101 Ways to Enjoy Summer in Kansas City

The weather's getting warmer, the kids are out of school and the farmer's markets are open -- summer is here! Now that the kids have been on break for a few weeks, the initial excitement of summer has worn off and we are all looking for so...
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10 Real Life Science Projects for Kids

  Welcome to our second year of the School's Out: Top 10 Summer Learning series! I'm joining 35 wonderful kid bloggers this week to provide TONS of ideas & activities for summer learning and fun.  We know that summer should be...
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Planning a YES Day with the Kids

This content is sponsored by Kohl’s as a part of their #DestinationSummer campaign.  Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions (and crazy comments) are always my own.   This week, I’m excited to be workin...
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Ultimate Guide for Summer Fun with Kids

In our house, summer comes in two phases: Phase 1: The Honeymoon A time when we all (parents & kids) are excited about no schedules, no school and long days together.  We have a hand-ful of activities planned and a great summer b...
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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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Great Ways to Celebrate the Last Day of School

We are on countdown in our house -- only 9 more school days left for us! Yep, only 9 days, 4 finals, 3 school activities and 1 graduation event -- then we can enjoy sleeping in, long days without schedules, fun day trips and some relaxing ...
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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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Marvelous Books for Mother's Day

Today we're celebrating all things Mom.  Mother's Day is a time when kids express how much they appreciate all the things Moms do for them all year round.  Homemade cards for Mom, hand-picked flowers and maybe even breakfast in b...
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13 Classic Books for Kids: Spring Stories

Enjoy story time this season with these classic books for kids with Spring stories!What do you remember about the spring days of your childhood? I have vivid memories of waking up to the sounds of birds and the smell of lilacs in our b...
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10 Books that Keep Kids Active

  I know what you're thinking -- reading is a stationary activity.  Fortunately, that's not always the case.  There are a number of terrific kids books that encourage the reader to get up and move with the story!  Thes...
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Explore Nature in Spring- Outdoor Activities for Kids

I know the rest of the world thinks that Spring begins on March 20th with the Spring Equinox but for us, Spring activities begin the day we turn back the clocks and gain that extra hour of daylight. Ahh… dinner during daylight hours Hea...
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Fun Ways to Celebrate with Kids Books

  There will be a lot of reading going on this week - Read Across America (Dr. Suess's birthday) is March 2nd and celebrated in school throughout the week World Read Aloud Day is March 5th World Book Day is March 6th All great op...
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New Kids Movies in Theaters for 2014

  Does your family enjoy going to the movies? We are big fans especially of family movies that we can all see together.  So we always like to look ahead and see what new movies are coming soon - you know, check out the trailers,...
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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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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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