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394 family fun article submissions by the Mothering community.

Valentine Craft: eco-friendly felted valentine hearts

Love this unique Valentine craft! Corey Colwell-Lipson from Celebrate Green and Green Halloween shows us how to felt valentine heart necklaces.  This craft is a creative and eco-friendly way to present something special to your child’s school class, homeschool group, or to friends and family for Valentine’s day. Easy enough for the older kids to do on their own, and with some help at any age.   About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living... read more

Valentine Craft Ideas

So I was wandering around the arts and crafts store yesterday, trying to come up with a valentine craft for Honoree, my second grader. Last year, I thought we were pretty darn fancy with our valentines made out of paper doilies. Each kid got a wee heart-shaped eraser, too. But H. came home with an assortment of valentines and a bit of a long face. There was the felted valentine, the quilted valentine, the knitted valentine, the fired-ceramic valentine. I may be exaggerating a little bit, but…you get the picture. Normally I would say, “Hey, kid, we’re not getting... read more

Beware of The Pregnant Jail Breaker

About 15 minutes before the Halloween parade, we still didn’t have our costumes ready. Since my due date (more on how that’s a misnomer in a later post) was BEFORE Halloween, I wasn’t expecting to even be in the parade this year, let alone in a costume. James had the idea that we should paint my belly into a big yellow Pac Man and put dots all over black clothes but 1) we didn’t have any yellow face paint and 2) we were out of time. So I went in my friend Anjie’s escaped convict costume instead. “I don’t like it,” my 10-year-old daughter Hesperus... read more

The Hyland's Promotion is Over, Thanks for Sharing Some Love!

The Hyland’s Homeopathy free Cold ‘n Cough promotion has ended. Thank you to everyone who showed some love! If you entered you will be emailed or contacted through facebook in the next few days for shipping info. Check out Hyland’s great products on their site or facebook page. From Hylands: New! Hyland’s Cold ‘n Cough 4 Kids is a great solution for multi-symptom cold relief for your children. Our 100% natural formula offers safe and effective symptom relief of common cold symptoms, including sneezing, sore throat, and congestion. This... read more

A Mama Treat: Domino Cloth Pad Giveaway

We’re giving away TWO Domino Pads variety packs: regular and petite. (Hey, now I get it–the name comes from those cute white snaps on the black background. It’s amazing what that second cup of coffee does for me.) Domino Pads are luxuriously soft, absorbent and comfortable resuable cloth menstrual pads. They are PUL free. Domino Pads are made exclusively with bamboo fabrics for the absorbent layers. Unlike PUL, the WindPro fleece that provides the leak-proof barrier is breathable, making for a much more comfortable wear experience, especially... read more

Win a Plan Toys Dollhouse and Furniture from Walking Stick Toys!!

This giveaway has ended. Congrats to the random winner, Janelle, comment #155!! Janelle, please write me at webeditor[at] mothering.com to claim your prize. Even if you didn’t win you can still get 15% off at Walking Stick Toys right now by using coupon code “MOTHER11″ when you shop! Janelle says: I like Mothering and Walking Stick in real life and on Facebook! Please enter us in the contest. We were just saying that we need to get our son a dollhouse. He loves playing “guys.” —- Enter to win a Plan Toys Chalet Dollhouse and five... read more

Winner of the Birth Skirt from BINSI Announced and a Special Deal!

Thank you to everyone who entered to win a PrimaMama TM Sport Birth Skirt TM from BINSI Labor and Birth Apparel!! (original giveaway post) The random winner is comment #33 from “Jess E”. Congrats!! Please write webeditor[at]mothering[dot]com to claim your prize. If you didn’t win you can still get 15% off at BINSI by using the code “mothering” when shopping on their site! (excludes the Basic BINSI Skirt)   Don’t forget to “like” BINSI on Facebook to stay in touch will all of their great products! About BINSI: A few years ago,... read more

Shifting Gift-Giving From Money to Meaning

aussiegall Flickr photostream CC by 2.0 Frenzied sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become holiday shopping traditions. Both are about grabbing up deals before someone else gets them. Not much about the spirit of giving. Not fun either. There are alternatives. They offer the satisfaction of exchanging wonderful presents while also shifting holiday gift-giving in a positive direction. Here’s how.   Enjoy tradition or create new ones. Some families choose to generate their own traditions that have little emphasis on gifts but are... read more

Don't Make a Picture, Make a Mess! from www.LoveParentingLA.com's MOTHER!!

Hi, It’s me, Jessica Williams creator of L.O.V.E. Parenting. I am in the home stretch for the publication of The Ultimate Parenting Course due this month. My mom (who happens to be a children’s book author and an educator!) is here with a guest post. ENJOY! “Don’t Make A Picture, Make a Mess!” by Stephanie Waxman I took my 2-½ year old granddaughter Zena to the local mall for “Toddler Tuesdays.” Enthusiastic Sheri in a bright red apron directed us to a table where other toddlers sat. At each place was a cup of crayons, a cartoon of a... read more

The Amazing Banana Opening Trick

With your thumbnail make a gash in the top inside of the banana right below the stem. Do this surreptitiously when you’re kids aren’t looking. Then hold the banana upside down by the stem with the gash side facing you. Say, “I AM MORE MAGICAL THAN THE AMAZING RANDY. I AM MORE DARING THAN EVEL KNIEVEL. I CAN OPEN THIS BANANA USING MY MAGICAL POWERS. ARE YOU READY?” (Since kids will figure out the trick pretty quickly, you’ve got to milk it for all it’s worth the first time you do it.) Flick your wrist so you are flicking the banana down and... read more

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