Archive for October, 2018

Teaching Our Kids Gratitude

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Teaching Kids Gratitude

Have we become so busy with sports activities and mommy-and-me classes that we’ve somehow lost sight of one of life’s most important lessons—teaching our kids gratitude?

I recently asked myself this question when we were out to dinner and my daughter asked for ketchup from the waiter. After she got it, she chowed down without a “Thank you.”

For some reason that hit me hard. I was slightly embarrassed, but more than that, it was a wake-up call. (more…)

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Personalized Christmas Book: The Author’s Inspiration

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Personalized Christmas Book

I love all things Christmas, but most of all, I love seeing it through children’s eyes and the magic it brings.

Our personalized Christmas book, ‘Twas the Mouse Who Saved Christmas, does just that. As the story unfolds page by page, it reveals the magic of the season to children. 

We sat down with our author, Phil Haussler, to ask how he was inspired to create a story that has become a beloved book by many children.  (more…)

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Fall Recipes That Your Kids Will Love

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

fall recipes

Now that the weather has finally cooled off and the leaves are starting to change color, we can officially turn the pages of our cookbooks—or Pinterest boards–from summer to fall recipes.

Heartier soups, slow-cooker meals and sweets with seasonal produce are on the menu at our house.

Here, we’ve compiled some of our favorite kid-friendly fall recipes that are quick enough for busy school nights and easy enough that the kids can help. (more…)

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Edge Magazine Features Project OpenBook

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Reading Done Right

Article written by Kathy Rygg of Edge Magazine

Photo by Christopher Tierney

Reading Done Right

A year ago we introduced you to MarbleSpark, a local publisher that writes and illustrates custom children’s books using a child’s name, providing a personalized gift cherished by kids and parents alike. But when founders Phil and Stacey Haussler discovered that 61 percent of children growing up in poverty don’t have a single age-appropriate book at home, they decided they wanted to expand the mission of MarbleSpark to help lower that statistic. The impact they’ve made on the community in the last year alone is nothing short of impressive. (more…)

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Top Picks: 2018 Kids’ Halloween Costumes

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

kids' Halloween costumes

Anyone else having trouble figuring out the kids’ Halloween costumes this year?

We have one little one in our house who is stifled by all of the choices.

“I just can’t decide. Maybe a Minion since I have overalls. Or maybe a pug-i-corn. (A cross between a pug and unicorn, I’m told.) Or a police officer.”

We also have a pre-teen who is too cool for a costume this year. However, I think we still need a back-up plan for when he decides on Halloween night that he does, indeed, want to trick-or-treat.

So, for all of those trick-or-treaters who can’t–or won’t–choose, we thought it would be fun to put together some of this year’s top picks for kids’ Halloween costumes. We also threw in a few of our favorites from years past. (more…)

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