Give Experiences Instead of Things Part Four: Food

If there’s one thing I’ve grown tired of as my kids have gotten older, it is the twice-a-year Great Toy Purge. Cathartic, sure. But the sense of being swallowed whole by a sea of toys and THINGS is definitely something I can do with out. Once the Great Toy Purge is over, I feel so

Give Experiences Instead of Things Part Three: Adventures

Do you like the idea of gifting experiences instead of things? Perfect! Because we’re compiling a list of local suggestions to help you fill out your holiday wishlists. Today’s topic: adventures! (Be sure to check out our previous posts about Museums and Gyms, too!) Sometimes everybody needs a little adventure in their life. Why not

Give Experiences Instead of Things Part Two: Gyms

A lot of folks like the idea of gifting experiences instead of things, so we’re compiling a list of local suggestions to help you fill out your holiday wishlists. Today’s topic: gyms! (check out Part One: Museums) Here are a few ideas for places for your kids to get their wiggles out, ranging from more

Give Experiences Instead of Things Part One: Museums

There might be several reasons why you might want to give your family experience gifts instead of physical objects — maybe you don’t have the space, maybe you would like to spend your free time doing something new together, maybe you’re tired of stepping on tiny plastic doll shoes and blocks. Whatever your reason, we

Wondering about Water?

Few things are as relaxing as a nice warm bath, which is one of the reasons that water births may be of increasing interest to you. Anything that can reduce the stress of birth can help reduce birth complications. What are the specific benefits of water birth, and how can it be done safely? The

Let’s Get Cheesy

In the process of creating a birth plan, many new parents are surprised at how many choices and options are available to them. One of those options is delaying baby’s first bath. You may not have even thought about this before now and you may be wondering why anyone would ever want to delay cleaning

Three Things I Wish I Had

It’s been a while since I had a baby and things sure have changed since I was pregnant with my oldest 20 years ago. When you have your babies spaced out like I did (born in ’99, ’07, ’11, ’12) you experience changes in parenting trends, professional recommendations, and accessibility to resources. I’ll tell you,

Three Tips for Surviving Each Trimester

Pregnancy is typically pretty uncomfortable and depending on where you’re at in your pregnancy you may be facing nausea, leg cramps, or an annoyingly itchy belly. In our childbirth education series we discuss many of these common “pregnancy complaints”. We also talk about when to expect them, why they happen, and what you can do

Fall is (Almost) Here: Time to Think Pumpkin!

Pumpkin spice is back on the menu, Halloween pop-up stores are appearing in strip malls and there is occasionally a cool, seventy-some degree morning! That must mean that fall is around the corner and it’s time to start pondering all the fun fall activities in our future. One classic activity with kids is visiting the