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How is your child adjusting to this school year? A few tips for finding out...

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Oct 20, 2016 8:08:00 AM


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Topics: kids and learning, Empowering Our Children, Education, Parenting, Family, School, Bullying, Homework, Friends

Want to work from home? Here are a few ideas!

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Oct 18, 2016 8:05:00 AM

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Topics: Working from Home, Exchange Students, Foreign Language, Work Life Balance, Home, STS Foundation

DIY Pumpkin Spice

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Oct 16, 2016 7:38:00 AM

One of my favorite things about fall (besides getting to wear sweatshirts and the cooler temperatures) is all the pumpkin flavored (and scented) products that are available. It has gotten to the point where almost everything comes in pumpkin varieties! However, you don’t need to spend tons of money buying the premade products, you can make your own! Here are a few recipes for pumpkin spice flavored things to make yourself (or to give as gifts) for those of us that can’t wait until the pumpkin spice products come out!

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Topics: Food, Arts and Crafts, Dining, Budget, Creativity, Traditions, Fall, DIY, Cooking, Seasons

Get your home ready for fall

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Oct 13, 2016 6:30:00 AM

As the leaves start to change and the temperatures cool down, it is a great time to check your home for any repairs that need to be done and do some routine maintenance. Here is a list of things to do and check to get your home ready for fall.

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Topics: Parenting, Family, Cleaning, Safety, Fall, Organization, Home, Seasons

Get your closet ready for fall

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Oct 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Now that summer is at its end, it will be time to put away the shorts and flip flops and get ready for a whole new season. Fall is a season of change, so the start of fall is also a great time to change your closet around to make it easier to get to your sweatshirts and put your beachwear away. Here are a few tips that can help you with your closet revamp:

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Topics: Cleaning, Fall, Simplicity, Organization, Home, Seasons

Early fall crafts for kids

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Oct 8, 2016 7:19:00 AM

It’s impossible to believe, but it is fall at last. While there’s always a sadness at the end of the summer, I prefer cooler temperatures. Even before the chill in the air comes, you may want to do some activities with your kids to prepare for the changing seasons. These fun fall crafts can help you and your kids start celebrating fall!

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Celebrations, Parenting, Arts and Crafts, Family, Making Memories, Fall, Decorating, DIY, Seasons

Au Pairs and Driving

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Oct 6, 2016 8:25:00 AM

There are sections in the Host Family and Au Pair guides regarding driving but this blog post will provide a quick and easy reference that you may find very helpful.

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Topics: Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Au Pairs, Host Family, Rules, Childcare, Au Pair Foundation, Driver's License, Safety, Driving

Meal planning

Posted by Ruth Janzen on Oct 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM

I do not know about you but the summer months with long days spent outdoors in the heat often sapped my energy to make unique meals so my family’s dinners became a monotonous cycle of the same rotation of foods and combinations. Now with the cooler fall weather, I will still be spending considerable time outside, enjoying the beauty of the seasonal changes and the activities that come with them. This too will cut into my ability to be creative with food. To combat this, I have begun to take meal planning seriously. Something that once was a bit daunting has now become life-giving.

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Topics: Food, Parenting, Family, Nutrition, Dining, Relaxation, Creativity, Planning, Cooking, Seasons

Keeping it simple for baby and yourself

Posted by Ruth Janzen on Oct 2, 2016 8:05:00 AM


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Topics: Parenting, Saving Money, Simplicity, Decorating, Home

Fun on the farm: Learning about roots

Posted by Ruth Janzen on Sep 30, 2016 8:07:00 AM

My in-laws own a commercial farm growing many different crops including strawberries, blueberries, beans, corn, hazelnuts, and various grasses. One of my favorite activities to do in the summer is to take my daughter to her grandparent’s farm for picking and the general farm experiences.

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Fun with Kids, Food, Culture, Family, Community, Enjoy the Moment, Traditions, Fall, Seasons

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