'The Night before My Birthday' and Great Kids Birthday Giveaway

  Birthday season is coming for our family.    Well, make that Birthday Season for everyone in my family BUT me.  I celebrated my special day last month – super great day!  The kids made me pancakes and I didn...
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It’s not about Creating Perfect, It’s about Creating Memories

  I learned a long time ago that the memories our kids have of the holidays are not those picture perfect ideals that you see in magazines and movies.  In fact, some of their fondest memories of Christmases past are ones...
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8 Christmas Learning Activities Kids will LOVE

  It's always fun to link the holidays to some learning activities and we found quite a few at this week's Discover & Explore December Holiday Fun!  Squeeze a few of these great activities into the season to keep the kids thin...
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25 Ways to Simplify Christmas & Enjoy the Holidays

Enjoy time with family this year with these simple activities that make Christmas memorable! I'm sure that right now, you're in the midst of holiday craziness -- is your mind going a mile a minute?  When do I need to mail the gifts?&nb...
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Easy Handmade Ornaments: Christmas Shadow Box

Do your kids love to make handmade ornaments for Christmas? Then you will go CRAZY over today's activity - Handmade Shadow Box ornaments!We are joining 50+ bloggers who are each sharing a wonderful idea for ornaments kids can make this...
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Holiday Kids Book Give-away

How would you like to win some amazing books for the kids?  And just in time for the holidays, right!  Welcome to the Kid Lit Giveaway Holiday Hop sponsored by Youth Literature Reviews and Mother Daughter Book Reviews.  ...
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Candy Cane Play Dough and Play in Grandma's Kitchen

Do you ever remember playing in the kitchen while your mom or grandmother were baking?  The wonderful smells and the fun conversations not to mention the amazing treats that came out of the oven!  I know that technology and mode...
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Give Your Child the Gift of Reading this Holiday

We have a wonderful gift idea for the kids this year – their very own online library!  Yes, I’m totally serious.  There’s a wonderful website called Bookboard that boasts more than 400 kids books in their digital library ...
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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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20 Great Stocking Stuffers for Kids

I will admit when I first had kids and started helping Santa with the stockings, I needed to learn a thing or two.  Like the fact that the kids were MUCH more excited about their stockings that I had anticipated. There is an art to f...
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Cooking with Kids - Sharing Family Recipes

  We have a running conversation in our house about why the kids will come back to visit us once they're grown -- they tell me it's for my lasagna and pizzelle cookies ;) In fact, the whole family was all smiles this week when I told...
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New Christmas Books that Will Inspire Kids this Holiday

I love reading new books, especially new Christmas books that I can share with the kids!Now don't get me wrong, we certainly have our favorites at this time of the year -- you can see many of them on the 30 Books about Your Favorite Christm...
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101 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Kansas City

  As I'm sure you've heard (with all the store displays and multiple notes coming home from school about upcoming events) -- the holidays are coming! To help with your planning, we've pulled together a list of all the holiday events an...
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A Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods Birthday Party

My daughter is a HUGE fan of the Percy Jackson books.  She began reading them two years ago and has continued to be fascinated with Greek Gods and mythology ever since.  So for her 10th birthday party, she wanted to plan a Percy ...
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Plan Your Own Under the Sea Party

What a fun week we had with our Discover & Explore Oceans linky!  There was such a wonderful variety of activities and ideas shared that I thought I would put together a planning kit for your own Under the Sea Party!...
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