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Our Korean Lunar New Year, With An American Indian Twist

Thank you to Terra Trevor for this guest post. It’s part family reunion, part cultural revival. Our friends remove their shoes at the door. Sounds overlap in layers. The song Arriang and talking and laughter mixed with the clicking of sticks from the game Yut. We’re celebrating Solnal—the first day of the first month by the lunar calendar. Most people think of this as Chinese New Year, but Koreans celebrate as well, and two of my children are adopted from Korea. My hall table is piled high with wrapped packages, inexpensive items purchased at the... read more

Screen-Free Week is April 18-24th!

Screen-Free Week, presented by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood,  is April 18-24, 2011! – Kids, families, schools, and communities pledge to turn off screens and turn on life.   Join the discussion of this event on MDC! – Did you know? School-age children spend nearly twice as many hours with screen media such as television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices as they do in school. Television use is at an all-time high among preschoolers—according to... read more

Earth Day Books the Whole Family Will Love

by Mindy Rhiger   Celebrate Earth Day and all that goes with it with these fun books!   My Mama Earth: Watch the wonder experienced by a small child journeying through the world and  taking in the many magnificent aspects of nature. This imaginative and lyrical picture book showcases the love between a mother and child, celebrating the ever-changing beauty of the natural world along the way.           Make a reusable cloth bag with Gabby and Grandma Go Green by Monica Wellington.  This brightly colored picture book follows Gabby and her Grandma as they have a... read more

This Mother’s Day, Honor a Mother, Rescue Another

Mother and child in Southern Sudan Photo by: Christopher Scott/IRC Thank you to the International Rescue Committee for this guest post. In Southern Sudan, women—who share the same joys of motherhood as your own sisters, mothers, daughters and friends—have a one in seven chance of dying during childbirth. That is simply one chance too many. Every year, over 500,000 women worldwide die from complications during pregnancy and childbirth. The vast majority of these deaths happen in the developing world. Almost all of them are... read more

Mother's Day Giveaway: Win a Box of Artisan Truffles from Intrigue Chocolates!

This giveaway this closed. If you didn’t win you can still order Intrigue’s delicious natural chocolates on their website or buy some when you are in Seattle! Use  code IntrigueMothers-05042011 to get 10% off through 5/19/11. The five random winners are: Comment #19, Laurel Comment #28, Shannon Comment #42, Tori Comment #60, Maryanne Comment #61, Manda C. Congrats!! Please contact me at webeditor [at] mothering.com with your shipping address! Mother’s Day is almost here and we have a very special giveaway to help... read more

Mother's Day Meditation

    Good Times! A Meditation for Mother’s Day:   May I lead with my heart.     May I forgive quickly. May I walk towards what I am wanting. May I bring my full, dynamic-self to the table.     May I invite my child to participate in my best vision for our life together.   May my inner-contentment spread to my... read more

Shifting Gift-Giving From Money to Meaning

aussiegall Flickr photostream CC by 2.0 Frenzied sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become holiday shopping traditions. Both are about grabbing up deals before someone else gets them. Not much about the spirit of giving. Not fun either. There are alternatives. They offer the satisfaction of exchanging wonderful presents while also shifting holiday gift-giving in a positive direction. Here’s how.   Enjoy tradition or create new ones. Some families choose to generate their own traditions that have little emphasis on gifts but are... read more


Lighten up the stuffing of the belly by including a dish made from green leafy vegetables on your Thanksgiving table! TOP FIVE GREENS DISHES FOR THANKSGIVING ONE  Massaged Kale Salad with Apples and Gorgonzola This is a BIG cookus favorite (or so google analytics tells us).  If you haven’t tried it, Thanksgiving is the perfect time. TWO Braised Greens Doesn’t sound crazy good from the title but when I make them, everyone loves loves.  The splash of vinegar rocks them. THREE  Luscious Beet Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Gorgeous colors,... read more

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