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Alli

Last week I posted this potty training question on our Facebook page and it was the most commented on question we’ve had in months! Clearly, potty training is a topic you guys are interested in.  Today Alli’s here with what we’ve learned to be the 5 biggest potty training mistakes parents make.  (Psst! – for even […]

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Next week is C’s first day of kindergarten and S’s first day of Montessori preschool. You know what that means – time to buckle down and set up some solid morning, lunch packing, and maybe even homework routines. It wouldn’t hurt to set up a backpack and study zone either! Here’s Alli with 20 of […]

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Nearly a year later, and my family is still FROZEN obsessed. It’s pretty ridiculous, actually. I’ll take it, though. With a family of boys, after all, this may be the the closest to a “princess movie” I’ll ever get. My boys adore Olaf. So I decided to put together a “Do You Want to Build […]

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Making homemade soda pop is probably one of the most exciting things I could do with my kids on the 4th of July (second only to the fireworks themselves). My littles love to cook with me and, of course, they love anything sweet so this one may just have to become a family tradition. I […]

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Top Image Credit (cropped, text and other photos added below): © Nicola | 04.09.11 | CC by 2.0 My son LOVES play dough. I mean, really. It’s almost an obsession. And you know what? I don’t blame him. I remember loving play dough as a kid, myself. There’s just something magical about it. It’s a blank slate of […]

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I don’t know about you, but my baubles always end up all over the place. Probably because I am constantly trying to keep up with a toddler and an 8 month-old.  But even on my dresser, where most of my jewelry accumulates, I have no place to collect it all the stray pieces. Enter: the […]

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 Who wants to win a Bissell Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop – raise your hand.  I have wanted a combo steam mop and vacuum for longer than I can remember.  Actually, scratch that, for pretty much exactly as long as I’ve had children. Let’s face it, between food messes, art messes, and stomping in […]

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Mother’s Day is the perfect time to try a DIY project and I guarantee you’re going to adore this one. I want to make one for every mom I know! Here’s Alli with the details… I am loving the “make your own mug” trend for two reasons: 1. There’s nothing better than a handmade gift. 2. […]

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s one of my favorite holidays for arts and crafts. Don’t ask me why. Maybe it’s the welcome diversion from everything Christmas. Maybe it’s the idea that we’re making gifts for the ones we love most. Regardless, I get giddy this time of year and love to […]

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Baby, it’s cold outside. And that means it’s the perfect weather for a hot cocoa bar. And eggnog… So why not combine the two? Enter: a festive hot cocoa bar with spiced eggnog whipped cream. I’m a personal fan of whipped cream on cocoa, instead of marshmallows. And when you are going the whipped cream […]

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It’s fall! My absolute favorite season. So, of course, I had to make it into a Play Theme Cheat Sheet. And really – cool weather, gorgeous leaves, pumpkins galore – what’s not to love? I have always wanted to take my little family apple picking in the fall. (I’ve never actually been. Sad, right?) But since apple […]

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We’ve got another project from our new eBook, Hands-On Holidays: Simple Ideas to Make Memories October through December, today. This one is a favorite of mine because it’s a great project to do with younger kids or to let older kids tackle alone.  It’s a money-saver too as it can easily transition from one season to […]

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Ahhhh…Fall. The leaves turn, the nights grow shorter, and the weather cools. It can all only mean one thing: Carnival season! Candy apples, petting zoos, and midway prizes. Oh my. I love me a Fall carnival. (A little too much, actually.) So I thought it would make the perfect play theme to kick-off fall. And […]

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Even though it’s not quite August yet, we just couldn’t wait any longer to post our latest Play Theme Cheat Sheet.  We just know you’re going to love it!… I am so excited about this month’s playtime cheat sheet, just because of the theme alone….SPACE! I don’t know why, but I was somewhat overly fascinated […]

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Although the 4th of July is certainly a kid-centric holiday, the younger set can get a little left out. Not only are fireworks too dangerous to be close to, they’re also LOUD and usually take place after bedtime. Today Alli is here sharing her favorite project for getting her little man involved in the festivities, while […]

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