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Tips for Taking your Little Ones to the Beach

Tips for Taking your Little Ones to the Beach

This summer as a mama of two (a 29-month-old son and an eight-week-old daughter) I have become somewhat of a pro at taking my little ones to the beach. My in-laws recently bought a house near the ocean and our family has taken complete advantage of this amazing piece of property. I have found myself [...]

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 [...]

Summer Sangria

Summer Sangria

Don’t let the title fool you— this yummy and fruity drink is refreshing in winter, spring, summer or fall! Though I’m not a big drinker, I like to enjoy an occasional glass of Sangria for a special occasion. I whipped this up the other night for my sister-in-laws’ bridal shower dinner and it was a [...]

Go-to-Gifts: Welcome to the Neighborhood

Go-to-Gifts: Welcome to the Neighborhood

Is there anything better than living in a friendly neighborhood where everyone waves “hi” to each other and you can always find a play date for your kids? As a stay-at-home mama, I’m especially interested in finding new ways to introduce myself to the families around us in an attempt to stave off isolation and [...]

Grilling: A Spin on Burgers and Fries

Grilling: A Spin on Burgers and Fries

Living in Michigan means that with summer, comes grilled meals— at least for us. My husband loves burgers and fries, and so do I, but once in a while I like a change. I came across this recipe for spinach and feta turkey burgers a couple years ago and it’s been a summer staple in our [...]

Summer Berries Gratin

Summer Berries Gratin

I heard about this recipe while I was listening to National Public Radio, where they invited the chefs from America’s Test Kitchen to share their favorite summer recipes. When asked about their favorite dessert recipes, Bridget Lancaster started by saying, “I don’t like overly-sweet desserts.” That immediately got my attention. I love sweets but I [...]

The Importance of Swimming Lessons

The Importance of Swimming Lessons

The Facts: Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages one to four. A majority of toddler drownings occur in bathtubs, buckets and toilets. 88% of drowning victims were under some form of supervision at the time of the incident. 75% of drowning victims were missing for less than five minutes. Formal [...]