Tips For Safe Halloween Trick or Treating

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It’s Halloween week and that means it’s time to make a plan for Friday night! Here in the Northwest, the first thing we’ll be doing is checking the weather After that, it’s laying out the options and making a plan — where to go, what time, dinner before, dinner after, are costumes warm enough and… Read More

The Perfect Paint For Your DIY Project

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I’m a simplest when it comes to do it yourself projects – especially painting ones. I can follow instructions, but am not in the right time of my life to take on anything too laborious. And that’s why I’ve found Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to be the PERFECT answer to my furniture renovation dreams. Let… Read More

The Best Dollhouses

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Anything that spurs imagination seems to be a favorite toy around our home. That’s why dollhouses are one of our most loved and played with toys for both my 2 and 4 year old. For hours they’ll practice setting up each room, reenacting activities with the little families or animals and talking back and forth with the… Read More

Bright Beds, Happy Rooms

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When I was six, my parents bought my sister and I matching pink bunk beds for our bedroom. They perfectly matched our ballerina bear wall paper and we were in love. Our room was our little haven where we imagined and played and had sweet dreams. To this day, I adore that pink bed and… Read More

Leftover Candy? Join Operation Shoebox!

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With Halloween right around the corner, some of us mamas are a bit wary of how much candy is about to be consumed by our little ones. Am I the only one? Last year was our first year trick or treating – with a 1 and 3 year old – and I can’t believe all… Read More

Where Do I Find Fair Trade, Sustainable Clothing?

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Did you know October is Fair Trade Month? Fair trade is one of the trendy words that draws positive attention and a sense of honor. But what is it really? The short answer is … Fair Trade signifies a company or product that focuses on eight components in their business practices: Poverty Alleviation Workplace Safety Environmental… Read More

Mail Day Monday

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Growing up I journaled often, wrote fictional stories in my spare time, and sent mail regularly to my friends and pen pals. Handwriting and the written word has always been a huge part of my life. Nowadays it seems most of my words are typed – in emails, on social media, here. For a while,… Read More

Write a Letter To Your Favorite Disney Character

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At around 3 1/2 years old, my daughter became obsessed with the mail. Each day I hear, “Mama, is there an envelope for me?!? What about a package!?!” For her birthday she received a magazine subscription of her very own and at the start of the school year she gained a pen pal. The mail… Read More

Sticker That Pumpkin

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Some days I’m just not up for the mess of crafts with preschoolers. But, my aversion to messes hasn’t stopped our pumpkin creations this fall. That’s right, I confess, although I hid the paint, the glue disappeared and I cancelled all things pumpkin guts, we still got crafty with our pumpkin patch loot! This is what… Read More

Little Artists – Rubbing and Tracing Fall Leaves

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We’re having somewhat of an Indian summer here in the Northwest. Leaves are turning and falling as the sun shines and we’re sneaking outside for after dinner walks quite often. On our strolls we’ve been gathering “leaf bouquets” as my daughter calls them and many of these crinkly little friends have made their way home… Read More

Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix

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When it comes to pumpkin seeds you have two choices … 1) you can follow a grand tutorial like this and make your own or 2) you can be a touch lazy like me and grab a bag of pre-roasted pumpkin seeds at Trader Joe’s and call it good. Either way, once you’ve got pumpkin… Read More

The 411 on Birthday Invitations

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Ready for a little quiz about birthday planning today? I thought so! Does your heart skip a beat when it comes to planning your child’s birthday? Have you ever been up late at night hand making birthday invitations? Have you forgotten invitations all together and gone with a quick text or Facebook invite? Do you… Read More

Chicken Tortellini Soup

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The best thing about adding a new person to the family is the wealth of recipes they bring. Right? Okay, okay … maybe not the best thing, but definitely a perk! It’ a blessing to get a peek at another family’s favorites, new comfort food, exciting ingredients and always, lots of love. I got the thumb’s… Read More

International Babywearing Week 2014

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Guess what mamas and papas – this week kicks off International Babywearing Week! What is babywearing? I’m glad you asked … It’s the practice of carrying and connecting with a child throughout daily activities with them wrapped or strapped to a parent or caregiver. It brings them to eye level and gives them the opportunity to be… Read More

My 5 Minute Mom Make-Up Routine

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For a good chunk of time I gave up wearing make-up. It just wasn’t feasible for me every day with two littles ones beckoning me day and night (or so it seemed). Priorities ranked as follows – 1) keep the children safe 2) feed them 3) pray for decent naps. Nowhere on my radar was… Read More

30 British Baby Names

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When I was 12 I traveled to Great Britain on an ambassador trip with this group. I know it’s thinking many, many years in the future for most of us, but if your children have the opportunity to travel overseas — make it happen! Gaining a global perspective through travel has immensely impacted my life for… Read More

DIY Almost Free Birthday Card

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This will probably sound like a super simple, but when I was short a birthday card the other week and came up with this I thought I was near genius! Here’s how it went down … We received a Thomas the Train birthday invitation and I put it on the fridge to remind me of… Read More

Grab a Kimono … The Hip, New Mom Cardigan

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Does your mom style ever get in a style rut? The same old thing, day in and day out? You know what I mean, the washable cardigans and cool mama t-shirts. I love the normal, trust me … it’s my uniform too! But, every once in awhile, I like to mix things up for my… Read More

Q&A With a Cancer Mom – Meet Emily

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The other day I introduced you to Gretchen – a fellow mama who’s days look vastly different than mine and yours because her son is currently battling cancer. Well, since it’s September and therefore, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I didn’t want to stop at just one mama. Today I have Emily joining us for a… Read More

Q&A With A Cancer Mom – Meet Gretchen

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Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? Until my son had a short-lived, but scary tumor screening two years ago I had no idea! But it’s true … September is a special month dedicated to raising awareness, funds and support for kids battling the evil of cancer. A noble cause that we… Read More