Christmas Countdown Ornaments as a DIY Advent Calendar


I distinctly remember my mom buying my sister and me those advent calendars with the boxes you punch out, revealing a candy piece each day.  I LOVED those calendars.  I was always so excited for Christmas and could not wait to punch out one of those boxes every morning.

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DIY Striped Trick or Treat Bags

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It’s almost time for Halloween!  Which means it’s time for candy!  Which means your kids need something to carry all that loot!  Forget about those plastic pumpkin pails.  Make your own Trick or Treat bag with your child and get them involved in the pre-Halloween preparations.

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Is The Rating System Keeping Its Promise?

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Is the rating system keeping its promise to parents? The answer is both Yes and No. It all depends on who you ask.
People who were born prior to 1990 would say no. They are the ones who grew up in an era where ‘The Brady Bunch,’ ‘Growing Pains,’ ‘Family…

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DIY No-Sew Tutu and Easy HandMade Princess Accessories

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I love a good DIY.  But it can’t be too complicated or above my skill level.  I didn’t want anything I had to sew.  And I didn’t want to spend more than $20 to complete the project (or more than an hour of my time).  As we head into the…

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Tips When Packing Kids Carry-on Luggage

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Traveling with kids can be stressful. Just ask me. The first time I traveled alone with all four of my kids they were 6 and under. I had a nursing baby, 2 toddlers, and a barely 6 year-old that was afraid to fly. We were traveling cross country… with two

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Stop Sibling Rivalry in its Tracks

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We’ve all been there. Your home is peaceful and happy one minute, then the next it’s an all-out war zone.
Sibling rivalry is an age-old problem that’s never completely going to go away. If you’ve looked into the subject much, you’ve probably come across the advice to avoid taking sides.…

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Summer Fun Toys

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I was invited to attend Time To Play Mag (TTPM)… Spring Showcase in New York on May 1st to check out all of the hot, new, and exciting toys that are coming out for spring and summer 2014. Since I have 4 kids, 2 girls and 2 boys, a lot

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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament


Christmas is not too far away and we’re getting into the spirit of the season by making ornaments for our tree. Today we’re going to teach you how to make a Popsicle stick sled ornament.

To make this ornament you’ll need:

  • 12-14 wooden craft sticks (Popsicle sticks)
  • 2

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10 Tips: How to Raise a Child on a Budget

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Money should be the least of your worries when bringing home a new baby. Unfortunately, for most adding a baby into the household budget is one of the biggest stresses of becoming a new parent. But do not fret; raising a child without breaking the bank is entirely possible.


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Strengthening Families – Encouraging Gratitude

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We all know that “please” and “thank you” are an important part of good manners. But encouraging gratitude …in our children is about much more than manners. Research shows the people who are grateful are more optimistic, have more energy, and are overall happier. They also are more active and

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