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How Playdates Helped Me Survive the Early Years

I was in bed, trying to find a reason to get up. My husband had been gone for seven months on a military deployment, and I was alone with our three young children. An empty day stretched before me, until I remembered - we have a play date this morning! Suddenly the whole day seemed brighter. read more

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January 2015 Activity Calendar

Ring in the New Year with fun activities the Hello, Darling team put together for you and your kiddos in the January activity calendar. read more

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5 Ways to Help Avoid Kids Avoid the Gimmees at Christmas

If it’s difficult for adults to fight the “I wants,” it’s even more difficult for our kids who don’t have the filters or self-control to push back against the advertisers’ messages. Here are a few practices I do to help my kids keep Christmas more sacred and less about the stuff. read more

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Quirky Christmas Celebrations

With each get-together, party and celebration we attend, the one question that’s always on the back of our minds? Gifts. Who do we buy for and what do we get? Here are five fun and thrifty ways your family and friends can all leave with something from the get-together without breaking the bank! read more

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Managing the Magic of the Season

I don’t want to be stressed out during the most wonderful time of the year. I bet you don’t either. A couple of years ago, I unwittingly started a new tradition. I created a calendar of activities with all the simple joys of the season. read more