Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in Adults – What To Expect

Recently my daughter (aged 3) contracted Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. If you are lucky enough to have never heard of HFMD before here is some information from Wikipedia. Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common human syndrome caused by highly contagious intestinal viruses of the picornaviridae family typically characterized by a mild fever followed by a rash of flat discolored spots and bumps that may involve the skin of the hands, feet, and oral cavity. HFMD mainly affects infants and … [Continue reading...]

Color My World Series #4 ~Green. Introducing the Color Green into Daily Activities.


Green is my MOST favorite color !! I think of new beginnings, amazing holidays (Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Easter), green grass, and pure happiness when I think of green. This month, we'll be taking a look at the color green. There are so many awesome things we can do to teach our kids about the color green. There are some delicious fruits and vegetables that are green. Asparagus and grapes are two of my favorites.  Choose your child's favorites and have a picnic! Let your child … [Continue reading...]

To Nap or Not To Nap…When It’s A No Brainer!

My yongest son has been on the anti-nap campaign for nearly a year now. He is only 3 and despite his protest that he is a 'big boy' there are certain situations and circumstances when to nap or not to nap isn't even a question, it's a no brainer! Long Day Ahead When I know that we are going to have a day that will keep us from home for more than a couple hours I insist on squeezing in a nap sometime before we leave. There have even been times when I have planned in enough travel time to … [Continue reading...]

Why and How to Keep a Gratitude Journal

Why and How to Keep a Gratitude Journal

I'm not, by nature, a very optimistic or light hearted person. I have a keen eye for seeing everything that can be improved, whether it be the painting hanging crookedly on the wall or the way my father pronounces "thermometer." (He's Dutch but has lived in Canada for 25 years and still can't say it right!) I can often see all the possible negative outcomes of a decision and choose to avoid risks unless they have a high enough probability of working out in my favor (which would actually mean … [Continue reading...]

Quick & Easy Vegan Banana Pumpkin Muffins

tots vegan banana pumpkin muffins

Fall brings on a fresh new way of baking and cooking meals. Though I’ve never baked and eaten an actual pumpkin, I do enjoy baking with canned pumpkin.  These muffins can be made in no time and are great for snacks, school lunches or morning breakfast. Vegan Banana Pumpkin Muffin’s (Makes 12 regular, 24 mini muffins) Ingredients:  1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup brown sugar ¼ cup white sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoons ground … [Continue reading...]

5 Amazing Things About Homeschooling

5 Amazing Things About Homeschooling

I love homeschooling, it is better than I ever imagined it would be. Now I will admit, I also love teaching, it is in my blood . I am a certified teacher, yet I am not using my degree because my husband and I have decided that what's best for our family is for me to stay home with our boys AND homeschool them. Once I became pregnant and we discussed our options (we are planners), we immediately knew this was the right choice for us. I wanted to really enjoy and cherish those younger years. I … [Continue reading...]

$100 Visa Giveaway – Ending November 14 2014

100$ Visa Giveaway - Ending November 14th.

It's time for another great giveaway - this time you could win a $100 Visa Gift Card! Get started on your holiday shopping, spend a day at the spa or tuck it away for a rainy day. I've teamed up with other great bloggers to give you a chance to put a little something extra in your pocket. The Prize: One (1) person will win a $100 Visa Gift Card Details: Giveaway runs from October 20th through November 14th, 2014 (11:59 pm EST). Entries are open to US Residents who are 18 years of age … [Continue reading...]

Carrot Bread Recipe

Easy to make and yummy to taste carrot bread! Kid-approved!

I love making this recipe for Carrot Bread in the fall as it just looks "fall-ish!" My kids, who do not love vegetables, saw me shredding all the carrots for this bread.   They made some faces and said some derogatory phrases about how they would not like it when it was done;  however, almost the whole loaf went at dinner! Because it has two cups of shredded carrots, you can consider this a healthy bread!  (Don't look at the sugar!  It has 2 cups of carrots!) My … [Continue reading...]