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Don’t you sometimes wish someone would pick out your next book? I frequently think that when I’m standing in the library or bookstore and completely overwhelmed by the options. Whether you’re looking for things to read on your own this year or trying to pick titles for your bookclub, these books are perfect for reading […]

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*This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are 100% my own. I love the start of a new year. As much as I adore the holidays, there is something so refreshing about taking down all the decorations, getting back into a normal work and school routine, and thinking about what […]

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If there’s one thing I love about December, aside from the holidays, it’s the Best of 2015 book lists that come out. As a former librarian and a huge reader, both on my own and with my small children, it’s basically like Christmas all over again when I get a little time to pore over […]

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*This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are 100% my own. Who doesn’t love a good holiday cookie? Fun to make with the kids, share with the neighbors and, of course, to eat! Plus they make the house smell heavenly. As part of our official role as a member of The Oat […]

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We’re back today with the big reveal of our latest Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life makeover- Janssen’s mudroom/family command center. You may remember from our previous post, that Janssen had a bit of a fail the first time she attempted to get this room organized. Today she’s back showing us how a little support from our latest sponsor, DYMO, helped […]

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There are lots of signs that the holidays are around the corner: the radio is blaring Christmas tunes non-stop, every store is filled up with holiday treats, decorations, and gifts, and my inbox is filled with requests about what book to buy their child or niece or grandson as a gift. So many of us […]

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About a month into the new school year seems like pretty much the ideal time to tackle a new project for our Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life series. This week we’re teaming up with our new sponsor, DYMO, to put their LabelManager 160 to work whipping up a stream-lined mudroom that serves the needs of an entire family. Here’s […]

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Is there anything better than those moments where you snuggle your baby in a rocking chair before softly putting them to bed? Or cuddling with a chatty toddler on the couch on a snowy afternoon? But some parenting moments are much less pleasant and can have you tearing out your hair, wondering when the real […]

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*This post is sponsored by QVC but all opinions are 100% our own. Check out #QVC for more info. on the QCard. I don’t have any children heading off to college yet; my oldest just started kindergarten, so those days are still a ways off for our family. But my husband’s youngest brother begins his first […]

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Finding just the right activity to sign up your little one to attend, can be nothing less than maddening. I really value classes that allow my kids to be active, gain confidence, and grow their social skills. That said, I also like to spend a lot of our time on unstructured play and usually limit […]

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*I’m a PediaSure SideKicks Partner and am a sponsored blog partner, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure. We’ve talked several times on the blog before about ways for moms to get more energy – there just never seems to be enough, does there?! – but I always like to […]

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I have a confession to make. Since discovering the absolute genius that is audiobooks (see here for a primer on how to get started if you’ve never read with your ears before), I’m rapidly reverting back to the bookworm I was a child. It’s glorious. This month alone I’ve read, and started a moms book […]

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Next month, I’ll be having my third child and my third girl. Which means that parenting little girls is always on my mind. Whether you have a single daughter or a whole slew of them, these books are full of great advice on how to handle all manner of parenting issues, from education to bullying […]

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Got a little reader on your gift list this year? Our resident children’s librarian, Janssen, here today with one of our favorite gift ideas ever – the series starter. Here are all the details… Whether you’re looking for a book to give to a voracious reader or a struggling and reluctant reader, series are always a […]

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Since we’ve already done a round-up of her favorite Thanksgiving books, I thought a collection of books centering on strong families from our resident children’s librarian, Janssen, would be perfect for this time of year. We went with chapter books so big kids can read them on their own or families can read a chapter […]

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