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Guiding our children to become the best versions of themselves and our future leaders is a big job. It is also one of the most joyful and rewarding experiences of my life.

Susan Arthur
President, The ABCs of Everything, LLC
MA, Counseling Psychology
“As a Mother and now a Grandmother I have spent many wonderful years reading to children with the hope that they too will love reading. It’s a passion that I’m now excited to Blog about.”

The Joy Of Doing Nothing

The Joy Of Doing Nothing
​ The next time someone asks you what you are doing tomorrow or over the weekend, tell him or her you are doing nothing. The baffled look on their face will give you an insight into how confusing and uncommon it is to do nothing. To make no specific plans, have no obligations, no "To Do List" to get through, in other words no scheduled activities. ...
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Almond Butter Apple Rings

Almond Butter Apple Rings
These apple rings make a great after school snack and don't contain any added sugars! Ingredients: ​1 medium Gala apple 3 tbsp almond butter 3-4 tsp shredded unsweetened coconut Directions: Remove apple core with an apple coring tool.  Slice the apple crosswise into 8 thin rings, about ¼ inch thick. Spread each apple ring with almond butter.&n...
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How About Some Good News

How About Some Good News
You don't have to look too far to find some disturbing news about some dreadful discovery or atrocious behavior going on somewhere in the world. Social media and 24-hour news networks keep you updated on the gloom and doom endlessly if you're willing to participate. That's not really the whole story. If you choose to look in another direction you'l...
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Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets
​These chicken nuggets are baked instead of fried for a healthy alternative to one of kids favorite meals! Ingredients: 1 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts - cut to bite sized pieces 2 tbsp cultured buttermilk (or non-dairy milk, such as almond milk) 1 large egg 1/8 tsp each of the following herbs/seasonings: garlic powder...
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Homemade Fruit Snacks

Homemade Fruit Snacks
These easy homemade fruit snacks only have four ingredients and are just as delicious! Plus they are healthier for you and your family. Let us know what you think in the comments section below! ​Ingredients: ​1 1/3 cup of fresh citrus juice - use orange for sweeter or lemon for more sour, etc. 1 1/3 cup fresh or frozen berries 3 Tbsp local honey 10...
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Simple Healthy Lunch Ideas

Simple Healthy Lunch Ideas
A healthy lunch is an important part of every school day. If you're looking for some new lunch box selections try these simple healthy additions that are delicious and easy to prepare. Quinoa Salad Add your kids favorite meats, cheeses and veggies to plain quinoa and toss with a light vinaigrette. Kabobs on a stick Everything is more fun to eat on ...
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Helping Kids Through School Transitions

Helping Kids Through School Transitions
A new school year is right around the corner and I remember how much time and effort was spent getting ready for that first day of school. Long lists of what needed do be done, getting new clothes, lunch boxes, backpacks, and school supplies. Then moving on to logistics – car pool schedules, bus passes and after school arrangements. This is the pra...
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Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars
Ingredients: ​ 1/2 cup safflower oil ​ 1 pound rolled oats ​ 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut ​ 1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds ​ 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds ​ 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt ​ 1/2 cup golden raisins ​ 1/2 cup safflower oil, plus more for baking dish ​ 2/3 cup honey ​ 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ​ 5 egg whites Directions: 1. ...
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Greek Yogurt Slaw

Greek Yogurt Slaw
Try subbing Greek yogurt for the traditional mayo in this light and refreshing summer coleslaw recipe. INGREDIENTS:   ​4 cups of shredded cabbage - use a mixture of green and purple for more color. 1 cup shredded carrots 1/2 cup thin sliced green onion 1/2 cup corn kernels 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 2 Tbsp. warm hon...
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It's Just A Toy

It's Just A Toy
I recently attended an event, which was giving out little gift items to the participants. One of the items looked like a cute little doll action figure. I thought – great I'll give this to my granddaughter. When I opened the packaging and looked closer at the doll (this time with my glasses on) I was unpleasantly surprised. It was a little girl dol...
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Summer Vegetable Frittata

Summer Vegetable Frittata
Try our Summer Vegetable Fittata with whatever leftover vegetables you have on hand. It's a great, healthy recipe to throw together on any morning! Ingredients: ​ 6 large eggs ​ ½ cup milk ​ 1 Tbsp. olive oil ​ ½ cup diced squash ​ ½ cup dices peppers ​ ½ cup sliced mushrooms ​ ¼ cup minced onions ​ 1 Tbsp.minced basil ​ 2 oz. grated cheese ​ salt ...
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Summer Corn Salad

Summer Corn Salad
Ingredients: ​ 5 tsp. olive oil - divided ​ 1 t bsp. fresh lemon or lime juice ​ ¼ tsp. salt ​ 1 ½ cups of fresh corn off the cob ​ 1 ½ cups halved cherry tomatoes ​ ½ cup chopped cucumber ​ ¼ cup chopped onion ​ 2 tbsp. copped basil ​ 1 hot pepper diced ​ ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese Preparation: 1. In a small bowl whisk together 4 tsp. of olive oil...
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Herb Vinaigrette Potato Salad - Mayo Free

Herb Vinaigrette Potato Salad - Mayo Free
Ingredients: 5 lbs baby red potatoes ​ 3 hard boiled eggs - diced​ 1/4 cup minced red onion Herb Vinaigrette: 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp diced fresh rosemary 1 tbsp diced fresh thyme 2 tbsp diced fresh flat leaf parsley ¼ cup diced fresh chives 2 tbsp stone ground mustard 1 tbsp honey ¼ cup red wine vinegar ¼ cup olive oil salt and pe...
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Banana Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Banana Cinnamon Overnight Oats
​Overnight oats have been a big hit the last couple of years simply because A) they are delicious and B) they are incredibly easy to make! These banana cinnamon overnight oats only require a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Mix everything up before you go to bed and in the morning you will have a tasty, nut...
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My Child Was So Disappointed - How Can I Help?

My Child Was So Disappointed - How Can I Help?
As parents, more than anything else, we want our kids to be happy. When something happens that causes them to be sad or disappointed, I think we suffer even more than they do. Our first impulse is to try to find a way to fix the situation and make them feel better. This is not always the best response. Disappointment is a part of life that we ...
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Healthy Green Eggs & Ham!

Healthy Green Eggs & Ham!
If you've ever wondered what the green stuff is in Dr. Suess's famous green eggs and ham, I'm about to tell you and guess what? No, it's not food coloring, it's healthy pesto sauce! Try this easy recipe with the kiddos that the whole family can enjoy. Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Ingredients: ​2 large eggs 2 large egg w...
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Popcorn Trail Mix

Popcorn Trail Mix
This trail mix recipe is so easy to prepare with just 4 ingredients. You can also mix in whatever dried fruits, nuts or seeds you like best. Create your very own combination for a slightly sweet, slightly salty, majorly delicious popcorn trail mix! Ingredients: 6 cups ​popcorn - homemade or from a bag (not the microwavable kind ...
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Healthy Eating Tips When Traveling

Healthy Eating Tips When Traveling
Getting yourself and kids ready for a trip or vacation takes a lot of planning. When I travel, one of the things on the top on my list (other than what shoes to bring) is what snacks to bring for the journey. When you're traveling you don't always have a lot of food options. This is always a challenge for me because I am conscious about what I eat ...
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When Is It Time To "Unplug" - Setting Limits On Screen Time

When Is It Time To "Unplug" - Setting Limits On Screen Time
There is an enormous amount of digital interaction available to kids of all ages. A lot of what is being offered is really great; it's educational, has positive messages and gives parents a little break. The challenge is in figuring out when too much of a good thing becomes detrimental. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates ...
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Balsamic Blackberry Vinaigrette

Balsamic Blackberry Vinaigrette
​This dressing comes with a twist! Fresh blackberries add sweetness to this Dijon, Balsamic vinaigrette. Let us know if you like it in the comments section below! Ingredients: ​ 1 cup of ripe blackberries ​ 1 Tbsp. honey ​ 2 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar ​ 2 Tbsp. olive oil ​ ¼ Tsp. salt ​ ½ Tsp. Dijon mustard Preparation: Combine all ingredients in blend...
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