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Parenting is an adventure.  Here are some just-for-fun stories, ideas, tips, perspective, support for all of us going through it together.

EASY, FAST DIY Cardboard Box Halloween Costumes

EASY, FAST DIY Cardboard Box Halloween Costumes

Halloween is fast-approaching, and you haven’t finalized the kids’ costume plans yet?  NO WORRIES!  I haven’t either.  We’re right now having the yearly battle over whether they can be something ridiculously scary or not (I say NO), or whether they should dress up as something creative and fun.  Whatever they decide, I know they’re starting to prefer store-bought costumes over my homemade Halloween creations.  But just in case, I’ve whipped up a list of 5 fast, easy DIY costumes made…

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10 reasons a BALL PIT was the BEST and WORST thing I’ve ever bought for my kids

10 reasons a BALL PIT was the BEST and WORST thing I’ve ever bought for my kids

My littlest love.  He’s my third and final baby.  And every year for his birthday, I struggle to figure out what to get him.  Not because I don’t understand him or “know” him, but because . . . well, it seems we already have everything, and I can’t imagine another toy entering my house. But last year, after playing at a friend’s house in a ball pit, I realized we no longer had one of our own.  A ball pit…

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Midlife and Motherhood: Where’s the crisis?

Midlife and Motherhood: Where’s the crisis?

What would you say to your younger self if you could send a message back in time?  Would you warn yourself of what’s to come, Celebrate what has been?  Share hopes and dreams for what may come next? A fellow blogger, Erin, at The Accidental Supermom, recently posted a note from her thirties-self to her twenties-self, giving advice and great perspective.  It was heartwarming and humorous . . . and, while she’s a bit younger than I am, it inspired me…

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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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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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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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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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Learning to blog: (It’s a lot like parenting!)

Learning to blog: (It’s a lot like parenting!)

Learning to blog can be daunting . . .  but I recently realized it’s a lot like parenting!  Read on . . . I have a toddler!!!!  No, I didn’t go have a secret fourth kid and not tell you until now.  I’m talking about my blog, MOB Truths!  It’s turning 2 in early May! In 8th grade history class, my teacher used to intertwine his fingers and say, “It all fits together.”  He tried to instill in his students…

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Liebster Award 2017

Liebster Award 2017

Liebster Award?  You’re probably wondering what that is.  We’ll get to that. But first, a huge thank you to Ashley B, who blogs at  Live Whilst You’re Alive, for nominating me for this award that helps discover new bloggers. The Liebster Award is given to bloggers from bloggers.  It originated in Germany, and the word “liebster” translates to sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.  I thought this was fitting for Ashley, who nominated…

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Last-minute Halloween costumes: (easy, low-cost, DIY, fun)

Last-minute Halloween costumes: (easy, low-cost, DIY, fun)

Last-minute Halloween costumes are a reality sometimes even though Halloween rolls around the same date every year.  I remember when I was in grad school, I was supposed to be out of town the day my friend was hosting a Halloween party.  But I ended up being in town, costumeless, just hours before the party.  So, what did I do?  I wrapped myself in aluminum foil (it’s actually great for keeping you warm!) and turned myself into a fork, proving…

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