10 Ways to Stay Healthy BEFORE the New Year

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for DSM.  I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  The ho...
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Cinnamon Scented Jingle Bell Placecards

The tree is up, the halls are decked and we are counting down the days until family 'comes to town'. Most of our relatives are miles away from us so we really look forward to having them visit, especially during the holidays. But I will adm...
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The Smart Phone that Does It All: Sharp AQUOS Crystal

  I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate this review.     Today I want you to take a walk with me -- it's the holidays; ...
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Gifting Books as Adventures

A number of years ago, we started a tradition at our house -- giving books for Christmas.  Each year, our kids get to open one of their gifts early -- oh yea, they love that!  When they come home on their first day of holiday br...
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20+ Nature-inspired Holiday Projects

Today we have two special treats for you -- some gorgeous ideas for holiday decorating AND one amazing holiday giveaway! One of my favorite ways to decorate during the holidays is with natural items.  Whether it's as simple as the ki...
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What I Did Right & Wrong When Teaching My Kids about Sharing on Social Media

  How many times a day do we reach for our phone when we see something awesome? Think about it – most of us never even grab  a camera any longer.  “Oh, I’ll just use my phone”, right? Because we always w...
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Creating an Interactive Advent Calendar for the Holidays

 This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.   One of the holiday traditions that we look forward to the most in our family is having an Advent Calendar.  I remembe...
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Ideas for Connecting Nature with Books: A Year in the Secret Garden

Have you ever read a book with the kids and thought "Wow!  I wish there was something more that we could do with the story." ? Than boy do we have an awesome post for you today! One of our amazing friends has created a book of extens...
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How to Make Leaf Prints: Fall Crafts for Kids

If you've ever wondered how to make those gorgeous leaf prints using colorful fall leaves, I can tell you -- they're easy enough for the kids to do! Seems like we've had a good dose of chaos at our house this month -- the kids had 5 days of...
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Great Ideas for Non-Candy Halloween Treats

While I'm a BIG fan of Halloween and all the fun that goes along with it, I'm always bothered by the amount of candy we accumulate during all the holiday festivities.Let's see, there's the trick-or-treat event at the zoo (we love the zoo in...
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The Best Early Reader Books with Seasonal Themes

Entice your kids into more reading time with these fun holiday-themed Early Reader (ER) books & tips that are perfect for beginner readers!I've shared before about some of the struggles we had when our kids first started reading indepen...
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Creating Family Traditions

We were compensated for this post by Blickenstaff's as part of a campaign with The Mom It Forward Blogger Network and are thrilled to be working with them to share more about family traditions.   This is the time of the year when I...
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5 Tips for Creating Awesome Halloween Costumes

I did a little math this week and came to an odd realization -- We have 2 kids and somehow over the past 17 years, I've helped them to create more than 50 costumes! I know -- there's some crazy math there since Halloween only comes but on...
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Family Volunteer Project: How Kids Can Help Local Animals during Adopt a Dog Month

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.   Sometimes kids so want to make a difference in the world and do something AMAZING – yet their age can get in th...
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25 Fun Ways to Have the Kids Join You for Coffee

I'm not sure if I've ever told you this but I am NOT a morning person. Really, not at all. Unlike my husband who's up at 5 every morning (I know!  He's crazy :), I would rather snuggle under the covers in hopes that the world will re...
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