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Non-Food Halloween Treats: 11 Last-Minute Ideas

Coloring Books – My kids love coloring books, and they’re excited to share them with the neighbors too. This year we got these, which aren’t Halloween themed. That way, if we have leftovers we can use them for other times of the year too. But these Halloween ones are cute too.

SoundBub by WavHello is an awesome portable bluetooth speaker for kids. My kids cannot get enough! The perfect gift for music-loving kids.

My kids love music, but up until recently, I didn’t have a great solution for letting them have it with them wherever they go. THIS is the perfect gift for music-loving kiddos. They’ve absolutely been in heaven since we got it!

How to get more sleep when you have a new baby. MUST read for new moms and dads. All parents can use these sleep tips and tricks.

When you’re a new parent, you’re exhausted. I know. I’ve been there three times. And over the years, I’ve learned some great tips for getting more sleep. I don’t mean getting the BABY more sleep. I mean YOU, the new mom or dad, getting as much sleep as you can during this unpredictable time. You need these tips!

As I soothed my four year old son in the middle of the night, I realized I've come full circle in these wee hours. So many emotions and memories, and I'm so glad to be able to soothe him, as his mother.

The big kids were tucked away in their beds, and my husband and I were watching a movie on Netflix while I nursed Henry. We heard whimpering from the kids’ room, so we paused the movie so my husband could check it out. It was Joey, but he was still asleep. It’s about the saddest

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We decided to take the kids on a surprise field trip! Check out our visit to the California Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Facility. We had so much fun feeding the horses carrots!

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When so much of our lives is scheduled, routine, or obligatory, it’s important to embrace the times when we can truly go with the flow. And outdoor play is one of those times.

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What I learned from my kids’ playing, and from their discussion of what was going on in their minds as they played. What’s the Zen of Play? Read all about it.

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As the family sang to him, and I brought his cupcake to the table (chocolate zucchini bread with ganache-cream-cheese icing and sprinkles), his face lit up. A second later, I had to hold both of his hands, because he wanted to grab the flame on the candle. Fire is pretty amazing stuff, especially when you’re one…

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They’ve been together their entire lives. And now, with Anneliese moving into elementary school, they’re growing apart… I’m so excited for both of them, and here’s why.

How to teach kids to help cook in the kitchen. Have special one-on-one time with each kid to do a special cooking project! Great idea for how to teach kids to cook.

Kids can cook real food – but we need to teach them how. Here’s how I’m teaching my kids to cook and giving my kids an arsenal of kitchen skills that will serve them for a lifetime.

Family travel gear - 8 essentials you won't want to get caught without. traveling with kids ideas

Do you have a family vacation or trip coming up? You won’t want to be without these 8 essentials for family travel. What’s on my gear list?

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