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16 Ways to Encourage Children to Get Outdoorsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Remember the summers of your childhood? Did you spend long days outside? Were they spent riding bikes, climbing trees, playing hopscotch, or building sandcastles? Mine were. I can remember lying on my back on the... Read More

Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure {+ A Roundup of 5 Homemade Sunscreens}by  

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer As a redhead with fair skin, sunscreen has always been a staple in my summertime skincare regimen. The few blistering sunburns and sun poisoning that inflicted me when my parents forgot to slather it on... Read More

Simple, Nutritious Snack Solutionsby  

By Hilary Kimes Bernstein, Contributing Writer Looking for simple, nutritious snack solutions for your hungry children this summer? Try fresh fruits and vegetables. God has a marvelous way of creating snack food to be easily accessible and nourishing. You can... Read More

Raspberry Coconut Popsicle Recipeby  

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer Go with me here. It's a sticky kind of hot outside. Your t-shirt clings to your skin. The air is so thick you don't just breathe the air, you eat it, chew it really.... Read More

Strawberry Chia Muffinsby  

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer "Mommy, I want to make something with you!" The words echoed through the kitchen and melted my heart. It had been weeks since I had allowed my toddler into the kitchen with me. With... Read More

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kidsby  

The days are getting longer and the snow is finally melting, which means it's time to get outside and play! After a long winter, I'm beside myself excited to get outside with my toddler and baby. Whether you're taking a... Read More

25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYSby  

Need some warm-weather activities for little boys? Check out this list of frugal and fun outdoor activities! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer First, a disclaimer: I'm sure these activities would be enjoyed by girls AND boys alike. However, I only... Read More

5 Ideas for Frugal Dates with Your Kidsby  

By Michele, Contributing Writer Some of our family's favorite memories have been created when we plan "dates" with our kids! Although we love experiencing adventures together as an entire family, we try to occasionally carve out one-on-one time for each... Read More

How to Intentionally Choose Children’s Extracurricular Activitiesby  

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Dance, gymnastics, art, music, drama, sports, scouts, choir: Today our children are busier than ever. How can we, as parents, intentionally choose our children's extracurricular activities? No doubt, there are many benefits in activities beyond... Read More

How to Help Your Kids Kick the Screen Habit With a “No Screen Month”by  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer I don't know about you, but for some reason when February arrives I feel the strong need to hit the reset button for our family. I'm sure it's the time off over the holidays, and... Read More

14 Types of Play to Stimulate a Child’s Creativity (Instead of Dumbing it Down)by  

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer Kids are a lot smarter than toy manufacturers give them credit for these days. Unfortunately, the gimmicky blinking and flashing cheap battery-operated plastic toys that provide cheap entertainment are becoming more and more the norm,... Read More

25 Chores Your 2-4 Year-Old Should Be Doing (And How To Get Him/Her To Work)by  

Curious what chores your toddler or preschooler can do? Here are some tips! I have two boys, ages four and two. They're wonderful, and I love them immensely. But a few weeks ago, I had a phone conversation with my... Read More

Child Labor and the Chocolate Industryby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer I settled in on the couch with my laptop and a few pieces of candy leftover from our Christmas stockings to watch two documentaries exposing the rampant use of forced child labor on cocoa farms... Read More

Childhood Obesity: 4 Supersized Facts the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Knowby  

By Andrea, Contributing Writer When we were given the task of tackling tough topics, I immediately thought of childhood obesity. The facts on childhood obesity cannot be disputed. One third of American children are currently obese according to the CDC.... Read More

12 Things My Children Learned While Worldschooling This Yearby  

I’m probably my toughest critic. As we planned for and embarked on this one-year journey around the globe with our young family (kids ages 8, 5 ½, 3 ½ and 11 months at the time of departure), I had high... Read More

Creative Ideas For Girls’ Night: How To Build Real Community Without Spending a Fortuneby  

Looking for some creative ideas for girls' night this New Year's Eve? Jessica has you covered! By Jessica, Contributing Writer I used to feel like an introvert. I enjoyed (but didn't really need) much of a social life. And then... Read More

Naturally Sweetened Chewy Molasses Cookiesby  

By Diana, Contributing Writer It's that time of year where the warmth of my oven brings forth sweet treats and smiling faces.   My boys and I, coated in flour, sugar and everything sticky, find delight in baking holiday treats. Of... Read More

Twelve Christmas Stories to Read to Childrenby  

Looking for Christmas stories to read to children? Natalie has 12 to share with you today!  By Natalie, Contributing Writer My favorite thing to do with my kids is read to them. Chapter books are great for reading out loud... Read More

One Small Change: Frugal and Simple Behavior Incentivesby  

Want to ditch the chore charts? Check out Michele's frugal and simple behavior incentives! By contributing writer, Michele of Frugal Granola In the midst of an overwhelming parenting season, I made one small but drastic change: I eliminated our chaos... Read More

9 Ways Young Kids Can Help (and Even Save You Time) in the Kitchen!by  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Young kids in the kitchen and saving time in the kitchen are not two things that you usually see together in the same sentence, right?! I'll be the first to raise my hand and admit... Read More

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