Do You Schedule or Plan Family Nights?

I remember long ago, back before I had children or when my oldest was just a toddler, listening to parenting programs that talked about Family Nights. Movies, games, read alouds, crafts — all were described in such intentional detail. Some families even had a set night every week when they spent time together as a […]

5 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Grandparents’ Day

While Grandparents’ Day hasn’t entered the cultural lexicon in the same way as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have, it is still a fun day to observe and help your kids show their love and affection for the grandparents. It’s quickly approaching — next Sunday is the day. Here are some quick, last minute ideas: […]

TGIF: Make Pizza Yourself

One of our family’s favorite weekend activities is Pizza Night. We often pick up a couple of pies from Costco’s food court; but usually, making our own at home is the standard mode of operation. For years I struggled to make a pizza that was even halfway decent. Ewww, some have been really awful. But, […]

A Very Dora Birthday Cake

FishBaby turned two last week. Can you believe it?! She was born just a few months after LifeasMOM: The Blog and so many of you have known her even before she was born. This little girl is a hoot, that is for sure. She looks a lot like her grandmother who passed away when she […]

Back to School Traditions

It’s hard to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer. I, for one, prefer not to have obligations and schoolwork to do. My kids would agree. However, we can soften this change of seasons by creating and maintaining traditions that our families enjoy and look forward to. At our house, that means apple pie […]

How to Choose Good Family Films

One of our favorite things to do on weekend nights is to watch a movie together. We pop pocorn, get jammied up, curl up cozy with blankets and pillows, and settle down for a film festival together. It’s particularly good if we’re not watching the same movie for the umpteenth time. But, finding a fresh […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Food, Glorious Food

This will be the last installment of Camp Wannalaffalotta for the summer. Where did the time go? The FishFam had a great, albeit too short, summer. I hope you did, too. But, really, the activities laid out in Camp Wannalaffalotta can provide hours of family engagement all year long. Next rainy day, go browse the […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

When I was growing up, I could count on at least one teacher asking us to write about what we did during our summer vacation. And since I’m a sucker for nostalgia, I thought I’d review the last three months and share some of the highlights of the FishFam summer with you. You will remember […]