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Out with the Old Before In with the New

I rarely meet a family without a lot of kid’s “stuff”. Most families I know (ours included) have LOTS of toys. No judgement on this—simply an observation. As a first time mom, we bought and were gifted many items. You think you need a lot of “stuff” for your kids and it easily takes over. Add in birthdays, holidays, grandparents bringing stuff at every visit (I know we’re fortunate, but seriously, every time?!) and you end up with toy overload. We planned to have a second child so as our first…

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Thrifting Before Christmas: How I Rein in the Clutter

My girls have a lot of crap. And I mean a lot of crap. As much as I try to stay on top of the toys, crafting materials, stuffed animals and dress up clothes, I continuously fail to restrain the clutter. But there is one time each year that I devote an entire day to cleaning out the playroom—and all the other rooms in the house that accumulated toys throughout the year: The day of their birthday party. With two girls so close in age and with birthdays only three…

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That Time I Stripped (and Saved the Day)

“So what was your favorite part of vacation?” I asked my six-year-old near the end of our July road trip. My son started giggling. “The time when you randomly took off your dress in front of all of us and even in front of nana and papa and the tour guide lady. That was weird.” (I bet he’ll say the roller-coaster simulator or the fireworks or the ropes course or the pools or seeing his brother lay on a bed of nails or seeing his new baby cousin or the…

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Yard Sale Survival 101: I did it and you can too!

I grew up in a home with people who SAVE things. Like, I am talking ALL. THE. THINGS. In fact, so many things that they are now making their way back to my home; I am now the owner (again) of a New Kids on the Block 1989 Hangin Tough Tour t-shirt, a bin of assorted naked Barbies and rad clothes, a box of cassette tapes (oh HEY BANGLES!), pots and pans, yearbooks, candles, frames… I could go on and on. To be fair, we’re not talking TLC level Hoarders,…

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How to Involve Kids in Housework

It seems hard to believe, but you don’t have to set aside special time to accomplish tasks like painting or gardening on your own. You can involve kids in housework, and not only will they learn important life skills, you’ll have some great bonding experiences, too! My husband is really good at this one thing. I mean, super good. He’s a fantastic dad in a way I would have never imagined before we had children. I often joke that he has more maternal instinct than I do, except I’m not…

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