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Some Ways To Fool Your Kids On April Fool’s Day

In Parenting by Jen

This week we celebrate the time honored tradition of freaking people out as part of a National Holiday.  I have amassed some of the best the internet has to offer in the hopes of helping you craft your own April Fool’s Day plans. Here is what I have planned for my family:   And another brilliantly simple prank: Have fun …

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Common Core? Let’s Start With Common Sense!

In Parenting by Jen

This is nine-year-old Kamryn Renfro:             When her best friend, elven-year-old Delaney Clements had a relapse of Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer requiring chemotherapy, Kamryn shaved her head as a sign of solidarity with Delaney.         Here is the snuffle-inducing quote from Delaney: “I was really excited I would have …

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A Guide To Creating Magic

In Cooking & Crafting, Parenting by Jen

Today I created magic, not the sort that would help me fly to far away lands or the kind of magic that can vanquish the villain.Today I created magic, not the sort that would help me fly to far away lands or the kind of magic that can vanquish the villain. This kind of magic occurs only when you use …

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Seven Of The Most Terrifying Children’s Movies Ever Made

In Parenting by Jen

Nowadays, a children’s movie is usually one that young children will enjoy and leave having learned something and feeling happy about the world. If my children had to watch the movies that I did as a child they would be scarred for life, much like their mother is. Take a look and tell me if you agree that these movies …

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How To Make Glitter Slime

In Cooking & Crafting, Parenting by Jen

My children love making slime. Who am I kidding, I love it too! And of course with three girls in my family anything with a touch of sparkle seems to be well received. If you have never made slime before it is the easiest thing ever. Promise. Here’s What You Need: 1 bottle Elmer’s Glitter Glue 1/2 cup water 1 …

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Four Things That Aren’t Helping Today’s Youth

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen

As a mother of young children and one preteen, there are quite a few things that I see in our pop culture and through the media that really bother me. They bother me because they are destructive and mess with the heads of our children. I’ve compiled a brief list of four things and people that I wish would just …

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The “Bossy” Debate

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen

    There has been a lot of chatter recently concerning using the word “bossy” when describing a young girl’s behavior. The specific quote being talked about comes from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg,“I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told instead that she has leadership skills.” I am a mother to three girls and have spent …

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And She Grew And She Grew

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen

One year ago today I gave birth to my fourth child, Anneliese. She was so very little and not particularly pleased to see any of us. She fussed about her new lodgings quite ferociously for weeks, but how very quickly she became loved by her 3 older siblings and parents. She was hardly ever put down and all of us …

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Books For Your Little Train Enthusiast

In Parenting by Jen

  We have already established my son’s love of  Lego, but before this his first love was anything to do with trains. I have spent hours over his 9 year life span finding books online and in the library all about this beloved transportation choice. He can quote facts about trains that impress and astound. He still loves trains and …

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8 Things We NEED to Bring Back from the 80’s

In Parenting by Jen

A few days ago my children, whom I love, pointed out that I was born in a whole other century way back in the 1900’s. These are the moments you realize that those beautiful children you have raised, fed, and clothed for years may not make it to adulthood! I told them that just because this was a “new” century …

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A Last Word On Love

In Parenting by Jen

February seems like the month many of us focus on and think about love. My husband and I have never really been big Valentines Day sort of people. We of course make sure our kids have Valentines and do fun things for them to make the day special, but I have never really gotten into the whole “Here’s your box …

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So What’s Good On Netflix?

In Parenting by Jen

My family is almost to the point that we watch more NETFLIX than regular Television. I can actually foresee a point that we could do away with satellite television altogether.  The biggest hangup is probably the hubs sports programming. That being said, there is a lot of good and bad on NETFLIX with a definite lack of newer movies to …

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Everything Is Awesome- Lego Stuff

In Parenting, Reviews by Jen

My 9 year old son Caleb doesn’t just like LEGO he LOVES LEGO. He is especially fond of anything to do with LEGO Star Wars. About 6 months ago I signed up to receive free copies of the LEGO magazine. Caleb loves it and devours each and every new edition of the magazine. Here is the link so you can …

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The Economics of Milk

In Parenting by Jen

The price of milk is going up!!!!!!!   My family goes  through milk like it’s on tap. We have an extra refrigerator in the garage primarily to hold our weekly supply of milk.  My grocery shopping destination is mostly determined by where milk is on sale.   This terrible news comes via CBSNews marketwatch. The report states that March will …