Banana Pancakes

By: Rachel Ventura  I love breakfast. Who doesn’t?! Unfortunately, most of us don’t always make the healthiest choices when it comes to breakfast foods. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the start of everything. Each day is a new journey, and you should fuel your body with healthy stuff, right from … More Banana Pancakes

5 Fabulous Reasons to Get Outside for “Fall” Fun

By: Martianne Stanger Although summer is not technically over for about another month, most people are considering it done as back-to-school sales scream, “Fall!” Regardless of whether you consider early September “fall” or the final days of summer, there is plenty of fun to be had outdoors in the next few weeks.  I encourage everyone … More 5 Fabulous Reasons to Get Outside for “Fall” Fun

Bean Salad

By: Rachel Ventura  Looking for something healthy, filling and delicious to eat? Look no further!! This is perfect to bring to parties and cookouts, to make as a side dish for dinner, and you can even top your green salad with this and no dressing would even be needed! Bean Salad: 1 can black eyed … More Bean Salad

Chasing Frogs

By: Jessica Aldred Today I walked barefoot through the mud. I dropped small rocks in big puddles. I watched a wide-eyed little boy study a caterpillar and startle at the sight of a frog jumping. I watched a toddler experience nature, get filthy and squeal with delight. Despite an entirely too busy life, I took … More Chasing Frogs

SPD DIY: Geoboards

By: Martianne Stanger This post first appeared  in 2012 at the now defunct SPD Blogger Network blog.  I am re-sharing it here since the idea makes for a fun and easy DIY activity that can be adapted to any season.  Plus, it can be made with children and, then, used just about anywhere — in the … More SPD DIY: Geoboards

Potty Chronicles

By: Tanya Pimental  My strategy for eliminating diapers likely differs from most. I learned so much from first born in regards to potty training.  Honestly, I thought she’d go off to middle school wearing diapers.  I felt so much parent shame.  It made me truly unravel at times. She’s a smart and sweet 9 year … More Potty Chronicles

Picky Eaters

By: Jessica Aldred  Pizza, chicken nuggets (not tenders), cheese, noodles (with cheese) and the occasional hot dog (all slathered in ketchup)- These are the core of my child’s daily menu. I can get him to eat a few other things, but these are the rinse and repeat items on my ‘kids’ menu. When I first … More Picky Eaters