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Kids, tweens and teens can quickly get organized for their next slumber party with these FREE printable sleepover checklists for things to pack in an overnight bag! Having a packing list on hand (like the printable Cabin Packing List we use for vacations) makes life so much easier for everyone. When my son had his …

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May is Water Safety Month and the perfect time to talk to your kids before gearing up to visit the pool or beach this summer! My husband & I disagree about a lot of things — like who’s the best canoe paddler (it’s me 😉 and whether pasta or burgers are a better summer dinner. …

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This post has been sponsored by Greenlight. All opinions are my own. Money lessons that all kids & teens should know before they leave home! Money skills are one of those responsibilities that fall to us parents as we raise kids.  Sure, kids will learn how to identify different types of money and its face …

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If you ever come to my house for dinner (and please know you’re always invited — I make a killer lasagna!), I have a few rules that everyone has to follow — no phone, texts or tv during the meal.

One bite of the lasagna and you really won’t care who’s texting you!

Now actually, this is a rule my parents had way back when we were kids — raising three teenagers during the dinner hour almost drove my Dad crazy with the constant phone calls.

So one simple rule was born — no calls during dinner! 

If it’s important, they’ll call back” my parents would always tell us.  Not to mention, the people around the table were JUST as important as the people on the phone.

Dinner was time for our family to sit down and catch up with each other, talk about the day, plan for trips and take time to reconnect.

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Use this free printable First Aid Kit list and quickly know what to include in your own medical kit for the car, classroom or college student! We are currently packing up my oldest and getting him ready for his first year at college this week (one of those big life moments for both parents & …

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  As you may remember from our 48 Things Kids Should Know Before they go to College, our oldest started college last year.  As a parent, it’s these moments when you hold your breath and think “did we teach him the skills he needs to succeed?“ The months and years of showing him how to …

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