Discover the Benefits of iSTEAM Learning for Little Ones
The early education community is buzzing about STEAM learning and parents are eager to learn more about this educational approach. At Creative World School, we’ve been incorporating STEAM concepts in our curriculum for many years. As we explore STEAM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), we provide children with the tools and freedom they need to thrive. The Creative World School Frisco team believes in using our inquiry-based curriculum to invite children to ask questions about the world around them. This is the basis for our STEAM learning. Inquiry is the “i” in iSTEAM and encourages a student’s curiosity as he/she develops problem solving skills.
If there’s ever a time to look for new tools to center yourself, it’s January 2022. Meditation is one of the best tools out there, and not only is it naturally free, but you can do it virtually anywhere. It can even help you be a better, more patient parent. We chatted with our newest contributor Kimberly Snyder, who is a spiritual guide and meditation teacher, founder of the Solluna holistic lifestyle brand and mom of two (Emerson, 5, and Moses, 18 months), about her journey in meditation–and how you can start your own practice.
The Local Moms Network 2022 Sleepaway Camp Guide
Spending part of summer living independently from Mom and Dad is one of those amazing experiences that will stay with your child forever. Use our Camp & Program Guide to learn about some of the top sleepaway camp options throughout the United States as well as teen tours, educational programs and even community service opportunities. All of them will help your child gain valuable confidence, compile priceless memories and build lifelong friendships. We also have some great tips from the American Camp Association explaining 10 Things to Consider when Choosing a Summer Camp. Plus, don’t forget to order your customized labels for clothing (and everything else) to help make the summer experience easier (for both mom and kids!). Use code LOCALMOMS for 15% off your order at Mabel’s Labels!
Meet the Mom behind Modishly Balloons!
Meet, Pamela Culley, the wonderful mom behind Modishly Balloons. A local balloon design business, creating beautifully unique and fun designs for any and all your events!
Anna Kaiser’s Home Workout Motivation Tips!
Working out at home has always had some advantages—the most obvious being you don’t have to waste any time driving to a gym…or combing your hair. However, motivation can be pretty tough. “What I am hearing from clients is the lack of results, accountability, and personalization that comes with most at-home workouts causes a quick burnout and a habit of hopping from one platform to another,” shares celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser, who founded the Anna Kaiser Studios and has trained Kelly Ripa, Shakira, Alicia Keys, and Sarah Jessica Parker. “No one is there to hold you accountable for that time so it’s easy not to show up. And we are human! People need people,” adds Anna. We asked this fitness guru for her best tips for staying motivated while working out at home, including the essentials for a home gym and importance of finding an online community.
The Night before Christmas Cookie Sandwich
These festive ice cream sandwiches are perfect for a Christmas party—or as a new spin on milk & cookies for Santa. Thank you to Katie, the mom and recipe creator behind Witten Kitchen, for sharing!
Skipping the booze at Thanksgiving and the parties and family gatherings that follow isn’t always easy—but always worth it if that’s your priority. Whatever your reason—from pregnancy to alcohol dependence to simple preference—for wanting to stay sober, some smart tips can help you be successful. We asked our newest contributor, Melissa Urban, Founder and CEO of Whole30 (and a mom of one!), for the advice she gives to anyone weathering the holidays sans alcohol. Plus, she shares her favorite festive mocktail, below.
2021 Holiday Gift Guide
2021 Holiday Gift Guide So many online places to shop these days, but we wanted to share some of our favorite LOCAL holiday shopping ideas! Jump to a section:For Kids We all know we can get anything on Amazon, but let's support our local businesses this year and grab...
Elf on the Shelf Ideas!
This year, I’m helping to bring the magic of Christmas to your home with a pre-planned list of Elf on the Shelf ideas! You’ll spend under 5 minutes each evening setting up a daily surprise that will help create the best memories for your kids while keeping you sane at the same time. I’ve even taken into consideration weekends vs. weekdays and “Elf Fatigue” – this means you’ll find the easier ideas scheduled for weekdays and toward the end of the season (I’m usually over the excitement by then and you probably are too, so I’ve got you covered).
Organize Your Kid’s Toys in 5 Easy Steps
With the holidays coming up, that means more crafts, artwork, gifts….and clutter. In order to start 2022 as organized as possible, we’re taking some time over the next few weeks to organize play spaces in our homes. Whether you have babies, toddlers, or older kids, having some strategies in place can keep your home tidier, and help kids play more independently and stay engaged longer. Here are five smart tips to try:
Big Style for Babies from Rockets for Awesome!
Recently, we shared all about our favorite new kids’ fashion find, Rockets of Awesome. It is a mom-founded brand of adorable clothes that can be bought online and through their time-saving subscription model. We’re still stocking up on festive holiday looks and classic pieces from their Winter collection for kids, and were thrilled when we heard they were launching a Mini collection for babies! While we love shopping for our littlest littles, they seem to grow out of their clothes so quickly, and the subscription model is a perfect tool for keeping ahead of those size changes. We chatted with founder and mom Rachel Blumenthal about this super cute new collection:
My Green Mattress: Big Black Friday Savings and Even Bigger Health Benefits!
Recently, we shared the story of our favorite organic mattress brand, My Green Mattress, including an interview with cofounder Tim Masters. We just love how Tim and his wife Cindy launched the brand to help their young daughter (and other kids like her) who are suffering from allergies and eczema. So we were thrilled to hear that My Green Mattress is doing a *huge* Black Friday sale and offering special savings to followers of The Local Moms Network! See the exclusive offer below—and read on for four additional things to know about My Green Mattress, including the latest on their quality certified organic materials, their no-risk try-it-out policy and more about their family-owned brand.
Trimino: Protein Infused Water
“The genesis of trimino came from observing our kids and what they consumed when playing football, hockey, and lacrosse. They were consuming large quantities of sugary drinks that made very little positive contribution to their nutritional health. The ‘ah ha’ moment came with the question, ‘Why not replace the empty calories from sugar with something healthy?’ Protein was our answer,” explains Bob. We spoke to this founder and dad of four, about launching trimino, why it’s a game-changer for youth sports (pun intended!) and what’s next for the brand.
Top 3 Essential Oils for kids!
Aromatherapy has been used since humans discovered that plants have healing properties. Essential oils are the ones that give plants their characteristic smell, and the oil extracts can be up to 100 times more potent than the plant itself, increasing both therapeutic benefit and risk of adverse effects.
Selecting Childcare in the time of COVID
Under normal circumstances, parents have a lot to think about when it comes to selecting an early childhood education provider for their family. This year, parents are also looking at additional COVID-19 safety concerns as they choose the right environment for their child. Working parents need to return to their regular schedules and selecting a safe and reliable childcare provider is an important step in that process. What do parents need to keep in mind as they consider their options? What safety protocols should early childhood education providers have in place?
Spooky Snack Mix
Halloween is almost here and we’re adding this Spooky Snack Mix from The BakerMama to our shortlist of fun treats to make. It has all the things we love in a holiday snack—sweet, salty, festive and a healthy dose of nostalgia. Maegan, the talented mom behind The BakerMama boards, says you can use any black, orange or purple colored cereals. “To make the snack mix COVID-friendly, serve it out of individual baggies, cups or containers,” suggests Maegan. Recreate this recipe at Christmas with red and green cereal and candies, or for Easter with pastel colors!
Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
If you loved the Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies we recently shared, you have to try this Pumpkin version! Our food contributor Kathleen Ashmore has seriously done it again with these Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. They have chocolate chips (read: kid-friendly), are full of pumpkin (so they feel all festive for Fall) and happen to be gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. Don’t have coconut sugar? Regular brown and white will work, too.
Halloween Candy Free Options
Looking for some candy-free options for Halloween this year? Whether your child’s school doesn’t allow candy, you want to offer kids (and parents) a healthier option or want to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project (allergy-free options in a blue pumpkin), we have you covered. From savory eats to fun toys, here is a shortlist to start with. The best part? They’re all available on Amazon Prime.
Is Your Child’s Behavior with Social Media or Video Games a Sign of Addiction?
Many parents are uncertain about whether their children are showing signs of being addicted to technology or simply behaving in age-appropriate and expected ways. When it comes to your child’s use of social media and video games, knowing where the line is, between normal and not normal, can be extremely important – for you as the parent, as well as for your children.
Install of the Month: Pave-N-Turf
Celina, TX — Synthetic grass has skyrocketed in popularity due to its numerous practical benefits such as low maintenance requirements and long-term cost savings. One benefit that often gets overlooked, however, is turf’s hypoallergenic nature. Made with polyethylene fibers, synthetic grass is an ideal landscaping solution for those who are allergic to grass but don’t want to sacrifice a lush, green backyard space. One Celina, Texas, family decided to enlist the help of Pave-N-Turf artificial grass installers to turn their backyard space into a family-friendly paradise that would keep bugs and allergies at bay all year long.