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A Winter Reading List: 6 Books to Beat the Winter Blahs (and a giveaway!)

I'm not quite sure what a doldrum is, exactly, but I think they've invaded my home. Now that the holidays are over, I'm just ready for spring. I think I'm out of luck, though, because this marathon is just beginning. I have a few secret weapons, though – a pile of books that I'm relying on to help me think spring for the next three long months. Gardening books blooming with plans for your spring seeds, creative idea books spilling over with crafts and activities to keep the kids busy, books ... [read more]

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Easy Button Board Toddler and Preschooler Activity

This post contains affiliate links. Hey, you know what's really fun to play with? (Hint: it's not the big toys that my kids found under the tree last month.) What's really fun is making a robot out of an old box. Or yelling into a paper towel roll. Or banging on a pot with a spoon. I think sometimes we complicate activities for kids, when the simplest often rise to the top of the most-played list. And a jar full of buttons is extra fun, apparently, because that's what my kids have been ... [read more]

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Buy Some Time with an Easy Oil Change #DropShopandOil {Giveaway}

This easy oil change shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias Confession time: I've been neglecting my baby. My first one. In the years since she joined our family, I've gone from doting, meticulous mommy to a terrible procrastinator, leaving her disheveled and lonely, while I only had eyes for the new little ones who have since stolen my heart. And by baby, I mean my beloved Honda Civic. She's ... [read more]

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Skillet Baked Apples Stuffed with SNICKERS #BigGameTreats

This game day dessert recipe shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#BigGameTreats #CollectiveBias Woohoo! It's football season! \m/ > < \m/  <-- do you know what this is? That's what I'm doing right now. Why? Because I LOVE game day. Ok, maybe it's not exactly about the thing where those guys go running after that ball. Truth be told, there are two reasons why I am always down for a big game party: 1. the commercials ... [read more]

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Need Crafts and Activities? Visit #DisneyImagicademy, a new app for parents!

At what age do kids start entertaining themselves? I'm sure it's different for each kid, but I can say for sure that mine aren't there yet. Some days, my well of ideas simply runs dry, and I need a little help coming up with fun, educational to-dos. Disney Imagicademy: Parents is a brand new free app that's packed with Disney-inspired crafts, ideas, activities and tips that help answer the question, "What can I do today to help my child grow?" Honestly, the last thing my kids need is ... [read more]

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Before Coffee and After Coffee. Because Coffee. (with Homemade Coffee Creamer Recipe) #McCafeMyWay

This shop about McCafe coffee pods has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc.and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #McCafeMyWay #CollectiveBias Coffee. COFFEE. Coffeecoffeeecoffeeeee.  We moms talk a lot about coffee, don't we? There's good reason for that. When parenthood turns your entire world upside down, a good cup of coffee is one of the things that can help right it again. Everything runs a little more smoothly with a good cup of joe in hand. Bad night's sleep? ... [read more]

Recipes

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Skillet Baked Apples Stuffed with SNICKERS #BigGameTreats

This game day dessert recipe shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#BigGameTreats #CollectiveBias Woohoo! It's football season! \m/ > < \m/  <-- do you know what this is? ... [read more]

Bear-claw-homemade-creamer

Before Coffee and After Coffee. Because Coffee. (with Homemade Coffee Creamer Recipe) #McCafeMyWay

This shop about McCafe coffee pods has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc.and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #McCafeMyWay #CollectiveBias Coffee. COFFEE. Coffeecoffeeecoffeeeee.  We moms talk a lot about coffee, don't ... [read more]

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Moving On Up: Muslin and Baby Milestones!

Thanks to aden + anais for softening the blow of our latest milestone with muslin swaddle blankets for our review.  I started last week knowing that I should be writing a post to rave about our new aden + anais cotton muslin swaddle blankets. But then life took over and our week went bananas, as… [read more]

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Kids Sports Are Coming (Somebody Hold Me) #AflacSweeps #ad

Until now, my kids have been too young for organized sports. But the time is coming. My son has been talking about karate, soccer, baseball. Plus, he’s a serious climber with no fear. For a mom like me, who gets a knot in her stomach at the thought of her kids jumping in leaf piles… [read more]

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Easy Button Board Toddler and Preschooler Activity

This post contains affiliate links. Hey, you know what’s really fun to play with? (Hint: it’s not the big toys that my kids found under the tree last month.) What’s really fun is making a robot out of an old box. Or yelling into a paper towel roll. Or banging on a pot with a spoon. I think… [read more]

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Kitchen Hack: How to Keep Your Tablet Safe and Clean in the Kitchen #IntelTablets

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel. This could include the Intel Corporation providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. The countdown to Christmas is getting super short, and my holiday baking has only just begun! I have so much catching up to do, but it’s been… [read more]

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