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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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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48 Things All Kids Need to Know Before College

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.   I’ve been in a parenting quandary lately. My oldest is a senior in high school (I know – when the hell did that h...
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Getting Kids Involved with School Fundraisers with Labels for Education #Labels4Edu #cbias

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.   I know, we all dread them -- the annual requests for fundraisers. Just this past week, I've received notices about th...
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20 Children's Books Told via Snail Mail & Letters

Wonderful picture books about mail & letters for kids who love the idea of 'snail mail'!I know that so many of us live in the world of text messages and emails but let's face it, young kids LOVE snail mail!While we get bills, unwanted a...
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Do You Know What Your Kids are REALLY Doing Online?

  I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for BGCA. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.   For our kids, using technology is like brushing th...
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Why Kids Need to Travel & What They Can Learn on the Trip

  Travel is such a great educational opportunity for kids!  A chance to explore new places, try something new and reconnect with the family. Honestly, my kids learn more on our vacations than they do any other time of the year.&...
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5 Ways to Unplug & Connect over a Family Dinner

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...
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Going Green: Books & Websites to Inspire Kids

Some of the newest lessons for this generation include learning about the environment, ecology and how our behaviors impact the world around us.  Earth Day is a yearly celebration that reminds us to revisit how we treat the Earth.&n...
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Teaching Kids to Clean: Adventures in Vacuuming

  I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.  As always, we only share items th...
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7 Colorful and Creative Fine Motor Activities

  Do you remember when your kids were really young and they would pick up Cheerios to eat?  In addition to the amazing ability of learning to feed themselves, they were also developing their pincer grasp and fine motor skills. T...
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Items that Help Improve Fine Motor Skills

  When my kids were young, they had no issues with their fine motor skill development.  I attribute it to the fact that they loved Cheerios and were always playing tug-of-war with the dog :) But once they hit elementary school, ...
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12 Ways Kids can Help with Travel Planning and Trip Prep

  In our house, planning for a family vacation is a full-family affair!  It is called a 'family vacation' so we have always involved the kids in trip planning and prep.  It's a great life skill for them to learn especially ...
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Staying in Touch with Family & Teaching Kids about Snail Mail

 We don't live close to any of our family - they are sprinkled across the country.  So when it comes time to celebrate a birthday or special occasion, we rely on 'snail mail'.  Yes, we could probably text them a note or send...
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7 Life Skills to Teach the Kids for the Holidays

Wouldn't it be great if the kids were able to do more for themselves during the holidays?!  I know, most parents think it would be great if the kids could do more for themselves all the time but I think it's extra nice if it happens...
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