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Traveling on a Budget

Traveling can seem daunting with logistics and budgets to consider when you have littles. But if we wait for just the right time to travel, we will probably never get out of our city! Here are a few of my tried and true tips for traveling on a logistical and financial budget! read more

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Taking a Preschooler Swimming in 34 Steps or Less

There’s nothing like hot summer days to want us all to get to some water. Whether the pool or the lake, water and the preschooler, means a little work on the adult’s behalf. Here are a few steps for the mom of the preschooler this summer as she prepares to head to the pool. read more

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Creating Well-Rounded Eaters

At a local farm event, the kids learned how to take a bean seed and plant it. We then walked into the greenhouse and saw those seeds in each of their different stages of development, from sowing to harvesting. Their eyes lit up. read more

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4 Fun Ways to Enjoy the Summer Evenings

My favorite part of the season has always been warm summer evenings. The summer invites us outside, even after dark. With little ones, it's hard to get away from the house around bedtime, no matter what season it is. But with some creativity, you can have evening summer fun right where you are. read more

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How to Throw a Great Staycation

Let’s be honest. Sometimes vacationing with kids is no vacation at all. During certain seasons of our family journey, big shiny trips to exotic locales or expensive theme parks may not be in the cards. But that doesn’t mean your family can’t build fantastic memories together. read more