Leftover Halloween candy

Leftover Halloween candy

So What do you do with all of that leftover Halloween Candy? Another Halloween has come to a close and during the celebration, candy is always the highlight, and as Halloween brings in handfuls of candy, if not bag fulls, many parents worry about their children having too much. If you aren’t keen on the excess sugar, chemicals, calories, or you just have multiple children (and the multiple load of candy), what do you do? Here is a quick rundown of what you can do with that candy, of course…

Free-Range Kids, yay or nay?

Free-Range Kids, yay or nay?

Free-range Kids… is it for you? While walking out of the library the other day, a book, Free-Range Kids, caught my eye and I grabbed it, which is a bit unusual for me because unless a book is about crock pot recipes or gardening, I usually don’t check out books for myself (library trips are usually for the kids), and it isn’t that I don’t like books, I love books, I have shelves full of books… I’ve just become that busy mom with too many excuses! After a day of homeschooling,…

Crustless Bacon and Swiss Quiche

Crustless Bacon and Swiss Quiche

 Grab and Go Quiche… yes please! So are you like me and busy… need some grab and go ideas? Check out this quiche and see if it doesn’t work for your family! My kids don’t even like swiss cheese and they can’t get enough of this bacon swiss quiche. Notice the print option below for easy access to this recipe later and don’t forget to come back and let me know how you like it or head over to my Facebook page to share your pics 🙂 Print Crustless Bacon…

2 Ingredient Ice Cream

2 Ingredient Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream! Most people are always looking for easy, healthy recipes and for ways to use up their bananas. This 2 ingredient ice cream recipe fits the bill and is a hit with the family! What you’ll need depends on what you like. I made 3 different versions of this ice cream and all were great! We began with banana and peanut butter, moved to banana berry and ended in banana and chocolate! For all versions you will need to peel your…

Are Consumer Labels Fooling You

Are Consumer Labels Fooling You

Labels can be very confusing! So, you’ve started eating better, you are trying to make more eco-friendly choices, and you are starting to feel really good about the changes you are making, but… are consumer labels fooling you? Today, you almost can’t pick up any product, from food to clothing and toys, without seeing an eco or green term or label, but often the labels mean very little. Companies are seeing the push for more natural and organic products, and are finding ways to pass their products off as such by…

25 Free Summer Activities for Kids

25 Free Summer Activities for Kids

Summer is here! It’s that time of year again and it seems no matter how much a parent intends on planning for it, summer sneaks up on you. I’m a firm believer in kids keeping themselves somewhat occupied but I like to plan activities or have things to assist in their summer fun, because while I want them to have fun, I want our family on a whole to have a blast too! Here are 25 free Summer activities for kids (or almost free), these are some things that we do…

Luffa Plant

Luffa Plant

Grow a veggie, grow a tool, grow a Luffa plant Are you looking for something new to plant in your garden this year, something that you can eat and use as a tool too? Well look no further than the Luffa plant! A couple years ago, while shopping a seed catalog, I came across this plant and thought…”interesting”, so I gave them a try. What caught my eye was that these gourds are what are used to make bath luffas. I wasn’t sure how it all worked but it really couldn’t…

Hands on Learning

Hands on Learning

Earth’s Layers For school recently we have been learning about the Earth’s layers and I thought it would be fun to do some hands on learning along with the reading, so we made mini Earths out of homemade dough. To make the dough you will need 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of water and food coloring in blue, green, red and yellow. Mix the flour, salt and water until you get a dough consistency and then separate into 4 separate pieces. Once that is done,…

Kids and Chores

Kids and Chores

Kids and chores can be a touchy subject for parents. Should my kids do chores? If so, what kind of chores? Should children be paid or should chores be just a normal part of living? Many think that chores should be expected with no reward, others think allowance (monetary or otherwise) for chores is the best option, and others believe that kids should be kids, not forcing chores on their children at all. I personally view chores and school as a child’s “job”, and just as parents have jobs which they…

Easter is more than eggs and bunnies

Easter is more than eggs and bunnies

  In a world of plastic eggs, chocolate bunnies, pre-made baskets and holidays that are over commercialized, I am sometimes asked how I can celebrate Easter with stories and candy yet keep true to my faith, but the truth is most traditions can be traced to more meaningful ideas and situations. Easter is more than eggs and bunnies, so… how do you help your family find the meaning of Easter through eggs, bunnies, chocolate and candy? In our family we try to use the commercial items to help tell a bigger story….