Author Archive | Laura


Get Bowled Over

My son has loved “boiwing” (pronounced close to the word “boiling” and known as bowling to most of us) since he figured out a ball could knock down obstacles set in its path. He has two mini bowling sets that operate with marbles. He has a larger plastic bowling set that works well on the […]

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Bringing Awareness to Autism

As you may know, April is Autism Awareness month. The Center for Disease Control now estimates that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism is a term almost everyone is familiar with as it’s a bit of a buzzword. But, just because Autism is  something talked about on the news and […]

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Let Them Play OUTSIDE!

Mud. My 4 1/2 year old son was covered in mud from the top of his Henry Hugglemonster hat to to the tips of his toes that were inside his boots (his boots fell off when he was spinning on his swing). He had a huge smile on his face. The insides and outsides of his boots were […]

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Read… Read… Read… Across America

Many years ago when I was a teacher, I took a day off from my regular lesson plans with a group of high school seniors and asked them to bring in a favorite book from childhood. Most brought picture books from when they were very small. I know that at least a few brought Dr. […]

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Finding Mom Friends

I moved to Madison in 2007 and commenced working soon after moving here. I didn’t have friends in Madison outside of my work or my husband’s work other than just few people I already knew in Madison prior to moving.  My son was born in June 2009. I had several weeks of maternity leave and […]

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4K Round-Up for the Madison Area

4 Year Old Kindergarten…or, OMG my baby is going to go to school in September! Fall 2013 brought tears to my eyes. My son had attended preschool in various forms since he was nearly 2. He loves school. However, 4K seemed like a bigger deal. I cried. The tears were tears of mourning and tears […]

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Top Ten Usborne Books & More Gifts

Books make great gifts for kids. Usborne Books and Kane Miller Books (the ”& More” of Usborne Books & More) are award-winning children’s book publishers. If you are looking for quality books that kids will want to read again and again, look no further! Usborne is rich in activity books and cards and strives to […]

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Madison Area Indoor Play Places for Kids

Check out our 2014 Indoor Play Round Up HERE!  Cooler temperatures, chilling wind, and (eventually) snow are settling into the Madison area. Many trees have lost their leaves and the rest will follow in due time. Thus, moms and kids are often looking for indoor places to play. Below is a list of resources for […]

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Halloween 2013 Activity Round-Up

Cool days are giving way to jack-o-lantern lit nights. Get your kids in the Halloween Spirit! Don’t miss out on the abundance of Halloween activities in and around Madison. There’s something for babies on up! I’ve done my best to round up as many activities as possible, but I’m only human, so I’ve undoubtedly left […]

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Facts of travel with a child

Facts of Travel with a Small Kid My husband and I love to travel and vacation together. We returned a week ago from our second family vacation to the Okanagan Lake area in British Columbia. We still love to travel, but travel is quite different now than pre-kid. Airplanes are germ infested. Imagine spending 5 […]

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