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An Eager Graduate

Almost a month has gone by now since one of the biggest life events Riley has had — preschool graduation — and I would be remiss not to fill you in. If you remember, Story’s preschool graduation week was brimming with misfortunes brought on by anticipation. If Lesley is not one of those moms to get sappy over something like preschool graduation, I certainly am. So, I was expecting nervousness, unprovoked crying spells, and preoccupied thoughts. Surprisingly, none of that happened. (more…)

Choosing a Great Summer Camp or Daycare: What to Look For

The places we send our children during the day–school, camp, daycare–require a certain measure of trust from all parents. You drop your child off expecting that they will receive the best care and will learn and play in a safe environment; yet in some cases, the facility is understaffed or doesn’t meet the needs of all children. It can be a very stressful thing to find the right program for your child, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s important to ask for a tour before you commit to enrollment so you can get an idea of what sort of care they’ll provide. (more…)

When the Lights Go Out

This past weekend we took our annual family vacation. Our destination was a cabin in Lake Cumberland State Park, Kentucky. Several people recommended Lake Cumberland to me and I can see why. It is a large, beautiful reservoir in the Kentucky hills that offers over 100 miles of breathtaking views and is a boating enthusiast’s dream. We aren’t boating enthusiasts but I do travel with two water enthusiasts. As soon as they saw the water they had but one thing on their mind. Swimming. (more…)

Unplug Yourself with a “Little House” Dinner

By Seisha Lock of Education.com

Imagine if you didn’t have a cell phone, a car, light bulbs, television, grocery stores, or the Internet. Life would be pretty different! Though it may be hard for you to imagine this, every year the town of Mansfield, Missouri, “unplugs” itself to go back to the late 1800s as the townspeople celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House books. These historical books chronicle the life of a young girl living in pioneer times, when she and her family had to grow and catch their own food, entertain themselves with stories around the fire, and use a horse-drawn buggy to get into town. (more…)

Step-by-Step Guide to Charcoal Grilling

Grilling is one of the things that makes summer so wonderful. The flavors, the open air; it just can’t be beat. Being a single mom, though, makes it a little more intimidating to fire up the grill. After all, what happens if you set the house on fire? You may have a fire safety plan, but that doesn’t mean that you want to test it out. I assure you though, with all the hype our male counterparts put to it, it is not that hard, and with a little bit of caution, it is not likely that you will set the house on fire. (more…)