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My Preschooler’s Favorite Counting Game

I wanted to share a super easy counting game that is great for toddlers and preschoolers. This number learning game is something you can put together at home and will keep your kiddo busy. When I was part of a Busy Bag Swap, I came home with this little coutning game and didn’t think much …Read More

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“Do You Sometimes Just Cry?”

The blog helps me make friends. Seriously. People read my parenting posts (or parenting woes), totally relate, want to talk to me about their similar experiences, we connect over harrowing kid stories and eventually become friends.  Real life example: my friend, Laura.  This gal is a doll. Love her. Like yours truly, her first born …Read More

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Ball Toss Game: Learning to Add by 10s

Anybody remember The Bozo Show? I think I just dated myself…big time. But, that’s where this ball toss game idea originally came from. My kids, ranging in age from 4-8, love this game on rainy or cold days. As they play, they are learning to count by 10s. Even my 4-year-old began to get the …Read More

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When Grace is So Good That It Hurts

The following post is written by my dear friend, Sara. Despite being 9 months pregnant with her 3rd she is still full of spunk, fun, humor and wit. When she shared this post on her blog, Moves Like Jaeger, I couldn’t believe how well she articulated how I currently feel in my parenting journey. Hope …Read More

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The 14 Best Hands-On Educational Toys We Own

Every year around Christmas and my kids’ birthdays, I find myself asking friends what toys have the most lasting play value in their homes. And I scour blogs and websites for reviews of the best learning toys. I’m always on the hunt to fill our small toy closet with the very best toys and other …Read More

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Seven Things I Swore I’d Never Do as a Parent

I knew so much more about parenting before I had children. Yes friends, I had it all figured out. I knew the type of mom I’d be, the type of kids I’d raise, the type of foods we eat, the countless learning activities we would do together and so on. I babysat quite a bit …Read More

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Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party

Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide

Although a while back, I swore off a Pinterest birthday party for my kids, here I am. I found a pocket of creative time this past year and dove head-first into my 7-year-old son’s request for a Science Birthday party. I won’t lie. The research and preparation took a long time. That’s because I wanted …Read More

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Preschool Math Learning Game: Twist On the Game of War

Here’s a quick and easy math learning game you can play with your preschooler. My 4-year-old son loves this one. It’s a twist on the game of war which will help your child learn the concept of “more than and less than” in a visual way. This War Game also helps with counting in a …Read More

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10 Things I Would Like from MightyNest

Welp, I’ve got a good start on my Christmas list! I’ve been eying out the site, MightyNest for days. The more I look at it, the longer my wishlist gets. (Dang it!) Similar to Rachel’s story, these parents were alarmed by what research revealed about the everyday products that we use. As a result, they …Read More

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6 Easy and Fun Activities for Holiday Gatherings

  Updated from December 2013. Want to spice up that next family gathering or Christmas party? Try a game or activity to get everyone involved. Here are some of our favorites to do together over the holidays with your kids, with friends or at extended family gatherings. Enjoy! Pin It

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Santa or No Santa?

Last weekend I had a girls weekend with my college besties. As we’ve talked about before here and here, getting away with girlfriends is refreshing for the soul. We had a blast (and almost got snowed in!!) The weekend was full of laughs, good food and great conversations. One conversation that kept coming up was …Read More

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“Mommy, Are You Happy?”

Mommy Monster has been on the prowl. I’ve just found myself in a little funk in which I’ve been quick to anger and acting like a hormonal teenager in the way I have been snippy and quick to anger with my kids. After a middle of the night battle with our three year old not …Read More

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up & up Products for Babies (+100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!)

Every mother has their fair share of poop stories (what a fun way to start a blog post, huh?). But seriously, you get moms talking on this topic and the horror stories of blowouts, horribly timed leaky diapers, being found altogether diaperless in a public place, bathtub floaters, and other unmentionables come flowing out. No …Read More

Easy Halloween Party Games

3 Easy Halloween Party Games

Updated and reposted from October 2013. I love thinking of and running games for kids…really people of any age. (Some favs on our blog are Homemade Apples to Apples, The Question Game, and Rate Your Mate.) So, when I saw Katie’s awesome post at Kitchen Stewardship about Easy School Halloween Party Ideas, I put my …Read More

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Bible Learning Cards

We are all about getting the word out there about toys, products, websites and music that we love. A product that I recently stumbled across (well, actually it was sent to me to try out) was a set of these Bible Learning Cards made by Words2Remember4Kids. No, I’m not getting paid a penny to tell …Read More

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Much Love for Lana at Art and Soul Photography

Along with our site being updated, you may have noticed that our pictures have been updated as well. We were lucky to snag our friend, Lana Ekland at Art and Soul Photography to take the job. I’ve actually have known Lana for over five years now because once upon a time, she photographed my wedding! …Read More

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6 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Sex

Guest post by Nathan, Rachel’s husband Rachel and I are the parents of three kids, and though the oldest is just starting second grade, we’ve been occasionally discussing how to talk with our kids about sex. In fact, it might be better to say that we’ve been discussing how to continue talking to them about …Read More

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Preschool Number Learning Game

This preschool number learning activity is almost too simple to deserve its own post. Anyone can whip this matching game up at almost any time. All you need is some paper and scissors. Pin It

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