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Easy and Delicious Snacks from the Garden

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Aug 29, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Where I live, it is the time of the summer where certain garden vegetables are in abundance and it can be overwhelming. Sometimes it is hard to know what to do with all the vegetables! Whether you have a garden, go to a farmer’s market or just the regular old grocery store, here are some fun and healthy snacks the entire family will enjoy and that will put that garden produce to good use:

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Food, Health and Wellness, Summer, Nutrition, Gardening

Facing my fears with the help of my 4 year old

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Aug 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The parent of a 4 year old, especially a 4 year old boy, is in for a very rough road if they have a phobia-level fear of insects.  And I do.

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Fun with Kids, Health and Wellness, Parenting, Making Memories

What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Aug 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is becoming more and more popular as a way to eat healthy, save money, and support local farms. CSAs are a great option for families to try, and this blog explains more about what CSAs are and why you may want to join one.

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Topics: Food, Health and Wellness, Family, Nutrition, Gardening, Budget, Community

5 MORE Back-to-school tips

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Aug 22, 2016 8:51:38 AM

 

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Fun with Kids, Teaching Kids Responsibility, Parenting, Summer, Budget, School, Making Memories

5 Back-to-school tips

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Aug 18, 2016 12:56:55 PM

 

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Health and Wellness, Teaching Kids Responsibility, Parenting, Family, Saving Money, Budget, Time Management, School, Planning

Summer Dreams

Posted by Danielle Johnson-Jensen on Aug 15, 2016 7:00:00 AM

When I think back to what my childhood summers were like, they were not about pristine sand beaches, my parents holding cocktails with tiny umbrellas or even cruise ship trips. While the media portrays such things as the stuff summers are made of, I really think that what builds those days are the memories we create doing simple things- washing the family car, blowing bubbles and those minutes that float by in a tire swing, while your head is angled as far back as it can be to see the tree branches go by in a twirling blur. Of course, you make your brother twist the ropes so you can be the one to enjoy the puke inducing thrill ride that makes it the summer of dreams.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Parenting, Family, Summer, Making Memories

What Au Pairs need to understand about privacy and safety (for themselves AND their Host Family)

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Aug 12, 2016 6:58:25 PM

Dear Au Pairs, we get it. We really do.  You are young adults, not children. We understand that some of you have already lived on your own, started (or even completed) college, have traveled extensively, had serious relationships and are technologically savvy.  These are the things that make you great Au Pairs and a fantastic match for many families.

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Topics: Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Au Pairs, Host Family, Social Media, Au Pair Foundation, Respect, Safety, Privacy

Acute Homesickness Treatment Tips

Posted by Kristen Nielsen Donnelly on Aug 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Even the most well-seasoned travelers get homesick. It’s usually born out of frustration that something just isn’t working the way it’s supposed to, leading to a longing for “normal”. Homesickness can be acute, only lasting a moment, or chronic, where it appears to take over someone’s entire emotional psyche.

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Topics: Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Au Pairs, Host Family, Au Pair Foundation, Exchange Students, Homesick, Homesickness, Culture Shock

Olympic Fever!

Posted by Kristen Nielsen Donnelly on Aug 6, 2016 8:28:32 AM

The Rio Olympics are upon us and what a fabulous time to get to know your au pair’s home country a little bit better!

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Topics: Children and Sports, Sports, Sportsmanship, Culture, Au Pairs, World Culture, Foreign Language, Olympics, National Pride

How to organize a "Block Party"

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Aug 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Every culture has parties and celebrations of some sort.  American culture has many of these, most with a focus on a specific holiday, event or season.   But we also have a little something called the “Block Party”.  A neighborly get-together and food-fest that usually coincides with absolutely nothing at all, except everyone’s desire to share food and fun.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Food, Culture, American Culture, Au Pairs, Host Family, Family Day, Cultural Event Idea, Community, Neighbors

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