Air fryer recipes are so popular year round, but we love using the air fryer in Summer. If you need a break from grilling (or haave a rainy day!) it’s a fabulous way to whip up healthy eats, fast, without heating up the kitchen. Here’s a fun summer menu—made from top to bottom using the appliance of the moment!
We all know brushing and flossing are key components to good oral hygiene, but did you know the nutrients you get from food can play a significant role in the overall health of your mouth, teeth, and gums? Unfortunately, because many of us don’t get the nutrients we need through food, this leads to nutrient deficiencies which can cause inflammation of the gums and lead to tooth loss.
Earth Day is April 22, and all of us at The Local Moms Network love celebrating with our kids—but try to keep it genuinely fun. Depending on the age of your little ones, celebrating Earth Day may be as simple as going for a walk outside in the stroller or as in depth as talking to teens about global warming. We’ve rounded up some great ways to note the occasion. Hope it gives you some inspiration for celebrating Mother Earth all year long!
The Frisco Area Moms LOCAL Mother’s Day Gift Guide is here to help make your process of finding the perfect gift for the momma’s in your life a little easier, all while supporting a local business!
If you’ve been following for a little bit, you’ve probably realized that I really like a good theme, especially when celebrating holidays. I came across these Peep Rice Krispies Treats on instagram and couldn’t wait to make them with my kids. They’re super easy and fun to decorate with some pastel sprinkles. I was a little too impatient when it came to letting them cool and harden which is why mine aren’t perfect looking, but it didn’t affect the taste at all. I hope you have as much fun making these as we did!
Tracy Shevell, MD, is founder of Blue Moon Perinatal and has been a High Risk OB-GYN for 16 years. “I chose to do High Risk OBGYN because I was always drawn to the most complex cases, encompassing needs of both mother and baby,” says Dr. Shevell. But over the last five years, she’s noticed it’s become harder to give moms-to-be and new moms all the attention and support they need and deserve. To fill the gap in care, Dr. Shevell recently launched Blue Moon Perinatal, where she can offer one-on-one sessions to clients as a “bonus doctor” to support them in conjunction with their primary OB-GYN. Her goal is to educate and empower women to advocate for themselves while increasing accessibility and support. We spoke this Dr. Shevell about this amazing new venture:
Having a few good board games on rotation is a great idea whether your kids are toddlers or teens. Too cold to spend much time outside? Kids home sick? Need to enforce a screen time break? Board games are a solution to all of these. Plus, they teach important life skills like taking turns, math, reasoning and reading! Of course, they’re just fun to do as a family, too. Below, we’re sharing some of the top picks from families from around The Local Moms Network!
Summer camp is one of those childhood experiences that will stay with your child forever. It can be a hard decision to do a sleepover camp for the first time, so we wanted to provide you with a few of our favorites right here in Texas to check out! All of the camps listed in our Texas Sleepover Camp Guide will help your child gain valuable confidence, compile priceless memories and build lifelong friendships.
February is Black History Month. If you’re looking for ways this month (and always) to celebrate Black History and have age appropriate discussions about race and racism, you’ll want to bookmark our latest interview with our psychology contributor, Reon Baird-Feldman, PhD. Below, find her smart ideas on how to use this month to get those conversations started, from her perspective not only as a psychologist but as a Black mom of two (her daughters are pictured in their Black History Month shirts!).
The Frisco Area Moms Summer Camp Guide is here to help make your process of finding the perfect camp(s) for your little ones quick and easy, with all the info you need in one place! Scroll down for a list of local day camps, sports camps, educational camps and more! You’ll find the age range for each camp, dates, sessions, special offers and how to register.
Valentine’s Day is almost here and I have the perfect read alouds focusing on love, kindness, and friendship that are packed with kid appeal! From an endearing robot searching for the meaning of love to a little girl determined to create a valentine for her entire town to a variety of tales celebrating sweet embraces, the following stories are guaranteed to give readers all the feels and stir up that excitement for Valentine’s Day.
Take your Game Day eats up a notch with these crowd-pleasing nachos! “Everyone gets excited when you pull out a warm tray of cheesy nachos!” says Alston Calabrese, who, along with Leigh Hansen, creates recipes and shares entertaining tips on Habitual Hostess. The pineapple salsa pairs perfect with the BBQ flavors for a unique spin on nachos—which couldn’t be easier to make. “It’s really just an assembly project, so no real cooking skills are needed,” says Leigh.
We were thrilled to chat with Brooke about her amazing outlook on life, aging and motherhood. Plus, details of her new project, Beginning is Now, an online community of women with inspiring, informative content and a digital shop, where you can find chic and comfortable athleisure wear. Don’t miss her on January 27 on Talk Shop Live at 1:30 pm!
The early education community is buzzing about STEAM learning and parents are eager to learn more about this educational approach. At Creative World School, we’ve been incorporating STEAM concepts in our curriculum for many years. As we explore STEAM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), we provide children with the tools and freedom they need to thrive. The Creative World School Frisco team believes in using our inquiry-based curriculum to invite children to ask questions about the world around them. This is the basis for our STEAM learning. Inquiry is the “i” in iSTEAM and encourages a student’s curiosity as he/she develops problem solving skills.
If there’s ever a time to look for new tools to center yourself, it’s January 2022. Meditation is one of the best tools out there, and not only is it naturally free, but you can do it virtually anywhere. It can even help you be a better, more patient parent. We chatted with our newest contributor Kimberly Snyder, who is a spiritual guide and meditation teacher, founder of the Solluna holistic lifestyle brand and mom of two (Emerson, 5, and Moses, 18 months), about her journey in meditation–and how you can start your own practice.
Spending part of summer living independently from Mom and Dad is one of those amazing experiences that will stay with your child forever. Use our Camp & Program Guide to learn about some of the top sleepaway camp options throughout the United States as well as teen tours, educational programs and even community service opportunities. All of them will help your child gain valuable confidence, compile priceless memories and build lifelong friendships. We also have some great tips from the American Camp Association explaining 10 Things to Consider when Choosing a Summer Camp. Plus, don’t forget to order your customized labels for clothing (and everything else) to help make the summer experience easier (for both mom and kids!). Use code LOCALMOMS for 15% off your order at Mabel’s Labels!
Meet, Pamela Culley, the wonderful mom behind Modishly Balloons. A local balloon design business, creating beautifully unique and fun designs for any and all your events!
Working out at home has always had some advantages—the most obvious being you don’t have to waste any time driving to a gym…or combing your hair. However, motivation can be pretty tough. “What I am hearing from clients is the lack of results, accountability, and personalization that comes with most at-home workouts causes a quick burnout and a habit of hopping from one platform to another,” shares celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser, who founded the Anna Kaiser Studios and has trained Kelly Ripa, Shakira, Alicia Keys, and Sarah Jessica Parker. “No one is there to hold you accountable for that time so it’s easy not to show up. And we are human! People need people,” adds Anna. We asked this fitness guru for her best tips for staying motivated while working out at home, including the essentials for a home gym and importance of finding an online community.
These festive ice cream sandwiches are perfect for a Christmas party—or as a new spin on milk & cookies for Santa. Thank you to Katie, the mom and recipe creator behind Witten Kitchen, for sharing!
Skipping the booze at Thanksgiving and the parties and family gatherings that follow isn’t always easy—but always worth it if that’s your priority. Whatever your reason—from pregnancy to alcohol dependence to simple preference—for wanting to stay sober, some smart tips can help you be successful. We asked our newest contributor, Melissa Urban, Founder and CEO of Whole30 (and a mom of one!), for the advice she gives to anyone weathering the holidays sans alcohol. Plus, she shares her favorite festive mocktail, below.