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Tinkerbell Birthday Party–And Boys Were Invited!

My daughter turned 4 this past weekend and we celebrated with her requested “Tinkerbell” party theme. Since several of her friends that were invited were boys, I had to come up with a way to make the party theme less feminine. Fairy wings are well and good for us, but I imagined a six-year old boy would not be on board with that. My solution? I focused the party on the... read more

Habitat Happiness: Making the Most of Where You Live

I was getting a haircut the other day and struck up a conversation with my stylist about her interests. During the course of our conversation, she commented that she wished she could “move to a big city where there’s stuff to do.” Startled, I commented that we always seemed to have more activities and events than we had time for. I asked her if she’d visited the... read more

Yes, I Love Sarcasm (No, Not Really)

My two-year old is now obsessed with the idea that I have to paint her dad’s fingernails pink at my soonest convenience.  Why?  Because I painted hers and when she showed her dad, he sarcastically commented that he “really wanted his fingernails painted pink.”  As I tucked my daughter into bed, she urged me no fewer than six times that “Dada want pink.” ... read more

The Holiday Candy Invasion; Plus, Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers

St. Patrick’s Day was this past weekend and, as with Valentine’s Day, social media was buzzing with “What are you getting for your kids?”  Uh, first of all, I didn’t realize that a non-Irish woman was obligated to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (kind of like a Frenchwoman celebrating America’s Thanksgiving…).  Second of all, everyone seemed... read more

Simple Pleasures

Today is TV-free Sunday in our house, so I’ve had plenty of time to observe my kids playing together.  I recently read that siblings under the age of 7 typically get into 3-4 quarrels every hour.  I’ll admit that mine do squabble their fair share, but it has been very gratifying watching them develop their relationship and focus on each other instead of whatever... read more

Keeping Kids Healthy: Exercise is Not Enough

It seems like everyone is talking about the problem with childhood obesity.  It’s even the focus of this season’s Biggest Loser television series.  The problem is inactivity and poor nutrition.  Some schools are trying to fight the problem by adding additional exercise classes for students, but research published in the British Medical Journal from Plymouth University and... read more

Simple, Easy, Free Preschool Learning Activity

I had some extra travel magazines that were ready to be recycled, but I decided to use them for an impromptu preschool lesson (I call them “games” when I talk to my daughter) first.  This activity is ideally suited for 3-5 yr olds, but could be adapted for older kids.  Here’s what you do: 1. Get a “clean” magazine (i.e. no racy ads or questionable photos)... read more

Proud Plant-Strong Parent Moment

During a playdate yesterday, my friend Leisy asked my eldest daughter what her favorite food is. “Avocados,” she instantly replied. “Wow, avocados.  Yes, those are good.  What’s your sister’s favorite food?” continued my friend. “Cashews,” answered my daughter. “Cashews?  Another good choice,” said Leisy.  “What about... read more

Chickpea Nuggets and Preschool “Meat” Day

Imagine my surprise when I received an email from my daughter’s preschool teacher informing me that “Meat Day” was approaching and students would be offered a variety of different types of meat to sample, and since my daughter wouldn’t be eating it, would I please send in a snack for her that day?  She continued on by stating that she had no idea what we ate in... read more

My New Favorite Plant-Strong Book for Children

              Remember how I described thrift store shopping as a treasure hunt in this post?  Well, I found gold today!  I have been trying to build my collection of plant-strong early reads–books for preschool nutritarian/vegan kiddos, and Eureka!  This book is actually two books in one, and both are fantastic!  The first is Vegetable Soup:... read more

Puppy Dog Theme Party for Little Kids

My baby girl is 2 years old!  After the success of her sister’s pirate party last year, we wanted to throw her a special theme party too!  We celebrated with a puppy-dog themed party that was a huge success so I wanted to share some of the activities! First of all, if you want to have a dog theme party–BORROW A DOG.  Our friend brought her German Shepherd over and... read more

Choosing a Non-Dairy, Plant-Based Milk

I think I’ve made it pretty clear–from posts on the dangers of dairy, the biological absurdity of drinking cow’s milk, and how cheese is basically the worst thing you can eat–that we don’t consume dairy, nor do we ever plan on returning to it.  We have enjoyed trying the vast array of non-dairy milks out there.  We consistently keep unsweetened almond, coconut, and... read more

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