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Kristin

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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If you’re like me, turkey is not the star of the Thanksgiving meal.  It’s all the side dishes. Typically, we make a meal with one or two side dishes.  Thanksgiving is an excuse to make little bit of everything.  Or at least delegate family and friends to help you make a little bit of everything. […]

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After what seemed like forever, we recently got a dining room table as well as carpet in the living room (details to come via The Forever Home Project). That, along with my second trimester translating into a 90% decrease in nausea, meant we were finally able to have friends over this weekend! I’ve been dying […]

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We’re back with another Happy Family Habit today and it’s a really good one.  Kristin has a lot of really useful tips not only on the when and where of setting up a chatting spot with the kids – but also the how and why.   So what do you say? Ready to spend the […]

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t cook much in the summertime.  Mostly we grill, which I leave to my hubby, and munch on lots of fresh fruit, cold salads, and corn on the cob.   But autumn is a different story, it’s a time when I look to get back into the kitchen […]

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Is it just me or do the 3 weeks between our Happy Family Habits, fly by?  Really, what?!, I’m still working on teaching my kids something cool.  Today Kristin’s exploring a habit, good sleep, that I feel is VITAL to good parenting.  It’s so easy to put caring yourself on the bottom of the list […]

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We took a brief break from our Happy Family Habits series in July because a lot of you guys (and a lot of our team) were vacationing with the fam, and that in and of itself is a happy family habit to be celebrated!  But we’re back now with habit #6.  Ready to give it […]

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Are you guys privy to the latest trend of sampler delivery boxes?  Basically, every month a delicious (and inexpensive) box crammed with all sorts of new foods for you to sample arrives on your doorstep.  Pretty cool way to beat the supermarket rut, right? Well, MPMK’s newest sponsor, Goodies, has taken the idea to a […]

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