Protect Your Pets from Holiday Hazards [VIDEO]

Dog and cat

Dogs, cats and other pets rely on their human family members to keep them safe during the holidays. (Photo by dixie wells, Flickr)

Each year, veterinarians around the country warn pet owners about the potential health hazards animals face during the holidays. From electric shocks and fires to strangulation and stomach upsets, human parents unwittingly place their furry children in the middle of a veritable minefield during one of the most festive times of the year. Here’s what you should know to keep your pets happy and healthy this season.  Read more of this post

Make Your Child Pretty As A Princess With Kid Safe Nail Polish

First manicure

Make your child’s first manicure a safe one with edible nail polish. (Photo by Pauline Rosenberg, Flickr)

Little girls love to play dress up, and that oftentimes includes putting on mommy’s nail polish. Now you can indulge your child’s fashion sense by providing a safe alternative to chemical-based products they may be too young to wear. Read more of this post

Why Parents Should Teach Children to Wash Their Hands [VIDEO]

Boys washing hands

Teaching children to wash their hands often will keep them happy and healthy. (Photo by WoodleyWonderWorks, Flickr)

During cold and flu season, every teacher and family I know with young children gets sick. It seems inevitable. Some pestilence or another sweeps through schools and households like one of the plagues of Egypt, and both educators and parents are left wondering what they can possibly do to keep well. The answer is simple: teach children to wash their hands.  Read more of this post

‘A Mother’s Love’ Will Stay [POEM]

Mother Son Beach

A mother’s love lasts forever. (Photo by Eduardo Merille, Flickr)

I’ve been blessed to know some very special women in my life, women who were moms not only to their own children, but also mother figures to their children’s friends. One such woman, Nelda, was my friend Paul’s mom. From the time I was a young boy, she was always there, proud and nurturing to her three sons, who she watched grow up, get married, and become fathers themselves. Sadly, death claimed her almost five years ago, much too soon. But I always admired her loving spirit, her kindness, and her devotion to her family. Mothers like Nelda, my own mom Darcy, and countless others like them inspired me to write this poem. I hope you enjoy it. Read more of this post

Esperanza Hurley Shines in Wyatt Hamilton’s ‘Harvey’ [VIDEOS]

When you’re a creative, something magical happens when an artist gets to work in their favorite medium. For our niece, Esperanza Hurley, this happens when she steps on stage to perform like she did in last weekend’s “Harvey.”  Read more of this post