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Family Travel and Vacations

Cape Cod Vacation in Mashpee Massachusetts
Cape Cod Vacation in Mashpee Massachusetts
Mashpee Massachusetts is a microcosm of Cape Cod, with opportunities to relax on a spring, summer or early fall vacation.  - From tennis and golf at New Seabury Resort to biking and beach bumming around the town, Mashpee is an ideal vacation spot for your whole family. - There are a couple beaches conveniently located right in Mashpee, John's Pond and South Cape Beach. Contact the Mashpee town hall to determine whether you need...
A Guide to Great Smoky Mountain Vacations
A Guide to Great Smoky Mountain Vacations
The best way to see The Great Smoky Mountain is to take The Great Smoky Mountain Railway. This takes you through river gorges, fertile valleys, and tunnels cut out of mountains. A choice of trips include: The Tuckasegee river trip, a 3 hour journey which passes the wreck site of the movie The Fugitive and travels through Cowee Tunnel, hand dug by convicts and the Nantahala Gorge trip which crosses Fontana Lake to the Nantahala Gorge white-water...
 Fun Roadtrip Games for Family Travel
Fun Roadtrip Games for Family Travel
Car travel games are a tradition wherever families take vacations or long trips by automobile.Long drives are always more tolerable with some diversion or entertainment, and reading might not be the best choice, at least for the driver. Why not try some games that everyone in the car can play?

Parenting

Siblings Relationships - Rivalry and Love
Siblings Relationships - Rivalry and Love
April 10 was Siblings Day, a time devoted to growing stronger bonds between siblings. Brothers and sisters celebrated with parties and picnics and rememberances of the good and bad times.  Parenting siblings, especially when there is strong sibling rivalry is challenging to say the least.  Here are some parenting experts with advice about how to help your siblings get past the rivalry and on to better relationships. - America's...
The Do's and Don'ts of Taking Food on the Go
The Do's and Don'ts of Taking Food on the Go
By America's Nanny Michelle LaRowe - The summer weather provides perfect opportunities for outdoor fun, but when you're bringing food along, it's important to know food safety basics. As food is exposed to warmer temperatures, bacteria can multiply rapidly which can cause those who consume it to become ill. - To protect yourself, your family, and your friends from food-borne illnesses during warm-weather months, safe food handling
Technology Helps Grandparents Connect with Grandchildren
Technology Helps Grandparents Connect with Grandchildren
Whether it’s sitting around a table sharing meals and exchanging stories, gathering in the living room to play board games or a child curling up in a grandparent’s lap to read a book, nothing can replace the special bonding that comes with families sharing “us time.”  - Missing grandkids is and looking for a way to really connect? Tired of Skype timing out or being ignored? 

Healthy Families

Forgiveness Heals Our Soul
Forgiveness Heals Our Soul
By Dr. Howard Peiper - Path to a Better Life -At some point in every abuse survivor’s healing journey, he or she must face the question of forgiveness. Are there some abuses too atrocious to forgive? Is it possible, or even healthy, to forgive someone who has never asked to be forgiven, someone who has never acknowledged any wrongdoing, and someone who continues to practice the same abusive behaviors?     Many survivors...
Study: Best Diet for Weight Loss
Study: Best Diet for Weight Loss
Eating More Protein and Less Refined Starch Is Critical for Effective Dieting, Major Study Shows.  A large-scale study  called "Diogenes"  has investigated the optimum dietary composition for  preventing and treating obesity. The results were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the Faculty of Life  Sciences (LIFE), University of Copenhagen. If you want to lose...
Body Spring Cleaning
Body Spring Cleaning
By Lisa Metzgar PhD. - Nutrition Tidbits -  It is the time of year that I like to do a little spring cleaning.  Not only do I clean out the garage, I also like to do a little spring cleaning in my body. Over the course of time, we all tend to build up toxins in our body.  Toxins can come from the environment, chemicals, food, and water.  We have several organs in our body that help to...

Recipes

Chorizo  and Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms with Feta
Chorizo and Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms with Feta
CHORIZO AND SWEET POTATO STUFFED MUSHROOMS WITH FETA - 20 large mushrooms (any mushrooms that looks big enough to hold stuffing after you pop out the stem) -- 1 tbsp. olive oil- 1 pkg. beef chorizo sausage (I buy the kind that looks like Kielbasa)- 1 large sweet potato, ...
Creamy Lemon Rosemary Chicken Over Rice
Creamy Lemon Rosemary Chicken Over Rice
By Samantha Gianulis - Apron Strings -When spring returns, the senses of the Earth and all of its creatures awaken. -Creamy Lemon Rosemary Chicken Over Rice  Recipe - Yummy Family Dinner! -The lemon and rosemary speak of spring, the creaminess, casserole-feel of this dish...
Spring Dresses and Fried Egg Sandwiches
Spring Dresses and Fried Egg Sandwiches
Apron Strings by Samantha Gianulis -The theme and metaphor is so overdone, but I never tire of it; Spring is the beginning, or renewal, of things. 

Mother's Day April 10, 2015

Mother's Day Crafts
Mother's Day Crafts
Kids Craft Fun - Homemade Gifts -  A mom cherishes nothing more than a gift from her child – especially one that they took the time to create. There are Mother's Day gifts and spring crafts easy enough for dad to help out too.Mother's Day & Spring Projects:Basil Infused Vinegar: An extravagant...
Happy Mother's Day Poems and Crafts
Happy Mother's Day Poems and Crafts
Sunday May 10, 2015 - Mom's Day Poems - Mother's Day History - Mother's Day Crafts
Mother's Day Gift Ideas For Your Mom
Mother's Day Gift Ideas For Your Mom
Mother's Day gifts are the special idea to make your mom happy in the special event of mother’s day. Mother deserves something much more special on the mom’s day, gifted from her child. Since no one could be so personal and specific to the child, mom is the only one on this planet who has done so great for the children. Thus she needs to...

Features

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

 Time to educate ourselves about alchol and health and the  problems caused by drinking too much. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) encourages the public to dedicate this month to understanding how excessive drinking can affect health and to evaluating their own drinking habits. - Consequences of drinking too much - - April is Alcohol Awareness Month -Many adults drink moderately...
How Often Does Your Family Have Dinner Together ?

How Often Does Your Family Have Dinner Together ?

Is your family part of the 75% who eat together most week days?  -According to an NBC poll, families are gathering around the dinner table together more often than in previous years with nearly four in five parents surveyed (79 percent) reporting that they have dinner with their families most days of the week. This finding comes as recent research shows that teens who have frequent family dinners are more likely to be emotionally content,...
Earth Day Kid Activities

Earth Day Kid Activities

This year Earth Day celebrates its 45th anniversary. As it stands, Earth Day serves as a reminder for most to recycle plastic bottles and newspapers. Make this year count. This is your chance to do more than turn off running water when not in use or turn off the lights when you are not in the room. Take on an Earth Day challenge; find the most challenging green tips and live it every day. Wondering how to make Earth Day fun with...
The Christian Parent's Guide to Celebrating Earth Day

The Christian Parent's Guide to Celebrating Earth Day

By Sylvia Cochran - Christian Parenting - Loyal readers of this column already know that I take an occasionally somewhat unorthodox stance on some of the issues that Christian parents face on a daily basis. Halloween, Christmas and Earth Day are but a few examples of times when unorthodoxy is called for in the best interest of the child, the parent and the scriptures. - It is an open secret that there are some...

Home and Garden

Families Online Magazine Android App
Families Online Magazine Android App
Now you can get Families Online Magazine on your Android device free quickly and easily  - Every issue brings you the information you need to be a successful parent, keep your family healthy and enjoying family fun activities. -In each monthly issue -Delicious Recipes -Parenting Tips from Experts click here to get app
Bur Oak  Plant of the Year
Bur Oak Plant of the Year
The Garden Club of America (GCA) selects Quercus macrocarpa, Bur Oak as Plant of the Year.  Annually GCA has choosen a  North American native plant to receive its Montine McDaniel Freeman Medal for Plant of the Year. Bur Oak is noted for its beautiful shape, long horizontal branches and tolerance for pollution, drought, wind and cold.  Hardy in USDA Zones 4 to 8 and parts of Texas, the tree often reaches...
Do You Want to Move? 10% of USA Wants to Move.
Do You Want to Move? 10% of USA Wants to Move.
Nearly 10 percent of U.S. residents are dissatisfied with their current housing, neighborhood, local safety or public services to the point that they want to move, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. -The report, Desire to Move and Residential Mobility: 2010-2011, looks at the characteristics of householders who desired to move. Participation. This survey included 50,000 households for several years. -Who wants to move? - Young...

Family Fun

Mother's Day is a Time to Get Your Mom Things She Really Needs Because...
Mother's Day is a Time to Get Your Mom Things She Really Needs Because...
By Cheryl Moeller - Family Funny Stuff -Nine Signs Mom is Not Taking Care of Herself -- 1.  Her idea of a day at the spa is walking inside a $4.00 car wash and savoring the shampoo cycle.- 2.  She last went for a run the night after the Election (she was excited Harry Truman won).- 3.  She last went to the dentist because her braces were too tight and needed adjustment (she was excused from 8th grade geography...
Windsock  DIY Crafts
Windsock DIY Crafts
Windsocks are easy to make fun crafts for kids. They make a perfect homemade gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparent's Day, or Any Day!  Kids can decorate a plain wind sock craft for any holiday. DIY art and craft projects are an essential part of children learning fine motor skills. And when they make gifts it promotes sharing and caring for others. Father's Day - Grandparent's Day - Any Day - Windsock Craft : Win...
Put On A Happy Face
Put On A Happy Face
Teens By Jillian Bietz - Looking for a way to improve your attitude or your outlook on life? Not only are these books fun to read, but they are full of insight and opportunity too! The Happy Book by Rachel Kempster and Meg Leder. - This interactive, customizable journal/book is sure to brighten anybody’s sour mood. With plenty of pages designated for customization by scribbles, pasted artifacts, lists and other creative...

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The Best Excuse for Not Cleaning: Preserving Kid's Handprints

Kid Handprint Art - Perfect Homemade Gift!

 

I had this moment of sentimentality the other day as I was cleaning the mirrors in our bathroom.  Though not a household job that ordinarily brings me to nostalgia, wiping little handprints from the glass actually made me tear up. Did I really want to make those handprints disappear?  There are only little for such a short period of time, after all.

 

I put down my cleaning products (not such a sacrifice) and decided that it was time to get messy.  My kids thought the lottery winnings were theirs, as they heard me initiate the idea to paint their hands and let them print all over large sheets of flipchart paper.

Once we got over the initial fun of wild hand-painting (the only thing more fun than mere finger-painting!), the kids got serious about design issues.  My four-year old used alternating purple, red, orange and yellow handprints overtop of a hand-drawn vase, to create a bouquet of "flowers."  My seven-year old drew grass all around her sets of multi-colored handprints and titled her masterpiece, "The Hand Garden."

After witnessing these works of art, I had the greatest idea.  The holidays are coming and wouldn't these handmade pieces be great as gift for family?  The children loved the idea of being able to make their own gifts.  Gifts straight from their little hands to the recipient.

To top it off, I also have two frame-able, keep-forever pieces of art featuring those sweet little prints that I really do want to keep around forever.  Just in case, I still have a few on my bathroom mirrors too!

 

 

By Signe Whitson, LSW.  As a mother of two little girls and working as a therapist for children, she has gained a wealth of knowledge for families.  She has been featured on Psychology Today and co-authored a book "The Angry Smile: The Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behavior in Families, Schools and Workplaces." 

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