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We’ve got yet another resource for you to use with our free B.O.R.E.D. printable today. Our children’s librarian, Janssen, has rounded up the best audiobooks for calming active (aka hyper) kids. Read on for her picture book, easy reader and early chapter book recommendations! I’ve long been a big fan of audiobooks, so it’s no surprise that […]

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The last time our in-house librarian, Janssen, put together a recreational reading list it was a huge hit so I asked her to give us another one for the summer. I’m uploading all of her picks to my mobile kindle reader so I can fit in a little summer reading while the kids play at […]

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Whether you’re hosting the 4th of July BBQ this year or attending one, this super simple dessert idea is sure to please.  Of course I love the festive presentation but my favorite part is that once you bite in you realize that what looks like a mini cup cake is actually a cookie. Plus it […]

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Happy Monday guys! A quick reminder before we get started to sign up for our FREE positive parenting webinars tomorrow with TODAY Show contributor Amy McCready. Reserve your spot for “Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling” before they fill up! As an avid reader, I know all-to-well that sinking feeling when you […]

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It’s Teacher Appreciation week next week - do you have something special picked out for the educators in your kids’ lives? If not we’ve totally got you covered with an easy DIY you can use to appreciate a teacher, for Mother’s Day, or even as a hostess thank-you gift.  Here’s Janssen with the full details… One […]

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I love Easter. One of the reasons I love it so much is that it heralds the arrival of spring. And after this winter, I think most of us could use a little spring. (I won’t lie – I love the chocolate too). Plus, my little girls love all things related to rabbits and baby […]

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I love celebrating the holidays with my kids – they have such a knack for getting excited about each and every one! But that doesn’t mean I want to stay up all night frosting cupcakes. Simple but special treats that take under 5 minutes to prepare are much more up my alley. Here’s Janssen with […]

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It’s time for St. Patricks Day books! Any time I flip over the calendar to see a new month, I know it’s time to start requesting holiday books from the library. With the Irish holiday just around the corner, these ten St. Patrick’s Day books are perfect for celebrating all things green and gold. Whether […]

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I like making holidays special for my girls, but I don’t necessarily want to do something terribly complicated. These red velvet pancakes are surprisingly simple and super festive. Also, they aren’t loaded with sugar, which is important to me. With the cream cheese drizzle, you don’t need gobs of sugar in the pancake themselves (although you […]

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Another January day, another post on how to make 2014 your best year ever.  I’ve been thrilled to see you guys snatching up our eBook, Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life: The Quick Start Guide, and the accompanying 38 page planner printable pack but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate some of the other great reads […]

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I had grand ambitions of baking a fancy madeira wine cake for each of my neighbors this year… guess how far I’ve gotten. I think, instead, I’m going to make a batch or two of these over-sized chocolate marshmallows with the kids and gift a few to each neighbor.  I love Janssen’s idea of putting […]

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Janssen’s with us today sharing one of her favorite Christmas crafts from her childhood.  I love the idea of using these around candles on a table or as an extra-special gift topper. And don’t worry, she’s got tips on how to avoid a sticky mess. I remember making these as a child, but we used […]

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Looking for an easy and fun treat to make with the kids this year for your favorite neighbors, teachers, and friends?  Look no further!   This semi-homemade recipe relies on the goodness or Oreos, Teddy Grahamas, and some melted chocolate. Easy enough to make dozens at a time and a definite crowd pleaser. These cute […]

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Sometimes, you’re looking for a specific kind of Christmas book, but it’s hard to find one because the bookstore or library has them all just categorized as “Christmas.” Whether you’re looking for a Santa story, a Christmas version of your child’s favorite book, or a sweet story to read together, this list will have you […]

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It’s been a while since we’ve let our children’s librarian, Janssen, do her thing. So get your library cards out, here are her picks for the the books that will get your kids super excited for Turkey Day this year. If you’re looking for a couple more Thanksgiving recommendations, check out these on her blog.) With kids, it’s […]

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