Monthly Archives: November 2013

Tips for Black Friday Shopping for Families with Young Children 1

The lure of saving money that Black Friday holds is very appealing, but traipsing out to crowded stores and standing in long checkout lines with young children is not. Here are some tips from our Mom experience. Also check out our budget saving ideas for the holidays at   Don’t feel pressured to do the […]

Finding a Middle Ground: Six Ways to Give Our Children Room to Grow without Undue Risk 1

Free Range Parenting vs. Helicoptering As I watch my two year old race to the play structure and try to climb a tricky bridge, something she’s never done before, my five year old warns me. “Lili can’t do that. Mama!  Quick!” I wonder, should I cover her? Do I give her the space to try […]

In Gratitude for What I Have Learned from My Sons

The holidays and heading toward another new year makes me think of all I am thankful for, while reflecting on the past year and what is most important to me. Being mother to my two sons is the greatest joy I can imagine. What I didn’t know at the beginning when I worried so much […]

Creative Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving – Hanukkah

For those of us who celebrate Hanukkah, we will soon experience the once in a lifetime convergence of the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah holidays. We’ve been thinking about creative ways to combine our Thanksgiving and Hanukkah traditions, while looking over ideas published in honor of this unique Thanksgivukkah opportunity, such as this quick guide from […]

Young Boy Lighting a Menorah

Money Saving Ideas for Fun Family Holidays 1

‘Tis the season for holiday preparations. This should be a joyous time focused on the meaning of the holidays, but it’s easy to get carried away with the presents and regalia, leading to financial stress. Those of us who celebrate Hanukkah have an earlier than ever deadline this year with it starting the night before Thanksgiving! […]

Zucchini Carrot Multigrain Muffins

These delicious multigrain zucchini carrot muffins were inspired by this great recipe:   Ingredients: 3 cups grated zucchini (use food processor) 3 cups grated carrots (not baby, peel first, use food processor) 1 ⅓ cups melted unsalted butter 2 ⅔ cup brown sugar (can probably use less) 4 eggs (beaten) 4 tsp vanilla (more can […]