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Monday, March 19, 2012
Looking to score some Easter Eggs? We've rounded-up some of the local hunts around town!
Are you hoping for a good Easter egg hunt for you or your child in Maryland Heights? Several places around town are offering the Easter tradition. Know of other Easter Egg hunts in Maryland Heights? Let us know in the comments!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Patch offers a tips for fun and safety on Halloween, as well as a round-up of local, family-friendly events.
Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road? Because he didn’t have the guts, of course! That’s right, it’s almost Halloween, and in some St. Louis-area neighborhoods, you won’t get a treat without a trick. You can sing or dance or tell a funny joke, but unless you’re a super-cute toddler, you might need to do a little something special to get your treat. Savvy trick-or-treaters can prepare their acts in advance by finding plenty of good, clean Halloween jokes at GuySports.com. Stay Safe on Halloween Along with the fun of trick-or-treating, parents need to be concerned with their kids’ safety. While Halloween can provide hours of entertainment and serious candy benefits, approximately four times as many kids between the ages of 5 and 14 are …
Friday, July 1, 2011
After every big home birthday party, we vow never to host another one--and then we somehow forget to honor that vow.
Recently, my two older kids and I meticulously planned my son’s 6th birthday party. We designed homemade invitations and customized indoor and outdoor games, and we bought superhero-themed food and drinks. We couldn’t wait to execute our party plans. Finally, the big day arrived. The cake was iced, food spread out, and a “Birthday Boy” balloon bounced happily at the end of its string. Everything looked perfect, and with 15 minutes before guests were due, I even had time to put on a little makeup so as not to look too haggard. It started out fine as a few children arrived early and sat down to wait for the others. They were content, and mostly quiet, while playing with goody bag items—we’d picked out a small puzzle, coloring book, ball, and…
Friday, June 24, 2011
Gadgets are great, but there's no app for summer.
With Father’s Day just behind us and Fourth of July on its way, I am reminded of the many Missouri summers I spent camping, fishing and just being a kid during that beloved break from school. My children are lucky to live in Maryland Heights and share that same abundant Missouri sunshine—but things are a little different these days. Admittedly, like a lot of families, mine is addicted to the Internet and techno-gadgets. They often enhance our lives, but they could also cause my kids to miss out on making great summer memories. As one of my friends—on Facebook, no less!—put it recently: “I had social networking when I was a kid. It was called ‘outside.’” In my childhood, there were no iPhones, iPods, or “i” anythings to entertain, distract …
Friday, June 17, 2011
Two young residents put their sales skills to the test for a good cause.
A couple of years ago, my niece bought my kids a Kool-Aid stand at a flea market. Unfortunately, my daughter wanted to sell cold drinks that very weekend. It was October. “You could sell hot chocolate,” I suggested. She wasn’t too keen on that idea. I think she’d watched a movie where kids were selling lemonade, and that’s what she’d made up her mind to do. So we put the stand in the basement, where it collected dust over the months leading up to warm weather. When I finally remembered its existence, there wasn’t a convenient time to set it up, or so I told myself, procrastinating as usual. I thought it would be a lot of effort to put it together, make signs, etc. So I let it go. More time went by, and it was fall again. Thus, the cycle …
Friday, June 10, 2011
Who needs to go out of town for a vacation? We can go skiing, hiking, camping, swimming, fishing and more right here in Maryland Heights.
Being a family of five presents many challenges, like having enough money and time for a summer trip. We had hoped to fly to England this summer, but it’s peak travel time and therefore doubly expensive. Plus, my husband is in summer school with a rigorous course load and a perfect GPA to maintain. Unless all three kids and I go out of town without him, which I’m not brave or crazy enough to do, it looks like a winter trip again this year. I’m glad I invested in that parka a few years back. Determined to have a summer vacation, my 5 and 9-year-olds have been creating their own "staycation" in Maryland Heights. We had just come home from swimming lessons when my daughter spotted the box of “furniture glider thingies.” They’re these …
Friday, June 3, 2011
The older kids are, the more quickly they grow up. It’s an enigma.
It seems like yesterday my kindergartner was waving goodbye to me from the bus on his first day of school, while his big sister—a “pro” in third grade— was busy chatting to her friends and ignored me. Where did the time go? Maybe it raced by because I had another baby last summer, and she's kept me extra busy for the past 10 months. Or maybe it’s because as we get older, time simply disappears into oblivion. Poof! Another year inexplicably gone. The days have sped up this last semester because I’ve also had a teenager living with me. My niece, whose family recently moved out of the school district, moved in with us at the beginning of April. With term papers, prom, finals, extreme chauffeuring, and nonstop texting (which I’ve come to …
Friday, May 20, 2011
Realizing that your child is growing up can sometimes be the biggest surprise of all.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Recently I watched in awe as my usually introverted child and three of her friends sang the national anthem in my living room. Each third-grader was decked out in as much red-white-and-blue as a person can possibly wear. The other girls were lined up behind my daughter and held their right hands over their hearts. Oddly, my kid was front-and-center, singing along while dramatically acting American Sign Language motions for words like “proudly,” “flag” and “brave.” Was this my child? My glasses-wearing, awkward, bookish girl who’s always been a wallflower—who's mortified at being the center of attention? She was the preschooler who struggled to make eye contact with …
Friday, May 13, 2011
A wrong self-diagnosis eventually lands one mom at a Maryland Heights clinic for treatment during a weekend.
It all started with a pulsing, throbbing pain at my temples. I suspected it was because I hadn’t yet had my morning coffee, but even after two blissful cups of Folgers, the headache persisted. I swallowed a couple of ibuprofen and chalked it up to stress. That was Wednesday. The headache returned with a vengeance on Thursday, along with a fever and body aches. Ever a self-help junkie, I thoroughly consulted WebMD and became convinced I had the flu. I didn’t feel like leaving the house anyway, and even if I did see my doctor I assumed he would say, “Stay hydrated, take fever reducers, and let the virus run its course,” advice I’ve heard many times in nine years of being a parent. But Friday night, as I burned with a record fever, I …