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Let's celebrate the beginning of summer vacation!  With temperatures rising and us all being outside a lot more, it’s important to review summer safety precautions for our children.  Here are our top summer safety tips for kids as we...
It seems like every spring and summer we have quite the run with severe weather. With Midwest weather varying from hail to heatstroke to tornadoes to typhoons (ok, just kidding, but the alliteration sounded good) it's important to know...
Summer is here! Well, not officially, but I'm wearing shorts, so close enough. I have always been the kind of mom to spontaneously say YES to playing in the creek, only  to realize I'm taking home a pile of...
March....that escalated quickly didn't it? Normally, I would be putting together a fun list of local activities for you and the family to enjoy for the month of April.  However, it now appears that April has been canceled....ugh. Quarantine...
Over half of our country’s states are in a state of emergency, and COVID-19 is just revving up in the Midwest. Dealing with Coronavirus as a working mom gets complicated. Schools are closing left and right, and we assume...
I never realized until speaking with another mom, just how big of a deal having too many toys can be. At this point, Joshua had toys in every room of the house; the living room looked like Toys R...
Breastfeeding and fashion? Do the two mix? Can you still be fashionable while taking off your clothes to feed your little one? It is not easy, but it is possible! Here are a few outfits high on breastfeeding fashion...
We recently traveled by plane to Arizona with four kids ages 10 to 3. This is not my first rodeo and I've learned that packing the right go-to items to make all the difference. Each kid gets their own backpack. We...
I often get asked: what are your hobbies? As a mom, I don't love this question. I have four kids ages 3 to 10. My hobbies are making dinner, cleaning up toothpaste smears, and doing laundry.  However, there is...
Schools are closed. Hooray. As great as it is to get outside and play, there are still many more hours of the day to fill.  Indoor fun is part of a creative mom's repertoire.Even if you don't consider yourself...
We have 4 boys and we love it. Keeping track of #allthethings is crazy and frustrating and just part of the fun, but we’ve found our own way to manage things over the years. These four ideas might be...
I am a big fan of the thank you note. I was brought up in family that expected them, and from the time our kids were little, we strongly “encouraged” thank you notes after every holiday and birthday gift....

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