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Crafts: A Way To Survive Summer

I swear I spend the last 6 months of the school year pining for summer. The relaxing mornings where the kids wake up naturally, the absence of the chaotic routines and schedule, and the extra snuggles of kids always there.  Then summer finally arrives…. Two days in: “WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS HERE!” Every time I […]

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The Power of the Puffball

In most important aspects of our lives, we receive formal training. We need to learn to read and write? We go to school. We need to learn to drive? We go to drivers ed. We need a job? We get our degrees and have training. However, when it comes to parenting, there is no training […]

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Don’t Throw Those Out Yet! Upcycling Kid’s Pants

Crunchy pants. That’s what my eldest daughter calls jeans, corduroys, or any other stiff material. Ever since she could really talk about her clothes she has preferred stretchy material or skirts and dresses.  Most kids wear pants for a season, and then they either a) outgrow them or b) ruin them with all the hard […]

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Make It Yourself: Valentine’s Slime

Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us! It is always fun to try to teach our littles about the different holidays, and crafts and sensory activities are my favorite ways to do that. Indoor busy activities are great while the weather is still dreary. Valentine’s crafts are common for toddlers, but often require a lot […]

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The Story of a Baby Scrapbook

This tale is of a lesson learned by one mom, intended to inspire and encourage any other mom or dad who may be finding themselves in this same predicament. You see, baby books didn’t work for me. Let me explain: I’m a list-maker, detail-oriented, and pretty type-A. So, when I was filling out the treasured […]

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10 Fun Ideas for Candid Infant Photos

Time slips away so fast, and even faster when you are caring for a newborn. You realize even though you are up before the sun and possibly haven’t showered, you blink and the day is over. The precious gift you are caring for grows up before your eyes and days and weeks slip on by. One thing I […]

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11 Ways to Create an Awesome Kid’s Table

I think my kiddos are finally old enough to take that leap to a kid’s table for upcoming holiday family celebrations. They no longer need me to feed them (although the five year old might argue with that) and honestly I think it will be fun for the kids and the grown-ups. A table within […]

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Toddler Craft: Make A Fall Wreath

The changing colors can make Madison so magical around the fall. Hopefully you’re able to get out and enjoy it! The next time you head out on a nature walk or play in the backyard, why not encourage your toddler to pick the prettiest leaves to collect for a craft? Here is a super fun […]

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The Blessing of Forcing Myself to Host

I’m not a naturally hospitable person.  I’m friendly and I can easily make conversation, but inviting people into my space doesn’t come easily.  In fact, it is very difficult.  It rattles me.  It stresses me.  I overthink everything and suddenly feel insufficient and frustrated at my lack of skill.  I feel self-conscious as I view […]

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