Loving the Environment for Kids: Check Out My Guest Post!

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Hope you’ve been filling up your families’ summer tanks with memories that will last a lifetime. I also hope some of those memories involve the outdoors. With that in mind, do please check out this guest post I wrote on my friend and fellow blogger Liz Ellsworth’s site Everyday Ecologist. The guest post is titled… Continue reading Loving the Environment for Kids: Check Out My Guest Post!

How To Get Your Kid To Go To Sleep

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Stuck on how to get your kid to go to sleep like this? Read on.

Maybe you’re a first-time parent of a less-than-one-year-old. Maybe your kiddo is going through a sleep cycle shift. The switch to summer vacation and longer daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere can leave even veteran parents wondering how to get your kid to go to sleep. And as seasoned parents know, you will find yourself… Continue reading How To Get Your Kid To Go To Sleep

From Leakproof Sippy Cup to Top Travel Mug: My Fave Beverage Containers

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my fave beverage containers

Ever since becoming a parent, I’ve been on a quest for beverage containers that won’t leak. First it was a leakproof sippy cup. Then it was leakproof not-quite-sippy cups for the preschool set. Next it was leakproof water bottles for school, hikes, and family outings. Why is the quest for a leakproof sippy cup or… Continue reading From Leakproof Sippy Cup to Top Travel Mug: My Fave Beverage Containers

Thank You Notes for Teachers

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Kimmie coloring in Miss William's thank you note

Has your family done thank you notes for teachers yet? With the school year drawing to a close, now’s the perfect time to say thanks. Why bother? Believe me, nothing means more to teachers than handwritten thank-you notes, whether from students or their parents. It doesn’t have to be long, or fancy; so long as… Continue reading Thank You Notes for Teachers

Technique: Microwave-Steamed Vegetables

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Ready to try microwave-steaming vegetables? Broccoli, carrots, zucchini,or green beans are all great places to start.

Steaming vegetables in the microwave is about as easy as cooking gets. If you haven’t done this before – or if you wish your kids would eat more veggies – then microwave-steamed vegetables is a technique worth trying. What you need All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, a tablespoon or two of water, and… Continue reading Technique: Microwave-Steamed Vegetables

Teach Your Kid To Ride A Bike In One Day? Really?

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Yes, you can teach your kid to ride a bike in a day - this photo is proof - but success is not guaranteed.

So you want to teach your kid to ride a bike. Maybe you’ve even heard of the “one day” method, and been suspicious – as I was, when I first stumbled across references to it online. Perhaps you’re wondering, as I did: does it work? Can you really teach your kid to ride a bike… Continue reading Teach Your Kid To Ride A Bike In One Day? Really?

It’s Spring Cleaning Time: A Shout-Out From The Trenches

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baby consignment event

Hey there, peeps! How goes your spring? You may have noticed I’ve been kinda quiet of late. It’s not on purpose – but life has been filled with my own form of spring cleaning. My mother has held many jobs in her life, both as a working professional and a professional volunteer. Yet at her… Continue reading It’s Spring Cleaning Time: A Shout-Out From The Trenches

From Best Highchair Ever to Only Booster You’ll Need: My Top Picks

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From my budget pick (the Fisher-Price Booster Seat) to my splurge (the Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair), these highchair/booster seat combos are the only ones you'll ever need.

How do you know you need to find the best highchair ever? Maybe you’re a first-time parent. Maybe your second or third child is ready to try solids, but a slightly-older sibling is still hogging the highchair. Or maybe you’re realizing that your former mealtime solution no longer works. Whatever the case, you realize you… Continue reading From Best Highchair Ever to Only Booster You’ll Need: My Top Picks

Teach Your Kids Responsibility: Ten Super Hacks

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our living room - before

Do you always feel overburdened? As if you’ve got too much on your plate, because responsibility for the entire world somehow landed on your shoulders? Would you like to free up a few brain cells for something else? If so, then it’s high time you turn over some of that responsibility to your kiddos. Experts… Continue reading Teach Your Kids Responsibility: Ten Super Hacks

Four-Thumbs-Up Roasted Eggplant

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four-thumbs-up roasted eggplant

OK – I can hear some of you groaning from here: “Roasted eggplant? You’ve got to be kidding me – my kid won’t eat that!” So don’t call it “roasted eggplant.” Call it roasted dinosaur eggs, or roasted purple plant, or whatever it takes to get you and yours to give this dish a try.… Continue reading Four-Thumbs-Up Roasted Eggplant

Comfort Food to Warm Your Winter

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Essie digs into Chicken Tortilla Soup

It’s winter in the northern hemisphere, which is where most of you live, dear readers. Are you hibernating? Or are you out hunting for some comfort food? I recently stumbled across a collection of super-simple slow cooker recipes gathered for the New Year. As I scanned the pictures and titles, I could feel myself getting… Continue reading Comfort Food to Warm Your Winter

On (Not) Being Responsible for Everything

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shoe rack just inside the door

If you’re a mama who’s continued to hold down a high-powered position post-parenthood, without dropping balls on the job or at home too often, my hat is off to you. Parenthood has a way of thrusting a whole new level of being responsible onto unsuspecting grownups (holy cow, did they just let us walk out… Continue reading On (Not) Being Responsible for Everything

Recipe: Christmas Pizza

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Christmas pizza

Are your kids going nuts, now that Christmas is over and school vacation lasts another week? Are they not ready to let go of their favorite holiday? Either way, making Christmas pizza for lunch or dinner might help. If your kids are like mine, they could do Christmas 365 days a year. But when Kimmie… Continue reading Recipe: Christmas Pizza

Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December

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December simplified

Do you need a few good holiday hacks? I know I do. Barely a week in, my December is already bursting at the seams. My to-do lists keep getting longer, and some things (like this post) never get done until weeks later than I’d planned. What’s on your plate this month? Too many kids’ concerts,… Continue reading Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December

Need Comfort Food Fast? Try Kitchen-Sink Soup

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kitchen-sink soup

As in, “everything but the kitchen sink soup.” In other words, this is another super-flexible recipe that can help clear out your fridge and eat up your leftovers. I first started making soups like this when I was a student, short on funds and time and looking for comfort food. As a mom, I still… Continue reading Need Comfort Food Fast? Try Kitchen-Sink Soup

Do you need NO November?

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NO November

So it’s days from Halloween last week, and I’m dashing out to bulk up our candy supplies for trick-or-treating. Just one problem, though: I had a hard time finding the Halloween candy, thanks to all the Christmas displays already out in full force. Funny, I had the same problem when finishing back-to-school shopping – in… Continue reading Do you need NO November?

Winter Squash Made Easy

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Essie polishing off her SECOND helping of tonight's squash

Most of the time, when I think of “hacks,” I think of the make-your-life-easier tips and tricks to which this website is devoted. But when I see all the winter squashes and fresh pumpkins that are now front-and-center in the produce displays at supermarkets and farmer’s markets, the last thing I want to think about… Continue reading Winter Squash Made Easy

Sneak Some Math Into Your Preschooler

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getting out the laundry

Plenty of mamas with elementary education degrees have created super posts and printables that can help you teach your preschoolers math, all based on sound educational theory (for example, see here and here, and even here). As a mama with no formal training in this area, I’ve stumbled upon a different approach. Many preschoolers love… Continue reading Sneak Some Math Into Your Preschooler

Math for the Diaper Set: Six Ways to Get Started

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Kimmie and stacking cups

My husband teaches math for a living. To kiddos much older than ours. Because of this, I wasn’t surprised when my friends began asking me, years ago, what we were doing to teach the girls math. Truth is, when the girls were still infants and toddlers, I was the one with them most of the… Continue reading Math for the Diaper Set: Six Ways to Get Started

Ten Tips for Better Back-to-School Lunches

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Essie's lunch for tomorrow

Maybe this is your first fall making school lunches for your kiddo. Maybe you’re looking to revamp the routine. Maybe you’re realizing that the beloved PB&J’s of your childhood won’t work for your own child’s peanut allergy, or your school’s ban on peanuts. Whatever the cause, you find yourself in need of some back-to-school-lunch inspiration.… Continue reading Ten Tips for Better Back-to-School Lunches