Gratitude and Thankfulness with Kids During the Holidays

kleenex care kit

The holidays are here.  Wish lists, Santa visits, holiday cards, packaging, presents, elves...anticipation- there's a lot about the holiday season that doesn't always make you think of gratitude or thankfulness.  Especially when there are children involved.  It's not always easy to keep overtired, overstimulated little ones the importance of being grateful and thankful and showing ...

Count the Kicks and Save Lives!

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ATTENTION MOMS, MOMS TO BE, AND FRIENDS OF EXPECTING MOMS… COUNT THE KICKS SAVE THOUSANDS OF LIVES October 15th is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death which includes miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn. The National Institute of Health estimates that of the 4 million births ...

Cooking with Kids is so much fun I wrote a book about it! #LittleChefs

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Well, I wrote part of a book.  Contributed to a chapter.  But I did!  I'm proud to say I'm one of 40 amazing bloggers who came together for the very first crowd-sourced ebook designed to help get you cooking with kids, the Little Chefs Project!  is all about cooking with kids and includes tips, tricks, recipes, ...

Come join us for the #GivingTuesday Twitter Party 11/1

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November 26th is the first-ever #GivingTuesday event.  My mom lived her life in helping others, in so many ways.  She taught us by doing that giving to others matters, and should be a priority in life.  Giving to others and for others doesn't have to cost a lot, nor take a lot of time, but ...

Softness IS Worth Sharing

kleenex care kit

I had planned to bring some Kleenex with me when we were going to be Trick-or-Treating later this week, but thanks to Hurricane Sandy, it looks like Halloween will be cancelled for the second year in a row.  That means some creative thinking on our part- we'll have to think of some fun and creative ...

Come Join Me for The Little Chefs Project Cook-Along 10/24

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One of my family's favorite things to do together is cook...bake...even make playdoh together. My kids love to make things "from scrap" and have all loved taking part, even as little one year olds barely able to stand on a chair to hold a spoon.  It's not always perfect, and it's definitely always messy, and ...

Operation Christmas Child #OCCGiving

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Years ago, before I was married, I learned of an program called Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a non-profit organization that inspires millions of people like you and me to pack a shoe box- a simple, basic shoe box- for children in developing countries around the world. When you think about it, a ...

FREE ZinePak® with a Purchase of a Dove Bundle (Walmart GC Giveaway 4 winners)

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Being a mom of two girls, and a woman who struggled with self-esteem for much of my life, I know how important it is to help build my girls' self-esteem.  I have long loved the Dove campaigns for more acceptance, and celebration of women without being perfect- and I'm glad that they have decided to ...

Hidden Valley’s Lunch Break for Kids October 15-19

hidden valley ranch lunch break for kids

Hidden Valley's  Lunch Break for Kids national fundraiser (October 15-19) highlights ways for parents and kids to come together with chefs and schools to learn more about how simple, good food can make healthier bodies and stronger family connections.   One way we can help our kids have healthy bodies is by sending healthy snacks to ...