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Bedazzled? Sure, why not? 5 simple ways to decorate pumpkins

Bedazzled? Sure, why not? 5 simple ways to decorate pumpkins

Pumpkin spice latte, warm scarves, harvest-themed decorations, scented candles, mums, yada yada all the stuff we go crazy about during fall.  As excited as I was about my new fall themed throw pillows, though, my kids didn’t seem to care.  How dare they! Oh yeah — the kids.  They want some fun this fall, too, and not just in picking out a Halloween costume (and then changing their minds 14 times between October 10 and October 30). So, aside from…

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Fall family fun and how to get it done – a guide for the busy parent

Fall family fun and how to get it done – a guide for the busy parent

Everyone is talking about back-to-school right now . . . and you know what happens at the same time, right?  PUMPKIN.  SPICE.  EVERYTHING.  It’s fall, and it’s time for fall family fun! It creeps up on me every year (yes, I know .. .  it comes the same time every year, I get it . . . ) — suddenly weekends need to be filled with fall fests and cider and pumpkins and cute boots and fall scarves and kids’…

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All you need for the best family vacation

All you need for the best family vacation

Another summer, another family vacation.  We head to Cape Cod every year and stay at the same place, with the same friends.  It’s tradition.  And I love it.  The kids have been there enough times now that they feel comfortable and confident walking around the resort, and they get so excited at the thought of a beach and an outdoor pool and an indoor pool and a hot tub and mini golf and go-karts and arcade and ice cream. And…

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Simple Resolutions Even a Busy Mom Can Keep (updated!)

Simple Resolutions Even a Busy Mom Can Keep (updated!)

I originally published the post below on December 2017, and decided it was time to review it and see how I did.  I’m certainly a busy mom (I think parenting is busy no matter what!), so I wanted to see if I was actually able to keep up with my resolutions.  Read the below, and then my progress report at the end of each resolution!  HAPPY 2019, everyone! Resolutions.  Ugh, it’s that time of year again.  Every year I try…

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Boys

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Boys

It’s almost Halloween!  Which means that any day now, my parents will ask me what they should get the kids at holiday-time . . . and this year, I’m determined to be prepared with the ultimate holiday gift guide for boys.  Usually, I say “I don’t know! I haven’t even thought about tomorrow, let alone the holiday season that is still a few months away!”  But for all you early-planners, here’s some help.  Whether your kids are crafty or into…

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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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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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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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5 Simple Resolutions Even a Busy Mom Can Keep

5 Simple Resolutions Even a Busy Mom Can Keep

  Resolutions.  Ugh, it’s that time of year again.  Every year I try to make a few resolutions; every year I keep essentially none.  Not because I can’t commit, but usually because I don’t have time to fit whatever my resolutions are into my schedule.  Yeah, yeah, I know, I need to “make time for me” and “take care of myself.”  It’s not happening any time soon as I juggle a full-time job, three sons, a full list of activities,…

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Cupcakes & Kindness: 5 easy steps to spread joy (and frosting!)

Cupcakes & Kindness: 5 easy steps to spread joy (and frosting!)

Spread joy and kindness — it is key to how I’m wired, and something I very much want to instill in my boys as a natural, wonderful, automatic thing to do.  We do kindness projects whenever we can, try to model kind/good behavior, and choose charities to donate to in order to spread joy in simple ways.  Years ago, we started donating to Toys for Tots every holiday season, because I wanted my kids to understand that not all families…

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