• Semi Homemade Halloween

    When I was a child my mother hand made every single one of our Halloween costumes – and there were four of us.  The costumes were intricate and gorgeous.  I still have a few…

    October 27, 2019
  • kid with an apple

    A Fun Family Tradition: Bobbing for Apples

    My kids love traditions and so do I.  Family traditions are one of the things that help build a strong family.  And traditions don’t need to be anything elaborate or big.  They can be…

    October 26, 2019
  • geography games

    Geography Obsession: Learning with Maps

    My five year old son is obsessed with maps.  I first noticed the obsession when he was three years old and we had just returned home from Disney World.  He slept with his collection…

    October 24, 2019
  • messy toys

    Clean Up Games for Kids

    Getting kids to pick up their stuff can be such a hassle.  When the kids were toddlers we sang the clean up song, clapped our hands, helped pick up the toys and everyone was…

    October 22, 2019
  • kids in car

    Mom’s Survival Guide to After School Activities

    By midweek I am always exhausted.  Work is busy – but the kids are even busier.  My husband and I joke that the “real” day starts around 4:30 pm and we run like crazy…

    October 18, 2019
  • How to Choose the Perfect Fall Festival

    Before we moved to Pittsburgh, I had never heard of a fall festival.  When we lived in Connecticut we went to pumpkin patches and apple orchards.  Some of the farms had cute little stores…

    October 16, 2019
  • Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

    The annual search for the perfect pumpkin has begun.  The perfect pumpkin that will be displayed on my front porch until it is magically transformed into the most amazing jack-o-lantern ever.  Dare I dream? …

    October 14, 2019
  • 10 Tips for a Stress Free Halloween Night

    Halloween 2017 is a night that remains etched in my mind forever.  That was the year I lost my cool on Halloween. I robbed my children of joy.  All because I was an overstressed,…

    October 13, 2019
  • Make Time for a Morning Workout

    We have had a treadmill in our basement forever.  But that doesn’t stop me from joining a new gym every few years.  I get bored of the treadmill and sometime around March I “commit”…

    October 11, 2019