Cut Your Food Bill By Eating at Home

If you are trying to save money this year, you may be looking for ways to cut your household expenses. If you have not done so already, you may want to think about cutting back on dining out. Dining out is often viewed as an enjoyable thing and a convenient option for those of us that are short on time and would prefer not to use our time cooking or cleaning up the kitchen. The good news is that with a little advance preparation and planning, you can spend relatively little time in the kitchen and enjoy nutritious and tasty … Continue reading

Preparing for Homecoming Weekend

(My Daughter’s Homecoming Dress) This weekend is homecoming weekend. It’s an exciting time for many teens and the parents who get to partake in the excitement. In some ways I feel like I get to live out my high school years through my daughter. I wasn’t allowed to go to homecoming. When I think back to my high school years, I do wish that I had been allowed to go. But getting to share in my daughter’s experience is more than making up for it. There is a lot of thought and planning that goes into this weekend. The first … Continue reading

Ways to Help Your Autistic Child Cope With Vacation

Summer vacation is something many families look forward to. School is over, and that gives families the freedom they need to do some vacation activities together. This lack of predictable structure can be overwhelming for children who have autism. Here are some tips to make summer vacations a little less stressful for kids who have an autism spectrum disorder. Children who have autism tend to need a set, predictable, plan for their day. When they are in school, they know that they can count on things happening in a certain order. There is comfort in knowing what will happen next, … Continue reading

Your Kids are Ready for Sleep-Away Camp. Are You?

Reading a recent article at Huffington Post about sleep away camp has me in a bit of a tizzy. The writer (Tina Traster) described a camp information session she was recently at where parents worried about peanuts, and junk food, and socializing with other kids. She also recalled the reality of her own camp days were counselors weren’t screened and she experienced “the most unadulterated part of childhood”. At 13 and 15, my kids have never been to sleep away camp unless you count a few 4-day church youth retreats and a couple of trips to Bob Jones University for … Continue reading

Baby Blog Month in Review: October 2008

If you had an October baby, congratulations! I hope that you will spend some time with us here at, as we bring you the latest news and tips for you and your family. Here is the Baby Blog month in review for October. October 1st Insect Repellent and Young Children Protecting my children is the number one priority, but one thing that I tend to avoid is insect repellent. I figure that putting additional chemicals on my kids is not the best idea, that is until now. These days, a mosquito bite is not just an annoyance, but it … Continue reading

Baby Blog Week in Review: October 13th Through October 19th

Where do you stand with vitamin supplementation and visits to the pediatrician? These can be controversial topics. Check out last week’s posts. October 13th New Children’s Vitamin D Recommendation May Require Supplements The American Academy of Pediatrics has a new recommendation for the amount of vitamin D for newborns, babies, kids and teens. Read on to learn more. October 14th Baby Blog Week in Review: October 6th Through October 12th Has your little one discovered the joys of fall? My youngest two are especially proud of their little pumpkins that they picked out themselves this past weekend. Be sure to … Continue reading

Big Apple Helping Fitness Fanatics Take a Bite Out of Healthier Living

If you travel around New York City via the subway you may have been pleasantly surprised to see expletive-free reading material posted in select cars this week. The new additions come courtesy of the city Health Department and while they may not make you as sick as the graffiti they help cover up, the posters still have some riders clutching their stomachs. After reading that your burrito lunch (complete with sour cream and guacamole) contained more than half the calories you should eat in a day, you should be feeling ill. The informative posters that now hang in about 1,000 … Continue reading

Something is Better than Nothing

In light of the new recommendations just issued by the federal government regarding the amount of exercise Americans should be completing on a weekly basis I thought it would be interesting to note the results of a new recent study done by researchers at Louisiana State University as it might make you couch potatoes feel a bit better. Whereas the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says adults should be participating in at least 2.5 hours a week of moderate-intensity physical activity, researchers at LSU maintain that even 10 minutes of exercise a day can improve your health. Or … Continue reading

Home Month in Review: September 2008

Has the weather turned cooler now that September has passed? Pretty soon, it will be time to get that heat turned back on! Meanwhile, check out all of the articles that were posted last month. September 1st Home Week in Review: August 25th Through August 31st As we all watch the raging path of the hurricane, we are praying for the safety of those affected. It seems like there have been so much weather phenomena making an impact recently. And, now one authority is predicting that this winter will see extreme cold. If you missed that post this week or … Continue reading

Fun Ideas for Family Night

Family nights are an important part of childhood. With our busy schedules, many families find less and less time to spend together. It is important to make time for your family, so plan something fun to do with everyone a couple of times a month. You will be surprised at how quickly your kids will build memories from these family nights. Game Night – This is always a fun time for all members in the family. Either try out a new game or simply find a few family favorites, make up some pizza or subs and have a fun family … Continue reading