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There is nothing like getting dirty and finding things in nature. Children learn when they see, do, touch, and experience. To be a green mom, I have to let my kids just get dirty. They have to dig with a shovel for worms, feel the soil, sometimes taste it and figure out what those worms are doing. It means...
Winter is long where I live. Long. Snow and cold weather lingers from as early as October to possibly March. A long winter can translate into long days inside which leads to restlessness, more television, boredom, eating and more pounds…for the entire family.  To help make the winter more active and healthy I have begun to employ some new...
5 Gift Combo Ideas for Pre-Teen and Teen Boys
Pre-teen and teen boys can be hard to buy for. This year our rule is no electronics or gaming systems for Christmas. We have enough, there’s no need for multiple gaming systems and how many hand-held devices does one kid need? With that being said, I’ve been on a mission for meaningful and educational gifts. If you have a...
The summer is half over and my kids are starting to get bored. All throughout the school year they look forward to summer vacation but after only a couple of days they begin to fuss about being bored. It is easy to spend money taking them to the movies, water parks and attempting to entertain them.  Their entertainment demands...
My travels to Germany and Ireland this month, almost do not feel real. I planned for over a year and in two weeks, it was over. I traveled to Europe with my father and two sisters. It started as a trip to just Germany and then we added days in Ireland.  My dad was in the army and stationed...
Taking a Disney Cruise for Christmas – what you need to consider.
Cruise to the Caribbean on the Disney Magic. It was truly magical. I grew up watching Disney movies and visiting Disneyland in California when I went to visit my dad. I have fond memories of the tea cup ride and making my dad turn green from the spinning. Of course, I love Cinderella and Snow White and dreamed of...
My family camps as much as possible. In fact, we’re having a little staycation this weekend to celebrate school ending at our local KOA! I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Usually, when we camp there isn’t a heated pool, cable and free WiFi! In fact, we didn't even bring our favorite survival watch either, because we...
different vegetable peelers
You might be thinking this is a bit of a silly topic. But trust me, the world of vegetable (and fruit) peelers is far more complex than you might have thought. We have all grown up using a peeler for potatoes, apples or even other fruits and veggies. And perhaps you all have your own "go to" peeler that you...
How to Make the Most of Your Road Trip with Teens
Growing up, I was not lucky enough to go on family vacations. We were dirt poor. My mother was a teen mom and the only time I was lucky enough to go on a “trip” was to go up north to my aunt and uncles trailer in Oscoda. They owned a canoe and golf course and sold ice cream....
Vehicle sales hit an all-time high in the last year, meaning that more Americans are buying cars these days. And with all the cars on the market, it's not surprising that 39% of people are considering at least five different vehicles at the same time. In contrast, many Americans want to reduce their carbon emissions and opt for alternative...
What to pack for camping with kids.
With two young children I’ve learned there are a few necessities when camping and some ways I can make camping less work and more enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, camping is indeed lots of work but being organized and prepared helps our weekend adventures run smoothly. The first thing is first you need a plastic tub. Yes, a plastic tub...
Last night I think I had an anxiety attack. Actually I’m certain I did. My heart was racing a million miles a minute, I was breathing quickly and felt freaked out, like the world was coming to an end but it really wasn't  The cause of this, in my opinion, feeling overwhelmed by everything happening in my life and the...
25 Healthy Smoothie Recipes
One of the easiest things to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner is a smoothie. There are dozens of health benefits too and it’s not hard to get started with adding smoothies to your diet. I’ll admit, there are times I get sick of having a smoothie but if I take a break, I end up craving them again....
Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year and it’s just around the corner. I look forward to the falling leaves, changing colors and pumpkin pie. I love me some pumpkin pie. In fact, I love everything pumpkin which is why I want to share with you a quick way to make your very own pumpkin puree....
Along with band-aids, tweezers, and bug repellent, our first aid kit has an assortment of natural remedies for common kid maladies. Some come from the kitchen and some from the natural food store, and every one of them has come through for us. 10 Natural Remedies for Kids for the Family First Aid Kit: Honey - Unfiltered raw honey is...
The yogic practice of nasal irrigation using a neti pot can bring swift relief from stuffy noses and sinus pressure. When I first heard of it, I was pretty skeptical. I mean, pouring salt water through your nose just sounded weird to me. And then one day I got the father of all head colds. My head was so stuffy that...
Summer Sipping - Wine Tasting and Pairing
The global wine market in 2015 generated $319,816 million dollars with 24,388.5 million liters consumed. That was 2015 data and I sure, the consumption and revenue generated has only skyrocketed. The world likes its wine! And we all know that in the US, California is the place to go to visit the best wineries. This last weekend, I was lucky...
Sling Bags for Under $20 for Traveling
My family just got back from a great vacation in Florida and for the first time ever, I used a sling bag as my purse. What a difference this made for me as we walked around the different theme parks and traveled through airports.  What I loved about using a sling bag is that my hands were always free....
Moving your baby from a crib to a bed can be a big, and somewhat scary time of their lives. Both for them, as yes it's a new bed. And for you. Because you want to get them the absolute best bed (and sleeping environment). Of course, this means making them comfortable and giving them enough space to grow into...
Making the Most of Family Vacations with Teens
When my children were little, the days would sometimes feel so slow. You know the ones. The ones where there was no sleep. The ones where I’d pray for sleep and a shower. Even taking them on trips was not easy, even if I had all the right things - like their own cute child-sized luggage and some toys to...