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The Compact: Not Buy Anything New for a Year

Our family has agreed to go another year without buying anything new. We did it in 2010 and it dramatically changed how we lived and what we put value on as a family. It rocked my world, but in an amazing way. It’s fun,  challenging and really makes you look at objects differently. Yet over the […]

POSTED BY ON December 29, 2012         |           Comments { 18 }
Importance of The Family Dinner

The Importance of the Family Dinner

Growing up, dinner was at 6pm and we all were there. No matter how busy our day was, it slowed down when we ate dinner together, talked about our day and filled our bodies with home-cooked food. Fast forward 25 years… 6pm rolls around and you may find us eating in the truck as we […]

POSTED BY ON December 27, 2012         |           Comments { 3 }

Brave Friday: “Share leftovers, play games, enjoy traditions”

We read this pretty amazing call to action from one of our favorite organizations, Story of Stuff. It put me in my place on this whole Black Friday deal. So my family and I are opting-out of Black Friday and embracing Brave Friday with a holiday movie marathon in our pj’s, board games, living room […]

POSTED BY ON November 23, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }

Vote for Family Sponge

Family Sponge has recently been nominated on SkinnyScoop’s Top 25 Creative Blog list. And if you agree, we’d appreciate you taking a quick moment to vote for our blog.   Vote for Family Sponge as your favorite creative blog Vote for Family Sponge as Your Favorite Creative Blog on the SkinnyScoop (Voting Ends 10/31). The […]

POSTED BY ON October 28, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }

When a loved one dies

Written by Ozma Bryant I have a five-year-old daughter who recently lost her great-grandfather, the only grandfather I ever knew and loved, and I was tempted numerous times to hide his dying from her. She knew he was sick, but at some point I realized telling her that wasn’t enough. I certainly didn’t want her […]

POSTED BY ON October 16, 2012         |           Comments { 0 }
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A Car Free Family

Arianna is a Family Sponge contributing writer and I just love everything that she writes, including this article about her journey as a car free family. My husband and I have been on a simple living journey for a few years now, and recently  downsized to a one-vehicle family.  We ride our bikes as much as possible […]

POSTED BY ON September 24, 2012         |           Comments { 11 }

Birdsong : A literary gem

Written by contributor Rachelle Gilmore, who also happens to be an awesome friend.  We LOVE the library. And I mean LOVE. As a mom of two kids we make a trip weekly. Sometimes twice a week. My son, 2 years-old, loves working out the puzzles and grabbing the basket of crayons to color (scribble) a […]

POSTED BY ON September 12, 2012         |           Comments { 5 }

Explaining September 11 to your kids with a book

Ozma Bryant shares how to talk to kids about the tragic 9/11 attack on September 11, 2001. Explaining September 11 to your kids is not always easy, but it gives you, as a parent, a chance to talk about this tragic moment and how it changed our world and the people who live in it. […]

POSTED BY ON September 11, 2012         |           Comments { 3 }
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How to slow down and be present with your child

Guest post written by Michelle Long, M.A. of Bloom Retreat It seems as though the world around us is speeding up at an accelerated pace. We are rushing from appointment to appointment, taking our kids from one activity to the next, working multiple jobs, and trying to maintain a busy household. Our children are growing […]

POSTED BY ON September 6, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }
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Calm Down Jar

When Melissa of Green Owl Art featured the calm down jar on Family Sponge last spring, I was in love. Not only do I love mason jars, but I love new ways to get my wild children under control. We do time outs and talk it outs, but they don’t always work. Nothing always works, […]

POSTED BY ON September 4, 2012         |           Comments { 41 }
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Green living tips for the kitchen : Pots and pans

Written by Beth Strouse at Sunshine on the Inside Melanoma, Organic Apples and Cast Iron I’m not sure any single event can stimulate significant life changes more than a health scare. I personally found this to be true following a melanoma diagnosis earlier this year which motivated me to seriously analyze and improve my overall […]

POSTED BY ON August 27, 2012         |           Comments { 7 }

In her Shoes: When Hope is Taken Away

Guest post written by Arianna Carlson of For the Love of Motherhood From the time we are young we have hopes.  We hope we’ll make friends at school.  We hope the cute boy will ask us out.  We hope to get into college.  We hope we’ll get a good job.  We hope we’ll fall in love, get […]

POSTED BY ON August 21, 2012         |           Comments { 10 }
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Books and Cookies: Yes to literacy!

Unplugging the family is always high on my list. We got rid of our TV 8 years ago, but over the years our home has become filled with different kinds of screens. Say hello to the iPad, the iPhone and my 27-inch iMac. We are a tv-free family who is completely plugged in. So when […]

POSTED BY ON August 7, 2012         |           Comments { 1 }

Chudney Ross’ Favorite Children’s Books

Books and Cookies is a fantastic book store in Santa Monica that embraces early literacy to the fullest. Lined with favorite children’s books and fun new ones, this store is a gem. If you haven’t checked out our tour, you should do so. You might even find inspiration for a reading area in your own home (The teepee is […]

POSTED BY ON August 7, 2012         |           Comments { 0 }
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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”

As a mom, I find myself trying to rediscover who I was during my pre-mommy days. All though there are pieces that remain, I find it challenging (okay depressing) to keep up with all of my interests while juggling motherhood. And then add in Pinterest, awesome mommy blogs like The Pioneer Woman, and glaring eyes […]

POSTED BY ON August 3, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }