Archive for December, 2007

lilly bean play food, a favorite of ours!

Friday, December 14th, 2007


We here at Swellbeing believe deeply and strongly in the value of dramatic play. This kind of play helps children to practice being in the real world – specifically by trying on different roles and problem solving. Since children really gravitate toward food and kitchens in play, this recommendation ought to be right on target for many of your children. Lilly Bean (handmade and ADORABLE play food) is another example of a business started by a savvy mom who couldn’t find what she was looking for, so made it herself. Her business has grown and grown and to keep up with demand, she has hired some of her Amish neighbors in Michigan. Trust me, you will adore this stuff! She just opened her own website, which delighted me as every time I found her food offered somewhere online, they sold out faster then I could press the ‘buy’ key.

Another Inconvenient Truth

Monday, December 10th, 2007


I have the distinct pleasure of knowing a very smart and insightful man and futurist, David Houle, who recently shared information about the Institute for Truth in Accounting. This organization aims to bring transparency and truth in accounting at the highest levels. They are spreading the word about the national deficit.

As Americans and parents, it is imperative that we understand the tremendous debt our children will inherit. I urge you to visit to, at a minimum, learn the staggering truth about the financial state of our nation. It will make you wince, to be certain. Our children (and theirs, and theirs) need us to do all we can to stop this profuse hemorrhaging. You can sign up on their website to learn how you can take part in making a difference.

One of my favorite quotes by Margaret Meade feels appropriate for this post: “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

DIY: Snow globes

Monday, December 10th, 2007


If you are looking for a fun, festive craft idea for the holidays, here is one we came across [via apartment therapy nursery] and love. Martha Stewart Living (of course) has a short list of supplies and easy instructions for making your own adorable snow globes.