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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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One big holiday down, two to go!  Today Janssen is here with a classic Thanksgiving craft that takes me back to my own days spent at the kids table.  This one is simple, inexpensive, and can be used both for craft time and dramatic play afterward!   This year I think I might get all the […]

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Do you guys ever listen to audiobooks at home?  Our in-house librarian, Janssen, swears by them for getting your reading fix while getting stuff done.  I’ve been totally intrigued by the idea but a little intimidated on how to get started with it all. Today I’ve asked Janssen to give as quick tutorial: audiobooks 101. […]

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Our resident children’s librarian, Janssen, is back today with some of her favorite Halloween books for kids (get your library cards ready). Also, don’t forget, there are less than two days left to take advantage of the 10% off sale on our new eBook, Hands-On Holidays: Simple Ideas for Making Memories October through December.  Just […]

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I love the look of luminaries, but they don’t just have to be for Christmas. With some inexpensive paper lunch sacks and some craft paint, you can make some easy Halloween versions that will look great welcoming trick-or-treaters up to your front door. Using LED tea lights means you don’t have the fire risk and […]

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Did you know that Thursday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Time to straighten those eye-patches and polish your hooks and go on a hunt for buried gold. And possibly sneak a book aboard your pirate ship. Here’s eight (four picture books and four juvenile novels) you might want to make room for in your […]

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Our resident children’s librarian, Janssen, has been peppering MPMK with all sorts of great book lists this summer (see them here).  But recently I realized that as amazing as those lists are, I’m not fully tapping her potential.  So, with school back in session, I thought now we be a good time to ask for […]

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I used to find wordless picture books so disconcerting. Where were the words? How was I supposed to know what to say?   Now, though, I love the chance to focus more on the illustrations and also let my child interpret the pictures for herself. It’s so fun to see her figure out the story […]

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Ack!, our in-house children’s librarian, Janssen, has done it again with her latest list of recommended reads!  Llama, Llama Misses Momma is seriously beloved at our house and was a big help with preschool transition, Ramona was one of my all-time favorite characters as a kid, and anything written by Mo Willems is solid gold […]

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