The Frugal Guide to a Great Day out With the Kids – by Guest Blogger Emily Dick

There is a lot of pressure on parents to give children wonderful memories of their childhood. Most of us take this to mean we should always be out and about visiting local attractions and having days out with the kids. However, this can be challenging for parents as many attractions are just so expensive. The […]


Mindful Reflections Of An Empty Nester

contributed by guest writer, Tracy Fink. It’s been a long time since my two now college aged sons physically needed “their mommy” but the memory of the challenges of when they did is still fresh in my mind. It’s kind of like that reoccurring dream where you miss your final exam.   I remember vividly the […]


6 Tips for Adjusting to Your Child Going to College

If you’re in my position this year, you’re sending off your child to college.  Did I say college?!?  For me, it’s everything I imagined…meaning yes, name the emotion associated with one of your own leaving the nest, and I’m feeling it.  Here’s a great article I stumbled across showcasing some tips for the adjustment period […]


Community Service: A Family’s Guide To Getting Involved

Here’s something I am super passionate about.  Community service – volunteering…and the lessons it can teach your kids. Create a culture of volunteering in your household and instill values of compassion and benevolence in your children… It’s easy to feel disconnected, as many parents juggle work, school, kids, and activity after activity. But some simple […]


9 Ways To Bulletproof Your Daughter Against Domestic Violence

Like everyone else, I was so shocked and disgusted when I heard the story (AND saw the footage) of what Rutgers alum Ray Rice did to his fiance in Atlantic City.  I feel in large part domestic abuse in this country has been downplayed in way too many instances.  If anything good can come from […]


7 Dangerous Lessons We Need To Stop Teaching Our Kids

These are wonderful points to be taken to heart by us parents.  It’s easy to forget our not-so healthy…mentally AND physically…habits (as subtle as you think they may be) are setting examples for our kids of all ages.  None of us are perfect, but remembering to be mindful of the behaviors we project in front […]


9 Ways To help kids develop good eating habits

This is always such tricky business and it’s important to get them going when they’re young…cause forget about it once they’re teenagers! ;))   How you talk about food, use food and eat around your children is important. Your example will frame your child’s understanding that loving food and respecting food means loving her and […]


Twas The Night Before Christmas Poem: Original Text

Christmas is but a week away and I thought there is no better way than to simply publish the original text of this holiday’s most famous story.  It was published in the early 19th century.  The author has been disputed and Clement Clarke Moore and Henry Livingston Jr. have both been given credit over the […]


8 Things to Be Thankful for

Thanksgiving is about a week away and it’s time for all of us to reflect on giving thanks to everything we have in our life…not that we shouldn’t be doing this everyday! with Mark Merrill posted a nice article to get those thankful juices flowing… In our life, we sometimes spend too much […]


Do Something Good for the Holiday Season: Donate and Volunteer for Charity

The holiday season is upon us and there’s no better way to teach your children the importance of giving back than through volunteering for a good cause.  It can be a bit overwhelming to find a charity to volunteer for that you and your family find a connection with.  Here’s a nice article that outlines […]