Yearly Archives: 2013


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 ReformJudaism.org […]

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: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/zucchini_muffins   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 […]


When It Feels Like Time Is Flying By: Being Truly Present with Our Children

Especially when we are immersed in the wonderful flurry of taking care of young children, it is so easy for the days to fly by in a way that feels like time is out of our control. In a blink of an eye and windstorm of diapers, toys, feedings, play dates and sleepless nights, our […]


Ten Tips to Help Your Child Find His/Her Interests and Hobbies

One of the most fascinating things I love as a Mom is watching my children find their interests and passions.  Helping my children explore activities to see what they like and what they don’t care for at all is part of seeing their personalities unfold. We have no idea when they are born what a […]


Little boy excited with his birthday cake

Creating Special Family Rituals for Lifelong Memories 1

Establishing regular family rituals whether a weekend hike, family movie night, or special holiday traditions build strong bonds and memories that last a lifetime. These are the memories that we so often think of first when reflecting fondly on our own childhood. They reinforce a sense of security along with the message that we are […]


Two brothers dressed in super hero costumes

Tips for a Fun, Safe Halloween with Young Children 1

Halloween is such a fun holiday for the whole family that we look forward to every year. To make it truly fun for each person in the family, in our experience honoring your child’s personality and preferences can make all the difference between happiness and melt downs for all concerned. Here are tips for a […]


I Just Found Out Something Is Wrong with My Child, Now What? 2

The pulse raising, thumping in your chest moment when you find out something is wrong with your child is followed by an overwhelming sense of dread and anxiety. You don’t know what to do next or how to look out for the best interests of your child. I know because I’ve been there, more than […]