The best thing about a Holiday Cookie Party is you get a taste of the best from every person invited. Also, leaving a party with cookies AND new recipes is a successful day, if I do say so myself! So plan to get your best girlfriends together for a fun cookie exchange. But first, you’ll need to lay out a quick plan. Let‘s talk details:
Sensory tables are terrific tools for hands-on learning. Students can practice scooping, measuring, engage in imaginative play, conduct scientific experiments, and take creative risks. Sensory tables benefit a child's cognitive, physical, emotional and social development....more
Christmas is a time when budgets are stretched, people are busier than usual, and we're all looking for some type of unique gift idea that will be a hit. In my cooking adventures, I often mix up spice blends to use for certain recipes, and a few years ago I hit on the idea of making large quantities of one of my favorite spice blends from that year and giving it as Christmas gifts for neighbors, co-workers and friends.
Are you participating in December Daily? I must admit that up until a few weeks ago I was not sure what December Daily was. However, now that I know – I’m in. All in. December Daily started as a scrapbook thing and has morphed into a smashbook, art journal, paper craft kinda thing. In a roasted chestnut shell it is documenting your December activities in a crafty way all in one book. I have been doing so much of said documenting my December Daily journal won’t even close anymore. ...more
Welcome back to the second edition of my holiday gift guide! This one, obviously, is dedicated to those for whom reading is more than an activity — it’s an experience. This is for the ones who set aside time to read, who disappear into their books, who read for their souls as much as their minds. The way I read is varied. I usually prefer hardcovers to paperbacks, but I have no problem grabbing my Kindle when I commute or travel. When things are busy with work, I try to set aside an hour here or there to get a few chapters in....more
One way that I try to bring our family closer together during the holiday season is by setting up new family traditions. Even something as simple as a hot chocolate station can create new memories.
At the end of the year, many parents and students wish to give teachers a token of their thanks, but they're not sure what's appropriate. The best advice I have is: know thy teacher. So, for example, if you're not certain the teacher drinks alcohol, don't offer a bottle of wine, and don't give gift certificates to a big, corporate bookstore like Borders or Barnes & Noble to someone who was petitioning the city council not to allow any more big box stores into your town because they drive out local businesses. If you're planning to bake something for your teacher, it's also important to know if your school or school district allows teachers to accept and eat home baked gifts.
As soon as the calendar turns to December we’re bombarded with all things holiday. From advertisements, to recipes, to school events and water cooler chatter, we just cannot escape the frenzy of this supposedly joyous time of year. However, for those going through a divorce, the holiday season may be more depressing than delightful. Family traditions are altered, children are struggling, and finances are often tight.Nonetheless, there are five steps that you can take to try and make the holidays happy despite your divorce: ...more
We can all learn a little something about foods kids love by interacting with the Wisest Kid widget. Check out these posts to soak up some wisdom from our bloggers’ kids, and to learn more about how Campbell’s® Condensed soups can be a great addition to your go-to meal time solution. Read more