Easter is such a fun time of year. But like so many holidays, it can also be packed with sugar, especially for children. When you have a community Easter egg hunt with candy-filled eggs followed by a lunch at grandma’s with tons of sugary desserts, the last thing you want to give your kids is more sugar. Unfortunately, store aisles are filled with tons of different candies to stuff into your kids’ Easter baskets, and there can be a lot of pressure to pack your kid’s Easter baskets with sugar. If you’re committed to creating a candy-free Easter basket that your kids will love, here are some tips and tricks.
Though it may not seem like it just now with snow still on the ground and frost still coating your windows in the morning, May is just around the corner. What once marked the end of the school year and the beginning of summer has become, as we made the transition to adults, simply a sign of warm weather to come and, for those of us who are moms, a warning that we need to find childcare options for our children. With that on our minds, it can be easy to forget another of the big changes May signifies. For high schoolers and college students across the world, May is a momentous month with one big word emblazoned across it: Graduation.
The likelihood that you know someone who’s graduating this May are high. If it’s someone significant, like a spouse, a sibling, or a child, you may want to get a unique graduation gift that shows them how much they mean to you.
Creating a time capsule is often an assignment in late elementary or early middle school. Even if your child is not specifically instructed by their teachers to make a time capsule, you may be interested in helping them to create one. These are transition times in your child’s life. Time capsules are a great way for your child to acknowledge that change is a part of life and that it’s not always a bad thing.
Your son’s senior year in high school is an exciting and nerve-wracking time for him. Even as he begins to make decisions about his future, he is facing leaving behind the only world he has ever known, including the friends and family that have supported him up until this point. As he struggles with deciphering college admission letters, comparing financial aid packages, and applying for scholarships, tensions can begin to run high in the household. You’re both preparing yourselves emotionally for the transitions you’ll be facing in a few short months. Combining that emotional tension with very real financial concerns is easily a recipe for explosive encounters between you and your son.
Some people have a gift with words. These people know exactly what to say for maximum impact and when to say it. Luckily, for everyone else, there are a plethora of perfect words for every situation in the form of movie quotes.
Though there isn’t a hard and fast rule about who to get thank-you gifts for or when to present them, thank-you gifts typically go out to parents of the bride, parents of the groom, and anyone in the wedding party. If you’re doing the math in your head, you’re right: This is going to dig into your budget, especially if you didn’t anticipate this expense ahead of time. Unfortunately, it’s also not an area you can afford to scrimp. Giving a cheap thank-you gift is almost worse than giving no thank-you gift at all.
As you celebrate your daughter’s sweet sixteen with her, you want to be sure that you acknowledge the specialness of this date in some way. This isn’t just another birthday, and you don’t want to treat it like it is. By acknowledging that you see the date as special, you show your daughter that you recognize the woman she is becoming.
Learning that you’re pregnant causes a swell of emotions. Those two pink lines can be overwhelming--proof positive that your life is about to change for good. Once you get over the initial shock, you’ll want to share your news: first with your spouse, then your extended family, and finally the world. As a woman who has recently started planning a family, I’ve done a lot of research on fun, unique ways to make that special announcement when the day comes. Here are my favorite ways to announce a pregnancy.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. You can’t walk through a grocery store without seeing a thousand heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates or booths of flowers. When chocolates and flowers are no longer sufficient to show your Valentine exactly how much they mean to you, it becomes important to put thought into the way that you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Heartfelt gifts allow you to show that you understand February 14th is more than just a heart-shaped stamp on a calendar. It’s an opportunity to make a concerted effort to express your love and gratitude to another person.