Valentine's Slippers

Welcome to the February 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Do It YourselfThis post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants are teaching us how to make something useful or try something new....more

10 Great Read Alouds for Your Young Valentines

One of my goals in life is to spend quality time with my family. Reading aloud is a great way to spend time with your children. In addition to building great memories, there are many academic reasons to read aloud. Reading to children improves their vocabulary. It builds their attention span in a way that time on the iPad or a video game doesn't. ...more
Web to Succeed, you will be able to look forward to reading Old Yeller with your son.  The great ...more

What does Valentine’s Day (or VD) really mean?

It’s the dreaded day for singletons, and a day of triumph for couples. Last year, I wore head to toe black, essentially my funeral attire, to work.But as I started to think about this holiday, I started to think about what VD really means. Valentine’s Day is about feeling special, isn’t it? We all want to feel special, and if we don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend, then somehow whatever inherent specialness we might already feel is somewhat diminished. How cruel....more

No Flowers or Chocolates for This Saint! Who was Saint Valentine?

When I travel I love researching the legends and stories of my destinations. Part of that is a curiosity about the origin of rituals, holidays, and traditions…in this case, Saint Valentine’s Day.* ♥ * ♥ * ♥ *No Flowers or Chocolates for This Saint!Roses are Red,  Violets are Blue…I’m Glad I’m No Saint, Aren’t YOU?* ♥ * ♥ * ♥ *Typically St. Valentine’s Day conjures up images of romantic, lovey-dovey stuff like hearts and flowers, boxes of chocolates, mushy greeting cards, and the like… Well, this wasn’t exactly the case for this holiday’s namesake, Saint Valentine – in fact, there was no romance for this saint! Furthermore, there are actually three potential Valentines that the day commemorates and in all three cases, they were martyred i.e., imprisoned, tortured, and executed. Yikes, not my idea of romantic or happy ending!...more

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