Autumn Read Alouds for Kids

Falling leaves, crisp days, cold nights, waning daylight hours and the holidays fast approaching. Fall is the perfect time to take a pause and snuggle up with your kids for some family reading time. And if you think reading to your children is just for your pre-readers, think again. According to an article from Rasmussen…
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Who’s Your Fictional Fashion Icon?

The "Big Four:" York City, London, Paris, and Milan's fashion weeks are underway, and while our favorite fictional fashion icons won't walk the runway with the latest Spring/Summer 2019 collections, they have made definitive fashion statements. Who could forget the elegant and chic black dress and pearl choker worn by Holly Golightly in Truman Capote's novella…
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Camping Fun with Kids!

Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your kids and create memories for years to come. Our family has been camping since the kids were toddlers and they continue to migrate home for our annual camping trip even though they are grown and scattered around the country. Camping has become such a…
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Picture Books for Arbor Day

Living in the Pacific Northwest, we have no shortage of beautiful trees and Arbor Day reminds us of how important it is to preserve them. National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree-planting times in their area…
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Literary Heroines We Love

March is Women's History Month and a great time to celebrate the many incredible fictional heroines who have inspired us and taught us life lessons.  There are many, but often we find one we relate to most. Growing up, I identified with Velvet Brown in National Velvet and admired how she defied social norms and posed…
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Help for Caregiver Burnout

Caring for an aging loved one can be a blessing and a burden. I recently experienced this firsthand. When my 98-year-old grandmother, who was suffering from dementia, arrived in our home for a "trial visit," we were completely unprepared for the challenges of caregiving. As with many dementia patients, she had managed to mask her…
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