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5 Tips For Cooking with Children

Cooking with small children. It used to give me a shudder up my spine. The mess. The arguments. The chaos. But I remember wearing matching gingham aprons with my grandma as we made homemade noodles, baked cakes, and chopped salads. She invited me into cooking as a small child and I cherish the memor read more

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35 Steps to (Prepare to Go) Camping with a Toddler

Camping. It always sounds like such a good idea when you reserve the campsite in February. You are sure potty training will be successful and done and all the sleep issues in your house will be resolved by summer. Then the camping trip arrives. read more

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The Case For Celebrating Birthdays

There are some families who pace themselves for birthdays: one year family party, one year friend party. I’m not of that variety. My husband and I both come from lines of birthday celebrators. read more

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April 2014 Activity Calendar

Check out the Hello, Darling April 2014 Activity Calendar for activities, adventures, recipes, fun facts and more to enjoy during the month of April! read more

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Change Summer Ho-Hum to Summer Fun

Somewhere around end of July, my kids are tired of the pool, video games and each other. I use these seven simple memory-making activities to replace the ho-hum of summer with fun. read more