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  • Baby mesmerized by toys hanging over bouncy seat.

    The Importance of Playing, Puttering, and Pretending

      When our first child was born I was determined to do everything I could to “optimize” his development. This had even begun during my pregnancy, when I listened to lots of classical music, took lots of walks, thought lots of good thoughts. (This was a good start, mainly because these were all activities that […] Read full story

  • Green Your Halloween – Fall Fragrances

    Green Your Halloween – Fall Fragrances

    I enjoy the unique smells associated with fall – the brisk air, the smell of apples and apple cider, pumpkin pies baking, and, of couse, maybe a candy apple or two.  However, anyone that knows me knows that I DESPISE the artificial nasty smell of those fake cinnamon brooms that come out in September and […] Read full story

  • Green Your Halloween – Candy Free Treats

    Green Your Halloween – Candy Free Treats

    Trick or treaters roam the streets for just one thing – Candy!  But, let’s face it – candy only lasts for a very short time, and many parents end up confiscating the goods once the kids get back home, anyway.  So why not hand out something that will last for more than just 5 seconds, […] Read full story

  • Green Your Halloween – Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

    Green Your Halloween – Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

    It’s always the same problem – you carve a jack o’lantern and you’re stuck with all of this gooey orange mess from the inside. What to do with it?? Throwing away the insides of a pumpkin is much like tossing a bunch of vitamins in the trash. Pumpkin seeds are chock full of minerals and […] Read full story

  • Green Your Halloween – Buying Pumpkins

    Green Your Halloween – Buying Pumpkins

    Got a real pumpkin on your list of things to buy this season? Most people do, whether to carve as a jack o’ lantern or simply to add a Fall touch to their indoor or outdoor decor. Pumpkins are everywhere, from grocery stores to home improvement stores. But why not directly support the local farmers […] Read full story

  • Green Your Halloween - Upcycle and Crafting

    Green Your Halloween – Upcycle and Crafting

    Sure, recycling is good.  But upcycling is better.  It’s not enough to use a product once and recycle it.  It’s so much better to use it again and again before heading to the recycling or compost heap.  Whether you’re a crafter or just enjoy unique artwork and decor, you might find that products made from […] Read full story

  • Family at a carnival, in a ride that spins around. The background is blurred.

    Take off when Lice Move In

      Want to avoid washing every sheet, towel and pillow that you own when the school nurse calls to tell you that your child has lice?  The easiest way to rid your home of lice is… Lice Don’t Fly, Jump, or Burrow I once drove to a client’s home to treat the family and found […] Read full story

  • Four sassy girls standing in front of a garage door looking directly into the camera.

    Staring Down The Stigma

    Telling your child’s friends is a tough but necessary step to prevent a lice infestation from being passed back and forth among classmates, friends and teammates… It’s surprising that in this reality show world, where a girl’s entrée to fame and fortune is a tape of an intimate moment with a boyfriend, that there still […] Read full story

  • Mom talking to professional lice remover with daughter watching

    The Best Defense is a Good Offense

    Combing for lice to prevent lice infestations is like brushing your teeth to prevent cavities… You’re a parent of a school-aged child.  You’ve gotten the lice notices; you’ve told your little one not to share brushes or hats at school.  You may have even purchased a preventative spray or specialty shampoo to help ward off […] Read full story

  • Three girls with hair tied back to help prevent the spread of lice.

    Allowing Lousy Children in Schools: What’s behind the removal of the “No-Nit” policies in local school districts?

    Public school districts all over the country are changing their stance on lice in schools.  Where before they had followed a “No Nit” policy that sent a child home if he or she had nits in the hair, but no live lice, now they are allowing children withnits to be in the classroom.  Parents are […] Read full story