Archive | November, 2015

Cards That Care

30 Nov

This year you can give the gift that keeps on giving by purchasing a collection of holiday cards from Boston Children’s Hospital. Available through their e-commerce shop at moo.com/us/bch, you either can choose from a variety of designs or customize your own with family photos. Priced at $30 for 25 of the pre-designed cards, 100 Continue Reading

Smart Toys: 10 Top Educational Gifts for Kids

24 Nov

  By Cheryl Crosby Unwrap. Squeal. Repeat. The holidays are almost here and your littles are beyond excited to tear open their presents and discover what’s inside. Now the pressure is on to get them the best toy ever. These gift ideas from lakeshorelearning.com will not only spark your child’s passion for learning in a Continue Reading

Fun Fact: Potato Identity Crisis

23 Nov

While sweet potatoes, yams and regular potatoes may sit side by side at Thanksgiving, they aren’t related. They’re not even from the same plant family. Sweet potatoes aren’t potatoes (they are a root vegetable), and although they’re often confused as being the same vegetable as yams, they’re not. Sweet potatoes are sweeter than yams, which Continue Reading

Your Son’s First Shave: Tips and Techniques

20 Nov

Mary-Ellen Lacasse Whether you’re a tween, teen, adult or somewhere in between, shaving is an important part of many men’s morning routines. For any parent, taking time to show your son how to shave is essential, and can serve as a fun bonding experience. Here are some tips to help you teach your son how Continue Reading

Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Décor for Home, Happiness and Harmony

18 Nov

  By Christa O’Leary Thanksgiving is such a beautiful holiday with it’s awe-inspiring colors, the sentiments of gratitude and fabulous family feasts. Family friendly décor can remind young and old to embrace an attitude of thankfulness, appreciate the majestic nature of the season and enhance the harmony of home.  Let’s look at a few simple Continue Reading

Turkey Table Topper

16 Nov

    This gobbler centerpiece, a craft from lakeshorelearning.com, turns any meal into a Thanksgiving feast. What You’ll Need Feather templates (tinyurl.com/qfuds5l) Construction paper (9-by-12 inches) Foam coffee cup or small clay pot Brown tempera paint (if you want to paint the cup or pot) Paintbrush Bowl for paint Safety scissors Jumbo pom-pom Wiggly eyes Orange foam Continue Reading

5 Important Reasons to Make Music with Your Family This Holiday Season

12 Nov

By Susan Darrow This time of year, music often plays a bigger role in many people’s lives than it does during the rest of the year. School concerts, religious choir performances, seasonal community events, holiday hits playing on the radio – all offer abundant opportunities to take advantage of the physical and emotional benefits of Continue Reading

As Seen on Screen

9 Nov

Back in 1999 the recommendation handed down by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discouraged parents from allowing children under the age of 2 to engage in screen time of any sort. While doctors still don’t encourage hours of listless TV viewing or iPad usage, the suggested limitations are about to change. With the new Continue Reading

Veterans Day Crafts for Kids

6 Nov

  Celebrate Veterans Day with these fun crafts for kids. Veteran’s Day Paper Chain American Flag – Make sure you have a stapler, scissors, tape, and red, white and blue construction paper. Cut the construction paper into one-inch strips. You will need 16 blue stripes, 25 white stripes and 36 red stripes.  Start by linking four Continue Reading

Eye Health & Safety

4 Nov

An estimated 840,000 eye injuries occur annually among U.S. children. If proper precautions had been taken, 90 percent of these injuries could have been prevented. 8 Years Old and Under Younger children’s injuries are related to household products, toys and falls. Household cleaners, air freshener and drain cleaning fluid cause splash injuries to the face, Continue Reading