Roasted Maple Dijon Brussel Sprouts

By josie milano

This recipe is an oldie but goody in my house.  If you think you don't like Brussel Sprouts I strongly urge you to try this recipe. I started making this recipe about a year ago when I was trying to get my family to expand their vegetable taste buds. Brussel Sprouts have always been the dreaded v... Read More

Holiday Party Ideas

By Party Belle

Oh sure, we’re all bummed summer is over...but hey, right around the corner is the next best time of the year- hooray for THE HOLIDAYS! Here are a few sentimental party favorites I’d like to mention. THE UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER PARTY of course the title pretty much says it all. The reason this... Read More

One Baby’s Blessing

By Party Belle

As an event planner I have been fortunate to work with people from all walks of life on a variety of different occasions. Because it is the milestones of our lives that are often celebrated, it gives me a unique perspective of people. Bar Mitzvahs, Weddings, Birthdays, Showers are the bread and but... Read More

Parenting 101

By Lara Taylor

So you’re probably wondering how I got this job.  You’re thinking, “what does a 33 year old mother of 3 know about parenting?  Why is she more knowledgeable than me?  Where’s the 60-something grandma with 6 kids and 20 grandkids and a PhD in child psychology---now there’s a mother I’d... Read More

Staying Active in Cold Weather

By sherikaran

Here in South Central PA, it's cold.  The past few weeks have had a few warmer days but overall December was cold and January's likely to be colder!  How can you keep kids moving and active when the weather's uncooperative?  There are a few options both at home and out and about. Kid-themed ex... Read More

Allergies at the holidays: Don’t let them get in the way of holiday festivities

By Kara Eberle

By LYZZ JONES for Smart Every meal is a challenge when you live with food allergies. And no time of year exacerbates these troubles more than the holidays. Eggnog? Not if eggs or milk trigger a reaction. Stuffing? Only if it’s gluten- and wheat-free. Cranberries? Sounds OK, but... Read More

Ugh — I knew this would happen

By Amy Gulli

(Noah, at a happier moment) Today when I dropped Noah off at preschool, he cried. Sobbed. Threw himself at me. Begged me to hold him. Wailed. "Don't leave, Mommy, don't leave! Stay and play with me!" (which sounds like "stay n pway wis me!") Bonnie, his teacher, said he threw ... Read More

Smart Mama: Kung Fu Mama

By Beth Vrabel

By BETH VRABEL “Remember to say, ‘Yes, sir,’” Benny, my 4-year-old, told me. “And bow, like this.” He bobbed, almost falling on his head. “Got it,” I told him as I tightened my belt. “Kung Fu Mama,” he giggled. We walked into Dover Dragons, the Tae Kwon Do stu... Read More

Paying with plastic? Understand your credit card statement

By Kara Eberle

By KATY CARPENTER for Smart Thanks to some new rules and regulations, your credit card bill has a lot more to say these days. Are you listening? The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 — aka the Credit CARD Act — took effect in stages this year, with... Read More

Smart Mama: Who’s the (real) boss?

By Kara Eberle

By LAURA BURKEY Smart Mama I'm a first-time mom. My daughter, Amelia — Mia for short — was... Read More