Best Gifts for Kids: Ages 5-8

What are the best gifts for kids? Even though Transformers and Little Ponies are on the top of our 5- and 7-year-olds’ wish lists, we want to give them gifts that spark their imagination.  READ MORE

A Swedish St. Lucia Celebration

We celebrate the Festival of St. Lucia every December 13 with our Swedish friends, bringing light to the darkness of winter with candles, music, and fun. Experiences like these are precious for teaching my children about the world and respecting other cultures. READ MORE

Hanukkah and a Gingerbread Menorah?

Hanukkah is celebrated for 8 days starting the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev (late November/early December). Candles are central to every Hanukkah celebration, traditionally displayed in a Menorah or Hanukiah. READ MORE

Teachable Moment: Charity

An incredibly powerful way to get children involved in charity is through your local food bank. Kids easily relate to the basic need for food but until you ask them to really think about it, most assume that everyone simply buys food from the store. READ MORE

Play Mats and Ponies

Horses are Sara’s favorite animal these days, better yet if they have wings (the Breyer Wind Dancer ponies are at the top of her Christmas list) or unicorn horns. Her passion for ponies inspired this homemade play mat as a gift for a preschool girlfriend turning 5 but we also ended up making one for her to keep, then William joined in on the fun and made one for his cars. READ MORE