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    Triplet Mom Goes Viral As Kids Decide They Share A Single Name

    Every parent has their struggles, especially in the toddler phase. One mom is using her TikTok account to showcase what that’s like when it’s multiplied by three. That’s right, Gabi has triplets, and she doesn’t need you to tell her she has her hands full. She knows it, as she shares in one video, where […] More

  • Screenless Time: Prying Your Kids Off Social Media This Summer

    Social media can be a dangerous place, but how do we, as parents, keep our kids off these apps when everyone else (including us) is on them constantly? It’s hard to keep kids off social media during this school year when they’re out of our sight for hours a day and spend most of their […] More

  • Childhood Obesity and Food Choices

    Childhood Obesity Is On The Rise: The Latest Statistics, & When To Worry

    Obesity is becoming a global health crisis, and it stems in large part from another crisis that’s perhaps less visible: the human relationship with food. Currently, about one in five kids in the United States is overweight, and that number can be higher in some groups than others. Poverty plays a significant role, and so […] More

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    Homeschooling Is Rapidly Growing In Some States As Parents Seek Alternative Options

    Norms have changed over the past half-decade, and parents have more choices than ever before. Homeschooling has been shifting for decades, with families choosing the option for various reasons. Families have moved to homeschooling due to the quality of local schools, curriculum issues, or even due to physical or learning disabilities that local schools seem […] More

  • Schools Out For The Summer

    Summer Crash: School’s Out, Now What?

    Every year, kids look forward to the end of school and the freedom to sleep in, play all day, and do what they like. Still, the loss of structured time can hit hard. What do you do when summer break seems to be breaking your kids — and you? Your kids have looked forward to […] More

  • Getting Rid of Thistles with Vinegar: Green Gardening Tips

    Getting Rid of Thistles with Vinegar: Green Gardening Tips

    Getting rid of the thistles in my gardens, lawn, and rock border always proves arduous for me during the spring and summer months. I live across from an open field, so the thistle seeds just keep floating onto my property, sprouting more and more prickly weeds. My husband and I tried pulling the thistles out […] More

  • Patriotic Craft Roundup

    Patriotic Craft Roundup

    Memorial Day to the Fourth of July and then Labor Day, summer is a time for patriotic crafts. As the warm weather rolls in and schools close for the season, families have more opportunities to gather and celebrate the spirit of the nation through creative activities. These holidays not only mark significant moments in American […] More

  • St. Patrick's Day Craft Roundup

    St. Patrick’s Day Craft Roundup

    St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! My kiddos and I love making crafts for every holiday of the year. Shamrocks, rainbows, and green are perfect for hanging around the house from mid-February until March 17. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with children than with some simple but festive crafts through […] More

  • Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

    Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

    One of my favorite Christmas ideas for kids of any age is making gingerbread cookies. I fondly remember baking cookies with my own mother every holiday season. Making gingerbread cookies is one of many Christmas ideas for preschoolers that allows young children to learn about food and cooking as well as to begin a seasonal […] More

  • Pfeffernusse Recipe

    Pfeffernusse Recipe

    In the heart of holiday baking, Pfeffernusse cookies emerge as a delightful tradition. This enchanting recipe combines unsalted butter, brown sugar, pure honey, and molasses to create a rich and aromatic dough. Whole milk adds a touch of tenderness, while a blend of all-purpose and whole wheat flours gives the cookies a rustic depth. Ground […] More

  • Lower-Sugar Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon Cookies Recipe

    Lower-Sugar Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon Cookies Recipe

    Baking cookies during the holiday season is one of my favorite traditions. I am under no delusion that cookies are on par with a tray of fresh vegetables nutrition-wise, but cookies can be part of a balanced diet. However, a number of people in my life require foods that are lower in sugar due to […] More

  • Coconut Macaroon Blossom Cookies Recipe

    Coconut Macaroon Blossom Cookies Recipe

    I absolutely love baking cookies for the holidays! Some of my favorite recipes are blossom cookies including my peanut butter Kiss cookies and butter pecan blossom cookies. I am also a huge fan of coconut macaroons. During my holiday baking a few years ago, I made some delicious coconut macaroon blossoms with the help of […] More

  • Christmas Monster Cookies Recipe

    Christmas Monster Cookies Recipe

    During the festive holiday season, my passion for baking cookies takes center stage. I always make extras to donate to my local library cookie sale each December. A couple of years ago, I put a holiday twist on the classic monster cookie using red and green baking bits. By infusing the dough with vibrant red […] More

  • Pistachio Cookies Recipe

    Pistachio Cookies Recipe

    Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts! Promoting heart health and satiety, pistachios are nutrient-dense nuts, rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. I love their flavor throughout the year but especially at Christmastime. I also love baking cookies for my family and friends during the holiday season. Pistachio cookies, with their vibrant […] More

  • Cinnamon Drop Cookies Recipe

    Cinnamon Drop Cookies Recipe

    As my readers probably know, I love baking trays and trays of cookies during the holiday season. Drop cookies are the quintessential stars of the holiday baking season, filling homes with the irresistible aroma of freshly baked treats. From classic chocolate chip to festive gingerbread, drop cookies are a beloved tradition. The simplicity of drop […] More

  • Raspberry Almond Snowball Cookies Recipe

    Raspberry Almond Snowball Cookies Recipe

    Many years ago, I created a recipe for pecan snowball cookies during the holiday season. Snowball cookies embody the essence of Christmas baking, a delectable treat that graces holiday tables with its melt-in-your-mouth perfection. These bite-sized delights, also known as Russian tea cakes or Mexican wedding cookies, feature a buttery dough infused with finely chopped […] More

  • Gluten-Free Jelly Sandwich Cookies Recipes

    Gluten-Free Jelly Sandwich Cookies Recipes

    I love baking cookies during the holiday season. Sandwich cookies, a delightful marriage of two perfectly baked discs hugging a luscious filling, epitomize the joy of sweet indulgence. These delectable treats come in a myriad of flavors. The symphony of textures and flavors creates a sensory delight with every bite. Whether dunked in milk for […] More

  • Food and Nutrition High School Homeschool Class (Syllabus and Schedule)

    Food and Nutrition High School Homeschool Class (Syllabus and Schedule)

    Are you planning classes for your homeschooled high schooler? One class that I am requiring of my four children is a course in food and nutrition. Everyone eats throughout their lives, so learning about nutrition provides practical lifelong skills. My Food and Nutrition class provides students with the opportunity to acquire an understanding of the […] More

  • Our Eighth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Our Eighth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    When I began homeschooling my oldest daughter in the fall of 2014, I was a mama of one with my second on the way. Since then, my family has grown to four children. My oldest two have so far finished preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. My son will finish second grade this fall. My oldest […] More

  • Seventh Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Our Seventh Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    I began homeschooling my oldest daughter in the fall of 2014. Since that time, our family has grown to a total of four kids. My oldest two have so far finished preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. My son will finish second grade this fall. My oldest has also finished third grade, fourth grade, and fifth […] More

  • Our Sixth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Our Sixth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    I have been homeschooling my four children since the fall of 2014. My oldest two have so far finished preschool and my third will finish this fall. My oldest two have also finished kindergarten while my third will begin sometime in November. My oldest has also completed first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, […] More

  • Our Fifth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Our Fifth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Do you plan to homeschool your child at the fifth grade level? Are you feeling uncertain about where to begin or which materials to use? Because no single curriculum is a perfect fit for every family or even every child, homeschooling allows for the freedom to choose materials that work for each individual. Although I […] More

  • Our Fourth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Our Fourth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Are you planning on homeschooling your child at the fourth grade level? Are you unsure about where to begin or what materials to use? One benefit of homeschooling is the freedom to choose materials that work for your children. No single curriculum is a perfect fit for every family or even every child. Within my […] More

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