If You Give a Boy a Bag of Chips…

© Dreamstime

  If you give a boy a bag of chips, he will slam it into every possible object on the way to the potluck at the park. And when you get to the park, he’ll want to give the bag one final slam onto the concrete slab under the shelter before running off to play … Read more…

How We Finally Got Control Of Overflowing Toys

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I know how it happens. A little toy here, a little toy there, a birthday comes, then Christmas… A few years go by and we hang on to things and before we know it, our homes are insane and overflowing with toys. There’s a lot of judgement out there about how it happens, but I … Read more…

Neon Summer Fun with Rose Art®

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In the spirit of My Dirty, Happy Kid I vowed to relax and let the kids get good and dirty this summer in the name of good, old-fashioned fun. I feel like I spend a lot of time trying to keep things tidy, so I want to try and let things be a little more free-spirited … Read more…

5 Simple, Everyday Ways to Teach Kids About Money

© Manuel Hoo

You know what sucks? Being broke. You know what’s awesome? Making a lengthy, yet full recovery from being broke and taking the important lessons you learned and passing them down to your kids so they are able to adapt to whatever their future circumstances might be. Kids learn best by example, and they love to … Read more…

Because Monster Jam®, That’s Why

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After a very unfortunate and traumatizing series of meltdown incidents in public with my toddler when he was 2, I started to choose big events and outings with the family very carefully. We went out on a regular basis for errands and such, but I was extremely mindful of nap and mealtimes when doing so, and … Read more…

My Dirty, Happy Kid

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My husband left with our son one evening for a Boy Scout gathering at the park with other dads and kids. When they returned a few hours later, my son walked in covered in dirt from head to toe. His dress shirt for Scouts was crop-dusted with dirt and orange crumbs, as were his shorts, … Read more…

My Advice to the Graduates

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Have you seen the videos and pictures of the “Senior walks” that have come up lately? They’re so great. I love that the schools have started doing this. It’s exciting for the elementary students and teachers as they cheer, and it’s a great way to honor the graduates. Here are a few pics from my small … Read more…

Breakfast in Bed with Dirty Feet on Mother’s Day

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There has been so much life happen over the last several months. I’ve seen the tragic unexpected loss of loved ones, job changes, divorces, marriages, new babies and graduation announcements. The only thing that is certain is change. The loss of friends have shaken us to the core this year and this weekend we just took the … Read more…

The End Game

© Alptraum

Do you have any idea how stressful it is to date someone that sucks at karaoke when they don’t know they suck at karaoke? I mean, what do you say? Especially when the relationship is fairly new and they really get into the song in a rocker pose and a foot stomp that Journey’s someday-love-will-find-you video could … Read more…

Why I Invite My Kids Into My Dream

© Sebastiangh

I have been a stay-at-home-mom, I have worked outside the home, and now I work from home. There are pros and cons to every scenario, but regardless of where you are in life, it is so important to share your dreams and hearts desires with your kids, right where you are. Especially if you’re just … Read more…

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