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20 Alternative Halloween Treats (No Candy & Non Edible Ideas!)

Try some of these Trick or treat ideas instead of candy — both non edible and alternative Halloween treats for kids! Let me tell you about the year I handed out pretzels for Halloween — It’s a HUGE family joke my kids bring up every year now 🙂 To my defense, they were pumpkin & …

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Making a Summer Bucket List – Fun Activities for Kids & Families

I’m so excited about today’s post!  For a few reasons — first, we had a great time creating it and second, it’s a post about SUMMER! For the past few weeks, we’ve been working on our Summer Adventure List – a.k.a. the summer bucket list.   Most years, we just have a list, sometimes colorful or …

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5 Ways to Unplug & Connect over a Family Dinner

 

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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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How to Get Organized & Enjoy More Time with Your Family

A few months ago, I shared my secret to the Best Place to Begin Organizing Your Entire Home. I wrote the post because I wanted to inspire other busy moms like me to find their starting point when it comes to putting some organzational systems in place. Amazingly, it’s been one of our most read …

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Spring Cleaning with Kids

It’s the official start of Spring, and if you’re like me, you’re itching to get some of those big chores done around the house.  Getting closets cleaned out, prepping the yard, and cleaning out the clutter — why not have the kids help during this yearly event.  It’s important for them to learn some of these yearly chores.  Here are a few age-appropriate things the kids can do during spring cleaning along with some fun books to read:

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5 Amazing Ways to Use Kids’ Artwork for the Holidays

Not sure what to do with all the Christmas projects and winter crafts in your house?  Try these ideas! If there’s one thing we have a lot of in our house, it’s kids’ artwork! They are always making such cool projects at school and I never want to just throw it away so I have …

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Creating an Interactive Advent Calendar for the Holidays

One of the holiday traditions that we look forward to the most in our family is having an Advent Calendar.  I remember having one as a child — putting candy canes into the slots each day as we counted down to Christmas Eve.  And now we do one with our kids too. Our countdown changes …

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