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A Healthy Start to the New School Year with Kiwi Shop

Kiwi is my favorite parenting magazine, and their shop always features lovely products! This year they sent me some great products to help give my kids a healthy start to the new school year! Here’s our take on the items they sent us: Emma likes to eat soups and warm dishes for lunch, and the […]

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Setting Monthly Goals: September 2014

August was a busy month, and somehow it is already time to set goals for September! My three “big” kids started kindergarten, first grade, and third grade in August – thankfully all at the same school after going to three different schools last year. Lily LOVES kindergarten, and was thrilled to be assigned to her […]

Bucket list budgeting: Tips for saving money to make your dreams become reality!

Bucket List Budgeting: Save to Make Dreams Reality

What is on your bucket list? Is there one particular item on that list that you can identify that you would love to make a reality, but just can’t afford? Today I’m talking about bucket list budgeting, and how you can save to make dreams reality! I am a big fan of specific, attainable goals, […]

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Nurturing Creativity: Time, Space, and Respect

I have discovered three key ingredients for nurturing creativity – in children and adults. To be creative, we all need time, space, and respect. Last year I bought these wooden bird houses for my kids to turn into doll houses. My kids enjoyed the activity, but they kept their houses very simple. Lily actually refused […]

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Raising Kids Who Think

One of my primary parenting goals is to raise children who can think for themselves – about how the world works, and about the choices they want to make and why they want to make those choices. Kids who can think for themselves are more resistant to peer pressure, have better impulse control, and are […]

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Weather Around the World

Weather is one of those universals that you can discuss with anyone. And when I saw this post at Deceptively Educational about studying weather in five US cities, I knew I had found the perfect way to tie geography and weather together for my kids! I wanted to make this weather around the world activity accessible […]

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Fun Science: Candy Experiments

Easter typically involves candy, and we got some science experiment mileage out of it by seeing what we could do with our candy other  than eat it! First, we microwaved jelly beans and gummy bears. The jelly beans (above) developed an interesting stringy texture (photo above), while the gummy bears melted quickly into a shapeless, […]

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Star Wars Bedtime Stories

Today you will hear from Mike (Dada to the kids) about telling Star Wars bedtime stories. May the Fourth be with you! Note: this post contains affiliate links. Star Wars Bedtime Stories, by Mike Over the past 18 months, I’ve told the kids 400+ Star Wars bedtime stories. The stories are not meant to fit […]

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Easy to Sew Messenger Bag Sewing Tutorial

Sometimes I use my blog to motivate me to try something I’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t actually gotten to. This easy-to-sew messenger bag is exactly one of those instances! Jo-Ann sent me two yards of Waverly fabric to make something with to help spread the word about the Jo-Ann and Waverly Facebook contest!  […]

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How to Cut a Watermelon!

My family LOVES watermelon – myself included! I was really pleased to discover an easy way to cut a watermelon a few years ago. I started off slicing it slightly differently (see this blog post on how to slice a watermelon in a way that yields pretty diamond-shaped pieces), but I prefer this (similar, but […]