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Six Simple Tools Your Kids Need to Look Out For Themselves

My most memorable experience with fire happened when I was nine  On my birthday, which was less than a week before the first day of school, I got a bright blue wrist watch, a shiny key on a shoestring around my neck and instructions to get home after school and stay there until my parents…

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How to be a more Patient Parent – the one simple trick you need in your life

Can you be more patient?   Can you be more patient when your two-year old throws himself on the supermarket floor with bloodcurdling screams for seemingly no reason?     Can you be more patient when you try to put together a nutritious dinner while kids are bickering or demanding your attention every two seconds and the baby…

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How to motivate kids to do their schoolwork

I’m often asked, “How do you get your kids to do schoolwork?”  I usually opt for a brief, “My kids want to do it.”   This is both true and not true.   Yes, my kids do schoolwork pretty willingly most of the time.  And no, they were not born this way.   I spent countless hours planning,…

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6 Books to add to your Reading List

Today is a National Book Lovers Day and I want to use it as an excuse to share my latest discoveries with you.  When you become a parent of a small child, sleep becomes a precious commodity.  And if you have a couple of small children, sleep hours are few and far between.  Yet, I…

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The Healthy Mind is going with me to uninhibited island

In Healthy Mind Cookbook: big-flavor recipes to enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory, and Mental Clarity Rebecca Katz put together good-for-you flavorful recipes that are easy to make in any kitchen.  Whether you have been eating healthy for years or just starting on that journey for the first time, you must have read about the connection…

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Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees (essential techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking)

By a curious coincidence an opportunity to review this book came in the same time period as a realization that I haven’t had Chinese food in years.  And I love Chinese food.  Ordering Chinese takeout never failed to make me feel more American than McDonald’s French Fries ever could.  In some ways because of the word “French” in the name…

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Why I read Historical Fiction

   My teenage years consisted of a steady diet of War and Peace by Tolstoy (school requirement), A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens(school requirement), Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo (for pleasure), The Three Musketeers (for extra pleasure) and The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (for the most pleasure of all).  I didn’t call these books historical fiction though.  I…

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Everyday Detox by Megan Gilmore

After making a decision to eat healthier, many people wonder where to start.  It’s so easy to get confused or paralyzed into inaction by a flood of conflicting information.  Often a tendency is to go all out: no junk food, no dairy, no meat, no gluten, no fat. Then after a week of kale salads with a rye cracker on…

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Thrive by Arianna Huffington

I should have written this review a month ago, but I was too busy weeping.  I picked this book up expecting informative and hopefully an entertaining read about how to be successful in America.  I was sure that Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the legendary Huffington Post, the third leading news source in…

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Ten Commandments of a Ferocious Reader

Every Monday I head over to maryanderingcreatively.com for Literacy Musing Mondays.  It’s a great place for book lovers.  If you like to read, you will discover something new and exciting to add to your reading list.  And if you have a blog, it’s a place to link up your book reviews and book lists. Today…

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Daily Painting

  For most of my life I could neither paint, nor draw.  It didn’t bother me much until I started homeschooling my kids following Waldorf curriculum and my artistic ignorance started to get in the way of good education.  Oh for sure, I have stood in the Louvre in front of Mona Lisa and looked at…

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