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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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I’m so excited that we are finally seeing some spring weather!  We are so past due – and it’s cutting into our gardening schedule. 

I’ll admit, I am not one of those amazing Martha Stewart-type gardeners, but I really do enjoy having a small backyard garden each summer.  The kids and I choose a few favorite plants along with some new items to try each year and then we get dirty, watch the plants grow and reap the harvest (literally!)

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  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. The ability to hold, grab and control things with their fingers is such an important …

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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 an email but it’s not as much fun or as special as sending something special for them to open.

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Summer’s here!  Those run-barefoot-read-in-the-hammock-eat-popsicles-outside kind of days that kids just love.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a little something too.


Summer is a great time to have kids master a new skill.  Most kids (and families) will have a lighter schedule now that school’s out.  And having a more laid-back schedule will allow the kids to focus on developing some new life skills or learning a skill they’ve shown interest in during the year.

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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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