Kelly Bevan McIlquham

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

Over 1000 parents and children attend the Berkshires Museum’s 2014 Pajama Night [PHOTO GALLERY}

Over 1000 parents and children attend the Berkshires Museum’s 2014 Pajama Night [PHOTO GALLERY}

PITTSFIELD —Hundreds of families gathered at the Berkshire Museum last night for its WeeMuse Pajama Party, where guest readers shared stories, artists and kids created amazing works of art in the museum’s Crane Room, and we even caught some sweet interactions between Magic Treehouse author Mary Pope Osborne and some of her fans. Did we(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Nov. 7-9

THE BERKSHIRES — Whether your children are teens, homeschooled, preschoolers or middle school-aged children the calendars are brimming with activities for all ages. From art to science to films and more, I’m cutting to the chase today and bringing you my BFF Picks for the weekend right away. For more events and activities go to(…)

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Momma Mouse product review and giveaway [Parent’s Eye Review]

A few week’s ago I received an email from local Adams momma, Amy Hughes (aka Mamma Mouse). Amy and her husband make their own laundry detergent ($7-$18), lip balm ($3), whipped body butter ($12), sugar scrub ($12), soap ($8 and under) and just recently started a trial of candles and melts (average price $4, but prices range)(…)

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Craft Corner: Last-minute Halloween craft … hanging ghosts and spiders, oh my

Craft Corner: Last-minute Halloween craft … hanging ghosts and spiders, oh my

Last week I spend a couple of days in northeastern Massachusetts watching my 5 and 2 year old niece and nephew. I am a little out of practice spending hours on end with that age group, but I put on my “When I was a good mom” hat (for those of you who don’t understand(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Oct. 24-26

THE BERKSHIRES — The calendars are overflowing with Halloween Events this weekend and we couldn’t narrow them down to only 10 so we decided to simply direct you to our HALLOWEEN EVENTS PAGE and bring you all the other fun happening happening in the region in our Weekend Lowdown. From multiple opportunities to view family-friendly(…)

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9th annual Pumpkin Carving Festival to benefit Community Food Cupboard in Manchester, Vt.

MANCHESTER, VT — Saturday, Oct. 18, is the official Vermont State Pumpkin Carving Day! The day is set to be celebrated in style in Manchester, Vt., with the 9th Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Equinox Valley Nursery, home of the Community Pumpkin Patch. This year’s festival includes perennial(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Oct. 17-19

  THE BERKSHIRES — Fall illness has hit the Berkshire Family Focus headquarters — the McIlquham household. Coughing and sniffling is commonplace. Vicks rubs have become a part of our nighttime routine and over the counter medications help us get through the day. What would be wonderful? If one of our readers would send us their(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Oct. 10-13

THE BERKSHIRES — Meetings and family appointments have resulted in a late Weekend Lowdown this week and I apologize, but I’m only one person. Did you know that, by the way? If you are new to our site you may not know that Berkshire Family Focus is run by one mom, one person, one lover(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Oct. 3-5

  THE BERKSHIRES — Happy first day of October. When I was in elementary school I remember a teacher telling our class that it was good luck to say “Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” at the beginning of each month. Why? I never asked, but after a quick Google search last night I found that it’s an old(…)

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