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Six Secrets to Halloween Happiness

October 28th, 2016 | By: Sydney Loney
From the best costumes to the savviest street smarts, here's how to make sure this Halloween is fun (and safe) for everyone
Six Secrets to Halloween Happiness

Halloween should be scary, but it should be good scary. Here are six ways to keep everyone safe and having fun this Halloween.

What Mom Really Wants

May 7th, 2016 | By: Nancy Ripton
Why you should forget the store-bought gifts this Mother’s Day and just give mom a break.
What Mom Really Wants

What does a scented candle or bouquet of flowers really do in terms of showing mom how much you love and appreciate what she’s done? When it comes down to what most moms really want, it’s not something you can pick up at Homesense. Mom just wants a break.
 
A break from making three healthy meals a day that no one wants to eat. A break from begging her kids to just get along and be nice to each other. And, a break from planning.
 
By both necessity and nature, moms are planners. While dads might be behind the bench, it’s mom who remembers to sign kids up for activities on time and moms who get kids to the games on time. We remember to finish homework and get our little ones to yet another birthday party. If you want to give mom something she really loves this year, give her a break from all the scheduling and plan a fun, active day that the family can share together – no brain power from mom required.
 

The Simplest (and Cutest) Easter Craft Ideas Ever

March 20th, 2016 | By: Nancy Ripton
These Easter craft ideas are so simple anyone can do it from baby who just picked up a crayon to parents without a crafty bone in their body.
The Simplest (and Cutest) Easter Craft Ideas Ever

For crafty mom types, you are itching to create cute things before your child can even walk. And for those non-crafty types, you don’t want to do anything that involves more than paper, crayons and maybe a pair of scissors and some glue. These three simple craft ideas satisfy both of these needs and will keep everyone festive and happy this Easter holiday.

Candy Alternatives for Valentine’s Day

February 9th, 2015 | By: Nancy Ripton
Candy Alternatives for Valentine’s Day

Kids love candy! In fact, a recent study found that children like sugar twice as much as adults. There’s a biological reason kids are so easily hooked on sugar. Humans are naturally wired to love sweet things. Even before babies can speak, they can communicate their desire for sweetness by smiling or relaxing their face when they get something sweet. In addition to making your child feel good, a sweet taste can even reduce pain, acting like an opioid.

MyPlate Healthy Holiday Pot Luck

December 19th, 2014 | By: Cheryl Tallman
Try a MyPlate Pot Luck theme for your next holiday meal and create an easy, healthy meal everyone will enjoy.
MyPlate Healthy Holiday Pot Luck

The holidays are hectic, and cooking for the masses can cause stress during what is supposed to be a joyful time. A pot luck dinner party is a fantastic way to ease some of the holiday kitchen tension so that you have more time to enjoy with your family. It’s simple to plan because everyone helps out with the cooking and cleaning! Setting a theme for your pot luck will give your guests cooking ideas when planning what to bring to the party.

Halloween Safety Tips

November 3rd, 2014 | By: Paula Statman
How to protect and prepare your children for Halloween without making them afraid to have fun
Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time for kids and adults alike–even toddlers can have a blast when it comes time to trick-or-treat. But, as with everything, "safety first." Here's how to keep your tiniest ghosts and goblins protected while having fun on Halloween.