Toy Monday: Retro Toys and Games

You’ve probably thought about introducing your favorite childhood toys to your own children. My children have been playing with their wooden pinball game this week. It has a wooden plunger, pins (nails), metal balls, shoots for the balls to fall into. I’m sure it is not safe for children under 3 years old, so I’m … Read more

What Is a Parent to Do About Children and Consumerism?

Have the wish lists started pouring in? Count the brand names and advertising-driven items. When I asked about something on my daughter’s list, “Where did you hear about that?” she told me she heard it from friends. Heard from friends translated easily into Want It. Advertising to children looks like the marketing gift that keeps … Read more

A Few of My Favorite Local Food Resources

Harvest time is the perfect time to ask yourself about your local in-season abundance. How Local Is Local? How far does your food travel to reach your table? On average, 1,500-2,500 miles. Food miles are certainly not the only consideration, but this is one more factor you can use to consider the environmental impact of your life. … Read more

Grandma Knew Food

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve asked you to think of questions to ask your grandmother and other older relatives over the holidays, questions about how they diapered babies and how they moved their babies around. This week, I want you to think of questions about food. Find out what your grandma knows about food. Our diets have … Read more

Toy Monday: Handmade

Black Friday is coming. I know you’ve seen or heard advertisements about it from companies large and small. Why Black Friday? Because this coming Friday is the day in the calendar year when most retailers go into the black financially – all because so many people brave the danger to rush out to drive themselves crazy and … Read more