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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 Endless Summer - Part 3 - Go Outside And Play!

The Endless Summer - Part 3 - Go Outside And Play!
​ As children growing up we were always being told to "go outside and play" especially on weekends. This was also the standard response when we voiced our frustration about "having nothing to do". Of course times have changed.  Now kids have access to so many different types of electronic entertainment that they never need to be bored. This is...
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Snap Pea Salad With Buffalo Mozzarella

Snap Pea Salad With Buffalo Mozzarella
​ Ingredients ​ 8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed, strings removed ​ 4 cups arugula, thick stems trimmed ​ 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves plus more for serving ​ 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves plus more for serving ​ 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil ​ 2 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice ​ Sea Salt ​ 1 pound fresh buffalo mozzarella Preparation 1. ...
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A Thoughtful Gift For Dad

A Thoughtful Gift For Dad
I want to share this simple, but very sweet Father's Day craft project I found on the Fun Handprint Art website. All you need is some finger paint, poster board, fun stickers and a black marker. You can add additional bling, photos, or anything else you think dad would like. For a more finished look, you can put this art in one of those inexpensive...
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The Endless Summer - Part 2 - Create Your Own Bird Santuary

The Endless Summer - Part 2 - Create Your Own Bird Santuary
Recently I was reminiscing with my son about the summer we put hummingbird feeders in our backyard and how much fun it was to watch the birds and their antics. We discovered they had different personalities and different roles. One bird was always keeping a look out while others were feeding. There was a hierarchy to who could feed first and as we ...
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Fresh Marinated Garlic Tomatoes

Fresh Marinated Garlic Tomatoes
These fresh tomatoes are slightly roasted, then marinated in oil, garlic, honey and vinegar! Delicious served on a crostini with goat cheese and olives. Let us know what you think in the comments section below! Fresh Marinated Garlic Tomatoes Ingredients: ​ 4 cups of cherry tomatoes ​ 3 tbs olive oil divided ​ ¼ tsp salt ​ 1 tbs ...
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Roasted Asparagus with Dijon-Lemon Sauce

Roasted Asparagus with Dijon-Lemon Sauce
A simple side dish that's bursting with lemon flavor. Perfect for a spring dinner, lunch or even breakfast! ​ Roasted Asparagus With Dijon-Lemon Sauce Ingredients: ​ 1-2 lbs of asparagus trimmed ​ 4 tsp of olive oil, divided ​ ½ tsp of salt ​ 2 garlic cloves minced ​ 1 tsp grated lemon zest ​ 2 tbs fresh lemon juice ​ ½ tsp...
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Berry Kale Salad With Strawberry Dressing

Berry Kale Salad With Strawberry Dressing
The sweetness from the berries and strawberry dressing coat this kale salad in creamy goodness and mask any bitterness! Berry Kale Salad With Strawberry Dressing Ingredients: ​ 2 cups chopped kale ​ 1½ cups of chopped strawberries divided ​ 1 cup of blueberries ​ 1 cup of blackberries ​ ¼ cup of sliced almonds ​ ¼ cup of crumbled feta ​ 1/3 cup of ...
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The Endless Summer - Fun Projects For The Whole Family - Let's Plant A Garden

The Endless Summer - Fun Projects For The Whole Family - Let's Plant A Garden
I remember starting to panic about a month before summer vacation every year. How to fill all that leisure time my son would have day after day, week after week, which seemed like eternity. I would start by looking into some kind of camp (which only covered a small amount of the days I needed to fill) then moving on to some sort of sporting involve...
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Encouraging Mindfulness In Children

Encouraging Mindfulness In Children
I would describe mindfulness as "being in the present moment" the practice of focusing on what is happening right now and nothing more. It's a timeout from being in the past or future and an opportunity to take a break from over thinking, a time to quiet your mind and body. So how is this helpful for children? Practicing mindfulness throughout the ...
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Why Bees Matter - What Would Happen If The Bees Disappeared?

Why Bees Matter - What Would Happen If The Bees Disappeared?
The first thing to happen would be that most of my favorite foods like vegetables, fruits and nuts would go with them.No more salads, stir fry's or delicious smoothies, and what kind of summer would it be without watermelon, wine and cheese parties. Yes – no more cheese, food sources for our animals would also be diminished. This is not the world I...
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Mother: [muth-er] - Noun - A Female Parent

Mother: [muth-er] - Noun - A Female Parent
​ This is Webster's definition of a mother and I can tell you as a mother and a grandmother that this makes me feel pretty special. Well, Webster was a man and therefore not a "female parent" so maybe this is the best he could come up with. You can't really know the hugeness of motherhood until you have a child. (Although, many people fee...
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Roasted Asparagus With Ginger Sesame Dressing

Roasted Asparagus With Ginger Sesame Dressing
This asparagus recipe is bursting with Asian flavor and it is so easy to make! The whole family is sure to love it. Roasted Asparagus with Ginger Sesame Dressing  Ingredients: ​ 1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed ​ 2 TBS olive oil ​ ¼ tsp salt ​ 1 pinch pepper Dressing: ​ 1 whole green onion, chopped ​ 1 clove garlic, minced ​ 1 piece fresh ginger...
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French Green Bean Salad With Pears

French Green Bean Salad With Pears
This is a refreshing spring salad with matchstick pears and tons of fresh herbs! Let us know what you think in the comments below. French Green Bean Salad With Pears Ingredients: ​ 3lbs Haricot Verts green beans ​ 1/2 cup of olive oil ​ 3 TBS of Sherry wine vinegar ​ 6 TBS chopped fresh chives ​ 6 TBS chopped fresh parsley ​ 6 TBS minced fresh...
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Deciphering Food Labels - What's Really Good For You Part 2

Deciphering Food Labels - What's Really Good For You Part 2
​ Part 2 of our adventure into the world of food labels should provide you with the remainder of information you need to go down the aisles of any grocery store and feel confident that you really know what you're buying and more importantly what you're eating. All-Natural / Natural / 100% Natural In regards to beef and poultry, "Natural" means a pr...
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Chicken Monaco Pasta Salad

Chicken Monaco Pasta Salad
Pasta salad has always been a staple inspiring and summer time dish 1, because it is so easy to whip together for a large crowd and 2, because it is so darn delicious! This pasta salad combines the fresh flavors of western Europe to create a beautiful, healthy and tasty dish! ​ Chicken Monaco Pasta Salad Ingredients: ​ 1 lb boneless, skinless ...
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Fajita Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers

Fajita Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers
Bell peppers make the perfect "shell" for this fajita chicken! They are a lower carbohydrate, gluten-free alternative when you are craving Mexican food but don't want the heavy, greasy stuff. We hope you all enjoy! Fajita Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers Ingredients: ​ 1 lb diced skinless boneless chicken (thighs or breast) ​ 2 TBS olive oil ...
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Deciphering Food Labels - What's Really Good For You Part 1

Deciphering Food Labels - What's Really Good For You Part 1
The other day I bought a bag of potato chips. I know, not the best snack choice but the bag had multiple labels on the front indicating that they were probably a healthy choice. The label included, made with olive oil, vegan, non-GMO, gluten free, only 140 calories per serving . Wow – with those kinds of credentials they must be good for you –...
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Crispy Roasted Mushrooms

Crispy Roasted Mushrooms
​These Crispy Roasted Mushrooms are so much better than the soggy sauteed ones! Try these out as a side dish alone or add to another salad for a crispy crunch and earthy taste. Let us know what you think in the comments section below! ​ Crispy Roasted Mushrooms Ingredients: ​ 1 LB of assorted m ushrooms  (such as Oyster, Shiitake, Cremini...
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Minted Beets

Minted Beets
Roasted, Minted Beets are a delicious way to enjoy the lovely root vegetable that is beets! This simple recipe is super easy to throw together and is sure to impress the entire table. Let us know what you think in the comments section below! Minted Beets Ingredients: ​ 2 LBS of beets trimmed ​ 1 head of red leaf lettuce for lining platter ​ 1 TBS o...
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Green Bean Almondine

Green Bean Almondine
Green Bean Almondine is such a simple yet elegant dish. Impress your guests with this side dish filled with fresh green beans and nutrient dense almonds. This recipe is spiced up with the addition of sliced red pepper! Adults and kids alike are sure to enjoy. Green Bean Almondine Ingredients: ​ 1 LB of fresh green beans (I prefer Haricots they are ...
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