The (not so) Perfect Thanksgiving: Book Review

Pinterest, Facebook, magazines, TV shows, blogs, all of these mediums can provide parents with so many options on how to make the Holidays “perfect” it can be overwhelming. Many of us are just doing our best to get our kids to their activities on time, hope they are eating some fruit or veggies at some point during the week, and hope the underwear we just grabbed came out of the clean hamper and not the dirty hamper. The extra “pressure” to make DIY table settings, cook a flawless meal, and find coordinating outfits for the family can make most of us want to throw in the towel.

A simple way to stay connected

School is starting and for many families this means less time to relax together and more time apart. Parents with little ones departing for the first time to preschool or kindergarten may feel slightly sad or anxious about this big life change. Parents with older children can feel overwhelmed trying to balance full days of school and extra curricular activities with quality family time. It can be difficult to let our children go, knowing they will be experiencing many firsts without us. How can we be sure to stay connected to our children without hovering or imposing on their growing independence? 

What happened to the Awesome Moms?

Hot Mamas! Yummy Mummies! The MILF club! It seems like everywhere I turn there is a group, website, club, or network for moms flaunting how “hot” they are.

Case in point? This morning as I went through my normal “work at home” morning routine (chai latte on the couch, puppy snuggling beside me, surfing Facebook), this popped into my newsfeeds:

There’s a mixed message when celebs are paid millions to lose the baby weight after pregnancy…

This was the status update for Erika Ehm’s Yummy Mummy Club linking to this article about Jessica Simpson’s pregnancy weight gain and her recent 4 million dollar deal with Weight Watchers to lose her baby weight in a year.

Jessica's Picks: Mermaid Island, a cooperative board game

Playing board games with young can be challenging. Many children have difficulty waiting for their turn, may have trouble playing games independently if the rules are too complex, and naturally want to win. Losing can lead pouting, crying, or anger. This is amplified when playing with a sibling or peer who may not be a "gracious" winner. I have often found Bria and Malia in a full on catfight due to a "disagreement" over a board game. 

But board games have so many benefits for children! Alvin Rosenfeld explains in his article, The Benefits of Board Games,:

Hair Cuts and Teddy Bears: What turning 3 looks like

Last Saturday we celebrated Malia's 3rd birthday. To start off the festivites I took her for her first hair cut. Yes it has taken me 3 years to cut her hair. In my defence I just couldn't bring myself to cut off her baby curls! But a few months ago when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday she said a hair cut so  how could I say no? We took her to Beaners (a local kids salon) and evened everything to a cute bob and bangs. What's left of the baby curls give her ends a nice flip.

Creative Mom Confessions: Craft versus Art

To dispel any rumors that I am a "super mom", I have decided to confess some things to you.  My hope is that it will show you I am just like any other parent, trying my best to be flexible in the craziness that is raising a family. That my ideas do not live in a creative purist vacuum. That I am not perfect. How boring is it to read only about perfect people?

So let's tackle something I have had a few of you ask me about: Craft versus Art

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