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The Act of Kindness- Volunteering as a Family

By Kim Robson: Life can be hectic.  When we have family to think of, it’s easy to put community service on the back burner, yet volunteering teaches children so many important values.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic to contribute to your community and be able to spend quality time together? Volunteering …

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The Nightmare of Flying with a Toddler

By Fredrica Syren: This weekend we went to San Francisco for a long weekend.  We had tons of fun eating wonderful vegetarian food, walking all over and around the Bay, and — of course — visiting the San Francisco Bay aquarium. We been traveling a great deal by airplane since …

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The Loss of a Pet

Yesterday one of our furry friends died.  Her name was Mimi, a beautiful guinea pig. Mimi moved in with us when she was one month old and Bella was 6 months old. For the last couple of years, Bella loved caring for Mimi and would often pick her up and …

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Children’s Crafts — Make a Bird Feeder

By Fredrica Syren: Bella’s school encourages the kids to make homemade cards and gifts to give away for special occasions, so for this Valentine’s Day we made bird feeders.  It was easy and fun and did not cost a whole lot, either.  We hand crafted 18 bird feeders and Valentine’s …

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Sunday = Family Time

By Fredrica Syren Sunday is my favorite day of the week because it’s all about our little family and tons of cuddle time.  On Sunday we take our time waking up and spend all morning in our pajamas.  It’s when we eat breakfast at our own pace, and some of …

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The Villain Mom

By Fredrica Syren  I always tell people that my family is both hippie and conservative at the same time — depending who we’re hanging out with.  We have friends who love us but think our lifestyle is totally out there and see us as little “flower power” kind of people, …

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Tips on How to “Green” Your Baby

When we became parents, we could not believe the amount of trash we created and the number of things we had to buy for our baby.  It surely did not feel very good for the environment, but over the years we have gotten pretty good at eliminating a lot of …

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Daycare vs. Nanny

 By Fredrica Syren On January 2nd  my son Noah just turned one, an age that (I hear) children need socialization by spending time with other kids their own age.  I feel torn as to what to do at this point.  I have not yet felt the need to send him to …

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