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Today is Veteran’s Day. A day full of parades, free services and goods for our military, speeches and remembrances. My family and I are headed into Boston to participate in these activities, and I’m excited for a day away from the computer and to show some American pride. But I also want to teach my kids the real meaning of Veteran’s Day (besides it just being a ‘home-day’ — they are only 4 and 6 so that’s what they are most focused on!). My first grader is learning about it in school, but the ideas are still a bit abstract and hard for him to grasp. So I went online for some tips on how to explain it in some kids terms, and how to get them involved in thanking our country’s finest:

1. Explain to them that a Veteran is a person who served in the military (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) and that their job is to keep our country safe. A lot of kids don’t know that the military serves us both in the United States and in other countries — and that the troops give up a lot of time with their families and put themselves in dangerous situations in order to serve our country.

2. Ask them if they know a Veteran. My son’s teacher’s spouse was in the military, and the kids loved hearing about how she is married to a ‘hero’. If you don’t know any Veterans personally, just think back in your family a bit. Both my grandfathers were Veterans, and I’ll be telling my kids about them today.

3. Do something on Veteran’s Day to show your respect and gratitude — big or small. Check out this great list from Operation Gratitude (I love #8: donate your Halloween Candy!). They are in need of letters to troops which is a perfect family activity.

4. And lastly, remind your kids of Veterans throughout the year. Here’s a list of 101 Ways to Thank a Veteran. You can incorporate small gestures into your holiday traditions, or simply teach children to thank Veterans for their service.

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I have recently developed a strong admiration and appreciation for user interface and user experience design. Scrolling through my Pinterest feed, I stumbled upon this gem. Instead of sending out your traditional printed save the date and wedding invitation, two designers, Grayden and Jenny, decided to have fun with design by announcing their wedding through a unique one page scroll web design. Not only it this design clean and beautifully designed, it visually communicates their love story in a unique way.

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This style of inviting people to your special day threatens Hello Little One’s livelihood of printed stationary but this is pretty cool and in need of sharing its awesomeness! Check out Grayden and Jenny’s love story for yourself here. For more of our pins, check out our page.

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Remember ROGBIV? A weird little lesson in order to remember the color of the rainbow. Some lovely women at NPR put together another lesson for you to really get to know the ins and outs of each color. For all you color enthusiasts out there, be sure to read this article. Thank you Nicole Cohen and Beth Novey for bringing a little color to our lives and some knowledge too!

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With Halloween so close, I’m sure a lot of you will be heading out to purchase treats in the next day or two. As a mom of a child with an allergy (peanuts but no longer dairy — woo hoo!), I always feel an obligation to remind our readers to consider getting some candy that doesn’t contain any of the major eight allergens. You will make a HUGE difference to a child whose choices are limited. Here’s a great listing of allergen free candy from Sure Foods Living. I always have Skittles, Starbursts and Dum Dums on hand.

If you’d like to take this even one step further, check out the Teal Pumpkin Project. There are some kids with allergies so severe, they cannot consume any packaged candy for fear of cross-contamination. In 2012, Becky Basalone, the director of a local food allergy support group, had the idea of painting a pumpkin teal, the color of food allergy awareness, and handing out non-food items. It’s such a great idea! If you’d like to do the same, print out a small poster declaring that you have non-food treats in addition to candy. Here are some ideas from FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) that can be found at the Dollar Store or the dollar bins when you first walk into Target:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

Have a safe and fun Halloween everyone!

(Photo: Food Allergy Research & Education via CNN)

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My first grader is learning to read — which is an awesome process to observe. I love that he’s excited about reading and is so proud of himself when he gets through a few sentences all on his own. We’ve been reading to him since he was an infant, and it’s fun to start seeing the roles reversed. I put a poll out on my personal Facebook page for an updated library of books for his age, but with the caveat that I’d enjoy them as well. Here are the top picks from my friends and family, with links below to each title. Happy reading!

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Top Row: Junie B Jones series / The Notebook of Doom series / Should I Share My Ice Cream? / The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket

Second Row: Harry Potter series / The Magic Treehouse series / The Great Brain / The Day the Crayons Quit

Third Row: The Children’s Book of Virtues / Flat Stanley / The Cloud Spinner / Mr. Granite is from Another Planet

Fourth Row: Freckle Juice / Stuart’s Cape / Frog and Toad are Friends / Nate the Great

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