autumn

Fun Fall Books and Activities for Kids!

School is back in session, there is a chill in the air, pumpkin spice lattes are back and I even had a fire in the fireplace for the first time in over five months… Fall has arrived! As an educator and mom, I love the combination of reading books followed by an “extension activity”. Extension activities have lots of benefits such as getting children excited to read and teaching them how to connect a book to real life. Activities give a child a chance to use the language from the book in a new way and of course, you have more positive parent-child interaction! Extension activities take reading to a whole new and exciting level and don’t need to be time consuming or cost money. This summer I fell in love with Usborne books after a friend of mine introduced them to me. There are a unique comp...

Perfect Fall Recipe: CrockPot Apple Sauce

Not much beats homemade apple sauce and making it in the crockpot will make the house smell heavenly and feel just like fall.  Plus, using the crockpot is a great way to make a healthy snack without a lot of work. Apple sauce is a wonderful snack.  Its texture and sweetness make it a comfort food – reminding us of childhood.  For me, it brings me back to my grandparent’s kitchen.  My grandpa always had a big pot of apple sauce going.  I think if he was able to try my version, he’d be impressed.

Fun-Sized Season is No Fun for Peanut Allergic Kids

It’s not too early to start thinking about Halloween and Fall harvest parties. How do I know this? Because the stores told me. The moment the first bell rang on the first day of school, clerks everywhere sprang into action. Out with the lunch boxes and in with the treat buckets! If you don’t have your costumes chosen or created by now, you might as well start cutting eye holes in your Egyptian cotton sheets. Show me your treat sack. Here’s a rock. Because it’s the season of Fun Sized candies, I start getting nervous. Walking down aisles of candies, candies, and candies confirms we are a country deeply in love with our peanuts. I won’t mention brand names, but the deluge of Futterbingers, Nickers, and Peese’s Reanutbutter Goblets scream how popular dusty ...