A Trip to the Crayola Factory

Crayola Factory

There are not many things my daughters love more than arts and crafts. Coloring, painting, drawing, and especially cutting and gluing happen almost every day around here. And our very favorite art supplies are Crayolas. I’m not being paid to tell you this, either. We just prefer Crayola crayons, markers, watercolors, and colored pencils. A [...]

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Farewell to the crib

transitioning to a toddler bed

It’s bittersweet, but Joel has said goodbye to his crib. Ever since I wrote the last post about transitioning toddlers from the crib to a big bed, I have been thinking about the big move. I went back and forth about it, since he never gave us a hard time about sleeping in his crib. [...]

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7 Tips for Surviving Sleep-Away Camp

Tips for surviving sleep-away camp

Audrey just got back from a week of sleep away camp. Last year was the first time she experienced a week of sleep away camp, and it was the best week of her year. This year was no different–a smash hit, even though it was hot and there were thunderstorms. Her camp is a great [...]

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Grocery shopping with a tween

Mini-Carts

One day a few years ago, when Audrey was pestering me one day in the grocery store, I promised that when she was ten, she could get her own cart and help me shop. Well, guess what? She is going to be ten next week, and she is the type of child who Never Forgets [...]

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Lazy summer days?

This summer has been packed with fun already! Even before Audrey and Georgia were finished with school, Sydney had three weeks of summer camp after preschool ended. Her days were full of crafts, games, and water play while the big girls were still nose-to-the-grindstone. Then, the week after school ended, all three girls were able [...]

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Sunday comics

When I was a kid, I loved to read the Sunday comics section of the newspaper. My favorites were Family Circus, Foxtrot, and Baby Blues. What can I say? I even liked big families as a kid! I also liked Nancy, Garfield, and Dennis the Menace, and who could forget Peanuts? My brother liked Calvin [...]

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Summer Reading Goals

summer reading goals

Ahhh, summer. Long, lazy days to relax, play, sweat… As a kid, my favorite way to pass the summer days was to lay across my bed and read. I tried to be as completely still as I possibly could, with my ceiling fan on “high,” the windows open, and the lights off. We didn’t have [...]

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How to set up a treasure hunt

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Whether it’s a birthday party, The Amazing Race, or just for fun, everyone loves a treasure hunt. It’s easy to set up a treasure hunt for your kids, and it’s a fun summertime (or anytime) activity. First, choose something to be the treasure. It doesn’t have to be something elaborate, because the hunt is really [...]

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Cooking with kids

Julias Child

My kids love to “help” me cook. Audrey, my 5th grader, can actually help around the kitchen. Last summer, I taught her how to make tacos so there is one meal that she is able to make from start to finish without help. I really need to teach her some more dinners! Georgia, my 2nd [...]

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Graco Pack ‘n Play Giveaway

Graco pack n play

You are in for a real treat today, especially if you are expecting a new little one soon. What is a baby product that will be extremely helpful for taking care of newborns, night and day, and then continue to be used regularly until your child is close to three years old? It’s definitely not [...]

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