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Slacker New Year's Eve

Years ago we started a new tradition.  Slacker New Year’s Eve. No more loud, crowded events. No more babysitting nightmares. And no more driving back home in the early morning hours on icy roads. What a relief. Instead we stay home with the kids. We put lots of goodies on the table, including snacks that are rarely seen in our fussy-about-nutrition household. We get out amusements like board games and videos, build a fire in the fireplace, and basically slouch around together. It’s fantastic. After all the holiday rush it feels downright indulgent. A key element of... read more

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a Giveaway from Barefoot Books!

This giveaway has ended. Thank you to Barefoot Books for sharing this fun read! The randomly chosen winners are Tracie and Claire. You will both be contacted by email. Congrats!!! If you didn’t win you can still grab this book and many other great selections on the Barefoot Books website.  —– Today, Jan 23rd, is the Chinese New Year and we’ll be celebrating with a fun giveaway from Barefoot Books (publishers of some very awesome and totally unique reads for kids)! Two lucky winners will receive a copy of The Great Race, a beautifully... read more

Easter Herb Garden How-To and Herb Quiche Recipe

This accidental idea came to me when I went to Trader Joe’s to buy some flowers for a friend last Easter.  I already had the herb quiche in the car and stopped by the store on my way.  I kept looking for some spring flowers, but mostly there were expensive Easter lilies and orchids left in the flower section.  All of a sudden the herbs got my attention.  I thought for less than the price of the lilies I could buy at least 6 different herbs and a beautiful square basket to put them in.  She could use the herbs for a long time and reuse the basket too.  I was... read more

Eco-Friendly Easter Ideas

Looking for some fun ways to green your Easter this year? Check out these simple ideas that the whole family is sure to love.      Natural Easter Egg Dye Did you know that you can avoid unnatural food coloring and make your eggs beautiful by using natural ingredients? Find out how with this helpful how-to. Also check out this fun video for more tips!       Up-cycled Easter Baskets Looking for a fun family project for Easter? What could be more fun, and special, than homemade Easter baskets? Lynn Colwell from Celebrate... read more

Mother's Day Special! 2-for-1 sale on mother & child posters & cards - 1 week only!

"The Bearers" © Durga Yael Bernhard / durgabernhard.com Poster: $12 Announcing my Mother’s Day 2-for-1 special:  one week only! Order a poster or greeting card of any mother-&-child image by Durga Yael Bernhard and get a second one FREE! See here for details:  http://durgabernhard.com/bookblog Sale ends 5pm Friday, May 4th About Durga Yael Bernhard Durga Yael Bernhard is a fine artist, illustrator, children's book author/illustrator, and mother of three children born at home. She... read more

Planning a More Natural Halloween

Posted by: Haley Reen                 Each year, my family celebrates Halloween with much fanfare. It’s our favorite time of year. We decorate the whole house, even the bathrooms, and put the lights and other outdoor decorations outside as soon as possible, usually the week before October begins. At the end of the month we have a large, family friendly party to celebrate. However, as my children are small and we are a mostly media free and sugar free household, we do things a little differently than most. Here are some of the ways we modify the modern... read more

Texas Style Jack O'Lantern

In Texas it’s hard to keep a jack o’ lantern looking fresh for very long. About an hour after carving the flies arrive and the heat starts to melt the pumpkin into a slump. Within a couple of days it’s caving in on itself in a sort of gelatinous lump. Which is really scary, true. But gross. And it dawned on me – the pumpkin isn’t exactly a southern crop. In the name of keeping it local, and celebrating the harvests of our region, AND keeping the flies away, I came up with this little creation; the Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Jack O’Lantern. It is quick... read more

giving thanks

  When Mothering publisher and editor Peggy O’Mara asked everybody on staff to send their Thanksgiving menus so we could post them online, I felt a little squeamish. Truth is, Thanksgiving kind of snuck up on me this year. Tim and I thought Reeve would be visiting a friend across the country, so we just figured we’d do what we’ve done the last couple of years when he was out of the country: a quiet celebratory meal, just the two of us, at . . . Dunkin’ Donuts.* I couldn’t see adding to the  inspired Mothering staff menus online my own planned fare for the... read more

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