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Half birthday cupcakes

Cooking To Protect My Family

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveAndProtect #CollectiveBias I choose to live my life differently from the way many people I know do. And I’m totally and completely ok with that. What I do makes me happy, and it’s best for my family. I’m protective of them because I absolutely adore my husband and kids. That phrase where you’d…

No Blood, No Foul

My parenting style is radically different from that of my mom. She is a worrier, always convinced that the worst is about to happen. I’m not necessarily an optimist, but I’m convinced that somehow, it’ll all work out in the end. Those beliefs come out in our parenting styles in a major way. My mom was a helicopter parent before the term was coined. She attended not just every game…

Road trip scavenger hunt

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt For Kids And Adults {Free Printable}

Heading out on a road trip can be a challenge sometimes, especially with kids. Long and boring, the only alternative feels like movies or games. A road trip scavenger hunt keeps everyone entertained, both kids and adults. Check out the free printable – one side is perfect for city road trips and the other is ideal for your road trips through the country.

Proud of the medal she earned in gymnastics

Pushing Her To Face Her Fears

Over the last several months, I have questioned myself more than once. Little Miss is on team for gymnastics. She was invited to be a part of a group of girls last year who wouldn’t compete but were expected to move up quickly this year when they started competing from level 3 to level 4 during the season. Last year, she was ok with it – especially since she didn’t…

What are you protective of?

Protecting My Kid

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #IAmProtective #CollectiveBias On Thursday last week, Mister Man came home from school. He dropped his backpack on the floor and immediately stomped upstairs. This is not usual behavior for him. As I started to follow him, Little Miss tugged at my arm. “Mommy, on the bus, he said that Jason (not his real…

The Game of LIFE is more than just a fun couple hours. There are plenty of life lessons - and hilarity - to enjoy, as well.

The Game Of LIFE Lessons

The wee ones and I enjoy playing board games. This week, they discovered the Game of LIFE that I had uncovered while unpacking more boxes. It was the version I’ve had since I was a kid, and they wanted to play it, so of course I carved out some time to enjoy a game (or two) with them. I hadn’t played it in years, which meant that although I remembered…

Grandparents offer the safe world where the word "no" is never uttered, encouraging our children to take risks that as parents we sometimes can't or don't offer

Because Grandparents Never Say No

I like to think that I’m a pretty good mom. I love the wee ones, and they love me right back – Mister Man and Little Miss will still even hug me in public, so I must be doing something right. We do fun stuff together. I help them when they need it, and I push them when they need it. But I’m still mom, which means that the buck…

My extraordinary kid is extraordinary every day #YourExtraordinaryKid #CGC

I Have An Extraordinary Kid – Every Day

I have a pretty awesome kid. Mister Man rocks my world, and he has since Day One. That isn’t to say that I don’t want to strangle him sometimes because he’s a kid. And he’s mine. And he’s bound to drive me batty simply by being who he is, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love and celebrate him whenever I can. He’s pretty cool, and he shows it all…

15 tips to make homework less painful - for you and for your child. These top 15 ways are easy to implement and make a real difference in reducing frustration and improving focus

Top 15 Ways To Make Homework Less Painful

School is out – or nearly so – just about everywhere around the country. Parents – and kids – are heaving huge sighs of relief because the nightly battle over homework is over for another year. If your home is anything like mine, homework often takes far longer than it “should” before it’s completed. We’ve spent a lot of time figuring out the best ways to make it less painful…

A life lesson that you don't have to be good at everything - turning around a child's frustration so everyone can have fun again

You Don’t Have To Be Great At Everything

Yesterday, we went bowling with some friends. Bowling is always an adventure, partly because I’m terrible even though a dear friend of mine has given me plenty of lessons (hi, Don!). For whatever reason, even though I know what I’m supposed to do, some part of my body doesn’t always listen and my score rarely approaches – let alone breaks – 100. For the kids, it’s more fun because we…