10 Ways to Encourage Exploration

I hear so many moms complain about kids being tied to technology. In fact, I find myself complaining about it from time to time. But guess what? There are things that can be done about it, and technology doesn’t have to be all bad. However, the best way to get your kids to not be […]

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Healthy Smoothies Aren’t Just For Breakfast: Frozen Raspberry Coconut Lemonade

  As I started into the health food phase, I wrongly believed that healthy smoothies were only for breakfast, or a mid-morning snack.  Then I made this smoothie, and realized, it is pretty enough for dessert!  Especially during the summer when you really want something light, with a little tang, and overall refreshing. Not only […]

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Keeping Kids Safe Around Fireworks

Fireworks are one of my favorite parts about Independence Day.  The place we visit for celebrations does a great local fireworks show and we get a front row seat.  This is my favorite way to watch a fireworks show because I’m always so nervous about keeping my kiddos safe around any other type of fireworks. […]

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Freshly Picked Giveaway Winners

We have a winner…and another winner! Thank you Freshly Picked for providing us with 2 pairs of baby moccasins to giveaway. It is so nice to work with such great brands, and we want to remind you that each month we feature a different brand and host a giveaway for our readers. So make sure […]

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Monaco & Monte Carlo

Monaco and Monte Carlo: A Must See European Destination Monaco is a principality on the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by France on 3 sides, and the Mediterranean on the 4th side. It is the second smallest independent state in the world (After the Vatican) and has the highest wealth of any country in the […]

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Grape Lemonade Slush

This grape lemonade slush is an awesome way to cool off in the heat.   And it is easy! You just need: Country Time Lemonade Powder A couple fresh lemons (optional) Ice Grape Juice   Fill your blender with ice, pour grape juice in to about half. Then fill the rest with water and a […]

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Make Your Own Parade Loot Bags

Do your kids love parades?  It’s like the opposite of Halloween.  People in costumes (or uniforms, but let’s stick with costumes for the analogy) walk around throwing candy to you while you enjoy the comfort of your lawn chair.  Best of both worlds. Our problem is that we usually don’t have enough cup holder space, […]

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Avoiding Brain Drain & Summer Learning Loss

Have you heard of summer learning loss? Brain drain? The Summer Effect? It is a well-documented fact that kids lose a lot of their learning during the summer months. So while we love suntans, sleeping in, and days spent at the pool, park, etc. we need to do something to put a stopper in the […]

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Freshly Picked Giveaway

Did you guys see our product review of Freshly Picked? They offer darling leather soft sole baby moccasins, and we loved them. And we think you will too! Which is why we are giving away not one pair, but two, courtesy of Freshly Picked!   It couldn’t be easier to enter: Simply leave a comment […]

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How to Get Active With Your Kids

I’m currently participating in a weight loss challenge. (Now, in the comments you’re all supposed to say, “Why on earth would  you think you need to lose weight, Anne?” awww, you’re sweet! ) But seriously, I just want to finally feel fit and healthy, so I’m using the challenge as the motivation to continue practicing […]

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