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Kristin

We’re back today for part 2 of our series on ensuring school success this year, plus we’ve got a great giveaway too! Before we get to that, though, don’t forget to check out part 1: 6 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wants You to Tell Them. And please don’t forget to take part in our sponsor, Quaker’s, partnership with […]

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I recently found out our contributor, Kristin, has been hiding a very big secret from me – although she currently works as a professional photographer, she used to be a 1st grade teacher! You guys, you cannot imagine how psyched I was when she let this little gem slip in an email. All the possible […]

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Summer has hit full stride and all the free time off school has lost its allure.  We’ve been swimming, hiking, adventuring and more!   So, now it’s time to explore new activities that will satisfy the kids’ natural curiosity and endless amounts of energy. We’ve picked our top 17 building activities, using everything from newspaper […]

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Having my kids home for the summer means constant grazing.  Sure we eat regular meals, but when the kids are swimming and playing hard they need an extra snack or two. I like to cut up all my vegetables at the beginning of the week and then mix it up with a few dips. Let’s […]

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Have you guys checked out our new Photography & Memory Keeping category yet? The plan is to fill it to the brim with usable ideas for busy parents on how to take great photos, how to organize them, and what to do with them once you actually print them! It’s one of the things I’m […]

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We’ve got a new Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life installment today. This time we’re tackling just what to do with all those old (and sometimes broken) smart phones, tablets and MP3 players with the help of our newest sponsor, EcoATM. Have you heard of them? I hadn’t but I was quite pleasantly surprised to hear […]

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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 parenting contributor Amy McCready are this coming Monday, September 29th, 2014 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 […]

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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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