How to Remove Crayon from the inside of a Dryer

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The last thing I needed on the day before Christmas school break and while I’m trying to finish holiday shopping online AND pack for our trip to see family is to find blue crayon in my dryer ALL OVER MY KIDS’ CLOTHES. Lucky me, that is exactly what I got this morning! Ugh. Yep, a… Read More

Our Travel with Kids Wish List vs. Reality

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If you’ve traveled with kids before, you know that you have to be prepared. The waiting, the sitting in your seats, the confined space, it’s all a bit pretty much a parent’s worst nightmare. What we want to bring and what our kids want to bring are two very different things. Add that to what… Read More

10 Christmas Activities to Do With Your Kids

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1) Participate in a Polar Express inspired train ride or create your own at home <<< this is the greatest idea EVER. And free 2) Make ornaments! These are my favorite, of course, but Pinterest is booming with kid-friendly ornament ideas. Just search “DIY ornaments” and you’ll be feeling crafty for days. 3) Visit Santa … and… Read More

Christmas Eve Traditions … What Are Yours?

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then come the melding of a million traditions! Oh, traditions! And then comes the baby in the baby carriage … and, of course, another round of traditions! Since my husband and I wed in 2007 we’ve evaluated a lot of the traditions we grew up with, the ones we want to keep… Read More

8 Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers

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Last Christmas, my son’s stocking was filled with pacifiers and rattles. Nothing exciting because he would never remember it and he was a baby. Anything in his stocking was really more for my benefit at that point. This year on the other hand I have a toddler to buy for. He won’t necessarily remember this… Read More

Toys That Boys Want Too!

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I am so sick of hearing the question “Don’t you worry about that making your son girly?” The answer is NO. No matter what he plays with, it will always be no. No, I don’t care that people think it’s weird that I let my son play with my old Beauty and The Beast puppets,… Read More

At Home with Baby Gizmo Episode Six – Tween Room

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*Don’t forget to read all the way through the article to the bottom because we have a special GIVEAWAY to celebrate Episode Six! Welcome to Episode Six! Today we are taking you inside my tween’s room. She is almost 10 – so we’ll let her have the title of “Tween” for this episode! Again,  I… Read More

Cute Christmas Slippers For Kids

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We showed you some great Christmas jammies for your littles, and today we’re focusing on Christmas slippers! That’s right, we’re going all out! Because what’s better than keeping cute little feet warm and snuggly this holiday season? So check out these festive and adorable slippers for your kids!     Elf on the Shelf- $7.20 Got a… Read More

20 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

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My kids aren’t even old enough for Elf on the Shelf yet and I am already TOTALLY obsessed. The elves are a bit creepy, and coming up with ideas for something new every night and every year is a bit of a commitment, but what’s more precious than seeing the look on your child’s face… Read More

3 DIY Christmas Photos

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I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I am cheap. Cheap, cheap, cheap. If you can pay for professional family photos, more power to you. I, on the other hand, can’t. And for now I will stick to faking them myself. And I’ll go ahead and toot my own horn and say that… Read More

Christmas Gifts For The Babysitter

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The person who takes care of our children is a special one. After all their time and patience, it’s important we choose a great gift just for them. That’s why today we’ve rounded up some Christmas present ideas for the babysitter ! Petunia Pickle Bottom Train Case- $42 Here’s a multifunctional gift your babysitter can… Read More

How to Clean Reusable Straws (VIDEO)

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We are back to How-To Monday this week with a handy trick on how to keep all those reusable straws clean. My husband and I drink green smoothies every morning and we each have our favorite cup complete with a colorful, reusable straw. There is nothing grosser than a dirty straw in the morning, right?… Read More

Kid Friendly Movies Coming Out

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When my husband and I were first married, we would see almost every single movie that came out. Things changed a little once we had our son, but now that he is three years old, he loves movies too! Recent favorites include BoxTrolls, Peabody And Sherman, and How To Train Your Dragon 2. Today I’m sharing… Read More

Keeping Thanksgiving Fun for the Kids

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Keeping the stress of Thanksgiving FUN for the kiddos can be a bit challenging if you’re anything like my family. We say dinner will be done by a certain time, but there is always some sort of mishap. Sometimes I wonder why they don’t follow my family around with a camera and make a sitcom… Read More

At Home with Baby Gizmo Episode Five – Home Office

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We can’t believe we are already at episode five, but when you are having fun with something, time flies! Today we are taking you inside a room that I spend A TON of time in, and that is my home office. I’m lucky enough to work out of my home but that also means working… Read More

Coming to Terms with My Post Baby Body

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My fellow moms, I would be lying to you if I told you I love my body. I would also be lying to you if I told you I wish to change it. (I’m also TOTALLY lying to you when I say I work out every day to look better too…) See, I have come… Read More

How to Host a Busy Bag Party

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So… What’s a busy bag? Here’s the deal. A busy bag is basically an activity that you keep in a Ziploc that your kid can do BY HIMSELF. It should be called “The Heavens Have Parted And Provided You With 20 Uninterrupted Minutes While Your Child Plays Happily Unassisted.” But “Busy Bag” is cuter and… 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

At-Home Preschool Tips And Activities

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If you have a little preschooler at home, like I do, you may get stuck on finding activities that are not only fun but that teach something too. I tend to turn to other moms online to help me prepare my son for Kindergarten, and with the right attitude and resources, it can be super… 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