Family

6 Toxic Chemicals Lurking in Baby Products

by guest blogger Ava Anderson, natural-beauty expert and safe-cosmetics advocate According to the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG), “the EPA has determined that infants up to age 2 are, on average, 10 times more vulnerable to carcinogenic chemicals than adults, and from age 2 to 15 they are 3 times more vulnerable to carcinogens than […]

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Nothing Is Easy

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Isaac Newton’s law of universal gravitation was right. At least, it feels like it was right. Because 17 years ago we took it into our heads to wallpaper our foyer, living room, and dining room, then continue up the stairs into the second-floor hallway and then up more […]

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10 Easy Back-to-School Breakfasts

With the return of school comes the age-old question, “What do you want for breakfast?” We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day—or at least it’s the first meal of the day, and the day always seems to go better when it starts with a good meal. I still remember […]

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As You Wish

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Like many people, I have a list of what I call “always-watchable” movies. When I come across one, I’ll stop on a favorite scene or two, or I’ll sometimes watch it from start to finish. Some of them even find their way into my Facebook posts from […]

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Summer Craft: Mint Tin Treasure Boxes

by guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer Here’s a super-easy and super-fun project for the whole family! Transform empty mint tins into stylish little keepsake boxes, perfect for storing your favorite beach treasures and special trinkets. Or you can tuck tiny little treasure maps inside for a really fun children’s party game. They also make for […]

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On Motherhood, Mayhem and Moving On

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger “The world will break your heart 10 ways to Sunday. That’s guaranteed. I can’t begin to explain that. Or the craziness inside myself and everyone else.” Those lines, from tortured protagonist Pat Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook, sum up his feelings about his recent past. I don’t […]

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Top 5 Things Every Mother Needs to Know for Mother’s Day

Last week, I was fortunate enough to discover a blog written by my oldest daughter listing 13 things she’s learned from me. It warmed my heart to read her thoughts. I was glad to see she never said I was perfect, because, lord knows, no mother is perfect. But I thought I could impart my […]

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The Promise of Spring

The other morning, I woke up after being away for several days (and coming home in the dark) and looked out my bedroom window with one eye (my head still on the pillow) and FREAKED OUT. Did it really snow again? After a minute of consciousness, I realized, no. That is not snow. It’s my […]

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