Posts Tagged ‘Holidays’

Holiday Art Ideas for Kids — and Why Art is Important

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Two year old Eric loves going to the park. His mom makes it a priority to plan play dates as well as attend weekly classes and story time at the library. She knows that all these activities are both fun and contribute positively to Eric’s healthy growth, development and learning.

Member Musings: Local Ways to Give Back

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Are you inspired to give back this holiday season? Below are some easy ways to get involved right now!   Here are two local nonprofits with great reputations who have clear, user-friendly websites that PAMP members can easily interact with:

Member Musings: Breathe

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The holidays are often a stressful time, as much as they are also a time of cheer and reconnecting with friends and family. This time can be very emotional and full of all the wonderful and trying things that come with being in community. This year, try to

Member Musings: Time Savings Tips for this Holiday Season

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The craziness of the holidays has already begun. Here are five tips to help save you time (and sanity) this season.

1. Avoid stress for impulse purchases by making a list. In goodie-laden stores, a list will make sticking to your budget so much easier.

2. Plan your holiday gifts around Cyber Monday. Start planning early for the after-Thanksgiving sales. You can stack anything from toys to books to clothes for low prices. Don’t wait until December to start planning your gifts.

3. Use on-demand services to book appointments for hair and makeup for your big holiday events.

4. Bargain. Small shop owners or online store owners might be more likely to cut you a deal, especially if you buy in bulk.

5. Keep things simple. A homemade card or do it yourself goods can be so much more meaningful and save you money.

Navigating Dinners with a Picky Eater: A No-Stress Holiday Guide

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Never is there a greater focus on food than at the holidays. And for parents of picky eaters, holiday meals can be immensely stressful family situations to navigate. If it wasn’t bad enough that you have to endure the never-ending playback of family stories from Great Aunt Bea, fate deals you a bum hand and […]

Book Roundup: Holiday Picture Books

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 In my family, the kids look forward to the holidays all year long—which makes the season especially precious when it finally arrives. Holiday traditions like family time, feasts, and gift-giving and receiving are all part of what makes the season special. Another tradition that can add to the magic of the season is reading holiday […]

Give the Gift that Gives Back

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Each holiday season, the retail marketing wheels start spinning and our loved ones create lists to share with inquiring family and friends. Depending on your faith — or your belief in Santa — gifts abound, from everyday home items to the most expensive gadgets on the market. Although watching a child tear open a carefully […]

Autumn Food Creations: Fun Edibles for Kids!

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  Getting kids into the kitchen to cook with you is not only helpful, it’s also fun. So why not find some new and exciting ways to engage them with cooking this fall? Within the collage below, you will find 12 imaginative recipes that are perfect for this season. Just grab the kids and head […]

Halloween Tips: A Few Tricks for Fewer Treats

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Remember the good old days, when Halloween funneled pounds and pounds of candy into the house—but not quite tons? For parents, dealing with the annual tidal wave of sugar can be a real challenge. We want our kids to enjoy their haul, of course, but that haul gets bigger every year. Halloween has changed. It […]

Songs for the Season

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Now that we are past Thanksgiving, the holiday season is officially underway. Usually, we break out classic holiday CDs while stringing up lights around the house (and on my daughter’s dollhouse) and taking in the scents of our special candles. I’ve always loved the comfort of Ella Fitzgerald and Brenda Lee. Even Frank Sinatra and […]

Giving Back: Tips for Volunteering with Your Kids

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As the holidays quickly approach and our thoughts turn to gratitude and giving back, you’ll find you get much more than you give by contributing your time to worthy local organizations—with your kids in tow. Finding nonprofits that allow toddlers to volunteer can be difficult, but they do exist. Working side by side with your […]

Have a Safe Halloween—the Kidpower Way

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Halloween is a special holiday, full of fun and adventure. Most children love the excitement of dressing up, pretending to be something or someone different, going to places that are festive and decorated and gathering treats. But all the wonderful things that make Halloween special and exciting can lead to problems that might be unpleasant […]

Host a Kid-Friendly Cookie Swap for the Holidays

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With the holidays around the corner, we definitely have cookies on the mind. Baking with kids is a fun way to get the little ones in the kitchen and teach basic skills like measuring, math and making a mess (and then cleaning it up)! Consider hosting a “kid-friendly” cookie swap or

4 Stress Relief Tips for Holiday Shopping, Entertaining & Decorating

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It’s official: the holiday season is here—evidenced by all those commercials. Does just thinking about all the shopping, entertaining, and decorating and your ever-shrinking budget send you into a tizzy? Relax. With a bit of thoughtful preparation and some helpful parameters, you can achieve the look and outcome

Best of the Forum: Holiday Traditions & Tipping

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Holiday Traditions? Can anyone recommend a Christmas event in the area? I would like to do something special during the holiday season. I am looking for something that is low-key, that keeps Christmas magical and not commercial. Check out Festival of the Lights at Vasona Park (Los Gatos),