Easy Ways to Give Back for #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is today! Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year...

Caramelized Butternut Squash

In my home, butternut squash remains a cautionary yellow light food, meaning my kids proceed with caution. They are still leery of this bright orange veggie which shows up in the fall. I love the comforting flavor of squash and present it in new ways to get my family on board. Today, I have a new strategy, and it involves butter and sugar....

Kid-Friendly Kitchen Tasks for Every Age

Creating a meal together as a family means more than just tasty food on the table. Getting the entire family involved in preparing the main event will create memories that will last forever and maybe a new family tradition. Plus, extra hands are always a plus! Cooking can help kids develop reading, math and science skills, and give families the...

Fun & Healthy Thanksgiving Treats for Kids

Every year for Thanksgiving, my family focuses on what it means to be thankful. Throughout the year, we can forget what thankfulness really means. There's always something we want or "need" (especially with kids and the latest "cool" toy). During the Thanksgiving holiday, we can take a step back and appreciate all that we have. I'll admit, this year Thanksgiving...

How to Host Thanksgiving for the First Time

  Planning your first Thanksgiving can be overwhelming! From choosing how many sides to make, timing the cooking of your dishes, and selecting a turkey, there are so many decisions involved. Last year I planned my first Thanksgiving and although it didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped, I came away with 10 tips for a stress-free gathering. Get the...