Creative Connection Tip: Host a Craft Party

How about hosting a craft party for your next Moms’ Night Out?  I’ve attended three craft parties since October. Two were at friends’ homes and another was at a local winery. Before you dismiss this idea out of hand simply because you don’t consider yourself crafty, I’ve found that women who claim to have the …

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May the Grinch Not Steal Your Christmas: A Ridiculous Rhyme

Dear readers, Sometimes we all take life a little too seriously, especially around the holidays. I know I do! Between those long (mysteriously quiet) lines snaking through the post office, drivers teetering on road rage and shoppers losing their—well, you know—I decided I needed to add some levity to my season. Frankly, I was starting …

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Creative Connection Tip: Ideas for Family Fun After the Big Thanksgiving Day Meal

Thanksgiving Day is only a week and a half away. While you may be busy planning the big meal, having a few fun activities up your sleeve once Thanksgiving dinner is over is great way to make the holiday extra special. In my article published in the November issue of Kansas City Parent magazine, families …

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Creative Connection Tip: Start a Cooking Club

For those who love to talk about food as much as they love to cook and eat it, a cooking club can be a creative and enticing way to connect with other like-minded culinary fans or individuals who want to hone their food prep skills. Here’s how to start a cooking club: Theme. Choose a theme …

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But What Do I Say? 10 Conversation Starters for Moms to Help You Connect with Confidence

But What Do I Say? 10 Conversation Starters for Moms to Help You Connect with Confidence The most difficult part of going to a social gathering where you won’t know anyone is managing the awkward small talk. That alone pushes most people to just stay home. But making face-to-face connections is an important way to …

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Foster Empathy to Help Prevent Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Want to prevent bullying? Empathy is the key. Kids who are high in empathy are less likely to bully. You can begin teaching this skill from infancy. Unfortunately, fewer kids are learning this valuable social skill. Researchers have discovered that the levels of empathy among college students has taken …

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Creative Connection Tip: Turn on the TV

My friends and family know that I have a special obsession for Outlander, a historical fiction/fantasy book series authored by Diana Gabaldon that Starz turned into a fantastic mini-series recently. I love sharing articles, swapping memes and discussing the show with friends both online and off who love it as much as I do. For …

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Six Ways to Help Kids Use Social Media in a Healthy Way

By age 10, many children already have social media accounts on sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat, even though these sites require that users be 13 or older. If you’ve spent any time on social media, you know that it can have an influence on mental wellbeing–both positive and negative. While many of us …

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New to Back to School? Six Fun Ways to Connect

Many of us are gearing up for back to school, which means we’re going to have the chance to say hello again to families we haven’t seen all summer. But if your child is new to the school or headed to Moms Day Out, preschool or kindergarten, you both may be going in without knowing …

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Find Out What Your Social Media Profile Says About You

Do you ever wonder how you come across on social media to others? What do your photos, posts, likes and comments say about your personality? ApplyMagicSauce.Com, a free personality prediction site created by the University of Cambridge’s Psychometrics Center, claims to “accurately predict psychological traits from digital footprints of human behavior”. I was curious to …

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