Posts Tagged ‘family’

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Space with Plow and Hearth

With summer in full swing, we are all excited to get outdoors with the family and spend quality time together. All winter long, and most of the spring you spent cooped up indoors through bad weather and bitter temperatures. Now, it’s finally time to get outside and soak up the sun. The best part? Getting outdoors brings enjoyment through the summer and far into the fall. What better place to enjoy all of the beautiful weather to come with the family than from the comfort of your own backyard? Now, all you need to do is create the perfect outdoor family space. Sound overwhelming? Let Plow & Hearth help!

Continue ReadingNo Comments

School Choices Defined

Schools, schools, and more schools. In this country, we are blessed to have so many schools to choose from, however the choices can be overwhelming. There are so many different types it is hard to know where your child will find his/her best fit.  The first step is to understand your options, know what each type of school has to offer, and begin narrowing down the schools in your area from there. Luckily for you we’ve done the first part of the homework for you and compiled a list that explains the different types of schools across the nation.

Continue ReadingNo Comments

Exploring the World with Science: A pH Experiment

Education is the most important tool we can use to change the world around us. In today’s world, science plays a huge part in the future of the world. The sad part is that not all schools promote science in early education. That is why parents should help to bridge the gap and educate our children on the vast world of science. Young children learn by hands-on activities and by naturally exploring their world. Experimentation can help foster their learning. Below is a simple pH experiment to help get things rolling.

Continue ReadingNo Comments

Exploring the World With Science: Water Cycle

Water is all around us. It affects every facet of our lives. We need water for survival; 80% of our bodies are made of water. But where does water come from? The warming of spring and summer provides the perfect time to get out and explore the water around us. While we are enjoying the lazy days on the lake or the rushing waves of the ocean, stop to take a few minutes to educate your little one on the importance of water and where it comes from.

Continue ReadingNo Comments

9 Activities to Enjoy with Your Baby and Dog

Almost half of the households in the United States have a dog. Adding a new baby into the family can change the dynamics and the routines in your home. Sometimes it can be traumatic for your first furry love, but it doesn’t have to be like that. You always can find ways for your dog to be an active member of your child’s development.

Today we will talk about nine activities that your dog will enjoy with your baby.

Continue Reading2 Comments

Mommy Moments: Cruising to Disneyland with Mazda

Recently my family took a trip to Southern California. While we currently live in the Detroit area of Michigan, I was born and raised in Southern California, and half of my family still lives there. With my two young children, we make it a point to travel as a family to visit the area at least once every couple years. This time though, it was different. We didn’t really feel like we were traveling with babies any more, since my youngest is three years old, and my oldest is five. We didn’t have to schedule anything around naps, or breastfeeding breaks, or diaper changes, and that (in and of itself) was amazing. We did, however, get the opportunity to test drive a Mazda CX-9 for the week, as well as visit Disneyland with the children, and I’m here to tell you all about that experience today.

Continue ReadingNo Comments

The Bucket List for a Family Friendly Vacation through Arizona

Road trips are one of the best ways to vacation, especially when you’re towing along a couple kids. Whether you’re flying cross country and picking up an RV for a week, or just venturing out your backdoor in the minivan for a long weekend of local adventure, seeing what this country has to offer out the windows of a vehicle is a satisfying experience, for both young and old. We recently road tripped through the state of Arizona, from top to bottom, and along the way found great bucket list stops, everything from nature and landmark viewing to museums and aquariums, all kid-friendly, yet still fascinating and fun for adults. So whether Arizona is hundreds of miles away or right in your backyard, load up the car and the kids and get road trippin’. Leave the to-do list to us!

Continue Reading2 Comments

Why Moms Need Sleep: Too Tired to Mom

Momming ain’t easy, and being tired is fo’ real. Moms spend so much of their days taking care of someone else, hardly thinking of themselves. Cutting up fruit to the precise angle in which your child will eat it. Worried that we aren’t reading to them enough, teaching them enough, giving them enough encouragement, while also letting them find themselves independently… We are always pushing ourselves to the limit. And we are often doing so on very little sleep, leaving us too tired to mom.

Continue Reading1 Comment

Scientific Proof Why You Should Read to Your Baby

It’s no secret that children often learn by our interactions with them. We may think that cuddling, singing, and playing with our babies are just simple bonding activities, but they are so much more than that. Many studies show that the more we talk to our babies, the more they learn. Communicating with your child is pivotal for his/her growth and development. One of the best ways to promote aural learning is to simply read to your child.

So, while it may seem silly to walk around Target humming songs, pointing out colors, or simply reading to an infant with no verbal communication skills of their own – do it. Babies learn about speech, language, and reading skills long before they actually begin to speak and read on their own.

Continue ReadingNo Comments

The Online Village: Why Moms are Always on Their Phones

“Seriously, what are you looking at? Who are you talking to?”

“No one. I’m just on Facebook.”

“Facebook, Instagram. You’re always on there. I don’t see what could possibly be so entertaining.”

It’s true. I’m on my phone quite a bit. And in talking to my other mommy friends, so are they. In fact, I can see that they’re active on Facebook right now, or how long they’ve been inactive. I can tell that they were up with the baby at 4am or that it’s dinner time because social media is radio silence. So why are moms on their phones all the time? What exactly is your wife doing as she stares into that bright screen?

Continue Reading1 Comment

Crafts for 10 Favorite Children’s Books

Reading can take us on imaginative adventures great and small with a few simple words, and, in some cases, with a few pictures or illustrations too. Want to bring the fun even more “to life” with your kids and help encourage their love of reading?

Here are 10 favorite kid’s books, and crafts perfect for pairing with them.

Continue ReadingNo Comments

Stroller Strides: More than just a Workout

Motherhood is busy, making it hard to find time to bathe, eat lunch, or brush your teeth. Sometimes the possibility of working out crosses our minds, but then it quickly retreats with each cry for Momma. However, we’ve got to take care of ourselves. What if there were a workout that could help you both emotionally and physically, all while stimulating and socializing your baby? Stroller Strides is the answer.

Continue ReadingNo Comments

The Ultimate Family-Friendly Camping Gear Guide

With 13,000 public campgrounds in the US and Canada (and that doesn’t even count private ones or go-pitch-a-tent-in-an-abandoned-field ones), we have good reason to believe that the oftentimes thought of extinct act of camping does still, in fact, exist. That there are still families who own a sleeping bag and a canteen and aren’t afraid to put down the smartphone for a night or two warms our souls. So, as the temperature starts to thaw, the kids begin to remember what grass and trees are, and Mom and Dad are finally ready to tackle that New Year’s resolution of “spend more time together as a family”, it’s time to circle a weekend on the calendar and go good ol’ fashioned camping!

We won’t let you take ol’ fashioned camping too literally, though. In this day and age, even basic camping gear comes with bells and whistles. We’re excited to show you what the camping gear industry looks like today, and what essential – yet oh so cool – products are out there to give your family-friendly camping excursion a modern and just-like-home feel.

Continue ReadingNo Comments

Exploring the World with Science

Children are naturally curious. They find wild delight in tiny ants crossing the sidewalk, they take pleasure in pulling out all the contents in your kitchen cabinets, and they love sticking their hands into gooey mud and rubbing it all over themselves and the dog. Children want to learn and explore the world around them – and it is our job to foster this creativity by encouraging them to think critically about the how’s and why’s of the world. It is your job to enlighten them in the world of science.  

Continue ReadingNo Comments