Considering a Consignment Sale Event? Six Tips to Help You Cash In Big

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Share this:So you’re overwhelmed by the amount of baby stuff still cluttering your basement – and your “baby” is now in preschool. Or you’ve tried the consignment store route and found the results disappointing. Or you’ve read my other two posts on offloading baby stuff – on the upsides of the store route and the… Continue reading Considering a Consignment Sale Event? Six Tips to Help You Cash In Big

Lessons Learned from Baby Consignment Stores

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Share this:You may have already read my other post about my first forays into the world of cashing in on old baby gear through brick-and-mortar consignment stores. For a while, this system worked reasonably well for me. I offloaded lots of baby clothes and outgrown toys, and made enough money that I was able to… Continue reading Lessons Learned from Baby Consignment Stores

Thinking About Consignment? Five Tips to Help You Decide

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Share this:Anyone who’s been a parent for any length of time has probably faced the eternal dilemma of modern parenting: how to keep from drowning under all that baby stuff, toddler gear, and related parenting paraphernalia you are no longer using. At some point, containing the clutter and organizing your abode simply isn’t enough; it’s… Continue reading Thinking About Consignment? Five Tips to Help You Decide

My Top 10 Family Camping Splurges, Part 2

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When Kimmie checked into sleep-away camp yesterday, her gear included lots of my family camping splurges. Which is why her luggage took up a fraction as much space as the other kids'.

Share this:I have to admit, I was pretty proud when I dropped Kimmie off at her first sleep-away camp adventure yesterday. She’s there for all of two nights, and her luggage reflected this fact. Thanks to the family camping splurges we invested in last summer, she was one of the best-outfitted kids there. And also… Continue reading My Top 10 Family Camping Splurges, Part 2

Loving the Environment for Kids: 5 Tips for Raising Eco-Friendly Offspring

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Share this:(NOTE: I first wrote “Loving the Environment for Kids: My Top Five Tips for Raising Eco-Friendly Offspring” as a guest post for The Everyday Ecologist in June 2016. Since it’s no longer available on that website, I’m republishing it here with a few updates while I’m traveling. Enjoy! – Flossie) What do your kids… Continue reading Loving the Environment for Kids: 5 Tips for Raising Eco-Friendly Offspring

How to Protect Your Kids From Tick Bites: What Works Best?

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Share this:Summer is just around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere. Are you ready to protect your kids from tick bites? In the United States at least, fears of Lyme Disease from tick bites have recently eclipsed warnings about mosquito-borne Zika. Local and national news outlets have been covering the Lyme threat for several months. They’re… Continue reading How to Protect Your Kids From Tick Bites: What Works Best?

Top 10 Cleaning Hacks with Melamine Sponges

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Share this:Have you fallen in love with melamine sponges yet? Those things also known as Magic Erasers truly do work magic, if you’ve never tried them. They’re also a great way to get your kids into the cleaning act. If this cleaning powerhouse is new to you, here are my Top 10 Cleaning Hacks with Melamine Sponges… Continue reading Top 10 Cleaning Hacks with Melamine Sponges

Ten Things to Purge From Your Garage NOW

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10 things to purge from your garage NOW

Share this:Spring is nearly here, as my children keep reminding me. Time for some spring cleaning. Or making good on those New Year’s resolutions to clear out the clutter. Either way, here are ten things to purge from your garage NOW. If you don’t have a “garage,” substitute “attic” or “basement” or “junk closet” – wherever you stuff… Continue reading Ten Things to Purge From Your Garage NOW

How To Make A Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)

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Share this:When does your family start thinking about Halloween? Me, I start hounding my kids for costume ideas over the summer. I love DIY costumes; having them take forever to make, not so much. Hence I was thrilled this past August when Essie announced she’d be a ghost for Halloween. How hard can it be to make… Continue reading How To Make A Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)

Parenting While Disabled: My Latest Attempt

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Parenting while disabled this summer means lots of time icing my leg.

Share this:Parenting While Disabled. There’s a loaded topic. I’m icing my left knee as I type this, having recently reentered the land where I can’t trust my body. Meaning that self-care is my top priority. This land doesn’t mesh well with caring for small children. In the United States, there’s growing awareness of the challenges of… Continue reading Parenting While Disabled: My Latest Attempt

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.

Share this: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… 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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Share this: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… 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.

Share this: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… Continue reading From Best Highchair Ever to Only Booster You’ll Need: My Top Picks

Toilet-Training Your Monster, Commando Style

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Share this:It’s 1:15 a.m. My husband and children are once again sound asleep upstairs, but I’m wide awake. That’s because a half-hour ago, my dear husband nudged me out of a deep sleep and informed me that Essie wanted me. Translation: Essie had to go potty, and it was my turn to deal with it.… Continue reading Toilet-Training Your Monster, Commando Style

The Functional Home: Stay Organized and Clean, Even with Baby and Kid Stuff

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Share this:First, a confession: Much as I might wish otherwise, much as I might aspire to live differently, my home does NOT look like a photo spread in Better Homes and Gardens. It’s a constant work-in-progress. And while I like to think I’m always moving forward, the reality is that it feels like an endless… Continue reading The Functional Home: Stay Organized and Clean, Even with Baby and Kid Stuff