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Kid Milestones We Should Celebrate

Kid Milestones We Should Celebrate

My kids are getting older now (6, 5, and 3) and they are definitely becoming more independent. Which led Andy and I into a discussion about milestones. There are books, blogs, bribes, and even parties dedicated to things like sleeping through the night, saying first words, taking first steps, potty training, starting preschool, losing the

The Tooth Fairy

The Tooth Fairy

Stella is probably the only first grader in her class that has NOT yet lost ONE tooth. At her dentist appointment over Christmas break, the hygienist and dentist both reassured her that it was quite normal. They also told me it was still going to be awhile – nothing was budging much yet. So yesterday

Snow Day Indoor Activities

Snow Day Indoor Activities

This winter has been brutal for us as far as snow and ice is concerned. The schools are all closed again today and I’ve lost count as to just how many snow days this is…eight? Nine? The hard part is that it has either been too cold to go out in it (truly negative temperatures)

An Open Letter to Babysitters

An Open Letter to Babysitters

First things first: This is NOT written for the grandmas, grandpas, nanas, gigis, grandads, aunties, uncles, etc. of the world that offer up their services to us for free on a Saturday night. Or who have sleepovers for our kids. To them I just say, THANK YOU! Our kids’ relatives are supposed to spoil them

Another Snow Day = Valentine’s Cards Finished

Another Snow Day = Valentine’s Cards Finished

Am I the only mom that buys last year’s Valentine Cards on deep clearance and keeps them for the next year? So, yes, I’m basically depriving my kids of giving out any hot new characters that are trending.  I’m guessing Frozen-themed will be pretty popular this Valentine’s Day. Wait, am I the only mom with

It’s Been a YEAR – Time Flies as a SAHM

It’s Been a YEAR – Time Flies as a SAHM

It really is hard to believe that I have been “unemployed” for a year now. Time does fly. I just went back and read the posts I wrote early last year about becoming a stay-at-home-mom. A lot of it still applies. But there are definitely some more observations now. And just this past couple of

Common Sense Media – Have You Downloaded It Yet?

Common Sense Media – Have You Downloaded It Yet?

  Well, we did it. Something I swore for a long time we wouldn’t do. Something we didn’t need. But then Andy and I really wanted to re-watch the first Hunger Games movie (before heading to theater for #2) and could not find it anywhere on our cable service. And the free trial popped up. So we caved.

Success with Potty Training Method

Success with Potty Training Method

I’ll be the first to admit it…even I was skeptical.  3-day potty training method?  Really?  But folks, I’m here to tell ya…it worked.  Even with our unexpected trip to the hospital on Day One.  Ok, so it took us more like 4 days at his age…but still…it WORKED.  Even night time training.  And he only

Cardboard Box Rocket Ships

Cardboard Box Rocket Ships

I must admit I think we saw this idea on PBS kids after an episode of Curious George or Martha Speaks or something.  Kids were making rocket ships out of paper boxes with a bunch of fun craft supplies.  So my kids were all like, “MOM!  THAT LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH FUN!!!!”  And it was

Potty Training Update and Now He Has Stitches

Potty Training Update and Now He Has Stitches

We started over in the potty training department with Henry yesterday.  We officially got started around 10:00 AM once Stella and Charlotte were out of the house.  Henry and I stayed in the kitchen (on the tile floor) for about 3-4 hours.  Only one accident at the very beginning.  Then he told me when he

Here We Go!

Here We Go!

Well, it’s time.  For both me and Henry to get serious about this.  So today is the day.  We got Stella on the bus this morning superhero-style. And now we are getting Charlotte ready to be picked up for dance. Then?  It’s Go-Time!  I imagine spending the next 7 hours in my kitchen on the