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Kaley

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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Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a conference put on by Disney especially for “Mom-preneurs” (a term I wasn’t even familiar with, let along associated with myself, until then).  The keynote speaker was uber inspiring and I met lots of great ladies. Since that time it seems like brilliant Mom-preneurs have been falling into […]

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You guys have probably seen this photo print idea floating around pinterest – isn’t the idea brilliant?  How amazing would it be to have one of these from every year showing how the kids have grown and changed? I’m definitely putting this idea on the “to-do list” for this Father’s Day – which is why I’m so […]

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The other day I walked into my mom friend’s kitchen and found the top of a pineapple sitting in a jar of water.  I thought it was odd so I immediately quizzed her about it and she politely told little-ol-woefully-uninformed-me that if you plant the top of a pineapple, it will sprout.  What?! I was […]

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Hope everyone had a good St. Paddy’s Day, now it’s time for Easter – it’s so early this year! Kaley’s here sharing an awesome idea on how to make egg dying more fun for the littles.  I’ll definitely be trying this with S and C for Easter.  In fact, boiled eggs have become a daily […]

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Kaley’s here today with some lovely printable counting cards, perfect for teaching your littles their numbers at home.  At our house these have been printed, laminated and are already being used (and fought over – might need to print another set shortly). By the way – do you guys have home laminators?  I resisted purchasing […]

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You know how we love a good messy sensory art project here at MPMK. So far we’ve tackled DIY finger paint, Jell-O Play Dough, DIY body Paint, and even Dr. Seuss’ Oobleck.  So what’s next? Why, indoor snowmen of course! Kaley’s here today sharing with us… I always think of sledding and building snowmen as the […]

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Kaley’s here today sharing a cheerful and modern DIY Advent calendar – the perfect home for our 24 Family Advent Activities. A kid’s art activity that is easy enough for all ages, cute enough to use as holiday decor, durable enough to last year after year, and doubles as a fun Advent calendar? Yes please! […]

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