Experiencing Mother’s Day as a Motherless Mother
By Deirdre Shevlin Bell Mother’s Day isn’t all tulips and chocolates for mothers who have lost their own mothers. All holidays can bring up a swell of emotions, memories, and longings when you’ve lost someone, but Mother’s Day has a way of highlighting both sides of the chasm many motherless mothers feel themselves straddling—the in-the-thick-of-it […]
Your Perfect Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11th. Most of us can expect a sweet breakfast in bed, homemade card or three, flowers, and lots of hugs and kisses. Motherhood is a challenge every day and while we don’t need these things, it’s nice to be appreciated in a tangible way. Mother’s Day also teaches children […]
Three Tutorials For Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Happy Easter! Most of us who celebrate this holiday grew up hunting through bushes and our homes for decorated eggs. It was always so much fun to imagine the Easter bunny leaving goodies for us.
Now that we’re parents ourselves and know that the food coloring traditionally used to dye eggs isn’t the best option and we find ourselves at a crossroads.
Counting Down and Counting Our Blessings, New Year Family Traditions In the Making
I’m still on the gratitude kick (even if I’ve failed miserably at keeping up with my daily 365 Days of Gratitude writing on Facebook). Thinking about New Year’s has me thinking about the year-(almost)gone-by. The Christmas holiday just behind us, I’m also shoulder-deep in a desire to set more traditions in place in general […]
How To Bring More Gratitude Into Our Families’ Lives Every Day
Last week, I wrote about how my family expresses gratitude at meals and how this simple practice connects us not only to the origins of our nourishment, but to each other as well. This week, I’m inspired to follow that one up with more talk of gratitude as a parent, as a family. There’s a […]
Celebrating Gratitude, Giving Thanks As a Family
Each autumn in the U.S. and Canada (October), we commemorate the celebration of harvest and peace between European settlers to the continent and local native inhabitants (check out this simple history of Thanksgiving from Kids National Geographic). We commemorate the pilgrims’ gratitude with our own gratitude for all we receive throughout the year, and with […]
Adventures in Babywearing: Happy Halloween!
Babywearing is fun, so creating Halloween costumes that incorporate babywearing is a no-brainer for families across the globe. Here are some of our favorite babywearing families to inspire you to get creative with your own costumes. And for more clever and festive babywearing costume ideas, check this out! “This is me as Pippi Longstocking […]
Traveling Alone with a Baby, Lessons Learned, Flight Tips Enclosed
I just got back from a fairly whirl-windy visit to the states with my 14 month old and though it wasn’t easy, I did find a few ways to to make it as low-key as possible (and made a few mistakes I won’t be repeating). While it can be a challenge to navigate all the […]
Adventures in Babywearing: Visiting National Parks with Baby
It is summer time for many of us babywearing families and that means a chance to enjoy the National Parks together as a family. Getting into these protected places is a special treat for most of us and it makes memories that last a lifetime. My husband and I love to get into the parks […]
Adventures in Babywearing: Family Hiking and Backpacking
Hiking and backpacking as a family is great way to get into varied terrain and wild places that are protected from life’s modern day trappings. Look for destinations that have natural features that appeal to you. I choose trails that weave along lakes and streams. My husband looks for routes with elevation gain. Wherever […]