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Kristin

It is better to give than to receive.  And there’s no time like the present!  Even young children can learn the joy of giving.  Why is this important? It’s important because we are raising our kids in a me-me-me culture.  Kids are bombarded with messages about satisfying our own needs and getting what we want.  […]

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My kids have recently reached the age where they’re interested in chores, money, earning, saving… all of that good stuff. And as we started to dip our toes into the world of chores and piggy banks, I realized it’s not quite as straight forward as I had thought. So today we’re publishing the first in […]

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I had an epiphany recently about this little site of mine. While I love everything that we cover here, I realized that there are 4 topics that I am TRULY passionate about. Why? Because these are the four things I can use the most with my own family! In no particular order, they are: Family […]

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Spring produce can’t be beat!  After months of apples and all types of squash, a refreshing palette of colors bursts across the produce aisle. I compiled a list of my favorite nine recipes that will use all those delicious farmer’s market finds. Maybe you have favorites that you go back to year after year (mine […]

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A quick reminder before we get started that our FREE positive parenting webinars with TODAY Show contributor Amy McCready are today at 10am PST/ 1pm EST AND 6pm PST/9pm EST! Reserve your spot for “Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling” before they fill up! We’ve all seen the sitcoms where the parent is […]

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You’ve heard it said that the days are long but the years are short.  If you are a mom, you’ve experienced this to be true.  When the kids are little, you spend your days constantly feeding, changing, wiping, fixing, answering and the list goes on.  Raising kids takes a LOT of work!  But, they are […]

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Now that it’s mid-April, we’re definitely due a Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life spring cleaning post… have you gotten started yet?  Yeah, me neither. But I’m given myself a free pass with the recent arrival of M to our family. Just in case you don’t have such a convenient excuse, Kristin has rounded up for […]

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We’re back today with our sponsor Ella’s Kitchen giving you the low down on how to set up a food exploration station for your baby.  The idea is a simple one - let baby learn about and build an interest in food through all of his or her senses, including touch!  By encouraging your baby to explore […]

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Today we’re once again exploring ideas for building good eaters through food play with our sponsor Ella’s Kitchen, producer of some of my kids’ favorite fruit and veggies squeezers (yes, big kids love them too) and big time believers in the importance of raising healthy and adventurous eaters. (Be sure to also check out our […]

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DIY cleaners and beauty products that will save me money, keep toxins out of the house, and help the environment?  Yes, please.  I’m loving this roundup Kristin put together for us.  Now I just have to decided what to make this weekend – foaming hand wash, a few two-ingredient spa treatments, toilet bombs, or all […]

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Looking for a fun Valentine’s Day activity for baby?  How about whipping up some healthy pancakes and letting your littles go wild decorating them with some equally nutritious toppers?   We’re once again teaming up with Ella’s Kitchen to share with you some ideas on how to build good eaters through sensory play and today […]

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Free Valentine Printables can be a busy parent’s best friend. If you’re like me, you’d ideally plan out your child’s Valentines weeks in advance. Thanks to pinterest and a world of creative bloggers, we are inspired to create Valentine masterpieces.  There are some years that I just can’t pull my act together until a day or […]

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Today we’re focusing on giving back in our month long mission to eat better, parent better, organize better and just generally live better this year.  We’ve got another Happy Family Habit for you to start working on.  It’s #10 on our list and I personally think you’re gonna love this one… You know that feeling you get […]

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Handmade wrapping paper is a labor of love, but the process is all part of giving a gift that is special and meaningful.  Get the kids involved and let them wrap special gifts for siblings or grandparents with their own handmade gift wrap.  This project is great for cold winter evenings when we’re stuck inside! […]

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Have you been able to slow down in between the frenzy of Halloween and Thanksgiving that’s around the corner?  In talking about our next Happy Family Habit, Kristin and I were noticing things on social media like 30 Days of Thanks and throw-back photos thanking parents and friends.  We love how these things shift the […]

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