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Kristin

Did you know that cake decorators sometimes use rice krispie treats to mold under fondant for things like, say a giant cowboy hat? It’s true! The rice krispie treat recipe can be used as a type of playdough. Once it has slightly cooled, you can mold it into any shape you like. In honor of the […]

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In the spirit of ‘sticking to our New Years commitments,’ I whipped up a better for you treat for Valentine’s Day.  If you’re eating clean, this is a treat you can indulge in but the kids will love it too. It’s also super easy to make (hello two ingredients!) and it makes a pretty gift. […]

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January has us all ready to organize and eat healthier.  Every year I try to be more efficient in the kitchen. I’m always asking seasoned moms about how they do things and sometimes I stumble on tricks of the trade on the internet or simply by accident.  I wanted to share with you the nine […]

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Life comes at you fast these days.  Have you noticed how we drink our morning coffee and the next thing we know, we’re tired and crawling into bed? If we don’t stop to be intentional, we can miss out on some really important moments with our spouse and kids. There are two things we’ve found helpful […]

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Spending New Year’s Eve at home with the kids is as fun as you make it. You can mope around about the fact that you’re not hitting the town, or you can pick some activities that the kids will really get into, celebrate it at 8pm and then toast each other when they’re all tucked […]

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Don’t you love those recipes that look way more complicated than they actually are?  You get all the credit for slaving away in the kitchen, when really you spent 20 minutes throwing it together and watched it turn into something amazing while you help the kids with their homework. I love this peppermint bombe cake […]

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In October we wrote the post Kids & Phones: A Guide for the Newbie Mom so we thought we’d follow up today with how to protect that new phone if you decided this was your child’s year. Here’s our contributor Kristen, mom of two teens and a tween, with her review of the innovative phone […]

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Advent calendars have become such a HUGE part of Christmas these days – have you noticed? We’ve tried several variations over the years from our DIY Freezer Paper Stencil Advent Calendar and our Family Activities Advent Calendar to LEGO Advent and our Reading Advent Calendar.  This year, though, with three kids including a feisty 1 1/2-year-old, I’m […]

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Gratitude isn’t a new concept for us.  We’ve talked before about regularly expressing gratitude toward our kids and putting our gratitude into writing. Do a simple search for gratitude on the blog and you’ll see many ideas for crafts and thoughts about giving thanks. The benefits of being a grateful person range from being more […]

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Our family is still slowly dipping our toes into the world of having school-aged kids. One of the topics that seems to keep coming up when chatting with my mom friends in the same position is that of the cell phone. And, of course, that one topic leads to a bevy of questions. When are kids ready […]

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Maybe it’s because of my past life as an elementary teacher, but I love celebrating holidays. I’ll take any opportunity to be festive. For Halloween, I have a fun little food activity that will work for little and big kids.  You can make this something that you do together on a weekend, or surprise them […]

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With that first snap of cool fall weather, all I want to do is cozy up with a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Oatmeal is such a great breakfast option because it helps keep you full until lunch. I also love that oatmeal offers endless flavor combinations, from sweet to savory. My favorite oatmeal […]

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I’m all about making life easier when possible. As moms we are juggling a million things and making lunches for school is one of those things that seems like it should be an easy task, but ends up being one of the tasks that I avoid until the last minute.  So here’s what I’ve discovered. […]

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This time of year I find I am usually equal parts excited and anxious for what lays ahead. So many new opportunities, friends, sports, clubs, etc. – so many new schedules to balance (especially now that I have a full day student, a part-time preschooler, and a baby). You may have noticed, in fact, that […]

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With school beginning soon, and a couple of my friends recently welcoming third babies to the family, helping the older kids to learn to prepare their own meals and snacks has become a hot topic of conversation. It all started when one of my friends sent me this facebook link and we all started to […]

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