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10 Tips to Planning Your Own Summer Camp

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Nothing says summer better than camping, right? Every year, we invite our cousins to come for a few days and hold "Camp Pattee" in the backyard. We have a fabulous time crafting, cooking, and playing—a tradition that we look forward to all year long. One comment I frequently…

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Mary Poppins and Motherhood: Five Tips for Creating Magical Moments With Your Kids

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When I think about the perfect role model mother figure from the movies, I immediately think of Mary Poppins. She swoops in and gets the kids to clean, feed the birds, and love to laugh without any apparent effort. She lets difficult situations, like chimney smoke, take her to new…

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Creativity: Summertime Craft Camp and Kid-Friendly Crafts

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Creativity—Keeping the kids busy and away from the TV or game system can be challenging. Every summer I vow to keep my child busy with creative activities that will surely make him a creative genius. I map out different level art projects ranging from really simple ones using items…

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Autism Awareness to #LightitUpBlue – A Mom’s Perspective

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This year, Autism Awareness is more important than ever as we are processing my son's austism diagnosis and what it means for helping him plan for the future. Since April is World Autism Month, I’ve decided to #LightItUpBlue with Autism Speaks to increase
understanding and awareness of autism. The issue …

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Healthy Recipe: Wheat Berry Salad With Lemon Herb Vinaigrette

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As we get nearer to the warmer months of summertime, my mind often turns to meals that are easy to make or even have on hand that are filling, satisfying, and versatile while still being healthy for you. Since it is often much more economical to pack lunch for my…

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Seat Belt Safety as Important for Tweens as Infants

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The saying “there has never been a more important time than now” really rings true for car seat and tween seat belt safety in the car. I have 5 kids of my own – so not only is this an important topic to ME but I also understand how difficult…

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