Holiday Prep and Cheer

December has been a whirlwind of activity, though I don't think we experience the busy-ness that many families experience. We don't spend a lot of time with extended family. Relatives either live too far away; or they have their own lives, commitments and interests; or both. The adults in my family don't exchange presents either. But we still … Continue reading Holiday Prep and Cheer

Gift Ideas for Kids

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on December 4, 2013. To find a more comprehensive list of gift ideas and interesting online stores to shop in, see my post Gift Ideas for Home Educators. Kids love getting toys for Christmas, but after seven years of Christmases and birthdays, I have watched the … Continue reading Gift Ideas for Kids

Gift Ideas for Home Educators

{Gift Ideas for Children} {Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers} {Gift Ideas for Anyone!} This is a post I wrote two years ago. I thought it might help you (and me) as we get ready for this holiday, gift-giving season! I have added a few resources & checked all the links. Enjoy! *** Do you have homeschooled children … Continue reading Gift Ideas for Home Educators

Thanksgiving Wreath

This is a Thanksgiving wreath that my son made last year....  We're having a cozy Thanksgiving at home this year, and the only true activity we are doing besides cooking, eating, and reading our Thanksgiving books is make this autumn wreath out of cotton, natural items from our yard and natural items that my son's cousin … Continue reading Thanksgiving Wreath

The Gift of Story

Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. If you’re running out of money searching for the perfect holiday gifts, remember that sometimes the best presents for young children are free.  Telling stories to children is a gift they’ll never forget. When I was young, my grandmother told me … Continue reading The Gift of Story

Happy Thanksgiving

{Thanksgiving Wreath} Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!   We're having a cozy Thanksgiving at home this year, and the only true activity we did besides cooking, eating, and reading our Thanksgiving books was make this autumn wreath out of cotton, natural items from our yard and natural items that my son's cousin sent him … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving

Creating New Family Traditions

Note: This column first appeared in the Barrow Journal on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 (you can view it online here), and shortly after, appeared on my blog. I'm re-posting it now because we're entering the holiday season again, which can be stressful for many, including me. It's important to think about what you want for your family at … Continue reading Creating New Family Traditions