Spoiler Alert: You already have a Valentine.

Feb 1, 2016 by

February has arrived, and I’m downing Reese’s hearts as I write this. You guys, VALENTINE’S DAY IS COMING. I say this not to make you panic, and not to initiate the “UGH, I hate that Hallmark holiday” naysayers…but to let you in on a secret. Chances are very, very high that you already have at least one Valentine if you’re reading this. And chances are even higher that your Valentine(s) would love nothing more than to go all-out celebrating this day of love with you.

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Celebrating the Kids You Have

Jan 18, 2016 by

Before I became a parent, I had an image in my head of what my children would be like one day. They’d wear cute matching, preppy outfits and have adorably styled hair at all times. They’d of course love music, and start piano lessons no later than age 4. I’d never give in to letting them wear clothes branded with cartoon characters, and I’d certainly never let them leave the house in totally mismatched outfits with those hideous plastic Crocs on their feet. My children would only play with creative toys that stimulate mental growth, and they would eschew all things violent. I was quite sure of all these things.

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Our Favorite Easy Dinners

Jan 4, 2016 by

I love the holiday season, but after spending hours days in the kitchen baking, cooking, and doing dishes, the last thing I want to do in the new year is go nuts planning and cooking dinners for my family. While take-out is a nice treat from time to time, my kids really love helping in the kitchen, so we’re always on the look-out for low-key dinners made with the help of many little hands. Below is what’s on our menu this week, with details about how my 4 and 7 year old kiddos will help out. If you have “little chefs” in your family, share what recipes you enjoy cooking together! We’re always looking for new meal ideas.

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Sick Day Readiness: A Guide

Dec 7, 2015 by

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Well, we are nearly a full week into November, and already, the seasonal illnesses have reared their ugly heads in my house. In the past two weeks, my kids have battled croup, a bronchial infection, and a double ear infection. They’ve taken turns being miserable (see above sad photo!) and I haven’t slept well in approximately 14 days. However, in my 8th “cold season” as a parent, I’ve learned a few things, and I feel more able to handle the germs that these boys throw at me– and throw they do!

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Talking About Physical Differences (a.k.a., “The one where I was mortified in a shoe store”)

Nov 25, 2015 by

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Parenting is a humbling thing. Prior to having my own kids, I was a teacher, so I had plenty of opportunities to see other people’s kids on a daily basis. I had lots of theories on what I would and wouldn’t do based on this. I’d seen first-hand what works, and I was confident that I’d have it all figured out right from the start. I had none of the “I’m about to have a kid– oh my goodness–what am I doing!??” panic while pregnant because I truly believed I had nothing to worry about. My inner pregnancy monologue was more like “I got this!”

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