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Weekend Giveaway: Wear Now, Layer Later from Carter’s

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNER: dkmiata@ The weather has just been wacky this year. Even in moderate San Diego we’ve had strange heat waves, excessive humidity, and odd cool spells. There have been several occasions when hubs and I looked at each other and said, “I thought we weren’t in Kansas […]

Tips for Stress-Free Painting with Kids

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Mixing paint and children can have a mom quaking in her boots. Life as MOM contributor, Janel, demystifies the fine art of letting your kids be artistic. “Mom, how in the world did a 3-year old create a masterpiece like that?” That is what my daughter Ella said when she saw this postcard from her […]

Win The Lorax and Despicable Me

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Enter to win copies of The Lorax and Despicable Me. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: melissa_koca@, ltjacobs704@, elena150980@ We are unabashedly a movie family. I’m not sure how that happened. I suppose it’s because we don’t watch regular television programming — besides sports and a few special cartoons. Every summer and every […]

Back to School Grade Level Printables

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Commemorate your children’s back to school with signs declaring what grade they’re in. We started school a few weeks ago. And as often happens, not all my plans came together in time for the first day of school. Good apples are pretty hard to come by in August, so I didn’t get our traditional apple […]

Learning about Energy Savings and The Lorax

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Energy usage and the environment as a whole are issues we can all be mindful of. Here’s how our family is learning more about them. photo source A few weeks ago I signed up for an energy saving program with San Diego Gas and Electric. The deal is that every so often, they’ll send me […]

Helping Your Child Have a (Socially) Successful School Year

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A new school year! New pencils, new shoes, new classroom, and… new friends? Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh shares some great ideas to help you help your child have a successful social experience at school this year. photo source Friends are a wonderful part of life. This is as true as an adult as it […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

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Scroll through summer photographs and relive summer vacation as a family. I’m not sure what happened. I must have blinked. And now summer vacation is over. O-V-E-R. We started school last week. We got a rolling start, cooking frogs, the slow immersion method. And we survived. Next week will be harder, but not as hard […]

The One in Which I Ramble a Lot and Show How We Created a Fun Play Space for Our Kids

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My kids have no shortage of toys, books, and games. In fact, we have an entire single car garage, aptly dubbed The Toy Garage in which we store the aforementioned toys, books, and games. Each child has a stash of his own personal items in his bedroom, either in bins under the bed or in […]