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68 family fun article submissions by the Mothering community.

It's a Prince! Giveaway from Barefoot Books!

This giveaway has ended. The randomly chosen winners are Angel Maszy, Chapsie and mommariffic. Congrats!!! You will be notified by email. Many thanks to Barefoot Books for the giveaway!                                 As many of you have heard, a new little prince was born on July 22nd! We thought we'd celebrate with a fun giveaway from the awesome Barefoot Books. Follow the simple instructions below to enter to win one of three copies of The Prince's Bedtime to read to your own little prince or princess! We'll be drawing winners on Friday at 3pm PT.   To... read more

Super Summer Gear: 10 Hot Selections for the Whole Family

Summertime goes by too fast, so we've selected some of our favorite new warm weather products to help you stay cool, travel safer and have more fun while it lasts! Check out these 10 awesome items you won't want to miss.        S'well Stainless Steel Water Bottle   This stylish water bottle will keep your drinks icy cold or nice and hot for hours. The construction is heavy duty and the unique cap is a serious improvement on typical stainless steel drinking bottles. Holds up well to bumps and... read more

4 Simple and Safe "Sparklers" for the 4th of July

  Parades, barbecues, fireworks: kids love the 4th! And sparklers are becoming an ever more popular way for little ones to celebrate. But are those burning sticks safe for tiny hands? Many experts say no.   So, if you decide to skip the hot sparklers this year, we've found some great alternatives. Check out these awesome and super safe handheld ideas from across the mommy web.   Want to talk about the safety of fireworks for kids? Join the conversation in our community.                 Super Star Sparklers: All you need are some festive looking... read more

Power to the Peaceful

Mother's Day as a celebration of the unique power mothers have to be peacemakers.    By V.K. Harber   As Mother’s Day approaches in the US and retailers ready their supply of flowers, candy, jewelry, and spa packages, I find myself torn, as I always am, between supporting the spoiling of mothers and highlighting the fact that, like so many holidays, Mother’s Day has drifted pretty far form it’s original intent.   Undoubtedly, mothers everywhere deserve some pampering. A little extra sleep, some alone time, a special meal, and some adorable kid crafts... read more

How to Dye Eggs Naturally for Easter, Ostara or Spring!

    Whether you'd like to celebrate Easter, Ostara, Spring dyeing eggs is a fun, crafty tradition that children love to be involved in.  However, using toxic food coloring is something most natural living families probably want to avoid.  Thankfully there are many options for eco-friendly egg dyeing!   Some all natural options for dyeing eggs include: red, purple, or yellow onion skins, red cabbage, blueberries, yellow apples peels, paprika, carrots, and grape juice.  We decided to use what we had on hand, which was beets, kale, and turmeric.   If you’re using a... read more

Candy Can Teach Science and Nutrition Concepts: hands-on experiments to try with your kids

Looking for a fun way to introduce science and nutrition concepts to your kids?   In her new book, Candy Experiments, author Loralee Leavitt shares dozens of brand-new experiments that use candy to teach about these topics. The following excerpt from Candy Experiments contains fun and easy ways that you and your children can test food for sugar, hydrogenated palm kernel oil and artificial dyes!   About the Book:   Make giant gummi worms, turn M&Ms into dazzling comets, grow candy crystals and turn cotton candy into slime! You'll find all these... read more

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions from the Mothering Community

Earlier this week we published an article about the most common New Year's Resolutions in the US and asked Mothering Members to share their own resolutions.    Taking suggestions from that conversation, and other related threads, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 New Year's Resolutions from Mothering Members. Here they are in no particular order.   Are your goals on this list? If so, follow the provided links to find support and inspiration for them in the Mothering Community.    Spend More Quality Time as a Family: play more with the kids, eat... read more

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions

According to a study by the Journal of Clinical Psychology 45% of Americans make New Year's resolutions every year. And while only 8% of people accomplish these goals, the study states that a person is ten times more likely to attain their ambitions if they explicitly state them as resolutions.    Here is a list of the most common New Year's resolutions. Are your 2013 goals on this list? Tell us about them in our fun community thread happening right now!    The results are out: here are the Top Ten New Year's Resolutions from the Mothering... read more

100 Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Kids

  Trying to think of a last minute stocking stuffers for the kids?   Here are 100 great suggestions from the Mothering community to help you complete your holiday shopping!   We've chosen suggestions that are mostly inexpensive and can be purchased locally or ordered as a subscription without having to plan ahead.    For more ideas check out all of the great threads in the community!     Crayons and Markers Paints and Brushes Construction Paper Yarn Knitting Needles or Crochet Hooks Sewing Needles Fabric... read more

Top 10 Family Christmas Movies from the Mothering Community

We recently asked the members of the Mothering Community to tell us about their favorite family Christmas movies and received some great responses! Here is a list of our top ten faves from that discussion.    Head over to the original thread to see all of the recommendations and to share your own must watch Christmas list!  A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Starring Ann Altieri and Chris Doran   "I haven't watched A Charlie Brown Christmas in a long time. I should, because it's an ongoing family joke that my mom and I love "Charlie Brown... read more

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