Surviving the Elf on the Shelf

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ Has the Elf on the Shelf made his way into your home yet?  If you’re not a seasoned veteran yet in the elf department, I’m here to give you a few ideas and tips to keep you sane during the month of December!   If you haven’t heard of the Elf on…

Holiday Bucket List

Are you looking for festive events and activities for your family’s Holiday Bucket List?  I thought it would be nice to share a list of some of the awesome things we can do, right here in Lenawee County! The Second Annual City of Adrian/County Christmas Tree Lighting in front of the Lenawee County Courthouse will be…

Family Holiday Traditions

  By: Sarah Meikle/   The Holidays are a time for traditions. While they can be stressful, they let us stop for a moment and reconnect as a family. Creating lifelong memories that can be passed down to generations to come. What I love about traditions is that they can be anything you want them to…

Making Jars of Love Soup

By Lisa Eack / One of the ways Lenawee Great Start gives back to the community, with the help of our families, is by making soup kits to distribute to those in need. This year we have recruited Lenawee Prep Academy and the Mom mentors to help with this project. Making the soup kits is…

Cinnamon-Applesauce Ornaments

This is an easy craft to do with kids, and smells wonderful. Mix approximately 2 cups applesauce with 2 cups of cinnamon (yes, really). Stir until it makes a dough (add more cinnamon if it is too wet, or more applesauce if it is too dry). Roll dough out to about 1/4″ thickness. Use cookie…

Judgment Calls

By Michael S. Miller / Parents often say there is no manual for raising children, but there certainly should be a pool of common-sense standards we can agree on. A few incidents I witnessed during recent holiday activities have made me question even that low expectation. I do not mind taking my daily exercise walk…

The Magic of Toy Rotation

By Suzi West My children are now 8, 6, and 4, but after reading this blog post about the benefits of rotating toys, it got me thinking about what I used to do in the early years when we were all at home and didn’t have daily school activities.  I definitely was a fan of…

Fun Gift Ideas

My cousin has three girls under the age of 12, and two of them happen to have December birthdays. That means a LOT of present-shopping this time of year! As I was searching the web for ideas, I came across a really cool website for toys that I thought I’d share with you: FatBrainToys.com. What…

The Question

By Brooke Borton / NOTE: This is a blog just for the grown-ups. Check who is in range of your screen and then only proceed if no children can read! My 7-year-old just asked me straight up if Santa was real. With all the weight we’ve been putting on honesty lately, I just couldn’t continue…

Out with the Old, In with the New

I don’t know about you, but I tend to use the knowledge that ‘Santa is coming soon’ as a ‘motivator’ for my children to get rid of toys they no longer play with. Children are much more eager to part with toys when they are expecting new ones to take their place! Because I also…