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Fall Snack, Fancy Apple Slices

Fancy Apple Slices

No matter what age they are, kids have a pretty long day when they are in school. Focusing and paying attention and doing all the things that happen at school is a lot on them from pre-school to high school. And right now in these early weeks of a new school year I try to be extra compassionate. You know how you feel after the first days of starting a new job? You're exhausted just from trying so hard to be extra nice and know your way around. Same goes for them! We start Kindergarten...

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Dutch Wonderland, Tips and Everything You Need to Know

Dutch Wonderland Tips

For anyone looking for a family friendly amusement park in the Northeast, Dutch Wonderland typically comes up in conversation. This is an amusement park that is focused on families with children about 10 and under. It's located near Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is about 2 hours from Washington, DC. After talking to my local Mom crew extensively, we made the trip this past weekend. Dutch Wonderland did not disappoint! We had a great time and truly benefited from those Mom crew chats. Which is why I want to pass on our Dutch Wonderland tips and everything...

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How to Take Kids Beach Photos

Kid Beach Photos

We all want gorgeous photos of our children, and your summer beach vacation is an ideal setting to get those adorable kid beach photos. The sunsets, sand dunes and waves all scream beautiful photos to be had! But its not always realistic to hire a photographer. It can get expensive or hard to squeeze into the vacation schedule. I typically only do an official family photoshoot once a year and then take my own photos of the kiddos throughout the year. And of course just when I had mastered taking beach photos of Jake, we had...

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10 Easy Sensory Bucket Ideas for Toddlers

Max is already 15 months (I know!! Where did that time go?!) and I am constantly looking for easy ways to entertain him. Sensory buckets have become a favorite go-to. They are great for learning how to sort, observe new objects, use their motor skills and more. Here are 10 easy sensory bucket ideas for toddlers that use everyday objects and Max really seems to love. That's right they are toddler approved! 1. Pasta bucket - Use a few boxes of different shapes and sizes to fill the bin about halfway. Some plastic cups or measuring...

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Babysitting Made Easy with Chime ($50 Promo Code!)

Jake and Friend

Nothing is more important to me than my children. I mean does that even need to be said out loud? Their safety and happiness comes first always. So when mama needs a break, wether it be a date night  or time with friends, I am choosy with their childcare. If I'm not confident in who is watching them at home than I just can't relax. Which is why I was blown away when I used Chime, the new on demand babysitting service from Sittercity. Right now Chime is available in Washington, DC, New York City, Boston...

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DIY Gift: Tea Towel Stamping

It's not only the time of year for gift giving but also gift making! Having Jake now turn 4 it's nice to have his attention span last a little longer for crafts. I still work to have it all set out before I mention it, otherwise he's excited and then over it before we've even begun. But things like this easy stamped tea towel are perfect for doing together for friends and family. Here's how we made these and all of these supplies can be found at large craft stores. If yours doesn't have...

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How to Cut No Mess Orange Slices

No Mess Orange Slices

Jake, my three-year-old, is a fruit lover. Not a bad problem to have as a mom, other than making sure we're always stocked with some fresh goods. Oranges has become one of his recent favorite requests and while I love citrus myself (hello Florida girl here!) they can be messy. Not only is peeling an orange sometimes a messy affair, I was finding him covered in juice with sticky hands. Luckily one of my friends with older kids taught me this little trick on how to cut no mess orange slices. If you have older children...

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How to Make Homemade Playdough

I have a confession to make. If you had told me a year ago that I would be up for making homemade playdough I would have rolled my eyes at you. It just sounds like one of those things that would be overly complicated for little reward. I would think to myself, who has the time to make playdough?! I barely have time to take a shower! But curiosity got the better of me and I was shocked at just how easy it is. I mean its like 5 minutes easy! And I like it so...

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