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A Year of Date Nights – Ideas For Each Month

A few years ago I was telling a couple of girlfriends that my husband and I had gone for an evening drive around the island the night before; they both giggled and said, "Oh how cute, you had a date night".  That was the first time I'd every heard the term "date night", and I liked it! The "date night" concept wasn't a new and revolutionary idea, in our 30+ years of marriage my husband and I have gone out many times.  We just didn't call it "date night". We called them going out to dinner ...

Tips to Keep Santa “Real” for Your Kids

  Image by Savvy Nana Travel I'm not sure how everyone feels about Santa Claus.  I know that there are two schools of thought, those that love the magic of this beloved Christmas tradition, and those that refuse to perpetuate the myth. The Santa debate briefly raged in our house a few years ago just before my youngest daughter's wedding.  Her fiance, tho not entrenched in the non-believer camp, put forth the argument that children should not be encouraged to ...

14 Fun & Inexpensive Kids’ Summer Activities

It's now the dog days of summer.  School's been out for a couple of months and the  excitement is gone.  We're now hearing the inevitable gripe "I'm bored! There's NOTHING to do!" Here are some fun and creative ideas to keep the kids entertained for the rest of this summer.  I know we'll be trying a few very soon! Home Made Toast has a tutorial on how to make a leak proof water blob. It's inexpensive, easy to make, and most importantly will keep the kids cool ...

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music!

I have to admit that this year's Sesame Street Live performance is the best one we've seen in a while. I've been attending Sesame Street Live performances for years now.  That's what you do when you have 5 grandchildren ranging in age from 2 - 15!  We attend the show every year when it makes its way to Honolulu, usually sometime in the summer, but we've also seen it performed in Colorado Springs. Every year Sesame Street Live has a new story to tell.  This year's theme was all about ...

Monster Spray to Vanquish Bedtime Fears – Free Printable

A couple of years ago when my grandson Devon was 4 he developed a fear of sleeping in his own room.  He claimed there were monsters in his room just waiting to get him.  Bedtime became a nightmare.  Many nights we'd find him sleeping in our bed.  Other nights he'd sneak in to his brother's room and curl up on the floor. We tried night lights and leaving the door open.  I'd even stay in his room until he fell asleep, but he'd wake up in the middle of the night and move to a ...

Toddler & Allergy-Friendly Easter Eggs

Jett, my 3 year-old toddler is allergic to eggs, dairy, and peanuts. The common Easter egg stuffers such as chocolates, won't do.  I had to get creative.  The eggs had to be allergy friendly  and still be appealing to a 2 year-old.         Below are  Toddler & Allergy-Friendly Easter Eggs for that we used for our  Easter Party and  Egg hunt: Mini race cars Mini monster trucks Fruit snacks Big jeweled rings Candy bracelets/watches ...

Kids and Allergies – Interview with Dr. Shahzad Mustafa

I don't know if anyone but me has noticed, but it seems that there are more people with allergies these days, specially children. When my kids were young they  weren't allergic to much.  One of my daughters was briefly allergic to shell fish, but she outgrew that in her late teens.  I recall that a couple of my kids also had mild reactions (a small rash) to a particular antibiotic, but that's about it.  There were no milk  or peanut allergies. So why do all my grandkids have so many ...

The Ultimate Movie Popcorn Mix

I'm sure everyone is familiar with movie nights, but why should it be limited to nights?  There are days when snuggling up to watch a good movie or two is just what's needed! Specially when you can munch on my Ultimate Movie Popcorn Mix! Last week the grandsons and I went to the movies to see the latest Star Wars flick, Rogue One.  We enjoyed it and left trying to place this movie in it's place in the Star Wars story.  This led us to decide we'd need to watch ALL the Star Wars movies in ...

Savvy Nana’s Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers

It's Cyber Monday!  It's a great time to snap up some deals and start checking off things from your holiday gift list.  If you're lucky you might even be able to finish today without ever leaving home! I know the biggest problem is always what to buy, specially for toddlers.  We're bombarded with ads touting new and improved talking stuffed animal and cool power wheels. Somehow toy manufacturers have convinced us that our kids must have these things, otherwise we'd be somehow remiss and ...

USO Presents The Sesame Street Experience at Fort Carson

The USO, a non-profit organization, has been providing support for US military service personnel and their families for nearly 75 years.  And thank goodness for these dedicated folks who work diligently to keep our brave heroes connected to their families, homes, and country during some of the most trying times.  The USO is there for them from the moment they join the military and throughout their time in uniform; most especially during their deployment. The USO has Airport Centers all ...