Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe (+ FREE Printable Recipe Card)

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A printable recipe for playdough is available at the bottom of this post! I have such fond memories of making playdough with my mom and siblings. We'd watch in anticipation as my mom stirred up the mixture…

I'm a Broken Parent Today

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Note: I wrote this cathartic piece for myself earlier this week. I went ahead and posted it today, though, on the off chance there are a few other parents out there who need to these reminders, too. The…
Easy Halloween Party Games

3 Easy Halloween Game Ideas: Perfect for School Parties!

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Reposted from October 2012 I love thinking of and running games for kids...really people of any age. So, when I saw Katie's awesome post at Kitchen Stewardship about Easy School Halloween Party…
craft idea for toddlers

Easy Craft Idea for Toddlers

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Looking for a cheap and easy craft idea to do with the kiddos? Here is one that even a non-crafty person can easily do. Simply use painters tape to create a shape or word and then let your kiddo…

What to Expect When Transitioning from One Kid to Two

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First of all, I think this post's title is a bit misleading. Each family dynamic is different and there is no formula on what to expect when a major transition happens in your life. That being said,…

Calm. Fair. Firm.

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I'm only two years into parenting but one thing I've learned quickly is our little ones get into funks. Every seasoned mom can testify to it and there is almost no way around it. Our kids get into funks…

Make Your FALL at Home with Kids Count (LOTS of Ideas & Resources!)

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I want to go somewhere with my family. Not just tread water in the middle of life with little kids. But, sometimes I just get stuck...for long stretches of time treading the water. The start of school…

Parenting Book Review: Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic

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Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.…

10 Things Babysitters Wish You Knew

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I must admit, I'm pretty excited about this post. It took a lot of work and research but I think the information in it is so valuable not only to moms but to our children that our babysitters watch. Just…

Cultivating a Heart That Obeys: Strategies for Dealing with a Whiny, Insolent Child

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Do you have a little one who is going through this phase of life where every...thing...is...sooooooo...hard--especially following directions from Mom and Dad? Here's a fairly regular morning conversation…

Understanding the Fourth Trimester

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We have a great and very thorough guest post today from our friend, Holli. I SO wish I would have read this before my first baby! It would have explained so much of what I was feeling and helped…

Six Things I Planned to Do Differently with My Second Child: A Follow Up

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About three months ago, I wrote a post about Six Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Child. Now, a little over two months after having my second, I am taking the time to evaluate these previous…

Parenting Inspiration for Real Life

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Recognize this picture? Well, I know most of you probably don't recognize my family, per se, but recognize what's going on here? This was taken several years ago, but I love it because it shows us as…

Birthday Banner

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(The following is a sponsored post by Banner Envy) This weekend was a blast. We celebrated my daughter's second birthday along with her buddy Eleanor. The weather was perfect and the munchkins had a blast…

Fourth of July Craft Ideas

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It's June! It's summer! I'm already seeing some Fourth of July crafts floating around the blogland so I thought I'd throw a few of mine in the mix. Pin it if you like it! Here is a Fourth of July Onesie I…
How to Make a Chore Chart

How to Make a Chore Chart (a.k.a. Swift Kick in the Pants Chart)

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You're probably not like me. You probably don't sweep your kitchen mostly just when you notice the ants beneath the kids' stools nibbling on crumbs. You probably don't check off everything else on your…

Make Your Summer at Home with Kids Count (+ LOTS of Practical Ideas!!)

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Read my much more updated post called "Make Your Summer at Home Count with Kids" here. With my kindergartener finishing school TOMORROW, plus a 2-year-old and 4-old-year old at home already, I've been…

Newborn Gear that I'm Loving (The Second Time Around)

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Help Child with Separation Anxiety

Five Tips to Help a Child's Separation Anxiety

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Thanks so much to our friend, Jess, for guest posting today. After volunteering and working full time in children's ministry for years, Jess has a lot of wisdom to offer on this subject! Take it…

Welcome to the World, Little Tyler!

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As you have probably gathered by now, our little man is finally here! He was born on Monday, April 23 at 9:14 a.m. 7 lbs 3 oz. His arrival couldn't have gone better. I'm not just saying that. I have truly…

Six Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Child

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As I write this post, I am 26 days away from my due date. By the time I actually share this post, it will be even closer. As baby boy gets closer and closer to joining our family, I have been reflecting…

A Review of My Panasonic Bread Machine

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In case you haven't noticed, I've been going a little crazy with the bread machine recipes. Ever since I got my bread machine four months ago we've continually had some type of bread, pastry, or pizza…

DIY Nursery Decor: Trains!

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With a baby boy on the way in about a month, I have been working hard to get his nursery prepped and ready. Since it was previously decorated for a girl, part of this includes making changes to the room…
10 Easter Gift Ideas

10 Easter Gifts That Will Last Longer Than a Chocolate Bunny

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My kids will get a chocolate bunny this Easter. They'll cheer. And they'll eat it in no time. And they'll look really cute with a chocolate ring around their mouths in their Easter clothes. But, we…