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68 family fun article submissions by the Mothering community.

For Valentine's Day: Paper Doll Bookmarks (with fabulous hair)

    Next up in Mel and Laura’s Several Fabulous Things You Can Make for V-Day Project: paper dolls!   But not just any paper dolls. These paper people have long lovely locks like Rapunzel—or any number of pro football players these days—to help your favorite reader mark his or her place.     What you’ll need   scissors colored paper (card stock is preferable, needs to be sturdy enough to handle being handled a lot) hole-puncher (to make small round holes for yarn hair to go through) needlepoint needle (or one with a big eye, anyway) yarn glue stick   1.Print... read more

For Valentine's Day: OMG Truffles

  And. . . we’re off! On the Mel and Laura’s Several Fabulous Things You Can Make for V-Day Project, that is.   First up: Truffles. And not just any truffles. These are dairy-free and nut-free, sure, but they don’t taste like they’re lacking a thing. Heavenly stuff. We made them recently for our March-April Peggy’s Kitchen article (which features special treats for kids with food sensitivities) and we could not believe how good these were.   Don’t be daunted by the photo. We’re here to tell you these are not hard to make. And once you’ve mixed up the ingredients and... read more

Celebrating the Final Week of the Year

I love this week.  Adore it.  Look forward to it all year.  The final week of the year. The feeling of being in between, somehow, bringing closure to this year and preparing for what is to come.  I feel a curious peace blended with urgency in this week.  I feel curiously confident that anything is possible. The Peace:In contrast to the rest of the year, somehow in this week I feel as though I have all the time in the world.  The days feel long and quiet, open to possibility.  I might work, play, cook, snuggle  -  I am confident there is ample room in my... read more

Winter Solstice

Tomorrow at 11:38 p.m., the earth’s tilt away from the sun will be at a maximum. It’ll be the longest night of the year. Unless I’m in the Rocky Mountains with a pair of skis on my feet, winter isn’t my season. I still plan to celebrate. I’ve barely noticed that it’s December, and we’re already 20 days in. All month I’ve been planning a huge party for my husband. He had a milestone birthday Saturday night. We invited 40 people over to enjoy different dishes from the nine states and the one foreign country he’s lived in (I just finished eating leftover... read more

Giveaway and Guest Post by Kate Hanley: Six Ways to Stress Less At Holiday Family Gatherings

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Hey, mamacitas. Enjoy Kate Hanley’s 6 tips on how to enjoy and not stagger through the holidays with family…and leave a comment below with your best tip, for a chance to win Kate’s book, The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide. You can also stay in touch with Kate at her website, www.msmindbody.com. Six Ways to Stress Less At Holiday Family Gatherings by Kate Hanley, author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide One of the hallmarks of the holidays is eating at least one meal with as many family members as you can assemble in one room. Even though... read more

My favorite, FAVORITE holiday tradition

1. Arrange for you and your spouse/partner to take a day off work, line up babysitters, etc. 2. Sleep in (on a Wed morning!) 3. Make breakfast together 4. Stroll through the near-empty mall (or, at least more empty than it would be on a December weekend) 5. Enjoy a leisurely lunch (with a festive drink) 6. Finish shopping 7. Head home before the commuters hit the road 8. Smile the following Saturday as you scoot right by the crowds on the way to the movies. I blogged about this a few years ago after I stole the idea from an old boss of mine. Freakin’ brilliant. What’s... read more

In Search of a Chocolate Advent Calendar

Last year we ended up getting a Charlie and Lola Advent calendar. It was cute and the girl loved it, but didn’t have chocolate in it.  Not that big of a deal, but it’s such a classic tradition! My only concern with the chocolate Advents was whether they were made  in China, the possibility  of it containing a concoction of chemicals and whether or not they’d been recalled. Seems as if all of the ones I came across were. So,this year, as December approached, I searched everywhere for a chocolate Advent calendar that wasn’t made in China. Finally, I found some at the... read more

Holiday Cards

In the mailbox today, I found them: the first round of holiday cards from our (super) organized friends. Exchanging holiday cards is one of my favorite annual traditions. It’s great hearing from high school pals, college roommates, new acquaintances, and everyone in between. I love seeing pictures of my girlfriends’ babies…and all their kids as they grow up. As a couple still trying to navigate the waters of fertility and adoption, Ron and I don’t have a picture to send out of a little munchkin holding a stuffed Santa under a decorated tree. I guess we could send out a... read more

The Winner of the Holiday BabyLegs from Granola Babies is...

Thanks to everyone for taking part in the giveaway for a pair of holiday edition BabyLegs from Granola Babies (check out Granola’s amazing selection of beautiful products!) The  random winner is Tara W. (write me at webeditor{at}mothering.com)! If you didn’t win you can still get a FREE pair of these adorable BabyLegs($12.99 value) by spending over $20 at the Mothering Shop! Just head over to the shop and buy any of our wonderful natural family products–including books, our calendar, reprints, or back issues–and we will ship your BabyLegs out right away. Use code... read more

Win a Pair of Holiday Edition BabyLegs from Granola Babies!!

Holiday BabyLegs from Granola Babies With the holiday spirit sneaking into many of us, it’s the perfect time to break out those darling holiday outfits again. These beautiful holiday edition BabyLegs from Granola Babies are the perfect way to keep your little boy or girl warm in the chilly weather. BabyLegs is the original brand of innovative children’s leg and arm warmers that quickly became a parenting essential across the world. Granola Babies has many wonderful styles of these great warmers–take a look. To enter the giveaway: Tell us why you would love a pair of... read more

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