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Maui-Style Banana Bread

Maui-Style Banana Bread

I have loved banana bread since I was a kid. I love it cold or warm, topped with butter or cream cheese or just plain. I prefer it without nuts, but if I’m making it with nuts, I love them to be toasted walnuts or pecans. Once I had banana bread with chopped macadamia nuts [...]

DIY Outdoor Chalkboard

DIY Outdoor Chalkboard

Have we all seen the DIY chalkboards on Pinterest? Yes. Do we pin them and write in the comment box “Totally doing this for _____, so cool!” I know I did! So I decided on a long weekend to actually start AND complete a pinterest project. No excuses! I knew that some of the projects [...]

Alphabet Writing Activities for Preschoolers (Hands On and Fun!)

Alphabet Writing Activities for Preschoolers (Hands On and Fun!)

I believe the best way to teach a child is to make sure they’re having too much fun to notice they’re learning. For toddlers, playtime is learning time. I’m always looking for toddler activities that are as fun and engaging as they are educational. I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 activities that my [...]

Choosing a Preschool, Questions to Ask

Choosing a Preschool, Questions to Ask

When we set out to find a preschool for our oldest son, we were a little overwhelmed by the variety of options available. What was going to work best for our son that was also within our budget? Given that he had never been in traditional daycare or away from home for lengths of time, [...]

Cutting a Watermelon

Cutting a Watermelon

I feel silly writing an article about how I cut a watermelon. Last summer when my husband saw me cut a watermelon this way, he looked at me funny, wondering what the heck I was doing. I guess he’d never watched me cut a watermelon in the 15 years we’ve been together. When I picked [...]

Painting with Water

Painting with Water

One of my earliest memories occurred in the summer of 1980 when my family and I visited my great-grandparents in upstate New York. I was two years old at the time. My great-grandpa took me in their backyard and put me to work “painting” the lilypond (which, in my memory, was a big tire. Turns out [...]