Category: home/living

Starting a Family Tradition: 12 Days of Good Deeds

Starting a Family Tradition: 12 Days of Good Deeds

[ 1 ] December 9, 2013 |

As the holiday season begins, I hope to teach my kids how important giving is. But reality kicks in about one hour after the Thanksgiving pie is eaten.  Relatives start asking my kids, “What do you want for Christmas?”  Any hope I had about teaching giving, not getting, is gone. I finally decided to buckle […]

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Family Hiking: Audubon’s Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge

Family Hiking: Audubon’s Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge

[ 0 ] December 4, 2013 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Saturday, December 7th, as we explore this area together. Maxwell Mays, a folk artist best known for his paintings of historic Rhode Island, was also an environmental conservationist and philanthropist. He donated 295 acres of land to Audubon as part of his life estate and, […]

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Family Traditions: Calendar Countdown

Family Traditions: Calendar Countdown

[ 1 ] November 25, 2013 |

One of our favorite holiday traditions is to excitedly rush out of bed for twenty four December mornings to see what lies behind the little door on the Advent calendar. The origins of the Advent calendar comes from the Early 19th Century German Lutherans who would count down the first 24 days of December in […]

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Family Traditions: Tagging a Tree

Family Traditions: Tagging a Tree

[ 2 ] November 24, 2013 |

Several local Christmas tree farms are open/opening soon for tagging and begin selling the weekend after Thanksgiving.

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Being Thankful

Being Thankful

[ 0 ] November 20, 2013 |

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s a great time to make sure kids understand the value of being thankful for the food they eat. Last year we created a “Tree of Thanks”. We drew a tree on a large piece of paper, cut out little colored leaves and left them around the Thanksgiving table. […]

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Family Matters: Veggie treats for Thanksgiving

Family Matters: Veggie treats for Thanksgiving

[ 1 ] November 17, 2013 |

As we begin to think about gorging and feasting on all things gluttonous this Thanksgiving season, a quick and healthy snack is always welcomed in our home. After scouring the virtual veggie world, (well, really just Pinterest), we found the following fun ways to prepare fruit and veggies for all ages. Turkey Lunch (Love this Pic) […]

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Family Matters: Thanksgiving Crafts for Tiny Turkeys

Family Matters: Thanksgiving Crafts for Tiny Turkeys

[ 1 ] November 12, 2013 |

Here are a few fun Thanksgiving crafts to do with your little ones.

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Toys R Us should rethink priorities. Big companies can also care about the environment.

Toys R Us should rethink priorities. Big companies can also care about the environment.

[ 0 ] November 2, 2013 |

I’m not anti-toys or anti-shopping but I am against glorifying the need to buy stuff  from a big box store by squashing or diminishing the importance of something valuable–in this instance, environmental education or any educational school field trip of which there are so few these days.  A recent ad put out by Toys R […]

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Family Matters: Make it a safe Halloween!

Family Matters: Make it a safe Halloween!

[ 0 ] October 29, 2013 |

As we prepare our kiddos for a fun day or evening of trick-or-treating, let’s also help make it safe for them. The American Red Cross offers us some common sense safety tips worth repeating (and if you’re looking for family-friendly Halloween activities in the area this weekend and even on Halloween Day, take a look right here).

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Family Hiking: Canonchet Farm

Family Hiking: Canonchet Farm

[ 0 ] September 18, 2013 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Sunday, September 22, as we explore this area together.

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