Heather Kasvinsky

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I live in South Duxbury with my husband, Matt and our two super energetic kids, Lucy (7) and Sander (4). We moved here from Fairbanks, Alaska four years ago to build our home near family and we are still working on finishing it! My husband is a carpenter and I am an artist. I have an MFA from Arizona State University and lived in the southwest for seven years. I have taught printmaking at the college level most of my adult life, though I am currently on a long break due to homeschooling and enjoying my children. I enjoy gardening, cooking, skiing, hiking, and find any excuse to be outdoors. Our family has a very loved Alaskan husky named Canute and an old Maine Coon cat, Oliver, who add so much love to our home. We recently added guinea hens and chickens to our little farm where we enjoy growing fruit trees, berries, and lots of memories. Vermont has been a beautiful place so far to raise our children and build new friendships.
Budget-friendly craft

Simple and Budget-Friendly Crafts and Sensory Activities for Toddlers

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We’ve all had those days when everyone, especially mom, needs some downtime or a new peaceful activity in order to survive the rest of the day. Enter budget-friendly crafts! Wouldn’t it be fun to...
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5 Tips for Instilling Healthy Eating Habits in Our Kids

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I have one child who eats mostly anything and has a natural tendency toward healthy eating habits. The other, my second child, has always brought a pickier attitude to the table but through dedicated...

Flying with Children: Activities to Help Keep the Wiggles and Whining at Bay

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Plane rides can be very exciting for little kids but the initial entertainment of flying on an airplane wears off pretty soon after taking off. Being prepared with a bag of surprises and treats...
Nature Play

Encouraging Children to Play in Nature

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Have you ever taken a walk outside in nature with your children and watched them gather little objects that they find interesting and magical to play with? When children are outside regularly without constant...

Rainy Weather and Enjoying the Outdoors with Children

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Sometimes the rainy weather can really get us down, but only if we let it. We sure have had our share of it in Vermont this summer! On these days, we have to let...
Ceviche tostadas provide a bright colorful and delicious no-cook meal on a hot summer day.

Shrimp Ceviche! A Fast, No-Cook Dinner for a Hot Summer Day

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When it is a sweltering 92 degrees outside at dinnertime, the last thing I feel like doing is making dinner for my family. Who even has an appetite in this weather? My children do. They...
rainbow jello

Summer Celebrations with Rainbows, Jello, and Cake

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There's a certain sense of nostalgia aroused in my taste buds involving Jello and dips and chips when I recall summer picnics and pool parties that my parents hosted for our friends and family...
Kids Gardening

Vegetable Gardening with Children: 5 Plants to Start from Seed with Your Kids

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Gardening with children is a rewarding process for everyone involved. It is messy, therapeutic and downright delightful to get our hands covered in dirt. Remember, all kids are washable, so let them get dirty! If you...
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On a Budget? Go Bananas about Bananas!

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Here are three easy, healthy and very inexpensive family-friendly recipes using one of our favorite popular fruits. Bananas! They are cheap and downright delicious. Chock full of good, fast energy, bananas contain a good source...

Ditch That Table Sugar! Healthier Alternative Sweeteners for Your Family

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At this point, it's common knowledge that too much sugar is bad for us. We can all admit that sweets taste really good and we seem to be bombarded by sugary treats wherever we...