We are currently on Thanksgiving Break and it feels so good to have slow mornings and relaxing days once again. Work has been so busy but we are still here chugging along. We decided to stay home this holiday and just relax and be together. We started this school year with a quick camping trip to one of my favorite places…Big Sur. We were […]
We make pork carnitas in our house at least a couple of times every month. My boys love the shredded pork in quesadillas, in tacos, with eggs at breakfast, and my oldest has decided he now loves nachos. I have been following a recipe I got from Serious Eats faithfully and it’s been amazing every […]
Mama Say What?! Mama Mary Ellen shared her Journey to Fitness with me. She is very inspiring and very relatable to my journey to fitness! Over two years ago, a co-worker of mine told me about a new fitness program that she was going to try called the 21 Day Fix and encouraged me to […]
I first discovered this brand when cruising the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City this summer. I watched a video that promoted many of their products and I immediately thought, “what great products for parents!” They make backpacks, hip packs, blankets, wet bags, and more that can be scrunched and folded down into […]
A guest post by Anthony D. Fredericks. As a former teacher, I am well aware of the compelling research demonstrating how involved parents have children who 1) evidence very positive attitudes towards learning, 2) have higher levels of self-esteem, and 3) demonstrate considerable engagement in academic endeavors. That parental participation assures students a most vibrant […]
My husband will always remember 2011 as the year of the spinach miracle. We were living in Baltimore City, and he wanted to try his hand at growing vegetables in pots on our itty-bitty back porch. He planted spinach in the fall, with the intention of harvesting it before the bitter winter hit. But when […]
It’s 11:00pm. You know you should be sleeping. But sleep seems impossible. Every time you shut your eyes, your mind flashes a reel of your latest shortcomings. You see the moment earlier today when your patience collapsed and you screamed at your kids. You see their little eyes grow wide at your unfettered anger and […]
One of the key ways to stay on track with your goals and ultimately achieve them is to write them down. Using goal focused affirmations keeps your goals top of mind and so you’re far more likely to achieve them. You will also be training your mind to believe that the achievement of your goals […]
Greece is one of the most popular European destinations on any travellers bucket list, but of course, there are plenty of cities and towns that you can see there – so how are you supposed to decide where to go? Well, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the entire world, and shouldn’t be […]
Hello! Penultimate ‘Little Loves’ post of the year! Here’s what I’ve been enjoying this month… Read I didn’t read that many books this month, just the two below but I have almost finished a third, The Boatrunner. All three books are set in WWII, although I didn’t plan to have a war-book month, it just […]
My kids love to throw leaves. They love to throw leaves at me, each other, Sam, anywhere really. I was fairly sure this big pile of leaves wouldn’t have anything too nasty lurking in it as it was at Marwell when we visited to see Father Christmas! At our local park I am always extra […]
Christmas is sneaking up on us, and as we fast approach the beginning of December, many parents will have their minds solely focused on the month ahead and what that may mean for their finances. December is traditionally an expensive month. You have Christmas, of course, but there is everything else that goes along with […]
A few days ago we got right into the festive spirit with a trip to Marwell Zoo for their Christmas Experience. It didn’t disappoint and was the perfect way to kick start the Christmas season, though I definitely will not be putting up our decorations until December don’t you worry! Both Athena’s school and Arlo’s […]
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. In the most generic terms, it revolves around family, gratitude, and eating, which pretty much sums up my favorite things in life. However, when it comes to sharing stories about Thanksgiving, it’s hard to find books that are historically accurate, especially considering the “First Thanksgiving” never happened as […]
I feel the need to start this story off with a lyric from one my favorite bands. The song is called “Head Rolls Off”. It’s written by Frightened Rabbit. It goes like this: You can mark my words, I’ll make tiny changes to earth And while I’m alive, I’ll make tiny changes to earth Tiny […]
Hi Amy, I have been following you and your family since I got pregnant with my daughter and I stumbled upon your Pregnancy Calendar. I feel like I’ve read darn near everything you’ve written (jeez I hope that doesn’t come off as creepy- your blog & advice column just provided a welcome distraction while I […]
We’ve all made sock puppets but have you ever made a Turkey Sock Puppet? It’s not that hard and it would be a great way to entertain little ones before and during the big Thanksgiving dinner. Just imagine little turkey sock heads peeking around the corner asking if the pizza is ordered yet…. Supplies needed […]
Farewell, poor carseat, I knew you so well. I must throw you away; you’re too mouldy to sell. No more baby-sick shall I scrape from your folds, Nor chewed and dried ricecake pick from your straps. The dummies sought blindly now binned, just one kept, The mustard poo seepage now wiped from the gaps. No […]
If you don’t know what my title is referencing, then you’re missing a treat – go and watch the Friends boxsets immediately! But you don’t need to have been watching sitcoms in the 90s to know it’s summer! In between all the Sandwich-making Photo-taking Hair-tearing “PLEASE share!”-ing Paddling pool-ing “Still no school!”-ing Day-tripping Fizz-sipping “Mummy’s […]
It’s best to let rip, because kids pick up on suppressed rage (unlike my husband). I read this brilliant article today in the supermarket queue, that basically said it’s OK to row – even swear (lightly) – in front of your kids. I was happy to leave it at that and start making up for […]
This is just what a playdate in our house looks like. Picture credit https://www.gltc.co.uk/product/play-shop-theatre-white/10004052 Love them or hate them, you feel guilty if you don’t do them. Take the pain out of playdates with my handy guide. Choose your target with care. Does your child like the intended invitee? A simple mention of his or […]
As a family one of our favourite treats is a cheeky little McDonald’s. Whilst I usually take the children along with me for a visit, recently I was asked to go the McDonald’s in Star City to check out some of the things available that can make my life a bit easier as a Mum. […]
1. Sleep when you can. Lie in, go to bed early, have naps. Sometimes spend the whole day in bed. Sleeping. And if you think “oh I better get up now!”. Don’t. Sleep. And then sleep some more. 2. Rather than seeing going to a supermarket as a boring chore. Treat every visit like an adventure. Peruse […]
One of my favourite seasons of the year is winter. I’m not a huge fan of summer and running around after the kids sweating in a swimming costume. I’m more suited to snuggling under a huge couch blanket and watching something on Netflix with the kids. It seems each year I get more and more […]
Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to think about events that you have coming up. It might be that you have a few work dos to attend. Or you are planning something super fancy for New Years Eve. For me, as well as celebrating all the festivities, I will also be spending […]
One of my favourite games to play when I was little was shops and it’s something that my two also adore. There always tends to be a little scrap over who is going to be the shopkeeper and who is going to be the customer. So I was over the moon when Little Tikes got […]
A mom is venting over at Let Grow. Vent along — it’s Friday! Here’s the link! first day at school. mother leads a little child school girl in first grade
Prof. Jonathan Haidt is one of the four co-founders of Let Grow. In a new 4-minute video he discusses how American parents have been persuaded to treat their kids as fragile — and how that has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Click here to go to the video, at Let Grow.
All the joy of the season…is Scrooged by folks who post things like this, from a Facebook page in New Hampshire. Join the discussion at Let Grow!
And it’s not about fear — it’s about discovering what you love, as a kid! Check out the clip and our short analysis over at Let Grow — here’s the link!
Over at Let Grow we’re discussing this phenom — the kiddie table separate from the grownups — and if it’s dying out. There’s a survey to take, too. No matter how you carve up the family (as in seating arrangements, that is), have a great Thanksgiving!