25 Days of Holiday Reading

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Our family is rolling through some big transitions this Christmas season and rather than feel grumpy/annoyed/depressed about how I imagined things would be and how they’re not, I’m taking these changes as the opportunity to start some new traditions! My little ones are two and four so Christmas is magical in every sense of the word. My… Read More

DIY Thanksgiving Name Plates

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It’s been super chilly in the Pacific Northwest this week. My daughter keeps asking if it’s winter yet, but then quickly corrects herself by saying, “Nope! I see leaves falling from the trees – it’s fall still!” We bundled up for a brisk walk and decided to gather leaves since it was dry. I explained… Read More

Blueberry Streusel Twist

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It’s late at night as I type this and, friends, I’m drooling just thinking of these divine little treat. Blueberry Streusel Twists are a must have this fall. Well, if I’m being perfectly honest they’re a must for winter, spring and summer too. A sweet brunch item or a dessert everyone will rave about, whenever… Read More

DIY Advent Calendars

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You can buy your advent calendar or spend an evening crafting your heart out on a homemade version. Whatever you do, a Christmas countdown is a must! When it comes to DIY – first, assess what you already have on hand. No need to spend buckets of money. I promise, your children will be excited… Read More

Get Ready For December 1st With These Advent Calendars

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I hate to be the one to tell you … but Christmas is coming soon! That means there are certain things that must be done in November, prior to the official start of Christmas season. One such thing is advent calendars!  Sorry Thanksgiving, you’ll get your day, but in the background us mamas have a… Read More

Add Cozy Christmas Pajamas To Your Shopping List

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In our family it is a tradition to gift Christmas pajamas on St. Nicholas Day each year. That way, the kiddos have all of December to sport their Christmas sleepwear! There are tons of darling options hitting the stores shelves already and I thought it only seemed appropriate to help all you mamas (and grandmas too I’m… Read More

Everything Autumn Soup

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Soup is for me what mac ‘n cheese is for my kids – ultimate comfort. If my husband would allow I’d fix soup every evening during the fall and winter months. It just feels like the perfectly cozy meal I need to cap off the cool days. If you’re a soup lover like me, you’re… Read More

Boost Your Immune System

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This is not a scientific post. I’m not a doctor or an expert, just a mom. So, if you’re another mom or mom figure, and we talk how we do about all the little bits of life, this is what I’d toss into the conversation when it comes to boosting our immune systems. I like to say… Read More

Where To Order Holiday Cards

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The calendar has turned – HELLO NOVEMBER! – and the stores are filling up with holiday supplies. Wrapping paper, Christmas trees, toy sales, poinsettias and more, seem to be everywhere! All this has sparked my holiday to do list and on the very top is holiday cards! Truly, of all the holiday activities, this is… Read More

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