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Getting a healthy, home-cooked meal on the table for dinner every evening can sometimes feel like a monumental task. We all want to feed our families well, of course, but the daily demands of family life often prevent parents – and mothers in particular – from achieving that elusive goal.

Browsing the aisles at most craft shows, flea markets or art festivals with little ones in tow can be traumatic for everyone involved. The kids are bored traipsing after mom, mom gets her arm pulled out of its socket by a child begging to leave, and vendors are ridden with anxiety by little hands grabbing at their breakable wares.

Long before CSI, Psych and True Detective hit the airwaves, Sherlock Holmes staked his claim as pop culture’s most famous detective, investigating crimes from the pages of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s acclaimed novels.

Pumpkin beer has hit the shelves and pumpkin lattes are on the menu at your favorite local coffee shop, which means that – ready or not – fall is unofficially here to stay. Make plans now so your family is ready to celebrate the season and explore all the harvest fun that St. Louis has to offer.  

1. Go apple picking. Taking your kids apple picking at Eckert’s is practically a rite of passage for St. Louis parents.  You can pick your own apples at the Millstadt, Belleville and Grafton locations.

Despite owning a smartphone and doing much of my work in the online world, I’ve never been what you might call tech-savvy. I still keep a paper calendar, and I write my to-do lists the old-fashioned way – with good old pen and paper.

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