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While you were hashtagging (featured)
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  I've noticed something lately that is alarming.  I've seen it in myself, my friends, my family, and complete strangers. Let's back up only eight years to when Apple first introduced the iPhone.  Before that, phones were dumb; they could call and text...that's about it.  When smartphones started cropping up like like moles in that...
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Take a Hike and Lose Yourself--and some calories (featured)
by  |  posted under Beauty, Family, Fitness and Healthy Living, Fun With Kids, Parenting, Uncategorized
My husband has always been big into the outdoors. By the outdoors, I don't mean he likes to spend a couple of hours at a barbecue in the hills; his idea of the "outdoors" is hiking out in the wilderness. I like visiting wilderness areas as well, but I draw the line at overnight backpacking trips. Staying overnight often means tents, freeze dried...
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07.07.15 Indoor Camping
Indoor-Camping
by  |  posted under Boys, Family Time, Fun With Kids, Girls, Parenting, Traditions
Our little family went camping for the first time together last summer and we had a blast doing the tent thing, cooking out, hiking, and our favorite: s'mores over the campfire.  We love camping around these parts!  But let's face it--sometimes it is way too much work.  Hauling out the tent, the sleeping bags, the blow-up mattress, the...
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Before-you-brush-them-off-featured
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  I'm a mom of four kids under six years old.  It's hilarious really, how I look walking to the park with one on my back in a hiking pack, one strapped to my chest in the Moby wrap, one I'm pushing in the stroller because he's "too tired" to walk, and one is leading the parade on her bike with the squeaky gears and blaring bike...
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Show Don’t Tell featured
by  |  posted under Inspiration, Parenting
Show. Don't Tell Dental genetics are not on my kids’ side. Take one look at pictures of Dan and me as kids and you won’t need an orthodontic professional to tell you that our offspring will need thousands of dollars poured into their mouths. And sure enough, time for the pouring has come. The orthodontist we’re visiting has a reputation...
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Preserving Childhood One Imperfect Moment at a Time featured
by  |  posted under Babies, Boys, Family, Family Time, Girls, Inspiration, Parenting, Uncategorized
  On a recent trip home for my grandmother's funeral, I walked into my parent's house to see her legacy stacked high on the coffee table.  Photo books galore.  Nothing fancy--just binders full of pictures and her priceless captions and grandmotherly musings. "Here's Queen Nicolette and all of her royal subjects..." As I sat down and...
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Planning This Seasons Most Talked About Pet Funeral (12)
by  |  posted under Crafting, Decorating, Fun With Kids, Parenting, Uncategorized
"Provide the high quality, socially visible parenting your family, frienemies, and Instagram followers have come to expect." (Bonnie and Chris are humorists. The following is entertainment.) It seems like only a week has passed since your family was gathered together in this same spot, crammed around the toilet, heads down in solemn...
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Lets Pretend I’m a Good Mom featured
by  |  posted under Family, Fitness and Healthy Living, Inspiration, Parenting
Let's Pretend I'm a Good Mom I’m so far from perfect that sometimes I wonder if it would even recognize me if we ran into each other on the street. I’m not imperfect in the It’s-So-Cool-To-Say-How-Lame-I-Am kind of way. It’s more an I-Want-To-Be-Better-So-Bad-And-Sometimes-I-Am-A-Little-And-I-Guess-That’s-Okay-But-I-Know-I-Can-Be-More...
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Teach Your Child How to Clean ANY Bedroom in Ten Minutes (Without Using a Blowtorch) (10)
by  |  posted under Cleaning, Family, Fun With Kids, Kids' Chores, Organization, Organizing, Parenting, Time Management
How to teach your child to clean ANY bedroom in 10 minutes (without using a blowtorch) I can't tell you how happy I am to have the hilarious Chris Haskell back on the blog with his co-worker, Bonnie Fife to explain how to teach your child to clean! You might remember Chris from this post, Keep the Sparks Hot. It has been crazy successful on...
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a goodbye letter to my babies featured
by  |  posted under Babies, Family, Inspiration, Mother's Day, Parenting, Uncategorized
  Today marks the bittersweet end of an era.  Today, I'm closing a chapter in my life that has lasted six years and yielded me four precious little beings--little bodies that I harbored safely within my own for a combined 160 weeks.  Perfect little people that share my eyes, their dad's nose, and have brought me joy beyond...
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