kid stuff

An Attitude of Gratitude

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I'm happy to be contributing over at The Better Mom today! It was one of those days. By 8am I was ready to throw in the towel and the day had only just begun. The whole family seemed to wake up on the wrong side of the bed.  My oldest was upset that I vetoed [...]

Why I Took My Kids’ Toys Away {One Year Later}

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A year ago this week I posted this (now infamous) post about taking my kids' toys away.  At the time, I honestly had no idea what a brouhaha it would cause.  I was simply sharing our own experience.  The comments and reactions to that post have run the gamut, from parents applauding the decision and [...]

How I Got My Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

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Picky eating can be a pretty touchy subject.  No mom wants to hear they might be making a mistake, especially once you've gotten to a point where it seems impossible to change the course you've already charted. Over the past few months, several people have asked me for advice on this topic.  I've pondered writing [...]

The Best Family Road Trip Ever

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If you follow along on Instagram or Facebook, you probably already know that my family just got back from a whopping 29 day road trip.  We drove more than 4,000 miles, visited 15 different states, visited lots of friends and family along the way, and made lots of fun memories that I know will cherish [...]

Ouch! {5 Tips for Healing Your Child’s Sensitive Skin}

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Sensitive. She's been that way since she was born.  Sensitive to smells, to sounds, to textures, motion and sunlight and even to the air she breathes.  Loud noises make her cringe or cower in fear, especially public bathrooms with super-powered hand dryers and heavy duty toilets that flush by themselves. And then there is her [...]

No More Goldfish! 7 Snappy Snack Solutions Your Kids Will Love

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Between trying to provide well-balanced lunches and satisfying mid-afternoon tummy grumblings, coming up with easy, tasty, and (relatively) healthy snack options can sometimes be a challenge. A few weeks ago, when I discovered that my kids were so tired of goldfish that they wouldn't even eat them anymore, I knew it was definitely time to [...]

Tiny Dancers

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This is the once-a-year post where I get to gush for a few minutes while my mommy heart swells with pride.  Just bear with me for a moment and I promise I'll try not to go on too long. The truth is that being a "dance mom" is a role I never in a million [...]

How to Make DiY Stepping Stones With The Kids

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Looking for a fun summer project to add to your backyard bucket list this year?  DiY stepping stones are surprisingly fun & easy to make for kids of all ages, and they cost only a few dollars in supplies!  They'd make a great Father's Day gift for any dad who loves spending time outdoors.  For [...]

Watercolor Thank You Cards {DiY}

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In the wake of our battle with the flu last week I wasn't feeling up to any major creative endeavors, but by the end of the week the girls were begging to do a craft.  What can I say?  They are definitely my kids! One of my favorite writing activities for language arts is having [...]

Valentine’s Day Embroidery Hoop Art

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We are in full Little House mode over here, and I gotta say, I am loving every minute.  As I told Husband last night, our girls may never score a 1600 on their SAT, but my oh my, will they be able to sew, bake, & pickle like nobody's business! Last week, inspired by one [...]

All The Things I’m Thankful For Gratitude Journal

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The girls and I have spent a lot of time this month talking about  having an "attitude of gratitude" and what it means to be thankful for all that we have.  Honestly there are many times a day when it seems like they just don't get it and I frequently wonder if I am expecting to [...]

What I Won’t Give My Kids For Christmas This Year

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A couple of months ago I wrote about taking all my kids' toys away, and how that experience has fundamentally changed our family and the way we look at stuff.  The response from that post--both positive and negative--was completely overwhelming, like nothing I have every experienced before while writing this blog.  Who knew I could [...]

Free Halloween Costumes {Day 17}

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This is the seventeenth day of my 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge.  To read all the posts in order, start with Day One or visit the Overview Page.  *   *   * Can you believe Halloween is only two weeks away?  Now none of you mentioned it out loud when [...]

fall leaves canvas {easy kids DiY project}

We had a one-day cold front pass through last week, (and by cold, I mean 85 degrees instead of 95), which I took as a clear sign from above that it was time to dig out the bins of fall decorations.  I also took it as a sign that it was time to rock the [...]

Why I took my kids’ toys away {& why they won’t get them back}

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As some of you already know, I've been on a mission this year to simplify my family's life and rid ourselves of excess.  Over the course of the past nine months I have probably given away about 75 percent of my girls' toys, keeping only the items that I felt encouraged their imagination and that [...]

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