Welcome to the Carnival of Family Life. On this Presidents’ Day, winter has a firm hold on much of the United States, including beautiful Northern California. The wind has been howling all weekend, tossing leaves and branches about. Much-needed rain has finally found its way to the valleys, while snow has been falling steadily in the Sierra-Nevada and foothill regions, snarling traffic and frustrating skiiers who have yearned to spend the holiday weekend on the slopes.
So it’s a good time to build a fire, prepare yourself a cup of hot cocoa or tea, snuggle up under your favorite blanket, and enjoy reading the many articles included in this week’s edition of the Carnival.
Family Cooking & Recipes
Family Crafts & Activities
Tina presents Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You – Our Birthday Traditions posted at TLC in the Kitchen. “We have a very large family; therefore we have many birthdays to celebrate,” Tina explains. “Over the years we have developed some family birthday traditions.”
Insurance Toolbox presents How to Find a Financial Planner That Has Your Best Interests in Mind posted at Fine-Tuned Finances.
Silicon Valley Blogger presents 2009 Economic Stimulus Package: Obama’s Plan For Your Money? Tax Cuts and Spending posted at The Digerati Life, a dissection of the stimulus bill and discussion of how American families are impacted by tax breaks.
The Smarter Wallet presents Will The Obama Economic Stimulus Check and 2009 Stimulus Plan Save The Economy? posted at The Smarter Wallet, explaining whether and how the economic stimulus plan will affect families.
freefrombroke presents Fridge Is Full At Work – Another Sign Of The Economy posted at Free From Broke, observing that “the fridge [is] full at work recently. That tells me more people are cutting back due to the economy.”
Family Health and Wellness
mom & dad present Strep, Impetigo, Sinusitis, and God Knows What Else posted at raising4boys.com.
Aparna presents Medicinal uses of tamarind posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming, explaining that “pulp extracted from the long bean like pods of tamarind can be used fresh or dried and stored. Apart from its culinary uses, it is also effective in treating minor ills and ailments, and for cosmetic purposes.”
Alvaro Fernandez presents Brain Training: It Works, and It Doesn’t Work posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution, advising that “if you are considering buying some of the new programs for yourself, your patients or a loved one,” pre-purchase research is required.
Dana presents When my kids don’t seem to listen . . . now I know why posted at Simple Pleasures.
Parenting Tips & Advice
Piotr Stepien presents Be Mass Media Free posted at we overstep, suggesting that families break the “addiction to news, television shows, and any low-level mass media . . . Turn that time into something productive.”
Amanda CMJ presents Introducing Our New Series: Grandparents, Grandchildren posted at Extra (Hour)dinary Parenting.
Kakie presents Is your home a soft place to land? posted at Bur Bur & Friends: Community Ark. “It is so important to create an atmosphere at home where kids can make mistakes and learn from them,” Kakie writes. A mother shares how she did that with her 13-year-old daughter.
Chief Family Officer presents Feeding the kids: So far I really like Ellyn Satter’s book posted at Chief Family Officer.
Devon Coles presents O, For tuna! posted at Pen, Ink. Life’s little vicissitudes . . ., “In the word of Cicero, ‘Nothing contributes to the entertainment of the reader more, than the change of times and the vicissitudes of fortune.’ Or, in this case – pets!”
Family Relationships & Self-Improvement
Tami Blodgett presents Family Matters: The Soul of a Family posted at Online Wellness: A Safe Haven. Catherine VanWetter, M.S.W. teaches a different way of looking at inherent problems and solutions within family systems.
knittsings presents Love is . . . posted at knittsings. “When you’ve been married a long time,” she explains, “how you make your spouse’s life better screams love far louder than a box of chocolates.”
Catherine presents Top Tips for Responsible Travel on Your Green Holidays posted at Green Holidays.
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