Author Archives : Julie Cole

Wearing Underwear to Bed: A Parental Controversy?

Sometimes they prefer to wear underwear on their heads. Just when I thought I had been sucked into every possible parenting conversation, I got caught up in a discussion that was surprisingly engaging. The question was, “Do your kids wear underwear to bed?” I learned that it’s a divided community indeed when it comes to […]

Back to School on a Budget

Even though it can be the most wonderful time of the year for parents, back-to-school season is also an expensive time. Every September, I put these tips and tricks into high gear. Go through those closets. Purge the stuff you no longer need, but keep an eye out for those little gems that are hand-me-down […]

Top 6 Back-to-School Products for 2015

There’s nothing like those fresh notebooks and sharp pencils that mark the beginning of another year. But getting ready to head back to school takes a lot more than nostalgia. Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of different things to help with getting organized, packing lunches and staying on top of things. These products […]

Celebrating the Return of the Mabelhood!

You may have noticed that we’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus for the last few weeks, but I’m delighted to say we are now back in action. While we were taking a break from writing, we were busy revamping The Mabelhood. We’ve created a new and improved blogging forum for you here […]

Keeping Kids and Company Happy in the North

We just had a week at the cottage and there are a whole lotta reasons why I think taking your family to a cottage is a really good thing. Mostly because it’s an affordable way to bring on a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of reality all at once. And if you […]