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Raw Strawberry Chocolate Cream Cake
Raw Strawberry Chocolate Cream Cake

I made this Strawberry Chocolate Cream Cake for my birthday party tomorrow evening and sampled it beforehand. The Consensus: Easy to make, nutritious and DELICIOUS!!! This post was inspired by a recipe I found on this website, pure2raw.com. Please Note: This recipe will not be enough for a regular spring foam pan, you must have […]

An open letter to all parents from a non-parent.
An open letter to all parents from a non-parent.

Photo Credit: Martin Schoeller/Time Magazine Just read this letter on a blog today and it brought back memories. Simply had to share. You can read the original post with images here or simply keep reading below. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL PARENTS FROM A NON-PARENT. I […]

Sleep-In Secrets
Sleep-In Secrets

Sleep-ins used to be far and few between at the Wolfgang residence, until just recently when someone shared a simple secret. Here it is; if you want to sleep in on Saturday mornings, you need to set up ahead of time Friday nights! To begin, arrange your child’s favorite toys on their bedroom or on […]

Raw Goji Berry Chocolate
Raw Goji Berry Chocolate

With Dryden’s sensitive tummy, this recipe was life changing for the Wolfgang. Yet another brilliant raw dessert recipe from neighbor and friend, thanks Jess! Well known raw food guru David Wolfe lists ten super foods in his book, Superfoods: The food and medicine of the future, five are in this delicious recipe. Finally, a guilt […]

Dr. Gabor Maté-Attachment and Conscious Parenting
Dr. Gabor Maté-Attachment and Conscious Parenting

Gabor Maté, MD, author of Hold On to Your Kids, is interviewed by Lisa Reagan of Pathways to Family Wellness at his Kids, Culture and Chaos talk in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the spring of 2011. Although I am a firm believer that genetics play an important role in child development, I definitely think this interview […]

Color Me Post Cards
Color Me Post Cards

In an attempt to bring back the written word to our lives, I would like to introduce my newest creation, “Color Me Post Cards”! All three designs have a clean, elegant and playful composition for children to color and write a quick note on the back. These post cards are a wonderful activity and a […]

Dairy/Soy Free Dairy – Top Five!
Dairy/Soy Free Dairy - Top Five!

Here are our top five dairy free dairy eats, in no particular order. Soy free “Earth Balance” is a dairy free buttery spread, perfect for topping your morning toast to perfecting your favorite recipe. Yummy! Raw and organic “Blue Mountain Cashew Creamery” Ice Cream!! Tantalize your taste buds with this rich, creamy, dairy free ice […]

Fun and Yucky Recipes!
Fun and Yucky Recipes!

This post was inspired by a neighbor in search of some fun and yucky recipes to pass the time. This list of favorites is dedicated to her and others looking for some messy manipulative ideas. From slime to gunk to silly putty and Papier-mâché, to good old fashioned playdough. I hope that you enjoy them […]

Simplicity Parenting
Simplicity Parenting

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids An excellent book by Kim John Payne outlining the preparatory work that needs to take place in our society, where there is too much stuff. The book aims to encourage building up a child’s vitality and quietening down stimulation. […]

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Pecan Crust
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Pecan Crust

I made this pie! The more I spend time preparing new delicious gluten-free, dairy-free eats, the more I feel my time in the kitchen is sacrosanct.  As a result, the domestic goddess in me emerges with every new successful recipe. Thanks to Karina, from gluten-free goddess, this years pumpkin pie was a huge success.  Best of all, […]

Nikki’s Healthy Cookie Recipe
Nikki's Healthy Cookie Recipe

  A special lady and soon to be mama sent me the link to this delicious recipe from 101 cookbooks.   They are gluten free, dairy free and sweetened with bananas.  We hope that you will enjoy them as much as we do! 3 large, ripe bananas, well mashed (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 teaspoon vanilla […]

The Soul of Discipline
The Soul of Discipline

“There are no disobedient children, simply disoriented children.”  These were the opening words of Kim John Payne, internationally renowned parenting consultant, author and speaker I had the pleasure of listening to this evening.   Turns out our new progressive ways of giving children choices, avoiding the word no and “good jobbing” are not truly setting our […]

Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes
Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

This recipe is delicious, packed with protein and perfect for any fussy eater! Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes Dry: 1 3/4 cups brown rice flour 1/4 cup quinoa flour 1/4 cup almond flour 1/4 cup tapioca flour 1.5 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp fine sea salt 3/4 tsp xanthan gum Wet: 1 cup almond milk 1 […]

Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms
Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms

Wanted to share this talk, an interesting view on lateral thinking. Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools’ dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD.  

Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon

Yet another post in the literacy gems and a gem it is indeed! Goodnight Moon is a children’s book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd.  It was first published in 1947 and remains a classic to this day. This is a story of a little boy (possibly a boy with OCD) who has to say goodnight to […]

The Very Cranky Bear
The Very Cranky Bear

We all have books in the rotation that our children love to read where the end cannot come soon enough – you know the ones.  And we all have books in our collection that everyone can sit and enjoy. Thanks to Nick Bland, this book is yet another one of those. On a cold and […]

Truckery Rhymes
Truckery Rhymes

  Do you know a young boy or girl who loooooves trucks or anything with wheels?  The Wolfgang sure does and this book is at the top of our list! This book is part of the “Trucktown” collection of books by John Scieszka and is filled with rhymes, poems and songs.  Some of the titles […]

Big Bear Hug
Big Bear Hug

Recently, a close friend bought this book for Dryden and from the very first page, this little fable warmed our hearts.  The author, Nicholas Oldland has written a picture book that highlights the joy a hug can bring along with an environmental message.  With an obvious focus on conservation, the story also follows a tree […]

Preschool Travel Kit – The Home Made Kind
Preschool Travel Kit - The Home Made Kind

In only 5 more sleeps the Wolfgang family will be heading east to visit family and friends.  Surely this will be exciting for Dryden, only problem is, our families couldn’t live further apart.  With two, two hour trips to the airport, two five hour flights and two eight hour trips North to South, half of […]

Play All Day-Taro Gomi
Play All Day-Taro Gomi

The “Wolfgang” will be flying east and taking a road trip to see friends and family this summer.  I have been on the search for some fun ways to keep our little guy busy on our travels.  I found this little original at Indigo on a trip to the city with my son.  It’s packed […]

Movement Stories “The Painter and the Elves”
Movement Stories "The Painter and the Elves"

As promised in my last post, a movement story from Helen Landalf’s book, Movement stories. “The Painter and the Elves” Introduction to the children: In our story today we’ll be moving in different pathways. Pathways are like designs we paint on the floor or in the air with our body parts. Right where we are, […]

Movement Stories
Movement Stories

MOVEMENT STORIES FOR CHILDREN AGES 3-6 is an invaluable resource for preschool and primary teachers, daycare providers, studio dance teachers, parents, and anyone who seeks to enrich the lives of children through creative experiences. The ten Movement Stories in this book are active, imaginative tales to be told by a narrator as children act them […]

Go the F*** to sleep
Go the F*** to sleep

After a pirated PDF of this children’s story went viral, it quickly went to being one of Amazon’s best sellers!  The author wrote an absolutely pee your pants funny book to appease parents exhausted by their children who will not go to sleep at night.  Put simply, it’s a hilarious satirical picture book for grown-ups […]

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
Adora Svitak:  What adults can learn from kids

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

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