I’ve always loved the holidays and the overabundance of food and the weird, hybrid Thanksgiving recipes brought by each person that walks in the door. I’d always heard that you can’t ruin dressing. 

Yes. Yes, you can. You can absolutely, positively, 100 percent ruin dressing. 

For most of us mamas, fall in Alabama means visiting the pumpkin patch with our kiddos, enjoying pumpkin spice everything, and getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’re also one step closer to preparing for Black Friday, and two steps closer to having a vacation during the Christmas holiday season. Whew! There is so much going on here, there, and everywhere that we may not realize our kids are feeling burned out.  

Ever had a question or concern about what your child should be doing at a certain age?  See below for developmental milestones that your child should reach at each age.

Hopefully, parents, you'll have a little extra time to spend with your kids this holiday season. And if you do, consider hanging out one evening and reading to them. Here are 10 reasons you really want to make the effort...

When I was in junior high, I used to set an alarm for 1 a.m.  Why?  My brother was a senior in high school, and that was usually when he came home on the weekends.  I would wake up a few minutes before his curfew and turn the television on.  I made sure it looked like I’d been up all along.  Why did I go to all this trouble?  This was the only time my brother and I really hung out.  After all, he was a senior, a star baseball player, and he had a beautiful girlfriend.  If I wanted any time to have him to myself, I had to make an effort.   

My daughter has gone to the same camp five years now. In the words of my practical CPA husband, the expense is “ridiculous.” This year, we said, “Pick anywhere instead of camp, and we will take a trip.”

She chose Seattle, Washington – the farthest in the U.S. from Alabama she could pick.  

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help ensure they have a safe holiday.

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help ensure they have a safe holiday.

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help ensure they have a safe and healthy holiday.

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help ensure they have a safe holiday.

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