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How to have the MOST AWESOME summer day without even leaving your front yard

How to have the MOST AWESOME summer day without even leaving your front yard

I took the week off of work to spend with my boys — a little bit of fun, a little relaxation — wait, actually, relaxation never happens for me — a lot of laughs, some yelling, some tantrums, some timeouts, and a lot of mess.  We find fun in making messes sometimes — it’s liberating for the kids, and it reminds me to just go with the flow (easier when I know I’m using washable paints!).  Just like a few…

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10 Reasons to LOVE SLIME!

10 Reasons to LOVE SLIME!

SLIME!  If you’re a parent, you’re probably cringing at this craze that has lasted over a year now.  Making slime, playing with slime, experimenting with new slime recipes, watching videos about slime, teaching others to make slime, putting new things in slime, figuring out where slime sticks and where it doesn’t.  We are undoubtedly in THE SLIME ERA.  I know lots of parents who hate all things slime  — it’s messy, it’s sticky, it’s constant, it’s annoying.  But I’ve looked…

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Summer’s here . . . and so is working mom guilt. Here are 5 ways to cope.

Summer’s here . . . and so is working mom guilt. Here are 5 ways to cope.

Summer break!  It’s time when kids everywhere enjoy vacation homes, family time, lazy days of sleeping late, breakfast on the back patio, and then splashing in sprinklers all day.  Or, in the case of many working moms like me . . . kids are at summer camp.  Don’t get me wrong – my boys love the day camp they go to, and I know they’d be bored out of their minds at home all day . . . I just…

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UGH. Another deli sandwich, Mom? 10 simple summer camp lunch ideas to the rescue

UGH. Another deli sandwich, Mom? 10 simple summer camp lunch ideas to the rescue

  It’s officially summer, when my kids seem to excel at the game “How many water bottles and pair of goggles can you lose?” and “Where did that tube of sunscreen go?”  I’m a working mom who works through the summer, which means fun summer camps (with a hefty side of working mom guilt) for my family.  This past school year, I got quite used to the big boys buying hot lunch every day at school.  But now that summer…

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Gardening with Kids: Simple steps to summer fun

Gardening with Kids: Simple steps to summer fun

“We seasoned our dinner with herbs from our garden, and topped off our salad with our homegrown tomatoes,” the  neighbors said.  Not us!  Steak on the grill and frozen french fries over here!  I tend to think I don’t have the skill — or the time — for a fancy, productive garden, though I do think gardening with kids is a great experience, and one I try every year.  I used to think about it a lot, envisioning us creating…

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20 Easy Father’s Day Gifts he’ll love

20 Easy Father’s Day Gifts he’ll love

You know when you buy Dad a tie as a Father’s Day gift, but he rarely dresses up?  Or you get your husband a coupon book for various golf courses, and he never uses it because it turns out there are limitations on days and times, and none are convenient?  Yeah, let’s avoid that, right?  It was a thoughtful gift, targeting one of his interests, and reasonably priced . . . but in the end, not really practical.  Time to…

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Save Your Sanity: 17 Simple Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Save Your Sanity: 17 Simple Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Memorial Day:  Aside from the ever-important honoring those who have given their lives for our country, it typically also marks the unofficial start to summertime  . . . nearing the end of the school year . . . and the approximate time when the kids — after just hours out of school — start to say, “I’M BORED.”  Don’t lose your temper!  Don’t lose your sanity!  Just ward off the boredom with this helpful list of my top summer BOREDOM BUSTERS…

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5 Tips for Parenting in a Scary World

5 Tips for Parenting in a Scary World

My key for parenting in a scary world: Open the door.  Say “I love you.” Go. It was one of those weeks that make me realize what supermen and superwomen we truly are parenting in the scary world we live in today, and it inspired me to update this post from 2016 in hopes that it can be a good reminder for you — and me, too.  How are you getting by parenting in a scary world these days? My…

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Tips for moms from moms: Perspective on raising boys

Tips for moms from moms: Perspective on raising boys

Sometimes you just need the comfort of hearing some tips for moms from moms who have been through all this before, because, as they say, “Mother knows best.”  Right? It was one of those days.  One of those weeks, really.  The kind where everything is crazy at work, and at home, there are dirty socks on the kitchen floor, pee splatters on the toilet seat and wall, smelly feet on the couch, and lack of patience as my three sons…

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Learning to Blog: What “just another mommy blogger” has learned two years in

Learning to Blog: What “just another mommy blogger” has learned two years in

IMAGINE if I had never started this blog.  Would it have mattered?  I suppose not, in the grand scheme of things.  Did the world really need another mommy blog? In the little part of the universe where I wanted a creative outlet, wanted to connect with other moms, other M.O.B.s, other bloggers, and wanted to learn some new skills, YES, it would have mattered. I haven’t made it big as a mommy blogger in these past two years (though that…

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