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Kristin

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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*I’m a PediaSure SideKicks Partner and am a sponsored blog partner, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure. Can you believe we’re talking First Day of School already?!!? It’s so funny to find out that parents kind of feel the same way about it as kids do (I never realized […]

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Do you guys do family night? I read in one of my favorite parenting books that it was an important thing to establish early on. You know, promotes communication, sibling and parent/child bonding, will make your kiddos confide in you more when they’re older, yadda, yadda. So, we established family game night… And it was […]

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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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