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10 Interesting Facts About Valentine's Day

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Feb 14, 2017 7:01:00 AM

Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14th, each year and marked by school children exchanging Valentines with their classmates, parents and children giving each other sweet treats and tokens of affection and with those in relationships exchanging cards, candy and other gifts to express their feelings for each other.  Here are a few facts about Valentine's Day that you may find interesting:

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Pets, Parenting, Enjoy the Moment, Traditions, Shopping, Gifts

Baby talk - helping your baby develop through communication

Posted by Karen Higgs Faretta on Jan 24, 2017 10:26:16 AM

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Parenting, Family, Childcare, Enjoy the Moment

Travel + Baby = So far, so good

Posted by Brent Panno on Jan 3, 2017 8:35:00 AM

I am a proud new father of a 3 month old baby girl. She is so much fun to be with, and it is so much fun to watch her grow before my eyes. My wife and I are slowly learning how to bring her with us when we travel around. Our first big trip is going to be to Disney World, which will be in a week. I will write about that one later, I’m sure it will be full of adventures and first times! So far we have done some short trips with her (approximately 2 to 2.5 hour drives), practice runs, if you will. She is able to handle those fairly well, as she likes to sleep in the car. We like to take her to different areas around the Chicagoland area and find that short trips are so far a lot of fun with our baby girl.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, American Culture, Parenting, Family, Travel, Enjoy the Moment, Making Memories, Work Life Balance, Adventure

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

Fall exploring with "Themed Walks"

Posted by Lawanda Stevenson on Sep 22, 2016 9:43:43 AM

The changing of seasons is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors with your children. Opportunities to educate, excite and encourage creativity are everywhere. Fall is approaching,leaves will be changing colors and the temperatures will be less humid and much cooler.  

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Topics: kids and learning, Fun with Kids, Parenting, Family, Creativity, Exercise, Enjoy the Moment, Making Memories, Fall, Seasons

Rainy day activities

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jul 24, 2016 7:30:00 AM

While summer generally means a lot of playing outside, the weather does not always cooperate. Sometimes a rainy day will try to spoil the fun, but it doesn’t have to! Here are some ideas to make the most of a rainy day.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Piggy Bank, Parenting, Arts and Crafts, Family, Creativity, Exercise, Enjoy the Moment

Quick and Cool Summer Snacks

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jul 9, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Summer heat means that you may not want to spend a lot of time cooking indoors. Instead of spending all day by a hot stove, these quick summer snacks can help you eat well while staying cool.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Food, Health and Wellness, Parenting, Family, Summer, Nutrition, Dining, Creativity, Enjoy the Moment

Cheap Family Summer Vacation Ideas

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jun 2, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Summer is here and that means the kids are out of school. Many families choose to take advantage of this time off from school by going on a vacation. However, vacations can pack a mean punch to the pocketbook. Luckily there are ways to keep yourself from needing the rest of the year to pay off your few weeks of vacation. Here are some ideas for taking your kids on a vacation they will remember forever, without having to pay for it forever.

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Topics: Holidays, Money, Piggy Bank, Family, Summer, Budget, Relaxation, Staycation, Travel, Enjoy the Moment, Vacation, Day Trip

Sick Days

Posted by Ruth Janzen on May 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The past few weeks have been filled with bouts of sickness for our little family, and in the midst of caring for my husband and daughter as they each take their turn undergoing the not-so-fun rounds of flu, colds, etc., I found myself thinking about memories I have of being sick as a child, and all the that that entailed.

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Parenting, Family, Childcare, Enjoy the Moment

Summer crafts for kids

Posted by Katie Tastrom on May 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Kids love looking forward to summer vacation, but for parents it can be nerve racking trying to think of activities to fill the time. Here are some ideas for crafts that can help kids creatively fill their time without causing you to tear your hair out!

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Parenting, Arts and Crafts, Summer, Creativity, Enjoy the Moment

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