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Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Affiliate

Museum of Appalachia Invites Families to Explore Year-Around

The spectacularly blue October sky stretched high above the green fields and weather-worn barns where people had gathered to celebrate the season.  Music sounded from the stage hung with a red, white and blue flag, as well as from a cantilever barn turned into another stage.  My daughters sought out ice cream and apple cider […]

Continue Reading By on October 20, 2015 in antique, Appalachia, education, families, family, farm

Share Back-to-School Tips for a Smarter, Greener Year: #CleanCouponing Twitter Chat

Noticed how long the school supply lists are getting these days?  Or how long your daughter’s wish list is for fashion items? Where do you draw the line?  Are you missing easy opportunities to save? When should you consider splurging?  What toxic traps should you avoid at back-to-school time? Just need to vent to other […]

Continue Reading By on July 23, 2015 in conscious consumerism, family, safer chemicals, safety, school

Top 5 Reasons to Join the Play-In For Climate Action

We all want #CleanAir4Kids, don’t we?  We know children, the elderly and those with compromised health are more susceptible to breathing problems from air pollution.  We also know that even beautiful, picturesque places in the United States like Appalachia’s Great Smoky Mountains are still hot spots for high ozone levels — indicators of polluted air […]

Continue Reading By on June 16, 2015 in air, children, clean air, family, pollution

Five Don’t-Miss Memories to Record with Your Baby or Toddler

Don’t miss the yummy giveaway at the bottom of this post brought to you by Stonyfield Organic! “It goes by so fast,” goes the cliché that all the more experienced parents tell you.  You blink, and suddenly you go from sleepless nights with a newborn to chasing a toddler who’s ready to explore the world […]

Continue Reading By on May 27, 2015 in family, food, natural, non-GMO, nurture, organic, parenting

Summer Family Travel Ideas

  Enter my giveaway of squeaky clean & safe sunscreen & bath supplies from Beautycounter! Bring on the vacation days, the long, unstructured family time together, the wanderlust!  Where will your family be headed this summer?  Are you looking for adventure, relaxation, an appreciation for American history, or just a chance for Dad to act […]

Continue Reading By on May 25, 2015 in family, outdoors, outing, travel, vacation
children planting seeds with teacher

Kids Day at Oak Ridge, Tennessee Farmers Market

“Where does your body get its energy?” “Batteries?” “Your body runs on food…” “Who knows where we get protein?” asked the guest at the front of the room. “Protein bars,” answered the anxious 3rd grader holding up his hand! “Well, that’s a processed food,” retired teacher Marjorie Ford answered patiently.  The East Tennessee farmer went […]

Continue Reading By on May 22, 2015 in agriculture, children, family, farm, food