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*This article represents my own personal opinion and choice not to allow sleepovers.  We all have differing opinions and make different choices when it comes to our kids.  Bottom line: we're all doing our best.  Respectful, courteous, and constructive comments are welcome. Last week, I saw my little boy’s life flash before my eyes and it...
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by  |  posted under Family, Fun With Kids, Organization, Parenting
Going camping as a kid was the best thing ever. It was fun. It was easy. It filled my heart with joy. Going camping with kids can be magical too but it takes planning, patience, and a willingness to roll with whatever happens. Here are a few tips to make your next family camping adventure just a little more successful: 1. Put them to work –...
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by  |  posted under Back to School, Boys, Family, Food Storage, Fun With Kids, Girls, Holiday, Organization, Organizing, Parenting, Time Management, Uncategorized
I dread making lunches for my kids' lunch boxes. Dinners I can do, but for some reason lunch is hard for me. If it is not a sandwich - I'm out. And what about all those veggies and fruit I would love for my kids to be eating? A lot of time I get overwhelmed and just give in to school lunch. But this year I want to change. I want to send my kids to...
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by  |  posted under Back to School, Family Time, Fun With Kids, Parenting
Is it just me or did summer come and go so fast this year? I used to think I couldn't wait for my kids to go back to school, but now I wish time would slow down and they would stop growing. It is so important to enjoy your children at every age.  It really does go by way too fast. As their summer vacation draws to an end, I try and remind my...
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by  |  posted under Anti Boredom Busters, Boys, Family, Family Time, Fun With Kids, Girls, Great Deals, Inspiration, Parenting, Uncategorized
THIS IS A SPONSORED POST, HOWEVER ALL OPINIONS ON PRODUCTS/BRANDS ARE OUR OWN. WE ONLY PROMOTE BRANDS WE LOVE! --- As mothers, it is part of our job description to be an entertainer, or provide entertainment, for the little munchkins around the house. I always dreamed that I would be that super cool mom who had fun activities and crafts...
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by  |  posted under Boys, Family, Family Time, Girls, Parenting
I love the movie Nanny McPhee.  She becomes a nanny to a family with very naughty children and teaches them to "behave".  My girls love it when I say "behave" in my silly British Nanny McPhee accent. I decided to write this post because this summer I have been noticing some bad manners in my house and I wanted to fix them ASAP. Just tonight...
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by  |  posted under Anti Boredom Busters, Birthdays, Boys, Crafting, Do It Yourself, Family, Family Time, Fun With Kids, Girls, Parenting
A few months ago my son had his eighth birthday. One of the gifts, from my sister who is working close to Zion National Park, was an excavation kit. I had never seen one before, and when we opened the box we saw some small tools and a brick of sandy plaster. My eight-year-old went to town and stayed consumed with the excavation kit for four...
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by  |  posted under Family, Inspiration, Mother's Day, Parenting, Uncategorized
I always wanted to be a mom, just not necessarily a stay-at-home mom.  My education and career were too important for me to just throw away.  Upon graduating with a B.S. in English, I figured I'd become a teacher, have a few children (whom would fare just fine in daycare) and be a model PTA mother and career woman. My entire life changed...
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by  |  posted under Cleaning, Family, Family Time, Inspiration, Organization, Parenting, Time Management
To-Do or not To-Do, that is the question. I have a wide pendulum swing when it comes to To-Do lists. There are times when I am obsessively writing, writing, writing everything I will do on a given day and checking off the items as I go. At these times, I will often add times to each item so my day is a series of overscheduled minutiae. At other...
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by  |  posted under Babies, Boys, Family, Family Time, Girls, Parenting
Would you like to tell your kids something once and have them listen? Tired of the yelling?  Tired of the whining?  Tired of being tired?  You’re not alone.  From toddler temper-tantrums to teenage talking back, parents wonder what it takes to get kids to cooperate.  If you’re tired of nagging, reminding and yelling to get kids to...
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