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34 family fun article submissions by the Mothering community.

Make Your Own Lavender Soap Balls

    Bath time is fun time in our house, but my 6 year old keeps telling me how all of her friends use strawberry smelling soap, and won't stop asking me for some.  Of course the first thing that I think of is all of the toxic ingredients in those yummy smelling soaps, and how I'm certainly not going to use them to get her clean.  Sorry Quinn!     So instead, while she was at school her brother and I decided to make her a special bath time surprise!  Oh-so-pretty smelling Lavender Soap Balls!  It turned out to be a super fun project for Ethan and I, and Quinn... read more

Candy Crafts: Creative Ways to Use Up Unwanted Halloween Treats

by Loralee Leavitt and Elaine Bassett   Also see our article, Candy Experiments, for more great ideas on using up unwanted Halloween candy.   Candy is a traditional part of Halloween. But since it contains so much sugar, corn syrup, and artificial dye, many parents don’t want their children gorging on Halloween loot. Whether you’re planning a Halloween party, or using up candy after Halloween, these activities will help your children enjoy their Halloween candy without eating it.     Candy Mosaics   With so many colors and textures, candy makes perfect art... read more


By Susan Reynolds Ballinger Web Exclusive I love to round the corner of the street that curves down the hill toward our house and see the day's new sky painting on my backyard clothesline. The clothes appear to be a line of fluid dancers, shouting out a rainbow of color. Sheets are my favorite medium in the palette basket. As I pull the fabric taunt and clip on the clothespin, the breeze blows the vast piece of cotton into an undulating wave of white. I glimpse bits of sky above sage-covered hills through the waves of fabric. Slap, flap, whoosh...: the billowing... read more

Museum Day Live!

On Sept 29th hundreds of museums across the US will provide free admission as part of Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! event. Only two members per household can gain free admission during the event, and must present a special ticket to do so, but it is a good chance to reduce the costs of visiting a local museum you have been wanting to bring the family to.   In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the... read more

Color To Draw My Love

  Betcha this will turn into the theme song playing in your head. Kristin Andreassen, you’re singing what we’re thinking, “Crayola doesn’t make a color to draw my love.” About Laura Grace WeldonLaura Grace Weldon is a writer, editor, conflict resolution educator, and marginally useful farm wench. She is the author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything. She lives with her family on Bit of Earth Farm. Check out life on the farm at http://bitofearthfarm.wordpress.com/ and keep up with Laura's relentless optimism at... read more

Encouraging The Mother Daughter Project

When I was 19, I went to Europe with 2 girlfriends for 9 1/2 weeks. On the train in France, I was listening to Sinead O’Connor for the first time on my walkman (yes, I am that old) and I was deeply moved by just how incredible she was. Everyone had told me she was amazing, but I hadn’t checked her out yet because I thought if she was that great, I would have discovered her myself. I had a similar experience with The Mother Daughter Project. My friend eagerly told me about the book by SuEllen Hamkins, MD and Renee Schultz, MA. The movement had been a... read more

A Book Review Series In Honor of African-American History Month

By Jessica Williams Most people know about Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon,” Alice Walker’s “In Search of our Mother’s Gardens,” and Wallace Thurman’s, “The Blacker the Berry,” all of which I whole-heartedly recommend. My husband was born of a black father and white mother. When I birthed our first daughter I was obsessed with reading about mixed race children. Here are a few reviews of some lesser known gems centered on being black and white. Caucasia by Danzy Senna This book is... read more

Child-made Valentine’s Day Card Display

  by Lynn Colwell & Corey Colwell-Lipson   What to do with the Valentine’s Day cards and gifts your child makes at home or brings home from school? Stick ‘em in a drawer? Seal ‘em in a box?   Instead, how about turning them into Valentine’s Day decor? (Items saved from previous years may be used as well.)   In my house, we used an empty mantle and a bare stick-wreath as the “blank canvas”. My daughter, Zoe, was allowed to decorate the area as she pleased. She had fun with the process and, in the end, was so proud of the display and the seasonal mood it conjured.   I... read more

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

Win the Business of Being Born Mother Lode Pack!

This giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone who entered and to Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake for the great giveaway. The randomly chosen winner is Miranda Cassidy!! Congrats!! You will be contacted by email. Don’t forget to look for the release of the More Business of Being Born DVD set in stores Feb 7th—or grab it online now. — To celebrate the release of the More Business of Being Born DVD set in stores Feb 7th, Director Abby Epstein and Executive Producer Ricki Lake would like to offer Mothering readers a chance to win The Mother Lode... read more

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