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




Responsible Kids On the Road: My Top Tips for Travel

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Share this:Do you have responsible kids on the road? Maybe you’re thinking, Hah, I can’t even get my kids to be responsible for their own stuff at home, let alone when we’re traveling. (I hear ya; it’s an ongoing struggle.) But take heart. Being away from home is a great time to mold responsible kids.… Continue reading Responsible Kids On the Road: My Top Tips for Travel




Sanity-Saving Hacks for Roadtripping Solo With Small Children

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Share this:My house is a mess of unpacking, my writing is behind schedule – can you guess that my family and I have just spent the past few weeks on various road trips? For many families, summer means travel. But the reality is that in two-parent households, parents can’t always coordinate limited vacation time with… Continue reading Sanity-Saving Hacks for Roadtripping Solo With Small Children




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




What To Pack When Traveling With Kids: My Five Must-Haves For A Better Trip

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Share this:In an earlier post, I offered four tips on how to pack for traveling with kids, so you can learn from my mistakes and avoid some of the trial-and-error I’ve gone through in trying to streamline family travel. This post will focus on some of the hacks on what to pack that I’ve figured… Continue reading What To Pack When Traveling With Kids: My Five Must-Haves For A Better Trip




Pack Like A Pro: Four Tips to Make Packing Easier When Traveling With Kids

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Share this:If your family is far-flung (as ours is), the upcoming holiday season means at least one trip away from home with your kiddo(s) in tow. If you’ve never done an extended trip by car or plane with your offspring, the thought of packing may be daunting. It sure was for me in my first… Continue reading Pack Like A Pro: Four Tips to Make Packing Easier When Traveling With Kids




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




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




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