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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

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

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

Halloween Pasta for Kids

  Thank you to Mothering member fayebond for contributing this recipe. Find more recipes here.   This is fun to make with kids, frugal, and makes an excellent party dish.   Ingredients 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 4 eggs 2 ounces squid ink   NOTE: Do not have kids wear anything irreplaceable during this process. Its quite messy. Directions Mound the flour in the center of a nice big counter top space. Make a well in the middle of the flour, then add the eggs and squid ink. Using a fork, beat together the eggs and ink and start to add the flour... read more

Dinosaur Eggs

Thank you to Mothering member fayebond for contributing this recipe. Find more recipes here.   Ingredients 12 hardboiled eggs 5 drops green food coloring 1 cup vingear 3 cups water 1 bunch scallions, sliced 2 cloves garlic, sliced 6 T mayonaise 3 T mustard   Directions Combine food coloring, vinegar, water, scallions, and garlic, in a bowl.  Peel eggs and place into bowl.     Let sit for 2-24 hours.   Slice lengthwise, and remove inner yolks.  Combine mayo, mustard, and yolks in a small bowl, mixing until smoooth.  Scrape int oa plastic bag, seal, and... read more

10 Tricks and Treats for a Naturally Inspired Halloween

  Creative Candy Crafts Looking for something to do with all of that unwanted Halloween candy? Check out these crafts and activities!    Jack-O-Lantern Cookies Have some sweet and spooky fun with these wholesome Jack-O'-Lantern cookies.    Green Halloween dECOr Discover unique and inexpensive ways to create eco-friendly decorations everyone will love.   Earth-Friendly Treats and Treasures Look beyond plastic trinkets and sugary candy with these simple ideas for a greener holiday.    Healthier Halloween Looking for some tasty treats to replace candy this... read more

Healthy Holiday Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

  Enjoy these delightful and wholesome recipes at your next holiday celebration:    Cookie Cutter Cookies Cookie baking is an essential part of the holidays. Here's a wheat-free, egg-free recipe with no refined sugar.    Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie It's not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. Celiac-sufferers won't have to miss out with this recipe! Holly's Pilgrim Stuffing This delightful dish is a colorful and healthy spin on a Thanksgiving favorite.    French Bean Casserole A... read more

Holidays with the New Baby, or Keeping the THANKS in Thanksgiving

For anyone who becomes a mother within nine months of a major holiday season (and, taking into account all of the holidays within every faith and cultural tradition, that means almost everybody!) I have a radical idea for you:  Simplify your idea of how the holidays will look this year. Better yet, let yourself let someone ELSE handle everything. That way, your holidays with a new baby can be marked by joy, connection and peace -- just as they're meant to be!   This doesn’t mean that I don’t think you are up to the task of balancing the needs of your infant with... read more

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