Safe and natural nasal congestion relief with CLEARinse (giveaway)

It can be a nasty time of year–with all the back-to-school germs and the cold weather. Both of our kids have already been hit with colds and I know we probably aren’t done with them this season. It’s heartbreaking to see your kids sick and it’s worse when there isn’t much you can do to help.

Little ones aren’t so great at blowing their noses. When their noses get all stuffy, it’s hard for them to breathe, eat, sleep… and that means it’s hard for me to sleep, too! Many of the effective

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Halloween with Animal Jam: Night of the Phantoms

T-minus 4 days to Halloween! We’ve been scarfing all-things-pumpkin, working on costumes, and decorating with spiderwebs and skeletons. Now let’s have some fun!

Ryan heads to Animal Jam for interactive playground fun and I head to their Academy for all kinds of new ideas on crafts and activities. So, what do they have up their sleeve for Halloween? LOTS OF FUN!

Night of the Phantoms!

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PLAYSKOOL Parties with Let’s Imagine Elmo

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Playskool. I received product samples to facilitate my party and review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

A couple of weeks ago we had some friends over to play with our new PLAYSKOOL toys! We had a good variety for all ages, boys and girls, and were ready for lots of fun! I love the imaginative play of little ones and am always hunting for toys to inspire that. PLAYSKOOL products are specifically designed

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The Food Chain: fun & educational activities for kids

Our 4 (almost 5) year old son is so excited to learn about everything and he really soaks it all in, making it really fun to teach him about the world right now. He’s thrilled to participate in any hands-on activity and we usually learn best by DOING, right? I try to combine different things when teaching (from realizing how I learn best and from previously being a teacher and observing my own students). We read, we draw, we listen, we watch, we do.

Today’s fun and educational lesson is on the food

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Traveling WITHOUT Kids: a RecordablePal giveaway

Traveling WITH kids is hard. What to pack, how to keep them entertained, what stroller(s) or babywearing carriers to bring, what hotels are best, what activities to do with toddlers…. I’ve seen countless blog posts on every topic. But what about when mom or dad is traveling WITHOUT kids?

It can be very hard, too. It’s a change in routine for the kids that can be difficult to adjust to. They miss mom or dad. They’re staying with grandma and grandpa and aren’t in their own home. And maybe the hardest of all—mom

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How your kids can EARN screen time

Last month I shared a new website my kids and I love called Animal Jam. Not only does it have an awesome online “playground,” but they offer a LOT of amazing free resources… printables with coloring pages and connect-the-dots, science experiments, crafts, educational sheets on animals, and more. Endless hours of fun (and learning)!

Last month we painted rocks from our yard to look like ladybugs, while we chatted about them and other insects.

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Our upstairs playroom & the everywhere playMAT

What room in our home isn’t a playroom… right?! We’ve done our best since moving in here just over a year ago to separate the kids’ space from our space, but it doesn’t always work. Toys have a way of migrating. Everywhere.

We have an extra bedroom upstairs and when we moved in, that’s what we used it for… a full-sized bed, an empty closet, and… a room that never got used.

We decided to make it a playroom: somewhere for the kids to hang out on the 2nd story AND a way to

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