Teaching Kids Gratitude (with Free Gratitude Printables)

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gratitude printables for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary children

In our house, we practice gratitude all year long, not just at Thanksgiving. Encouraging strong bonds between our family members is one of my top priorities as a mom. How do you encourage siblings to love and support each other? In other words, how do you teach them to be kind, and to be friends? […]

Tips for a Less Stressful Holiday Season

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The holidays stress me out Honestly. Surely I’m not the only one. Instead of being kind and generous, I end up frazzled and stressed. I snap at my family and end up in tears, feeling like a Grinch. Ready to make this holiday season your best? Here are my best tips for minimizing stress and […]

Gift Ideas for Preschool Boys

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Preschool boys are so much fun, even when they’re being loud and boisterous. I’ve gathered my gift ideas for preschool boys – perfect for Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays and more! (These toys,games and books are best suited for boys ages 3-5, but your mileage may vary. My twins are six, and would welcome any of the […]

Practical Gifts for a Homeschooling Mom

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As I get older, I prefer Christmas gifts that are more practical than frivolous. Take a look at my favorite ideas for practical gifts for a homeschooling mom! Kitchen Tools I’ve mentioned that I don’t cook a lot, but we still need kitchen tools. Brett and I recently decided that our family is getting big […]

Great Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers

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great gift ideas for babies and toddlers -- over 40 ideas to get you started!

Buying gifts for babies and toddlers is so much fun! Their wide eyed wonder is infectious …. they get so excited about gifts, it’s hard not to get caught up in their delight! I’m sharing some of my very favorite gift ideas for babies and toddlers. These are great for birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah and baby […]

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Outdoor Dinosaur Sensory Bin {with Free Printables}

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  As the mother of many, I know how important it is to get connected with my kids, especially one on one. Since Baby Daniel was born in March, sweet and sassy Maeve had to grow up in a hurry. Just last summer, she was barely walking. Now, she’s running, dancing, and keeping me on my […]

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Tips for Planning the Perfect Family Movie Night at Home

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For a family of eight, a trip to the movie night can be cost prohibitive. Instead of spending $50 or more for tickets, we plan family movie nights at home, using our Apple TV and Netflix subscription. How do you create a perfect family movie night? Check out our favorite tricks and tips. 1. Plan […]

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Family Friendly Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

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loaded mashed potato casserole

This is a guest post from my friend Janine at True Aim Education. What’s better than mashed potatoes?     Make ahead mashed potatoes loaded with all your favorite toppings is MUCH better! It’s like heaven in a pan. Perfect for BBQs, potlucks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner – here’s my recipe for loaded mashed potato […]