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MJ at Pars Caeli

Before I became a parent, I had no idea of the role knock-knock jokes, mad libs, and the like would one day play in my home. With a 6 year old and a 4 year old – these things are the stuff of magic around here. My kids think they are absolutely hilarious and just cannot get […]

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It’s March and that can only mean two things. First, it’s officially spring cleaning time. Second (and decidedly more fun), Spring Break is coming! Whether the idea of cleaning, sprucing and organizing fills you with glee or with dread – I’ve got two awesome offerings today to help you get it done quickly AND to enjoy […]

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You guys went so crazy over this idea to get the kids to put away their own clothes, that we came up with another Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life idea aimed at getting the kids (and the hubby) to do even more to get those closets sorted. And, once again, this one comes with a free printable […]

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The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve seems to get shorter every year. How is it possible that we can easily countdown the final days of 2014  already?  Whether I’m ready or you’re ready, the end of the year is quickly approaching. It’s just about this time when I always ask myself: Should I make […]

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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 our Reading Advent Calendar.  This year, though, with three kids including a 7 month old, I’m opting to […]

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Between the candy overload of October and the present overload of December, November is the perfect time for families to focus on what they have to be thankful for.  And today’s free download is just the tool you need to help! Simply print and keep near the dinner table, then pick a “thankful conversation starter” […]

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Question for you guys – do your kids put away their own laundry? I recently mentioned in my post on our Kids’ Responsibility & Money Management Kit that my 4 and 5 year old get themselves dressed, brush their own teeth and make their own breakfast each morning and have been doing so for over […]

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I’m so excited to have our resident graphic designer, MJ, back today with an ENTIRE FREE PRINTABLE PACK that I just know you’re going to love! The idea of these printables are to use them to start a new 1st day of school photo tradition that allows you to document not only the kiddos’ super […]

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Scavenger hunts and reading make the perfect pair. Discovering new stories, interesting characters, or a great series builds your child’s love for literature as well as her motivation to become an independent reader. As parents we want to grow our children’s interest in reading but sometimes feel like we’ve run out of ideas on how to do just that. […]

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Big announcement today guys – we’ve got ourselves a new MPMK contributor! MJ is an amazing graphic artist who’s going to be creating a bunch of lovely printables for us in the coming months. She’s also an endlessly creative blogger and mom of three just like me! (The mom of three part – I can only strive to her […]

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