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Do as I SAY or as I DO ?

For the first time in twenty five years I was in the US on October 31, Halloween.  To my amazement (horror) so many houses in lovely neighborhoods were decorated (trashed).  Netting that gets soggy with rain was strewn across the neatly trimmed bushes.  Skeletons "decorated" the lawns which garden service companies had recently raked.  I understand that it was intended in fun; to me it looked dirty.

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The Discovery Advent Calendar

Aren’t these shepherds cute in their Christmas pageant outfits?   They aren’t the only ones with questions about Jesus.  He’s one of the most debated figures of all time.

The Discovery Advent Calendar enables you to learn what Jesus says about himself.

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“I See You”—My Precious—Advent Calendar

In the hugely successful movie, Avatar, the creatures greet each other with, “I see you.”  They might not always share the look of love, but love is spelled L.O.O.K. 

Kids crave it.  “Watch me, Mom!” “Daddy, look at me!”  To notice what someone else does, to listen to them (it means being quiet oneself), and to appreciate their moods shouts, “I love you.”

The “I See You”—My Precious—Advent Calendar gives parents just the opportunity to show the children that they are paying attention.

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Playing with Food


Guess who plays the most with food in our home ?  ME !

Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t twiddle with the nourishment on my plate, cut it into a million pieces, and make sure not a smidgen ever reaches my mouth. 

Nonetheless, I do seek entertainment in devising meals.  We tend to repeat meals, especially the easy-to-make and enjoyed-without-a-fuss varieties.  I get bored eating the same thing.

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Valentine's Day Grrrreat Grrreetings from Mom and Dad

Of course, we’ll all be saying, “I love you” on Valentine’s Day.  Could we be saying more?

More!  I’m breaking my back loving my child.  What else can I do?!?!

What if your back could be comfy AND your child feel more loved? We’ve designed a humorous Valentine’s Card that does just that...and still more: it helps parents be loved too.

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Pumpkin in Paris...All Saint's Day

Friends moved to Paris for a year and live right next door to Notre Dame cathedral!   That's their humorous Halloween pumpkin glowing from the window.  What a hauntingly beautiful setting:  the flowing Seine river, the historic Parisian islands, and the sore-thumb-looking Tour Montparnasse (the best viewing spot in Paris because you can't see it!)

“We’re here to soak in the culture.” This year, they’re in the memory-making business.

Today, November 1, is All Saints’ Day, a time to remember loved ones who passed away. How can we speak to our kids about death?...without conjuring up images of ghosts and goblins!

Through marvelous memories.

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Why French Romance is Superior : Loving à la OhOh et LaLa

Until Pamela Druckerman’s recent book, Bringing Up Bebe, the French parenting excellence was a well kept secret, but not so for their flare for romance.

What makes the French so sexy? I believe it’s the French women that made their men into such reputed lovers!

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I Have a Dream Too...Don’t I?

Yesterday, on Martin Luther King, Jr Day, I stood at the same pulpit in the American Church in Paris where the spokesperson for Negro freedom gave his first speech after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 (He was on a stopover on the way home from Oslo).

To an audience of two obliging friends (!),I shared my dream.  Well, I tried.  Since I constantly think about strengthening families, I expected my dream to flow forth.  Confession:  I was no good scout and came unprepared!

This blooper inspired me to turn to Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech wondering what I might learn from his passion for civil rights that I could transpose to my zeal for strong families.

There it was:  

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