Reinventing Leftovers For Dinner: My Family’s Favorite Hash

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Share this: Prep time: 10 min / Cooking time: 20 min / Total time: 30 min / Serves 4-6 Ever since I was a student working my way through school, I’ve challenged myself on a regular basis to invent dinner out of whatever we have on hand in the house. Not only does it save… Continue reading Reinventing Leftovers For Dinner: My Family’s Favorite Hash




Why Frozen Grapes are THE Best Summer Snack

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Share this:My kids’ fave munchies for hot summer days? Hands-down, frozen grapes. I first came across this idea a couple of years before I actually tried it, and I only wish I’d tried it sooner. My hesitation is simple to explain: I assumed the grapes would freeze into little rocks that I’d then have to… Continue reading Why Frozen Grapes are THE Best Summer Snack




On Fickle Four-Year-Old Friendships: Surviving the Drama

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Share this:Ah, the fickle friendships of childhood. Until recently, we never imagined that such dramas could begin as early as the preschool set. Welcome to the twenty-first century. We signed Kimmie up for two weeks of camp this summer. The camp is run by her preschool, so she already knows many of the other campers,… Continue reading On Fickle Four-Year-Old Friendships: Surviving the Drama




When Your Preschooler Won’t Cooperate: Big Kid + Big Privileges = Big Responsibilities

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Share this:Awhile back, before I published my post about letting Kimmie watch movies, I sent a draft of it to my friend Liz, who blogs over at Everyday Ecologist. In a subsequent phone conference, as we chatted about the slippery slope of kids and screen time, Liz said something to the effect of, “I can’t… Continue reading When Your Preschooler Won’t Cooperate: Big Kid + Big Privileges = Big Responsibilities




Why All Parents Need a Smartphone

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Share this:This post is NOT for those of you who are the first to jump on every new technological bandwagon. But if you’re more likely to be the last one on your block to get an account on the latest new social media platform, or buy the most cutting-edge tablet, or adopt the twenty-first-century version… Continue reading Why All Parents Need a Smartphone




Taking a Car Trip With Your Kids: Basic Tips To Help You Plan Smart

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Share this:Next weekend we’re off to visit my in-laws. But instead of over the river and through the woods, our 21st-century car trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house involves nearly 300 miles in my beloved Subaru Outback. At least most of it is on interstate highways, but you can do the math: We’re talking at… Continue reading Taking a Car Trip With Your Kids: Basic Tips To Help You Plan Smart




The Organized Home with Kids: Why Baskets Rock

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Share this:As I mentioned in a recent post, I adore baskets. Baskets were a part of my life before I became a mom, but in retrospect, I think my pre-parenthood self was only scratching the surface of their full potential. While I love an organized home, getting mine to that state is a constant, ongoing… Continue reading The Organized Home with Kids: Why Baskets Rock




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




Favorite Mom Hacks: The Eating-Out Bag

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My eating-out bag is only about 8 inches tall, 6 inches wide, and 3 inches deep, but that's big enough to hold sippy cups, a Tiny Diner placemat, a can of wipes, and several bibs.

Share this:My kiddos and I seem to have at least one meal per week away from home. Usually it’s the weekly Wednesday night church dinner, before the kids’ choir rehearsal. Sometimes it’s lunch at Daddy’s office, or a picnic after preschool lets out. Prepping for these outings used to eat up half the morning, until… Continue reading Favorite Mom Hacks: The Eating-Out Bag




I Want – make that FOUND – a New Drug: Screen Hypnosis

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Share this:One of the financial realities of our shift from a DINK (double-income, no kids) household to one income post-parenthood is that life is full of new financial choices. For example, we could choose to spend over $1000 per year on cable or satellite TV. Instead, we choose to invest our limited time and money… Continue reading I Want – make that FOUND – a New Drug: Screen Hypnosis




The “Mommy Potty,” and Other Thoughts on Toilet-Training On-The-Go

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Share this:Chances are, if you’ve got a kiddo who’s toilet-training, you’ve found yourself far away from a potty seat or child-sized toilet at least once on this adventure. (Unless you never set foot outside of the house, of course.) My husband devised a simple but elegant solution to this dilemma when Kimmie was on the… Continue reading The “Mommy Potty,” and Other Thoughts on Toilet-Training On-The-Go




On New Year’s Goals

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Share this:I don’t make New Year’s resolutions; instead, I set goals. IMHO, resolutions are made to be broken. “I resolve to go to the gym more.” “I resolve to lose weight.” “I resolve to go on a diet.” I mean, come on – who even talks like that? And besides, what happens when the inevitable… Continue reading On New Year’s Goals