Getting My Toddler To Wear A Face Mask

Small girl with face mask standing outdoors and picking flowers, coronavirus concept.

By Anna Keller, curiouser & curiouser

This time last year, I can’t imagine what we’d have thought if you told us we’d all be wearing face masks when in public. I certainly couldn’t have imagined our kiddos in them, and yet here we are! If there’s one thing this pandemic has reinforced for me, it’s the flexibility of our children. Getting my 3-year-old daughter, Maggie, to wear a mask hasn’t been difficult (thankfully!). She hasn’t been upset by wearing a mask or seeing others in masks. In fact, she’s been far easier to deal with when it comes to mask wearing than many adults. 

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Steal the Spotlight

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner with All the Sides. Homemade Roasted Turkey and all traditional dishes on Festive Thanksgiving table.

By Michelle Stansbury, Eat, Drink, Be San Diego

When it comes to Thanksgiving and steakhouses, the real star for me is the side dishes. I’ve got nothing against turkey (or steak, for that matter), but good side dishes steal the spotlight. Potatoes can be mashed, smashed, baked, or scalloped, without even venturing into the wonderful world of sweet potatoes and yams. Green beans can be roasted, blistered, sautéed, or served in a casserole. While most people opt for traditional, comfort food side dishes, if you want to wow your guests, try a few of these incredible, over-the-top Thanksgiving side dishes.  

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Your Maternity Fashion Journey

The moment you hear those magic words, “Congratulations, you’re expecting!” Hundreds of thoughts can begin running through your head. Of course you feel joy and excitement—all of the feels. But, one question that probably crops up is likely, as my baby grows and I grow, “Do I need a new wardrobe?” The short answer is no. Don’t feel like you have to buy a whole new wardrobe. But, you will likely want to invest in pieces you love. You know yourself best—if you live in jeans, then invest in a great pair of maternity jeans. If you have a special occasion and want to look your best, invest in a fun dress and rock it. Focus on what you want, and don’t worry about the rest. Also, start with a few basics. These will get you started with a comfortable base and you can incorporate your pre-pregnancy wardrobe into the mix. Grab some great accessories—these will always fit, no matter your size, and can really upgrade a whole outfit depending on how you style them. Think scarves, necklaces, hats, etc.

Here are a few of our top tips & tricks from one of our favorite brands Motherhood Maternity

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How to Create a STEAM Learning Environment at Home

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With the holidays approaching, school and work are going to slow down and we will continue to spend a lot of time at home with our families. Do not let your family become fatigued from quarantining and social distancing. Embrace something different with STEAM learning activities at home. It is easier than it sounds and will be a nice break from the usual learning routine. By the end of this you will know what STEAM is, the benefits, items you need plus easy projects and activities you can start now. 

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10 Ideas for Rock Painting

Nice painted colorful pebbles with bright colors.

When the weather is warm, playing outside with sidewalk chalk is a favorite pastime of many kids. There is nothing better than using your driveway or sidewalk as a huge art canvas, sharing colorful pictures and positive messages with whoever walks by your house. But how can you harness that creative energy when it is too cold to go outside? Scale it down by painting rocks. You can decorate cute painted rocks indoors, and then, following the principles of The Kindness Rocks Project, randomly leave your rocks around the neighborhood to share your art. And I have got some easy ideas for rock painting to get you started. 

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Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Home Style corn bread being served from a cast-iron skillet.

Thanksgiving is on its way. That means turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. That means if you have Celiac disease, you cannot eat anything on Thanksgiving, right? Not so! Just because you have to eat a gluten-free diet does not mean you have to starve while the rest of your family indulges right in front of you. There are plenty of Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts that are easy to make gluten-free. 

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