Trust Through Different Lenses

We recently asked some kids about the simple idea of trust. “Trusting is showing someone that you care.” “To trust is to get your cookie back when you let your friend hold it while you go potty.” “Does telling the truth and trust mean the same thing? If yes, then, I trust you that you […]

Attitude of Gratitude

Practicing thankfulness means we pay attention to, and hold close, the good in our lives, whatever that is. When we do, we feel happier. -MJ Ryan While on vacation recently in Maui, we were reminded how the Hawaiian culture is grateful of others. The beautiful leis, kind words and appreciative gestures felt throughout our stay […]

Celebrate the Earth

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” –Native American Proverb Annually, April 22 is a day set aside to honor the Earth. The tradition of celebrating Earth Day was established by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. April 22 corresponds to spring in the Northern Hemisphere and […]


It’s about time to see the sun in Oregon! In fact, they said yesterday was the second hottest day of the year and just a week ago we had snow here. The sunshine just makes me smile and I see how my children just love being outside in it! If you can’t get enough right […]

Do you say "yes" more than "no"?

One would think that by telling our children “no” that they would follow directions. Luckily for us and for them, children challenge us. They allow us to see that “no” is not the best way to direct a situation. Did you know that the average toddler hears the word “no” more than 400 times a […]

Get creative and read!

Get creative and read!

It’s important to read to your kids, while also allowing them to read to you. Besides spending quality one-on-one time, you benefit by learning, while expanding your imagination. Here are some fun ideas for making reading an important part of your life: 1. 30-30-30 Find thirty minutes to read to each other, thirty minutes to […]

The power of Leadership

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”–John Quincy Adams Leadership is more than leading a company, a team or a group. Leadership begins with you—your ability to consciously choose what you will think about, words you communicate, and the actions you take. Psychology […]

"You are so small" – How does it make you feel?

Kirsten Klug’s new activity book, Yes, I Am! Yes, I Can! was inspired by quotes that her parents often said: “No one can make you feel inferior, without your own consent.” and “It’s easier said, than done.” Somewhere in the journey of life, Kirsten began to place higher value on what others said than what […]

Birthday Party Favors

Trying to find that perfect favor for your children’s birthday party? What about activity books by Kirsten Klug! They are fun, kids love them and they make a big impact! Not only are you giving children something they can enjoy, you are also giving something they can learn from. Activity books can be purchased at […]

A note from the Leprechaun

Last year, while in Kindergarten, my daughter was given a challenge: How to catch a Leprechaun. She designed a trap that included a ladder, bowl of cereal and gold glitter. She left an extensive note for the guy about how it would be too his advantage to climb the ladder. However, instead, he left a […]