Angels In The Snow

Angels In The Snow
Mom pulled out the basket of winter hats, mittens and scarves from the hall closet so that Caroline and Middle Sister could sort through to see what still fit and get dressed for sledding. Snow had fallen overnight, adding to the abundant base that had been building ever since early...
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The Kids' Table: Thanksgiving

The Kids' Table: Thanksgiving
Caroline pulled the second leg out on the folding card table, waiting for that gratifying sound of the button popping into place. Click. Then she moved onto the next one and the last, lifting the table into an upright position before gathering the folding chairs. She took a special pleasure...
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The Thanksgiving Tree

The Thanksgiving Tree
Adding a Thanksgiving tree to your fall holiday celebration can help you teach children about the importance of gratitude and the Thanksgiving tradition. For those who celebrate Christmas, a Thanksgiving tree can offer you and your family a lovely way to transition from one holiday to the next. If your...
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Looking To The Skies

Looking To The Skies
The night sky has enthralled young and old alike since the beginning of humankind.  A clear night sky filled with stars, planets and the moon instills a feeling of place, importance and insignificance all at once. For children in particular, the stars represent wishes, the moon a benevolent source of...
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Stargazer Flashlights

Stargazer Flashlights
Flashlights can be magical. They shine light to dispel scary places, illuminate the path for indoor and outdoor adventures and provide the backdrop for shadow puppet shows. Transform any plain flashlight – permanently or for an evening – with an easy, inexpensive decorating session with your children. Use materials you already have...
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Harvest Moon: October 1st

Harvest Moon: October 1st
“You know, the moon can give you a burn”, said Jean, as the girls spread out their beach towels, the wet grass tickling their bare toes. Jean’s tone was more in line with “did you know” rather than posed as a warning. Caroline looked up at the full moon, bright in...
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Summer's End: September 1st

Summer's End: September 1st
Prone on her belly, Caroline could watch the gentle waves on the water through the space between the whitewashed boards. She was warm, the sun’s rays penetrating her skin, relaxing her further into the dock. Every so often one of the white puffy clouds floating by on the lake-colored sky would...
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Caroline’s Birthday: August 1st

Caroline’s Birthday:  August 1st
Caroline sat on the stool squirming as her Mom tried to get a comb through her tangled hair. “Sit still”, Mom urged. “How can we get this done with you constantly moving around? Your birthday party guests will be here soon.” It was Caroline’s eighth birthday. “Ouch”, Caroline complained as...
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Life and Flowers

Life and Flowers
During the summer months, there are flowers all around us. Even those who live in cities can see a determined dandelion wedged between the sidewalk and street, or stalks of hollyhocks seemingly growing out of concrete in an alley. Most of the time we walk right by without noticing. That...
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Let’s Make Hollyhock Dolls

Let’s Make Hollyhock Dolls
Making dolls with flowers is a great way to engage with nature, have fun together and learn a little bit about how flowers work. For this activity, the child should be old enough to handle a toothpick safely.    What You Need: An assortment of hollyhock flowers and buds Toothpicks...
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Clothes and Climate? What about the weather?

Clothes and Climate? What about the weather?
Each morning, I make my way to our closet where the little weather station my family gave me for Mother’s Day sits on the shelf. I just love to see the temperature, potential for rain or snow, and the symbol my older son coined as “fast clouds”, a line drawing...
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What’s for dinner? Pesticides?

What’s for dinner? Pesticides?
Unless you know your “Dirty Dozen”, you may be serving harmful pesticides on your dinner table. The Environmental Working Group annually tests 100 fruits and vegetables for pesticide residue. Peeling and scrubbing is not enough. The 12 worst offenders, aka the Dirty Dozen, should be purchased organic. Don’t despair. There’s...
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Knowing Your Plastic Codes: No. 2

Knowing Your Plastic Codes: No. 2
So the journey of avoiding plastic continues. And instead of getting easier, I think it’s getting more difficult. Just about everywhere I go, I find I have to make a compromise of some kind. So does it really make me a bad person to use a straw? Because despite the...
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