Camping With Kids – Secrets for Success!

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About a year ago, I embarked on my first camping trip. I went with a few women I work with for one little (adults only) overnight campout… and I fell in love. There is just something about the simplicity of gooey s’mores, talks by the campfire, and sleeping under the stars that makes me feel… [Read More]

Stocking Stuffers for the Whole Family

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If you’ve been following me for some time, you’ll know that stockings are my number one favorite thing about Christmas. It’s always been a big deal in my family and it’s way more fun than the actual presents. Stockings can be filled with anything you can think of…candy, beauty items, any sort of fun tchotchke you… [Read More]

Great Children’s Books for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday. To be honest, it’s a close race for first place, but Christmas still takes the cake. I think that Thanksgiving kicking the door wide open to the Christmas season is one of the reasons I love it so much. I really love Thanksgiving though, because it reminds each and… [Read More]

Fall and winter fashion for kids {Osh Kosh Giveaway}

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I love fall fashion. Dressing in tall boots, sweaters and jeans makes me incredibly happy. Getting dressed is easy for me. Dressing my kids, on the other hand, during these colder months can be much more challenging. Take my son. Lover of athletic wear, shorts and sports jerseys. He’s not a fan of jeans or… [Read More]

One last summer fling

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It’s been a crazy few weeks. I know I haven’t been around much, but if I’m being honest, I’ve been barely holding my head above water, so neglecting this blog was the easiest thing to do. We have several house projects going on, which is both exciting and incredibly stressful. Right now it’s complete and utter chaos, but… [Read More]

The day my kids gave each other haircuts

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My youngest two kids were in the front yard playing by their favorite tree. It’s a nice crab apple tree that’s easy for them to climb.  I asked if they would stay out front for a few minutes so I could take care of a large ant mound I found in the backyard. They agreed.  We… [Read More]

Helpful hints on summer sun safety

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With the unofficial start of summer just days away, it’s time for us to talk about ways to stay safe in the sun when you’re living the busy summer bucket list life. I’ve been paying even more attention than usual to being sun smart since my brush with melanoma earlier this year. I’m here to… [Read More]

Celebrating Chinese New Year – Tips and Ideas

Celebrating Chinese New Year

As a parent and as a teacher, I really love exposing my kids to different cultures and traditions. When I taught kindergarten, I always worked in a week long unit on Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival. As a mom, now I do the same thing at home. Here are a few ideas to… [Read More]

Books and authors that made my childhood

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Do you what is the coolest thing now that Mr. A is reading? Getting to go back and introduce him to some of my favorite books from childhood. Talk about nostalgia. I love to read. I have since I first learned what those beautiful words were on the crisp smelling, bound pieces of paper at… [Read More]

A time for gratitude: I’m thankful for family

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The world feels a bit in shambles at the moment. I can’t turn on the news or open up a web site without being blasted with depressing, nerve-wracking or infuriating images or statements. I’m torn between crawling in a hole for several months (years?) or climbing to the top of a mountain with a bullhorn,… [Read More]