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Kristin

One of the things I have loved, loved, LOVED about being momma to baby M are the pre-nap snuggles.  My third baby is the only one who truly loves to snuggle with me. Even as infants, S and C would wiggle in my arms as I rocked and sang to them before nap. They weren’t […]

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*I’m a PediaSure SideKicks Partner and am a sponsored blog partner, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure. Are you struggling to get your kids to eat enough fruits and vegetables? You’re not alone! 93 percent of kids don’t eat enough vegetables and 60 percent don’t eat enough fruit. At […]

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By this time of the school year, we tend to hit a rut in the lunch department. Packing lunches Monday through Friday can be a little monotonous.  Sandwiches are our go-to, so when we run out of combinations of ingredients to go on the bread, it’s time to switch things up! Meet the roll-up!  You […]

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As the school year comes to close, I’m looking at my personal time shrink like crazy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love spending the days with my kids at the beach or the pool.  I also love not having to pack lunches. But, let’s admit it, having my kids home from school means that I […]

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One of my number one priorities as a mom is to do my best to stay in the moment and enjoy my three young kids as much as I can. As they say, though, “The days are long but the years are short”. Which, in my case, means that’s sometimes that’s easier said than done. […]

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Are you guys’ big planters? I have to admit, I never really thought about planting until we moved into our forever home. Now when spring rolls around, I just can’t wait to start adding bold, beautiful colors to the yard via a few artfully designed pots. In the past my mother-in-law has graciously done my […]

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Now that S is nearly 5, I’m finding that the standard “half up with one barrette on each side” hairdo that I’ve been relying on isn’t quite cutting it anymore. While she’s not overly demanding now (an especially sparkly barrette or two clips instead of one is enough of an upgrade from the norm at the […]

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In my renewed quest to eat healthier, my husband and I have recently become totally hooked on sparkling water. Something about the bubbles, make it seem like a treat instead of plain old water, and the health benefits of substituting it for all our other drinks have been amazing! We’ve also found that while the […]

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I’m so very excited to FINALLY get to share this post with you guys! We are partnering with our new sponsor, Delta Faucet, and their amazing #HappiMess project to bring you one of my favorite kids’ sensory activities of all time! As part of this project, Delta Faucet has asked us to create two new […]

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Today we’re switching gears away from parenting resolutions towards photography and memory keeping. If you’re anything like me, taking better, more meaningful photos of the family (and then actually doing something with those photos) is an ongoing goal. I’m still working on it at my house but I will say that I made some serious […]

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Do you guys celebrate New Year’s eve with your kiddos? In years past I’ve skipped it due to the whole, “there’s no way my kids are making it to anywhere near midnight and, if by some some miracle, they do – I’m scared to see what will happen the next day” thing.  But then I […]

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Every year Trader Joe’s gets their holiday products in stock.  They fly off the shelves and quickly as they arrived.  Peppermint is king around the holidays and we love everything from the candy cane tea to the candy cane ‘joe-joes’  (Trader Joe’s version of an oreo.) We decided to make our own version of the […]

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Kristin, one of our professional photog contributor’s here, is back today with another super helpful iPhone camera tutorial. I’ve always wondered how to use those fancy tiltshift apps with my iPhone but have been too intimidated/busy to really explore them. I’m super excited to have Kristin here to add to our Photography and Memory Keeping […]

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If you’ve never heard, can I introduce you to the concept of ‘dump cake?’  While the name is quite unflattering, the concept is genius!  The cake consists of several pantry ingredients and some eggs…involves a few stirs and about an hour in the oven.  And all the busy moms rejoiced!  Any time I have to […]

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Do you guys know about the iPhone’s burst mode? If not, you HAVE to read this tutorial – it will make a huge impact on the pics you get of the kids. And it’s so easy too! What I love most about my Canon 5D Mark III (the professional camera I use for my job […]

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