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… Continue reading My Top 10 Family Camping Splurges, Part 2




Family Camping Splurges: My Top Ten Picks, Part 1

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If you and your family like to camp, these family camping splurges will make your adventures oh-so-much-nicer.

Share this:As longtime readers know, I’m not a fan of having stuff one doesn’t need. But if you camp often enough, these family camping splurges are worth considering. And many of them have uses beyond family camping trips. I added these things to our family camping checklist after three back-to-back camping trips last summer. While… Continue reading Family Camping Splurges: My Top Ten Picks, Part 1




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?




Laundry Hacks I Love: 15 Laundry-Room Must-Haves

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Share this:Or laundry-routine must-haves, if your laundry “room” is the nearest laundromat. These laundry hacks have saved my clothes more than once over the years. They’ve also helped keep the girls’ fave outfits in the rotation, especially after major mealtime mishaps. Far as I’m concerned, keeping things organized around a home with small children starts in… Continue reading Laundry Hacks I Love: 15 Laundry-Room Must-Haves




Smart Games For Your Holiday Gift List

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Share this:Looking for some super gift ideas for your little ones this holiday season? Try some Smart Games. What are Smart Games? Smart Games is a company founded in Belgium that makes a super selection of games to grow your kid’s brain. The games are designed to help kids develop problem-solving skills and other basic brain functions… Continue reading Smart Games For Your Holiday Gift List




Best Travel Carseat Ever (Hint: it’s not a carseat!)

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Share this:The holidays are coming. Are you ready for holiday travel? In other words, do you have the best travel carseat ever? I love to start New Year purging before the holidays even hit. Winter is a great time for moving out the old to make way for the new, whether it’s holiday gifts or a… Continue reading Best Travel Carseat Ever (Hint: it’s not a carseat!)




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

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Share this: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… Continue reading From Leakproof Sippy Cup to Top Travel Mug: My Fave Beverage Containers




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




Babywearing Made Easier, From Dads to Hikes to Big(ger) Babies: My Votes for Favorite Baby Carrier

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Share this:For many of us, summer is a time to travel, to take in some hiking, to do things together as a family. But for some of you, this may be your first summer doing these things with Baby, or with more than one child. Which raises the question, how are you going to schlep… Continue reading Babywearing Made Easier, From Dads to Hikes to Big(ger) Babies: My Votes for Favorite Baby Carrier




My New Favorite Kitchen Tool: Our Immersion Blender

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Share this:Do you like smoothies, shakes, etc. but don’t have the storage space for a full-sized blender? (Or, alternately, do you detest taking apart all the pieces afterward to wash them by hand?) Do you wish you could make your own baby food from scratch, but don’t have the time? (Or, do you already do… Continue reading My New Favorite Kitchen Tool: Our Immersion Blender




Tunes for Traveling With Kids: Our Top 15 Road Trip Soundtracks

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Share this:Are you sick of listening to your kids belt out the theme song from Frozen yet? Do you wish that the singing purple dinosaur had never been invented? Do you prefer some good music for a long car ride over hearing your kids’ dueling electronic toys in the backseat? Do you have a long… Continue reading Tunes for Traveling With Kids: Our Top 15 Road Trip Soundtracks




Next Time You Travel, Try Diaper Covers

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Share this:If you’re spending part of the holiday season in transit, and your entourage will include at least one child who’s not yet fully toilet-trained, you have a lot of potential messes ahead of you, at a time when it’s least convenient. Whether you use disposable diapers, cloth, or something in between, this post is… Continue reading Next Time You Travel, Try Diaper Covers




Save Money on Holiday Shopping Online

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Share this: My apologies to any readers outside the United States, since this hack is apparently only open to U.S. residents. But for those of you who fit that bill, have you discovered Ebates yet? It’s my favorite new way to save when shopping online. I tend to shop for holiday gifts year-round; this minimizes… Continue reading Save Money on Holiday Shopping Online




My Two Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets

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Share this:There are two items in my kitchen that make my life oh-so-much easier. These kitchen gadgets take a lot of extra time and work out of food prep. In the process, they make it easier for me to cook healthy meals from scratch, AND help me save money by cutting my own produce (instead… Continue reading My Two Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets