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How to Make Soda Bottle Blossoms

“No! Don’t take the recycling out. I….need some of it.” I grin sheepishly as my husband tries to get his weekend chores done. Lately fewer plastic items (bottles, jugs, etc) have been making outside to our recycling bin. Since being bitten by the craft bug again, I keep seeing endless project ideas

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How to Make Amazing Vanilla French Toast

Do you remember the first time you made French toast? I didn’t really learn how to cook many recipes growing up. When I was a teenager, I was hanging out at my older sister’s apartment, visiting for the weekend. Instead of letting me continue to eat the same old thing for breakfast, she

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Digging Into Play With Edible Play Dirt

We received a copy of the book “The Undeniable Power of Play” to review. This post also contains affiliate links. “Just go play!” I tell the kids for the umpteenth time. It’s not even lunch time yet and they don’t seem to know what to do with themselves. Being 5 and 3

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Double Sided Star Wand 4th of July Kids Craft

I’m surprised I never burned anyone with a sparkler when I was a kid. The most memorable Fourth of July cookout that I remember from my childhood was on my aunt’s farm. The specifics are fuzzy, but I remember running through the grass. Spinning round and round with my arms widespread until

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20 Fantastic Grilling Recipes to Try This Summer

As much as we love to grill our dinner, we sometimes fall into a pattern of only making steaks, burgers, and brats. If you get tired of cooking the same old recipes at every cookout too, then get ready to fire up the grill and ignite your taste buds with one of

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Easy Crockpot Cheeseburger Spaghetti Recipe

Do you hate feeling rushed to get dinner made and on the table? Or have little ones tugging on you, whining, or otherwise being needed at the exact moment you start to prepare supper? When I can throw dinner in my Crock Pot while I get other things done, I feel productive. When

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Fairy Wand Kids Craft

Today we’re going on a magical adventure. An adventure where we shrink down as tiny as a blade of grass, visit a fairy garden, slip through the tiny door, and learn how to make our very own fairy wand. If you have a fairy costume (especially pretend wings), now is the time

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Easy Juju Flower Sugar Cookies

You know what makes me happy? An easy sugar cookie recipe. And flowers. (And chocolate, wine, music, and a whole list of other things. Shh. I’m trying to make a point here!) I didn’t really learn how to bake as a kid. I have fuzzy memories about whether or not I was

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Fun Outdoor Sandbox Toys for Toddlers

You know when your toddler is being too quiet you get suspicious? He was right by me as I pulled weeds from the small garden bed next to our house. It was sorely neglected, and I was determined to get us all outside, digging in the dirt. Except, I didn’t expect my

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Superhero Water Learning Activity

Do your kids like to leap off the back of the couch claiming they are a superhero fighting off bad guys? Or ask for a cup of water, which you think is to drink because being a superhero is thirsty work, but instead they decide to play with it, getting the living

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Should You Feel Guilty Spending Money on Baby Products?

Do you ever feel guilty spending money on baby products? I know I sometimes felt guilty buying brand new baby gear and baby clothes. Evelyn of Mommy Stroller shares a few things for you to consider when purchasing baby items. Should You Feel Guilty Spending Money on Baby Products? Every parent knows

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Gurnee Mills Memorial Day Super Sale Haul

I was invited to spend the day shopping great sales at Gurnee Mills and received a gift card to use towards my purchases. Of course, I budgeted for additional spending because shopping. It’s been a couple years since the last time I was at Gurnee Mills. It’s easy for me to spend

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20+ Father’s Day Gift Ideas to Make, Buy, or Do

Do you find it hard to shop for Father’s Day gifts? Every year, Father’s Day rolls around and it’s time to celebrate dads of all kinds – including granddads, expectant dads, and stepdads. You want to do something special for the men in your life, but it can be a challenge deciding

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My Dad Rocks Keepsake Box Father’s Day Craft

This My Dad Rocks Keepsake Box Father’s Day craft is fun and easy for kids to make. Not only does this box make a nice present on its own, it could be a gift box containing something else for Daddy! This kids craft  is more than a memorable handmade gift, it provides an

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Pomegranate Lemon Mocktail

This Pomegranate Lemon Mocktail is a refreshing summer drink recipe. It’s citrus and sweet at the same time and great as a refresher. Have unexpected guests popping by or having an impromptu potluck? This drink recipe is incredibly easy to make and doesn’t require any special equipment. I’m serious, this delicious drink recipe is

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Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes

Need an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast? These Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes are easy to whip up and make a special treat. They are perfect for a birthday breakfast or other special occasion. Anyone who knows me knows I am a fan of chocolate and peanut butter. Having these for

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20 Superhero Activities for Kids

If there’s one thing kids love, it’s superheroes. These caped crusaders are the beacon of good, shining a spotlight on evil. It’s no wonder my kids want to be a superhero! Helping people out, making them feel safe, and being an overall awesome person – all things that make a person feel

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Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Cheesy potatoes made in my Crock Pot makes a delicious side dish for dinner. This is a slow cooker recipe I can use all year round too, which I absolutely love! One reason my Crock Pot gets so much love from me? The kids go bonkers around normal dinner time making it

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10 Different Uses for Aquaphor Healing Ointment

We were provided with Aquaphor healing ointment and other products to try out for our various skincare needs. Being a mom and living in Wisconsin, my skin needs different care throughout the seasons.  In winter, I battle dry, cracked skin(which can be very painful!).  In warmer months and increased outside activities, I

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Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

This frozen strawberry lemonade recipe is the perfect summer drink. Sweet, tangy, cool, and thirst quenching. I grew up not liking lemonade. For the longest time, I thought it was because I don’t like lemons because I enjoyed pink lemonade and other flavored lemonades. Turns out, I needed to try the good