My husband and I usually exchange small, inexpensive, thoughtful gifts at Christmas. I love coming up with fun little things that I think he will just love. This year, in addition to a bundle of the highest-rated dish towels...
I grew up in San Antonio and have fond childhood memories of stopping by the "big giant map" that is laid right outside the Convention Center downtown.  Since I joined Alamo City Mom's Blog, I've been planning to get around to writing...
We spend a lot of time as moms thinking about what we feed our families.  We try our best to feed our kids balanced meals and to limit things like sugar, fat and highly processed foods and harmful chemicals....
Dislike Christmas music?  If so, you're not alone.  Google "I hate Christmas music," and you'll get 2,180,000,000 results!  I can't lie - as a teenager, I thought Christmas music was lame.  My annoyance with Christmas music started at a very young...
'Tis the season for holiday house guests, and at our house we are in full preparation mode for our upcoming guests. We love having family and friends come and visit, but with 6 kids aged 10 and under, it...
It is such a joy to visit friend's homes during the holiday season and see their decorations and what meaningful traditions they enjoy - from quirky to heartfelt. The Alamo City Moms Blog contributors compiled a mini-home tour to...
Growing up in San Marcos, just on the cusp of South Texas, chili and tamales was a cold-snap/Christmastime dinner tradition. We often ate this combo on Christmas Eve with old family friends or after decorating my grandparents’ Christmas tree...
Salt dough ornaments are one of those rights-of-passage crafts that every kid should get to enjoy - and every parent should get to experience on the "other side". Salt dough is easy to make, super inexpensive, and practically indestructible....
I'm a big believer in ritual and tradition.  One of my greatest joys as a wife and mother is creating and cultivating them for our little family.  Early in Claudia's babyhood, I decided we needed a Christmas breakfast custom. ...
Many of you probably have one of these little guys hanging around your house right about now: Allow me to introduce you to our Elf on the Shelf, "Pepperoni," so named by my daughter, Harper, when she was two. I confess,...

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Looking for an easy, kid-tested, momma and teacher approved recipe for something to make with your child this Thanksgiving?  I have tried everything from fruit kabobs to homemade butter, and trust me, these Oatmeal Aggression Cookies are a winner....
If your children are anything like mine, they begin compiling their holiday wish lists around (if not before) October. “Ooooh, I want that!” my preschooler shrieks, her eyes feasting upon a commercial featuring eight-year-olds and glitter body art. (Um,...
So there I was, feeling inadequate as a meal planner, home decorator, and human being.  You know: Pinterest.  Just before I succumbed to the particular form of despair that overtakes those who know only two ways to tie a scarf,...

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Alamo City-Area Library Summer Reading Programs

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Summer is upon us, and the name of the game is, "Keep the Kids Occupied." Many schools send home summer reading tasks but reading...