Do you have the Holiday Blues?

This time of year can be stressful. All the shopping, parties, cooking, cleaning, etc. can really get you down....more

Yellow Sky

"Good Moms have sticky floors, dirty ovens and happy kids." ~ Anonymous  I've never been the you can't play with playdough because it's too messy or the don't mix the colors when you're painting kind of Mom. Here's why: I still remember the day in my high school painting class when my art teacher told me I should change the sky in my piece. He said that it was too yellow and not realistic enough. I loved that painting more than any I'd ever done and you know what I told him, "Too bad." I left the sky yellow and let him give me a bad grade....more

Thanksgiving Recipe - Maple Glazed Apple & Sweet Potato Gratin

The Thanksgiving shopping and prepping officially started in our house this weekend. I am cooking for thirteen this year so please wish me luck! Ingredients 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3/4 cup pure maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 3 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/4 inch rounds 3 granny ...more

Celebrating Olympics with Kids

The 2012 summer Olympics are taking place in London, England July 27th through August 12th. The events feature twenty six sports including swimming, basketball, track and field, cycling and gymnastics. Two hundred countries have at least one athlete competing in the games....more

Simple Ways to Stay in Shape

This is a guest post by Erin Cox....more


What does it take to not just get by, but to really thrive in life? I asked Simple Living Family readers how they don't just live, but flourish. Here are a couple of my favorite answers. "Thriving in life and living with passion mean the same things to me....more

Ways to Have More Energy

Feeling tired and sluggish?...more

Encouraging Summer Learning

My husband and I are looking for ways we can continue to work with our son over summer vacation who is transitioning in the fall from kindergarten to first grade. He is attending many fun camps this summer catering to his different interests - Geology Rocks, Pond Entomology, Jr....more

Children's Music That Even Parents Will Love

This is a guest post by Niko Johnstone. Niko is a writer and recording engineer from Portland, Maine....more

How to Improve Your Work Space

In the 1950s biologist and doctor Jonas Salk was working on a cure for polio in a dark basement lab in Pittsburgh. Progress was slow so Salk decided to travel to Assisi, Italy, where he spent his time in a 13th-century monastery....more