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Counting Down the Week to Christmas in Books

'Tis the season of hectic days and nights. One year I found myself in this predicament - the tree was half decorated, the homemade gifts I attempted were a joke, and the kids were in “I want” mode. As a family who loves books, I decided to make books a part of our Christmas tradition. read more

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When Christmas is a Beautiful Mess

For several days she hounded me about when her name was going to be sewn on her stocking, and I asked her to wait patiently. Then one day she appeared holding up her stocking with her name written in large, black sharpie ink. She had a proud, but sheepish grin on her face. I was furious. read more

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Kitchen Play

Every issue of Hello, Darling magazine features play ideas for kids. In the Fall 2014 issue we featured kitchen play ideas for the different ages and stages. read more

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11 Great Tips to Great Photos of Your Children (And You!)

One day you are holding them in your arms, and the next day they are running at full speed away from you in the grocery store parking lot as you are trying to carry their sibling and juggle all the groceries! Here are 11 great tips to capture those fleeting moments read more

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3 Easy Ways to Teach Children Hospitality

Learning the art of hospitality is as simple as making those around you feel welcome and comfortable. Here are three simple ways I’ve introduced hospitality to my daughters. read more