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Kaley

I love the convenience of the disinfecting wipes that come in the nice little packages. But I don’t like the chemicals that come in them, the waste that they produce, or the cost. Especially when my little ones are using them. Thankfully, the DIY versions are super easy to make and may even encourage the […]

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I have never attempted to let my daughter stay up until the New Year before. I am actually contemplating it this year, so I am armed and ready with an activity that will keep her entertained through all the hours until the ball drops. I made this fun poster with a little punch out circle […]

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Looking for a fun craft to do with your kids, that won’t add any more stress to the holiday season? These little stars are festive, super quick to make, and just a little addicting. They are cute as ornaments, but work equally well strung together as a garland. Plus, they are

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We’ve talked about the amazing benefits of play dough. We’ve shared the best play dough recipe ever. We’ve even made play dough toolkits. So we can all agree that we love play dough. But did you know that it can also be used as a great calming activity for kids? By adding the soothing, calming properties of […]

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When was the last time you decorated for Father’s Day? Never? Yeah, me neither. This year we made a card for my husband that would double as decor for Father’s Day. My daughter loves that it isn’t a normal folded card, and I love that it will give a festive touch to our Father’s Day celebration.

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Kaley’s back today with an update on the custom meal planning system she put together with products sent to her by our latest sponsor, Post-it® Brand. Yay for organization! I thought this system was pretty impressive when she first set it up but now that I see it in action, I’m a little blown away. […]

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Why is it that I can never get enough when it comes to easy meal planning systems? I know I really only need one, but I’m still fascinated to see how everyone else makes dinner time work for them.   Today our contributor Kaley is teaming up with our newest sponsor, Post-it® Brand, and using […]

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With Easter just a few weeks away, it is the perfect time to start thinking about Easter baskets! I usually try to keep the basket pretty simple, stay away from candy and sweets, and instead include art supplies or other creativity-boosting materials. This year, I will be including my daughter’s all time favorite play dough, […]

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Kaley’s here today with one of our family’s favorite snacks.  My littles totally think of this as dessert, which I love because it’s really nothing more than bananas. Be sure to read to the end for some of Kaley’s favorite flavor variations as well as a list of MPMK’s all-time favorite healthy kid snacks. I […]

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I’ve never tried making kale chips at home, have you?  Typically my go-to for getting some leafy greens in the kids is a smoothie – but that’s getting a little old (and a little cold) for winter.   I love how easy this recipe is and Kaley says her littles gobble up these healthy chips. […]

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I don’t know about your kids but mine are totally obsessed with knock-knock jokes – they think they’re hilarious and absolutely love getting a laugh when telling one.  So I know S and C are going to go nuts for these adorable Valentine Fortune-Tellers. Be sure to click through for complete folding instructions and all […]

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Have you ever noticed that no matter how many toys your kids have, they are always drawn to things like cardboard boxes and paper towel rolls? It seems that a simple box will usually entertain them longer and promote more creativity than the fanciest of store bought toys. Rather than fight this phenomenon, just embrace […]

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Here’s something fun.  Continuing with our focus on tangible ways to eat better, parent better, organize better and just generally live better this year, we’re partnering with Ella’s Kitchen over the next two months to bring you a collection of our favorite sensory play ideas for babies and young kids.  We’ve covered our fair share of […]

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Remember when back to school used to mean a new Trapper Keeper and a fresh, clean Jansport backpack?  One that would soon be covered in Sharpie drawings to make it uniquely yours?  Well, backpacks have come a long way, especially for the preschoolers / kindergarteners.

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Now that we’ve just barely finished unpacking all the boxes (inside at least – the garage is a different story), guess what – we’re packing some bags and hitting the road to visit our family lake house in Montana.  Naturally, a 7 hour road trip calls for breaking out the big guns and this idea […]

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