Do children and museums mix? They do when it’s the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, a three-story building on Pittsburgh‘s North Side. The building connects historic buildings in the city: the Allegheny Post Office Building and the Buhl Building, and is adjacent to Buhl Community Park (I’ll tell you more about that in a bit — first, the museum).
When was the last time you spent an evening with just one kid? I’ve spent time with my daughter, having tea with Hello Kitty and even traveling to LEGOLAND Florida, but time with my son has been sparse. We recently had a chance to change that, by way of a media tour of Pittsburgh. Read the rest of this entry »
It never fails — you’re getting ready to leave on a trip (be it business or fun) and suddenly the throat gets scratchy. Maybe there’s a cough or two, or sneeze. But it’s not you who’s getting sick — it’s your child.
What’s a parent to do when a kid get sick — and that same parent has travel plans? Being a working mom who travels for work, most times I don’t have much of a choice but to go anyway. Here’s how I cope with leaving a sick child behind.
Summertime means spending time outdoors; without a huge backyard for the kids to run around, my husband and I often take the kids to local parks or the botanical gardens. We recently spent a warm Saturday afternoon cooling off at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, where I was able to get in a little cross training as part of my half marathon training, and the kids could run around to their hearts’ content.
Chicken fajitas can be a surprisingly easy weeknight meal — and I don’t mean by trekking out to your local Mexican restaurant. In about 20 minutes, you can be filling tortillas (a little longer if you make your own tortillas) with sizzling hot chicken and peppers and enjoying a homemade meal. Don’t worry if you don’t own a wok; a large skillet (preferably cast-iron or nonstick) works, too.
Kids love trains. It’s no secret that mine do — whether it’s a Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine, catching a train ride at an amusement park, or admiring a painted sign (above), they’ve never met a train they didn’t want to ride. So when I saw that the Southern Michigan Railroad Society was having a free “Trains, Trucks and More!” day in Tecumseh, Mich., I knew we had to attend.
Full-time job, two kids, half marathon training…. I’m as busy as the next lady. So I often don’t know what’s for dinner on any given night – but need to figure out something quick. When this happens, I often make tortillas and let the kids decide what to put in theirs (usually PB&J, sometimes with banana or apple slices as well). They whip up pretty quickly (a little over a half hour) and have just five ingredients — all of which I keep on hand.
This homemade tortilla recipe uses wheat flour, but white AP flour could be used as well.
With young-ish children, I sometimes feel like Goldilocks when it comes to amusement parks — some are too big, some are too small, and a handful are just right. We were recently invited to spend the day at Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon, Mich., and found that it was just right for us and our four- and six-year-old. In fact, they were able to ride some of the rides by themselves — a first!
Spring is not my favorite season. I can do without the severe weather and the whiplash-inducing temperature variations from day to day here in the Midwest. But I am training for my half marathon and running three times a week, thus I am subjected to whatever the weather weather conditions are on any given day.
On my last run, it was 70 degrees with a little light rain. On a warm day, I love running in the rain. This time, it was more of a sneeze than real rain falling down. Still, I prepared ahead of time and have these tips to share for running in the rain. Read the rest of this entry »
My daughter’s six years of life are complete (at least to her) — she has met her idol. No, it’s not Barbie or any of the Disney princesses (thank goodness!), but rather a more, shall we say, furry feline?
It’s Kitty, Hello Kitty. My mom and I brought her on a secret trip to Frankenmuth, Michigan, to meet the cat at a Hello Kitty Tea organized by the Bavarian Inn. The event included lunch and dessert, as well as a keepsake tea cup and saucer with a viola plant inside, balloon animals, and glitter tattoos. My daughter would have been happy just with meeting Hello Kitty. In fact, I think she was too excited to do much of anything else — especially eat lunch. (Don’t worry, she made up for it by eating her dessert — and mine. Ice cream counts as dairy anyway, right?) Read the rest of this entry »