Summer 2016 Preview

Summer is officially underway. This means that life is about to become a flurry of activity for many of us! What will occupy your time? A family vacation or staycation? Completing projects in the yard? Going camping? Attending a family reunion? We’ll be busy with a number of things, the most … [Read more...]

Things to Consider When Deciding Whether or Not to Cloth Diaper (Part 2)

Last week we began looking at factors that parents should consider when deciding if disposable or cloth diapers are best for their families. We discussed the financial implications of cloth diapering, if cloth diapers are “greener” than disposables, and what it takes to wash cloth … [Read more...]

Mexican Rice Bake

This recipe caught my eye because it seemed easy to prepare and sounded tasty. I’m glad we tried it because it met my expectations! Ingredients (Adapted from this recipe.) 1 lb. ground meat 1 ½ cups brown rice 2 cups water ½ of a red or green bell pepper, diced 1 medium onion, … [Read more...]

Things to Consider When Deciding Whether or Not to Cloth Diaper (Part 1)

Many couples know what type of diapers they will use before they even become pregnant. They know there is absolutely no way they will use cloth diapers or they feel strongly that cloth is the only way to go. Other couples need to engage in lengthy deliberations before deciding which are best for … [Read more...]

Flag Code Primer for U.S. Households

My daughter and I go for a walk through our neighborhood almost every day. There are many things I love about our neighborhood, including the way many of our neighbors show their pride in our country and their support of our troops by flying the U.S. flag. Unfortunately, I’ve noticed that many of my … [Read more...]

Equipping Toddlers with New Skills

Many parents find themselves in one of two extreme camps. They either expect their children to grow up more quickly than is realistic or they do things that inhibit their children from growing up at the proper pace. Parents in the former group may expect their newborns to be able to sleep through … [Read more...]

Summer 2016 Menu

As I did this spring, I’ve focused on easy-to-prepare meals while planning my family’s menu for this summer. We’ll probably stick with this menu until I give birth in July and then rely on freezer meals for a time. There are a lot of great meals here, so hopefully we’ll be ready to return to it by … [Read more...]

Getting Time with Your Spouse When You Have No Babysitter for the Kids

One-on-one time with your spouse is beneficial in any marriage relationship, but it takes on new importance and is particularly elusive for parents of young children. At first glance, it seems like finding alone time is simple: Just leave the kids with a sitter for a few hours! However, for … [Read more...]

6 Things Children Can Learn From Gardening

We finally have a yard large enough to accommodate several raised garden beds. With the clumsy help of my toddler, I recently moved my plants from their starter pots into two large beds. I’m thrilled to be introducing my daughter to gardening because there are so many lessons—truly crucial … [Read more...]

The Best Freezer Meals

Today we are going to answer another question from a reader. It’s timely for me that we examine her question because I’m trying to prepare freezer meals to use after I give birth later this summer. Sharon asked the following: “Hi, I have some friends that are having some health issues and … [Read more...]