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3 Tips for Gentle Parenting during the Holidays


Wouldn’t it be lovely to make it through the holidays without losing our cool as parents? Parenting Coach Alison Smith has three tips to help you be a gentle – and sane! – parent this year….

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Local Ideas for Teacher Thank You Gifts


Thank you gifts for teachers can be a bit of a minefield – you want to get them something thoughtful that shows your family’s appreciation, without overspending or adding another ‘best teacher’ mug to their…

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Over the Over-the-Top Holidays


I’m not saying we shouldn’t have fun celebrating occasions. Bake a leprechaun trap. Build a gingerbread city. Buy your family gifts when you want to. But let’s make sure we’re doing these things because they bring us joy, and create family memories, and match up with our values. Not because we feel pressured to perform. Let’s also keep that in mind when we share our stories. Not everyone can afford the same gifts or create the same experiences. Let’s post photos of smiling faces and the people we’re spending time with, not the things that surround us. You can be proud of providing for your family without broadcasting it to the world.

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Green Pasta Necklaces for St. Patrick’s Day


We made these lovely green pasta necklaces for St. Patrick’s Day, but you can use the same method for any occasion! In my opinion, this is best done as a two-day process. Dye the pasta,…

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