Just a Bunch of Momsense celebrated her birthday this way too.

My birthday is coming up and I wanted to do something similar but … Read more…

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Top 10: Holiday Road Trip Toys and Games for Kids

Holiday Road Trips Games for Kids!

My husband loves a good road trip. It’s his dream to rent a Winnebago and do a family trip half way across the U.S. He drove from Boston to Los Angeles for golf tournaments and did a cross country trip to bring my car to Boston. Back then, it was simple. He just needed water and coffee to drive 8 to 10 hours a day. He didn’t even have a navigations system! Shocking because I have a terrible sense of direction and need mine just to navigate adjacent towns!! Read more…

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Homemade Ornaments to Make and Give (Day 12), 12 Days of Shopping

DIY Ornaments to Make with Your Kids

I am not especially good at crafts. I never seem to have all the items to make a specific craft and I gravitate towards open ended art. This holiday season, I’m going to provide my kids with raw materials as well as images for inspiration to see what they come up with. I bought construction paper, glitter, glue, googly eyes, craft sticks and fancy pipe cleaners. Read more…

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Quick Gifts from Whole Foods (Day 11), 12 Days of Shopping

Whole Foods for Great Quick Gifts

I usually zip in and out of Whole Foods with my cart of food so I don’t always notice their other great stuff. I went today with just my camera — no wallet  and no shopping list — and I was AMAZED to find that you can almost do your entire holiday gift shopping there. It’s a great option if you are pressed for time or want to combine gift shopping with grocery shopping.

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Capturing Your Kids’ Lives using Lifeables

Lifeables to Preserve Family Memories

If you came to our house, you might be surprised to see our “tunnel” of photos down from our kitchen to our basement play room. It took my husband 3 tries to get to this particular iteration.

The first version was plexiglass box frames velcroed to the ceiling and walls. It worked great until summer’s humidity hit. The photos kept falling down and bonking people on the head as they came down the stairs. Ouch! Read more…

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Wow Wow Wubbzy’s Night Before Christmas

Wubbzy Christmas Story App Gets Kids Reading!

My 8-year-old was not a great napper as a toddler. By age 2, he had eliminated his nap altogether which was devastating for me as I was used to a two hour afternoon nap that I took along with his older sisters. So, instead, I let him watch PBS Kids for two hours of “downtime.”
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DIY Gifts for Cats (Day 10), 12 Days of Shopping

Homemade Gifts for Cats That Kids Can Make!

Capability:Mom has great ideas on gifts for dogs and I’ve researched cat gifts on my post last year. I thought I’d find homemade cat gifts this year so I researched exhaustively on Pinterest. Read more…

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Gifts for Husband & Wife (Day 9), 12 Days of Shopping

Gift Ideas for Men, My Husband in Particular

My husband, like most men, is difficult to shop for. If I buy him something he doesn’t like, he claims to like it but it will sit unused in a corner or the back of the closet until it’s time to purge. I’d rather he’d ‘fess up so I could return it and save the money. This year, I am doing something different. I am asking him. No surprises. This might be the way to go.  Read more…