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Alli

I don’t mean to scare you or anything but, it’s May folks. Summer vacation will be here before you know it – do you have a plan? Mine is to set up some sort of loose schedule. Nothing too confining but a flexible outline of how any days spent at home are going to go.  […]

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DIY Lego Art

Have you guys noticed that decorating kids’ spaces can be one of the most interesting spots in the house to tackle? I think it’s because I feel like I can go a little bolder, a little more creative, and a little more “outside the box” then I might in other rooms. Also, I’m not as afraid […]

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I was reading one of my favorite MPMK posts the other day, How to Maintain Your Zen When the Kids Have Lost Their Ever-Loving Minds, and I was reminded of how much we used to play with beach balls in the house when the kids were younger. It was such a simple way to keep the kids […]

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Between Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day it sometimes feels like there really is no escaping the sugar! But never-fear, Alli’s today with 15 sugar-free Valentines you can feel good about sending to the class party with your little one this year. Today was my son’s first day back to school. And as I dropped him […]

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I love the smell of Christmas. And truth be told, I’m not exactly sure what that smell is. But in my mind…it’s part pumpkin, part pine tree, and part cinnamon. Mmmmm. Every year we like to fill our house with holiday aromas. And we’re always looking for new ways to do it. This year, our […]

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We’re teaming up with our newest sponsor, Bona, today to share our best tips on how to keep your home clean and clutter-free, but still super festive, for the holidays. Before we get to the goods – don’t forget to click over and get your exclusive $3 off coupon   on Bona’s awesome hardwood floor cleaning […]

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Can you guys believe it’s nearly November already?! You know what that means… time to start thinking Christmas shopping. Although the process can be overwhelming, it can also be a lot of fun hunting down the most exciting, enticing and developmentally appropriate toys for your littles. I know I always feel a great sense of […]

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Whether your family routinely does a ten hour trip to grandma’s every Thanksgiving, or you just find yourself in the car shuttling kids around A LOT now that school’s back in session – a well organized and entertaining car environment can be a parent’s best friend! Today Alli is teaming up with MPMK’s newest sponsor, […]

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It’s that time of year again…   Time for ghosts, witches, and goblins to make their spooky appearances. Mwah ha ha ha! (That was my best evil laugh, in case you couldn’t tell.)   Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, because it’s all about creativity. For that reason, it’s also the perfect holiday to do crafts […]

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Last week I posted a 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.    My youngest son just […]

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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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