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Kristin

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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It’s been another 21 days guys – which means it’s time for “Happy Family Habit” #5.  So far we’ve tackled sharing you story, writing down your gratitude, unplugging, and finding your silly. How are you doing with the list?  Now’s a great time to jump in and get started!  I love the idea of making […]

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It’s been another 21 days so Kristin is back again with a new Happy Family Habit. (By the way – how did you all do with daily unplugging? I found it hard but immensely helpful!)  This time it’s all about having a little more fun… QUESTION OF THE DAY How do you stay young and have fun […]

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MPMK contributor and professional photographer Kristin is here today sharing easy ways to ensure that you show up in the family photos.  As moms, we’re often the ones snapping the pics (or sometimes even hiding from the camera), but we need to remember it’s such a gift to our kids to make sure they have […]

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I’m so excited that today’s the day we get to reveal our second Happy Family Habit.  Before we get to that though – how did you all do with Happy Family Habit #1?  Did you make a conscious effort to share and did you see your littles’ eyes light up when you did?  Fabulous!  Keep […]

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Last week something kind of remarkable happened to me.  I had one of those rare days where everything just seemed to be flowing. The kids and I were connecting, I was getting stuff accomplished without feeling frazzled or distracted, and the whole day through I felt… happy.  It was so wonderful that once the kids […]

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It’s March!  Which means spring – and spring cleaning – are just around the corner.  Which also means it’s time to dig into some more Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life ideas.  Today Kristin’s here sharing her favorite app for motivating her kids to get their chores done (without having to nag, yell, or essentially drag […]

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It’s that time of year again – time for the kiddos to get creative and show some love to their classmates… and possible neighborhood buddies, family members, etc.  Kristin’s here today sharing her template for personalized favors – a simple trick for producing something fancy with minimal effort. We’re also debuting something new this week […]

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