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Natalie

Afternoons can be a busy time for parents. We get the kids in the door after school or practice and just as we start to think about preparing dinner, we hear those little voices asking for a snack. Active kids require almost constant fuel. Having healthy snack ingredients handy can keep them from lashing out […]

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School is back. The thought alone is overwhelming for most of us. (Myself included, and I don’t even have any kids in school!) Thankfully, the entire blogosphere is here to prepare us and keep us from mountains of school-related stress. I’ve combed through tons of blog posts to bring you this GIANT round up of […]

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Fresh summer fruit season comes and goes so quickly. It seems like just yesterday I was seeing the first watermelons in stores, and here we are in August already. That means the summer crop is ending and the autumn produce isn’t far behind. Let’s take advantage of the summer bounty while we can and get […]

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2013 is the summer of the move here at MPMK.  There are currently four members of our team (including myself) who have either already moved or are getting ready to move.  With interest rates rising and the housing market once again booming in many cities, I have a feeling there are plenty of you moving […]

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Where has summer gone?  I know it only officially started a few days ago but I’m already feeling like it’s half over.  Admittedly, this is probably because the second half of our summer is jam-packed with travel and moving plans.  So the leisurely, “lets just chill and not plan anything more than a 30 minute […]

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Today Natalie’s got four of our favorite summer drink recipes – perfect for capping off a hot and a busy day.  Pick you4 favorite and invite your friends over for a BBQ this weekend! Summertime is full of fun for the kiddies, but us mamas need a little bit of fun, too, don’t you think? […]

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You know why I love having a team here on MPMK?  Because it allows me to cover topics I’m interested in but, frankly, are out of my wheelhouse.  This post, for example, came together like so… Natalie: Any ideas for my next post? Me: It’s getting on that time of year when Moms are spending […]

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Natalie’s with us today sharing her favorite tasty treats that Dad and the kiddos can tackle together for Mother’s Day.  Forward it to your hubby or, better yet, to your best mom friend’s hubby! QUESTION OF THE DAY How do you celebrate Mother’s Day?  With your mom, with your own nuclear family, or do you […]

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Salads are one of my lunch staples.  Which means I’m always on the lookout for new combinations (a girl can only consume so many chicken cobbs with a balsamic vinaigrette). Today Natalie is here sharing 16 of her favorite spring salads (yippe – lunch is suddenly back in a big way). Also on the food front – […]

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I told you on yesterday that MPMK was staying in the kitchen this week with our posts, but I forgot to give you an update on our upcoming Freezer Cooking eBook.  Lots of you have inquired about when Freezy Peasy will be released (so glad you’re as excited as we are by the way!).  I’m […]

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Ever since participating in Prescribe Nutrition’s New Rules program, I’ve been determined to start my day off with a healthy breakfast. (By the way, they have two new sessions starting April 8th & 15th – go here for more info. and use the code: MPMK20 for 20% off.)  Lately oatmeal has been my meal of […]

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I’ve recently come to the realization that I have yet to master the art of the family dinner.  I try (really pretty, fairly hard) but it just doesn’t seem to be working.  My husband and I work too late and the kids get hungry too early.  Try as I might, I’m finding it’s just not […]

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Not sure yet how you and the hubs are going to celebrate Valentine’s Day (or how you’ll find the time to do so)? This year we’re tackling the holiday Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life style. Natalie’s here sharing a clever recipe for romance at home – a fun tasting menu you can easily throw together […]

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We tackled decluttering the kitchen last year with POYEL so today instead of focusing on cleaning out, we’re talking about stocking up.  Cold and flu season is officially upon us and Natalie’s here today sharing her secrets for keeping a well-stocked kitchen that’s ready to wage war on sick bugs. I’ve never been one to […]

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In years past, I would have been seriously rattled if someone coming to my holiday table announced that they were Vegan, Paleo or Gluten-free. I can just see myself scrambling around like a crazy person, trying to figure out what exactly to feed them. This year at Thanksgiving, I’m going to be that odd person […]

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