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Number Candles – They Work for Me!

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It all started because my siblings and I were grown, and no one wanted to hunt down twenty-something of those miniscule birthday candles. Or buy multiple packages every time we celebrated a family birthday. My oldest son was three at the time. I was expected our second child. A friend had suggested that the big […]

TGIF: 7 Great Kid Flicks

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There is a wealth of great family-friendly movies out there. Here are seven that have been favorites. source: Disney Pixar We love movies around here. Since the bulk of our parenting years were lived without cable television, or any television for that matter, we’ve come to rely on movies as our go-to form of entertainment. […]

She’s So Fancy, That Nancy

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Not too long ago, I asked readers to challenge me with a birthday cake theme. There were some very clever suggestions, the top two in a readers’ poll being “Breakfast” and Fancy Nancy. Breakfast I know, but being that my children who speak in complete sentences are all boys, I had no clue who or […]

TGIF: Read Alouds for Preschoolers

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One of the beauties of having SIX KIDS is that I have always had little ones. Yes, it’s full of challenges, but the preschool years are such a precious time in a child’s life. Currently, I have two preschoolers: a rough and tumble, four year old boy and a nurturing, knows-how-to-change-GI-Joe’s-diaper, two year old girl. […]

Recipe Swap: In the Kitchen with Kids

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When I put together my ebook, FishMama’s Guide to Cooking with Children, my husband protested that it sounded like “Cooking with Fish,” as if the children were the ingredients. Well, they are the ingredients in so far as they are an important component to your life as MOM – in the kitchen. It’s just inevitable.If […]

TGIF: Pattern Blocks

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A few months back Gramma Ruthie gave us a big box of wooden pattern blocks. We were familiar with them as we have a small, plastic set for our school. I put them aside, not sure if we would need them. However, upon move in, the kids flocked to this box and immediately started playing. […]

Kids in the Kitchen, Joy or No Joy?

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My mother-in-law was a big fan of including the kids in kitchen activities. She was always braver than most when it came to giving them jobs. And she always had a great attitude about it. So, as I think of ways to honor her, I’m particularly pleased to have today’s guest post, written by Jenna […]

TGIF: Our Family’s Fun This Week

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Overall, it’s been nice to enjoy 60 degree weather. I feel as though I am in a time warp. I know that KC, my town just two short months ago, is experiencing chilly weather these days. It’s surreal to set up the Christmas tree in sunshine and bare feet. Man, I need a pedicure! Usually […]