Kelly Bevan McIlquham

Berkshire Family Focus posts about family life in the Berkshires written by its founder and Berkshire County mom, Kelly Bevan McIlquham.

Let’s take a day trip — to the Berkshires

THE BERKSHIRES — Many of you may or may not know that I also write for the Berkshire Visitors Bureau — for their monthly newsletter at times and on their family blog here. Of course, it’s always about family-fun things to do in the Berkshires. My latest newsletter piece was about planning a day trip(…)

Feature: Berkshire parents share their goals and resolutions for 2014

Feature: Berkshire parents share their goals and resolutions for 2014

NOTE: We would be remiss if we kicked off the new year without a post about resolutions. So here it is, and these local parents have some big plans for this year. Whether you’re 8 or 80 chances are when Jan. 1 comes around, you’ve made some sort of resolution for the new year. The(…)

Berkshire Book Bag: Great Barrington Steiner School teachers pen ‘The Hollyhock Dream’

Berkshire Book Bag: Great Barrington Steiner School teachers pen ‘The Hollyhock Dream’

  THE BERKSHIRES — When I received the press release about a new book “The Hollyhock Dream” written by teachers from the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School I couldn’t wait to review it here on Berkshire Family Focus. First off, I love promoting local authors here on this site and second, I am fascinated by(…)

Fun with Food: Chinese Pot-stickers

Fun with Food: Chinese Pot-stickers

We may have celebrated the start to a new year in the Berkshire on Jan. 1, but for the Chinese, their celebrations kick off this year on Jan. 31. Why not plan your own Chinese New Year’s party with classic fare like these homemade pork dumplings — a McIlquham family favorite. We like them fried, thus(…)

Holiday Advent ideas courtesy of Berkshire Family Focus and the Berkshire Eagle

THE BERKSHIRES — With Black Friday behind us and Cyber Monday taking place today, it is evident that the Christmas season is upon us. In fact, according to Lifetime, The Hallmark Channel and ABC Family, it’s been here since Nov. 1, when the Countdown to the Countdown to Christmas movies began. The holidays even invaded(…)

From the Editor: Berkshire Family Focus Magazine (December 2013)

THE BERKSHIRES — With family still around after Thanksgiving, thoughts of Christmas, decorations, tree trimming, family, family and more family, things have been a little hectic here at the Berkshire Family Focus home office and the homes of our contributors. But we’ve managed to bring you some wonderful features, columns, crafts, recipes and more for(…)

Feature: Berkshire Holiday Walks — a family tradition

Feature: Berkshire Holiday Walks — a family tradition

THE BERKSHIRES — December Holiday Walks have become a Berkshire County staple throughout the holiday season, and this year is no different. Walks taking place from Williamstown to Great Barrington this weekend (Dec. 6-8) not only bring the community together and out into the cold weather this time of year, but have also become a(…)

Renaissance Mom: Give the kids the gift of YOUR happiness this year

Renaissance Mom: Give the kids the gift of YOUR happiness this year

“The best gift you can give to your children is not your time. It is not books. It is not college funds. It is not the best private school. It is not the biggest Pinterest-themed Birthday parties. It is not your amazing cooking. It is not your immaculate house. It is not your crazy-good multitasking(…)

Talking with Teachers: Tips for integrating the holidays into the classroom

THE BERKSHIRES — There is an ongoing debate within communities as to whether or not schools should celebrate or recognize various religious holidays during the school year, and at no time is this debate more heated than around the “December” holidays. Some schools allow holiday celebrations, bring in families to discuss their various traditions and(…)

Money Matters: 'Tis the season to spend and Greylock Federal Credit Union's Vicky May has some tips for using your debit card this month

Money Matters: 'Tis the season to spend and Greylock Federal Credit Union's Vicky May has some tips for using your debit card this month

your payday loans help THE BERKSHIRES — ‘Tis the season for overspending, maxing out credit cards and over-drafting with your debit card, so I wanted to share a few tips with you all once again — this time we’re talking about navigating the nuances of the Debit Card. 1. Using Debit Cards (Check Cards) Debit(…)

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