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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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Thankful . . .

Thankful . . .

Being thankful, even when there’s a lot going on and sometimes it’s hard to see through it, is like finding the golden ticket in a sea of, well, I guess bronze tickets? I’m thankful for this table, and all the mess on top I’m thankful for my boys, and the chaos that won’t stop When I’m tired and losing patience, all I have to see is these boys and all their silliness smiling back at me I’m thankful for the moments…

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Thoughtful Thank-you Notes

Thoughtful Thank-you Notes

We all love to express thanks around the Thanksgiving holiday, but in my house, we try — admittedly sometimes without success — to teach thankfulness as a way of life regardless of what time of year it is.  That includes writing thoughtful thank-you notes. I know a lot of people who actually don’t bother with these at all.  They receive a gift and don’t acknowledge it.  Don’t get me wrong, when I give gifts, I don’t do so for the…

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Family Photo: 10 Tips for a Great Family Photo Shoot, plus a GIVEAWAY!

Family Photo: 10 Tips for a Great Family Photo Shoot, plus a GIVEAWAY!

Family photo:  It’s the time of year when when we practice our perfect smiles and get the kids new perfect outfits for a family photo, right?  Well, not in our case.  We try to do a professional family photo shoot every few years (for holiday cards, or to frame in the house, or to simply capture some moments of all of us together, without seeing me with a triple chin since most of our shots are family selfies taken by…

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Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe: Baking with Boys (a fall tradition)

Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe: Baking with Boys (a fall tradition)

Making this easy pumpkin bread has become a fall tradition for my boys and me.   The weather is starting to get cooler,  leaves are changing color, and pumpkin spice everything is everywhere.  Every year, we make this together — which usually involves fighting over who sifts vs. who pours, licking the batter before I say it’s OK, and a lot of flour on the floor.  Oh yeah, we devour the delicious treat, too (I even somehow justify that this is…

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Easy Holiday Craft (maybe the easiest!)

Easy Holiday Craft (maybe the easiest!)

Have you ever had just 15 minutes you need to pass with your kids, and you desperately need a quick activity to fit into that time? Here’s a quick and easy, yet sparkly and festive, easy holiday craft you can do with even the rowdiest of boys. Holiday Hanging Ribbons: What you need: Sticky bows Curling ribbon Clear tape Scissors (and patience, of course) What to do: Let each child pick their color bow and whichever color ribbon they want….

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Pumpkin Bread Yumminess; Perfect to make with kids

Pumpkin Bread Yumminess; Perfect to make with kids

Let this Pumpkin Bread yumminess become a fall tradition for your family like it has for mine! If you’re like me, you love baking with your kids, but you cringe a little every time you deal with a fight over who will crack the egg (because it inevitably leads to shell in the batter) or dealing with savages begging to eat more of the batter laden with raw egg (note:  I begged my mom as a kid, too).  Here’s a pumpkin…

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