Sep 21 2013
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On the day we moved to Hanford, California, my husband and I stopped by the city office to do something… I guess probably something utilities-related.

We didn’t have any kids yet, and although I was pregnant with Anneliese, I didn’t know I was at that point. An old man stopped us in the Civic Center Park and started chatting with us. When he found out we were new to the area, he told us in no uncertain terms that we needed to pay a visit to Superior Dairy, the local ice cream shop.


Sep 14 2013
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The kids and I have gone to several of these awesome mom-and-me style yoga classes at the Hanford Yoga Center. I want to spread the word so that YOU won’t miss out. Hopefully someone searching for kids’ activities in Hanford or Lemoore will find this, and give it a try!


Jul 10 2013
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The couch seats become exciting loft beds. Books become more special when shared in “privacy” with a sibling or enjoyed alone. Everyday snacks are transformed into feasts prepared by the toddlers in their own house, castle, hideaway, ship, cabin, fort.


Jul 09 2013
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Have I mentioned it’s super hot here? I don’t think I’m alone… on twitter and facebook I’ve even heard of temps in the 120s this month! It was 112 one day last week, and will be close to 110 all week. It’s hot, y’all. So one night, I plopped down with Arrested Development, some shower curtains, pool noodles, and duct tape and made this awesome water pad to play on when the kids woke up.


Jul 03 2013
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Lately, my daughter has been more into Real Kitchen Stuff. Wanting to help wash, peel, and cut fruits and veggies. Stirring and pouring. Wearing her little apron. Sweeping and cleaning spills. And standing inside the refrigerator, door open, scanning for snacks. So I figured it was time for a fully-functional toddler kitchen.


Jun 28 2013
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Have you ever locked the bathroom door with your kids on the other side, just so you could have a moment to pee in peace? It doesn’t really work, does it? Babies tend to cry and sometimes knock sadly on the door … While toddlers have their own versions of persuasive objection. Anneliese said all


Jun 17 2013
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When I asked her, “What kind of berries are you picking?” She would reply, “Ripe ones!”


Jun 06 2013
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The other day, I had my sitter come so that I could attend a Fleet and Family Support class on home buying. Depending on my husband's next orders, we may or may not be looking for a home to buy. Anneliese did not want me to leave, so to help her understand the situation, I


Jun 04 2013
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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Allstate for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Sometimes things don’t go the way we hoped they would. But with a bit of optimism, it’s simple to celebrate moments and find the good. Allstate Good Life is taking this optimistic approach in their latest


May 25 2013
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My other post about how to make a hammock out of your woven wraps has been pinned a billion times on Pinterest, stolen and republished without permission (creepy… that’s my kid, you guys. don’t DO that. And not okay to steal anyway) and shared WITH permission by buzzfeed and apartment therapy. THANK YOU to everyone


Nov 03 2012
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One simple but super-fun fall craft you can do with your kids is pumpkin painting! This isn't something that takes a lot of prep or clean-up, but it's super-fun and will give you dcorations to use all month. Unlike carved pumpkins which will rot pretty quickly, painted pumpkins “keep” for a long time. You can


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Part of why the “twos” can be so “terrible” is because these quick-growing toddlers are starting to realize they're their own person, and they want autonomy. It's almost as if they're saying… Don't TELL me to wear that blue dress. I want to wear a green shirt with a yellow tutu! And I want two



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