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Laura

Mad(ison) Science for Kids and Families

Madison is a town rich in educational opportunities for kids and families. It is definitely not short on science activities, venues, and events that strive to make science accessible to children of all ages....

Go, See, Explore: Parfrey’s Glen and the Merrimac Ferry

My son is always up for an adventure. We've made a nearly annual tradition out of taking a lazy afternoon trip on the Merrimac Ferry. Up until our most recent trip, the point of our...

Donating Used Items in the Madison Area

A friend just started Tidying Up her home during the recent Polar Vortex. She and her family gathered 22 bags of clothing that no longer fit/no longer sparked joy. That was ONLY from 4...

Go, See, Explore: UW-Madison Geology Museum

On a lazy January Friday afternoon, my son and I made our most recent visit to the free UW- Madison Geology Museum. UW-Madison's Geology Museum was part of the inception of the University in 1848. The...

Go, See, Explore: Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan

Next time you’re heading toward Lake Michigan, consider a trip to Sheboygan and work in a stop with your kids at Bookworm Gardens. Bookworm Gardens is set in an idyllic, wooded acreage on the UW-Sheboygan...

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love baking. Going back to traditional recipes and perfecting them is what I love most. Luckily there are great resources on the web that allow me to compare recipes and get great ideas....

MadTown Family Bingo

Need some inspiration to get out and about in Madison regardless of the season? Do you get out and about traversing that city we live in? Do you have a goal to explore your own...

Grateful Giving Calendar

I always struggle with what meaningful activity we can do in November to express gratefulness and thanks for my life with my family. I am not always interested in being crafty, so last year...

10 Years Ago No One Called Me Mom

10 years ago no one called me mom. 10 years ago I didn't yet know about you--little one (now not so little)--who made me a mom about 9 months later. I didn't know that I'd have...

Let Kids Spend Their Own Money

A dollar or two here. A dollar or two there. Kids tend to accumlate small amounts of cash from many sources: allowances, gifts on special occasions, grandparents, small jobs done outside the purview of...

Picture Books: Keep Reading to Older Kids

The past few months, I've really struggled to make sure to read aloud to my son. Right now my mid-elementary school son is fully engrossed in his own reading of lots of chapter books,...

Melted Butter: Owning My Mess

On a recent Friday when my son did not have school, we had a set agenda we'd decided on together the night before: bake cookies, play with a friend, workout (for me!), ride our...