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Elf on the Shelf: 5 Easy Tips to Make It Less Stressful

Elf on the Shelf: 5 Easy Tips to Make It Less Stressful

Courtesy of Elf on the Shelf To read our interview with the founders of Elf on the Shelf, click here. Like basically everything in parenting, Elf on the Shelf can be a blessing and, well, a curse. The cute little guy (or gal) creates instant opportunities for magical...

Charities That Help Families: Giving Back This Holiday Season

Charities That Help Families: Giving Back This Holiday Season

  You may have heard that volunteering your time or giving a donation can boost your health and happiness. In fact, studies have shown that giving back can be good for you in myriad ways, including: lowering blood pressure, boosting dopamine and oxytocin in the brain,...

5 Ways for Moms to Stay Happy Over the Holidays

5 Ways for Moms to Stay Happy Over the Holidays

This story was contributed by Caitlyn Dunn, LCSW. Ah…the most wonderful time of the year (wink, wink)! More like the most stressful time of year, especially for all of us "making" the holidays—aka moms. Here are some tips to help actually feel lots of moments of joy...

Bourbon Brown Butter Roasted Cauliflower

Bourbon Brown Butter Roasted Cauliflower

  Although turkey gets a lot of attention on Thanksgiving—it is nicknamed "Turkey Day" after all—we have come to realize it's all about the sides. From brown sugar-laced sweet potatoes to green beans topped with fried onions, the comfort food dishes surrounding the...

Classic Pumpkin Pie Recipe for Thanksgiving!

Classic Pumpkin Pie Recipe for Thanksgiving!

Kate McDermott, author of Art of the Pie, was a finalist for the prestigious James Beard award for chefs. She’s also mom to Duncan, 32, who started baking with her as a toddler. This classic pumpkin pie is a family favorite for Thanksgiving. Her secret, expert tip? It...

Meet the Mom Behind Smitten Films!

Meet the Mom Behind Smitten Films!

Like many moms, we have approximately 10,000 photos and videos of our children on our iPhones, and about five or so (maybe!) printed out and framed. And please, don’t even ask us about baby books and other special albums, let alone preserving videos…That’s why we were...

Cooking with Kids: The Silver Spoon Recipe for Risotto!

Cooking with Kids: The Silver Spoon Recipe for Risotto!

The Silver Spoon cookbook is a cult classic and The Silver Spoon for Children cookbook has also become a hit. Full of easy, healthy Italian meals that kids will love to cook and eat, it’s just been rereleased with updated recipes. This recipe for classic risotto is...

A Chat with Actress & Author Rachael MacFarlane

A Chat with Actress & Author Rachael MacFarlane

​ Rachael MacFarlane is best known for voicing key characters on popular animated shows like American Dad and Family Guy (created by her brother Seth MacFarlane). Recently, the mother of two has enjoyed success with her second act—penning two children’s books, Eleanor...

Easy Weeknight Meal: Keto Coconut Lime Chicken

Easy Weeknight Meal: Keto Coconut Lime Chicken

  \We can’t think of many things more valuable than a super simple, healthy weeknight meal that our family will happily eat—a reliable and reasonable babysitter, maybe? This One-Pan Coconut Lime Chicken from Keto Your Way, a new cookbook from Keto Made Simple...

Cheetah Prints: Style Inspiration from Whit & Whimsy

Cheetah Prints: Style Inspiration from Whit & Whimsy

One of our fashion contributors, Liz Whitney of the Whit & Whimsy blog, is all about animal prints! In fact, it's more of an obsession. According to Liz, "Whether you call it leopard, cheetah or jaguar it all looks stylish, sassy and current." After some careful...

Bullying: What Parents Need To Know

Bullying: What Parents Need To Know

Whether you’re a mom of a 5-year-old or 15-year-old, chances are, bullying is on your radar. But how do you tell what is just normal childhood disagreements and social tiffs, and what constitutes bullying? And if you think your child needs help, what’s the best way to...

A Better Mac n Cheese from Two Peas and Their Pod!

A Better Mac n Cheese from Two Peas and Their Pod!

If your kids are like ours, you have some serious mac ‘n cheese connoisseurs in your house. And as parents, aren’t we always looking to boost the nutrition in dinnertime staples? We’ve been known to stir in some peas, (very finely) chopped spinach, and even pureed...

Mom Hack: Make Frozen Cookie Dough from Your Halloween Candy!

Mom Hack: Make Frozen Cookie Dough from Your Halloween Candy!

Now that Halloween is about a week past its due date, you’re probably ready to get your kids’ candy out of the house. There are lots of good places to donate, from shelters to dentists’ offices to the military, but we stumbled upon this smart idea from The Baker...

Meet a Mom: LTG Laura Richardson of the U.S. Army

Meet a Mom: LTG Laura Richardson of the U.S. Army

This week’s meet a mom is a special one. In honor of Veteran’s Day, we are sharing our interview with LTG Laura Richardson who is Commanding General of U.S. Army North and a mom of one. Her husband, Lieutenant General Jim Richardson, is also in the military, and we...

Meet a Mom: Jamie Hess of NYCfitfam!

Meet a Mom: Jamie Hess of NYCfitfam!

  ​One of the things we love about Meet a Mom Mondays is getting to know moms that truly inspire us, either by their background, their careers, their routine, or how they parent. Jamie Hess, 39, and the mom of two boys (Mason, 4 and Asher, 6 months) hits all those...

Dinner Party 101: Easy Tips to Try

Dinner Party 101: Easy Tips to Try

Hosting a dinner party can be daunting, especially when you don’t have a ton of time (read: you have kids) or you haven’t done it in a while (also: kids). Fall is the perfect time to give it a try, because there’s an abundance of amazing fruit and vegetables available...

5 Essentials for a Fall Tablescape from Host to Perfection

5 Essentials for a Fall Tablescape from Host to Perfection

This original story was contributed by The Local Moms Network Contributor, Host to Perfection!   Fall is upon us; it’s probably the most desired season! The temperature starts to drop, the air becomes crisp, and people are slowly drawn into hibernation mode....

Halloween & The Teal Pumpkin Project!

Halloween & The Teal Pumpkin Project!

  For most kids, Halloween is pretty much the best day of the year. Between the costumes, the candy, and the fun with friends, what’s not to love? But for kids with serious food allergies, Halloween can feel like yet another fun thing they miss out on. That’s...

Meet the Neurosurgeon Mom Behind Cerebelly!

Meet the Neurosurgeon Mom Behind Cerebelly!

This week’s meet-a-mom is Teresa Purzner, the accomplished mom of three who recently launched Cerebelly, an amazing new baby food brand. When she couldn’t find a product that was both convenient and had the nutrition she was looking for, she developed her own, which...

Pumpkin Turkey Chili from Domestikatedlife!

Pumpkin Turkey Chili from Domestikatedlife!

This story was shared by The Local Moms Network Contributor Kate Bowler of Domestikatedlife.    PUMPKIN TURKEY CHILI INGREDIENTS Olive Oil 1 Large Yellow Onion, Diced 2 Cloves Of Garlic, Minced 1 Lb. Of Ground Turkey 1 Packet Of Chili Seasoning 2 Tsp. Of Paprika 2...

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