How to Repurpose Easter Baskets

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Baskets in all shapes and sizes make me happy. To me, there is no better medium with which to organize than using baskets. They’re so pretty, functional, versatile, and sturdy. Each year on Easter, we crack open the stored box of my children’s baskets, dust them off, prettify them while packing them with goodies to […]

Toddler Play Felt Tree Craft

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Are you looking for a solution to the Toddler Kills the Tree™ syndrome? Welcome guest contributor Kristin, mother to five, who has a really smart and cute idea she implemented in her home I just had to have her share with you! I love Christmas. Like, really really love it. As in, I’m-looking-for-Christmas-things-on-Pinterest-in-July kind-of love it. […]

Cosmic or Divine Intervention? Take Two

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Good gravy, people. Yesterday, something happened that gave me chills. Something that practically mirrored what happened almost two years ago, when I wrote a story about a chain of events that happened that made me question my beliefs on whether or not something else is truly “out there.” Divine intervention, if you will. This story begins […]

My Right Hand Baby {Video}

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I turn the corner in the kitchen, and she immediately begins to wail. She has to have me in her sights every waking moment, or else, she’s a massive pile of whimpering infant. I have never, ever had a baby this attached to me so much. It’s almost… foreign to me, the changes between this child and […]

Printable Holiday Savings Bank for Kids

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Are your children excited about the upcoming holiday and looking to earn a little extra money to buy something for you or for someone they love? I think the holidays are a great time to teach children about saving money for things to buy, whether for themselves or for others. There’s a lot of spending […]

Top 10 Things Parenting Books Don’t Tell You (and I Wish They Did!)

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Oh, if only there was some magical book out there that cracked the “kid” code of all the goofy stuff they constantly do that makes you scratch your head. I’ve compiled a list of the Top Ten things I wish they WOULD put in those parenting books: Why, after you spend your time washing, drying, […]

Playdate at the Park and Proof Mom Truly Exists

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I’m the picture-taker. The memory-preserver. The life-capturer. But when I’m the one behind the camera shooting all the time, I’m rarely in the shots themselves, unless I use my DSLR with remote. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen right now, because I broke the lock off my memory card a few weeks back, and rendered […]

Parents, Please Read: Your Kids Are Going Hungry

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I’m not even sure where to begin with this post, so bear with me while I battle to get this all out. I began this school year like any other, with excited kids and coffee-propelled abilities to orchestrate my children out the door on time in their shiny new duds. I promised this year I’d stay on top […]

Making It Count

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Some days are more frantic than others – when no matter how hard I run after it, I can’t catch my breath, I can’t find where I last placed my sanity, and a quick whiff under my arm tells me I’ve forgotten more than my first name and whether or not I had breakfast. But […]

Flashback Friday – Healthy Family-Friendly Dinner Recipes

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Happy TGIF! (And Friday the 13th, eek!) Let’s bring on the healthy family friendly dinner recipes, woohoo! A few weeks ago while away at the Type-A Conference, I experienced what felt like heartburn in my stomach. Ever since then, every time I eat something with even a smidgeon of fat in it, I experience it […]

When Mom Gets Six Unintentional Days Off

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I didn’t intend to take six days off from writing, I just had backend issues with this website that had to be worked out before I could. This was, most certainly, NOT time off as much as TIME STRESSING. I feel the gray hairs taking over. But when a writer can’t write because the tools […]

Big Families: How Do You Do It? {One-On-One Kid Time}

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“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families! After a little break, the Big Families “How Do You Do It” Series […]

Big Families: How Do You Do It? {Summer Break}

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“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families! Oh, friends. It’s summer. It’s exciting, because you dream of lazy days at […]

Why Summer is Going To Kill Me

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12pm After mom puts the baby to sleep, she mistakenly thinks she can actually get some work done since the kids are amusing themselves outside. 12:11pm – Eight-year-old comes in proclaiming he’s “bored.” I instruct him that there are many things he can do, or he can do chores, but he will NOT play video […]

Sixth Grade Graduation and Awards Ceremony 2012

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At first, I didn’t understand why the kids had to dress up. “Oscar Inspired” awards ceremony made no sense to me. My daughter told me her friends were “dress shopping” for this event. Wait? What? Why? I read the announcement paper she handed me, talking about how jeans were “discouraged” but dress slacks, shirts with […]

Blogging Inspiration from SARK

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When you’re in college, you go through that self-discovery phase – who am I? What am I doing on this Earth? What am I going to be when I grow up? Am I ready to take on the world? I loved my college campus, sitting underneath the beautiful trees, soaking up the sun, reading a […]

Kids Sleep Anywhere: The Field Day Edition

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My seven-year-old, Super M, had his school’s “field day” yesterday. Thankfully, with all the military moves we’ve endured, and the school changes and differences in school curriculums, no matter where we’ve moved to, every school our kids have attended have held a “field” or “fun” day in which the kids get a day to be […]

Twilight Zone Kind-of Weird

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Have you ever awakened to be greeted by a stranger-than-normal day? As if your alarm clock’s ring was the theme song to the Twilight Zone, and everything you do and experience feels strange, pegging your day as one best spent in bed instead of trying to get anything done? That was my day yesterday. I […]

Mother’s Day Magic

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Two years ago, I had arguably the worst Mother’s Day ever. My husband was away, I was sick, and the kids completely forgot the day altogether. Not only did they forgot about it, they didn’t even bother to help their ailing mother, either. It was so odd in it’s awfulness how it all went down […]

The Evolution of Phrases As A Parent

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Have you ever considered the differences in a simple phrase, and the variations of meanings at different ages in your child’s life? Let’s take, for instance, the phrase “Talk to me.” When they’re newborn-small, and they’re making these sweet coo-ing faces at you, and you so desperately want them to continue being animated while looking […]

Constant Interruptions and Taking Back the Quiet

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“Mommy? What does a butterfly’s legs look like?” My sweet-faced, girly-voiced five-year-old asked me, while coloring the big box I gave her so she could make a pretend car. “They’re small like..” “Princesses?” She interrupts. “No, baby. Let me finish. They’re like..” I attempt to continue. “Ladybugs?” Interrupting yet again. “Baby? Can I finish what I’m […]

Truth Tuesday

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There are days when I see myself so much in her, I can’t help but be transported immediately back to childhood. The tea parties, the hair-doing, the make-up stealing, the love of dress-up and dolls and choreographing the perfect game of House. Despite looking so much like her father, she is such a mini-me and […]

One (Heartbreakingly Beautiful) Week

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“Mommy? Why is your belly still big?” My seven-year-old asked. “Because my belly is still getting used to not having Baby V in it, sweetie. It now has a lot of air in it.” I answered. Likening it to a balloon, he poked at it a bit, but I winced, as I was still a […]

Tea Time with Toddlers and Sweet Treats

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In case you haven’t noticed, my toddler is all-girl. She’s a pink-lovin’, hair-doin’, make-up stealin’, finger nail paintin’, food servin’, Princess adorin’ girly girl who loves dolls and dress-up and tea parties and giggling her sissy-sweet voice in a high pitch that makes us all melt into pieces. She is the first one to pull […]

The Meanest Mother in the World

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When I was a child, I specifically remember my mother clipping out an article from an advice column and pinning it near our rotary phone on the wall. You remember, the kind of phone with the super-extra long cord so your mom could be cooking on the other side of the kitchen and still talk? […]

Charitable Giving with Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Projects

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They didn’t ask too many questions when I gave them the task to “look for Disney stuff.” The only questions each of my children would ask me was, “Is this okay?” when they’d show me what they found. They commanded the job with such authority, navigating aisle after aisle searching for Disney stocking stuffers. “Do […]

What To Do With That Holiday Money?

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Every year my children are given money and gift cards from grandparents, whether for birthday, holidays, tooth-fairy, report cards, etc. I’ve discussed how we save our children’s money in envelopes at home, to include all gift cards they’re given. This year, though, since opening my children’s Kidworth accounts, we can now add their kid contributions […]