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One-On-One Time With Kids

I try to spend a little one-on-one time with each of my children, and today it was my oldest, Bella’s turn. She wanted to eat a real hotel breakfast, so we went to a hotel close to us. She told me secrets. Then she took me on a walk through …

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Tips on How To Use Lavender Essential Oils

By Emma Grace Fairchild:  Essential oils have become increasingly popular, as many people are trying to use nontoxic products. They serve a purpose in personal care and around the home, as well as in emotional contexts. Lavender oil is a great example of a fragrance that serves many functions and …

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Lego Stops Playing with Shell

By Fredrica Syren: Legos have provided so much inspiration and learning. They have kept my kids entertained for hours (as well as myself when I was a child) that, when I heard that Lego has been supporting the oil giant Shell, I was heartbroken. Thanks to Lego’s deal with Shell, …

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The Sorry State Of US School Lunch Programs

By Kim Robson: A recent government study has found what most parents already suspect: U.S. school lunches are unhealthy and contributing to childhood obesity. Kids who eat school lunches are more likely to be obese by the time they get to the third grade. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded …

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Spaghetti Puttanesca

  By Fredrica Syren: I’m a huge pasta fan and have loved cooking it ever since my 3-week driving trip in Italy with my husband before we got married. I love all varieties of a really good pasta sauce with developed flavor. This is a very kid friendly recipe for …

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What Can a Child Learn from Home?

By Larraine Roulston: With no curriculum or rigid structure, a home environment provides time and space for children to engage naturally in the world around them. When allowed the freedom to pursue their own interests, they will automatically acquire the skills to meet life’s challenges. Parents who allow plenty of …

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Moments of Love

Lots of times, my kids my kids fight. I didn’t grow up with siblings, but I hear this a normal thing. Sometimes, however, I worry they will kill each other and am amazed at the things that can set them off — toys, looks, whose mommy I am, and which …

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Neal’s Yard Remedies: Review & Giveaway

By Fredrica Syren: When I lived in London, I used to buy all my herbs and beauty products at a small shop called Neal’s Yard Remedies. I was so happy to discover they now also sell online, so I can keep up with facial care from them. This business surely …

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Teaching Our Children about Eco-Living

By Dawna Matthews: Over the years I have had to educate myself on eco-living. I pick up tips from many sources — other people I know, reading, travel, all over really. How do we transfer what we have learned about eco-living to our children without its being boring or too …

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