Kelly Bevan McIlquham

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

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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Renaissance Mom: Confessions of a not-so-frugal mama

Renaissance Mom: Confessions of a not-so-frugal mama

I was thrifty once. Stingy with my money. Saved everything. Never splurged. Shopped sales. Occasionally clipped a coupon or two. Went on one vacation a year (if that). You get the point. The Grinch (that’s my husband for those of you who haven’t followed this column), said my frugalness and my penny-pinching (and need to(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Sept. 26-28

THE BERKSHIRES — Fall is the air and festivals fill up the calendar this weekend from North to South Berkshire County. Local businesses are gearing up for Halloween and there is spooky (and not so spooky) fun to be had in Hancock and Cheshire this weekend with the opening of Jiminy Peak’s 13 Nights and(…)

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Fun with Food: Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Hidden Veggies

Fun with Food: Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Hidden Veggies

We asked, you delivered — family-friendly recipes that is. This one’s from Berkshire’s own Fresh Foodie Mama, aka Sara Stewart. Sara wears many hats including wife, mom of two, the Goo Goo Gourmet and Massachusetts Regional Coordinator for Reach Out and Read among others. Read more of Sarah’s food adventures at freshfoodiemama.com. According to Sara this(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Sept. 19-21

THE BERKSHIRES — Fall is in the air  … you can feel it, smell it AND Berkshire area fall festivals have arrived. From weekend-long music, pumpkin and town festivals to movie nights, family hikes and football competitions, there is no lack of activity this weekend. Once again, it’s just figuring out which event to attend. Good luck(…)

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Recipe testers needed, as well as kid-tested, mother-approved recipes

Recipe testers needed, as well as kid-tested, mother-approved recipes

This summer we asked readers to tell us what they think of Berkshire Family Focus and how we can better serve their needs as parents. We received a lot of requests on how to improve our calendars and more recently we received a request for more kid- and family-friendly recipes. Ironically, we’ve been waiting to(…)

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