20+ Things to Do on a Snow Day

Even though we just came back from vacation…I sort of need a vacation…from my vacation. The holidays are exhausting. We all settled in to an unhealthy routine of staying up late and sleeping in. My body (and my children’s bodies) have not adjusted so I am rather thankful for another day to sleep past 7am! […]

Communication Anxiety

Welcome to the new social reality of cyber-friends, fake-likes and the growing problem of communication anxiety. by Kathryn Lancioni When I was a kid, I didn’t have a cell phone. There was no such thing as Snap or Instagram.  And, we certainly didn’t have YouTube (although I was lucky enough to witness the debut of MTV.) If […]

A New Years Party…for the Kids!

Make a Kid Hangout Room Set up a kids campout in a tucked away place. Stock it with pillows, sleeping bags, stuffed animals, a few good DVDs and each other’s company will make the night a winner. Stock the room with fun family games like Headbanz and Guestures. Set up video games like Guitar Hero and Just Dance. Ask guest to bring their favorite party […]

6 Lucky Foods to Eat on New Year’s Day

Every year, my mom makes pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day because it’s supposed to bring us luck in the year to come. I love sauerkraut now, as I kid I hated it but ate it anyway; I didn’t want to risk having a year filled with misfortune. Here are 6 other foods thought to bring good fortune to […]

Blessed to be Stressed!

This week, most of my friends have agreed that we are running around like chickens with our heads cut off to create the “magic” of Christmas. In fact, Karen and I have been saying, “We just need to get to the 26th and then we can relax.” I’m sure the big man in red feels […]

My Must-Have Gift for the Whole Family

Amy recently wrote a post with gift ideas for the grandparents. One of her ideas was a DNA Kit. My kids are fascinated by their genealogy. My husband is Indian and and I am a mutt (Irish, Italian, Hungarian, some German and god knows what else. Some of the family tress get a little murky when […]

Guess Who is Coming to Dinner

Every Christmas when I was a kid, my grandmother would invite people from her church to spend Christmas day with our family. They were people who lived alone and had no family to be with during the holidays. She couldn’t stand the thought of anyone being alone on Christmas. I remember rolling my eyes and groaning when my mom […]

Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness

As we approach this holiday season, you and your family can perform random acts of kindness as a way to “pay it forward”. A random act of kindness does not have to be a major production. Kindness comes in many different shapes and sizes – and it is free. Teach your kids by doing, talk about […]


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