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How To Create Blessing Bags

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Blessing bags

In our recent post, Teaching Kids Gratitude, we wrote about ideas to get kids involved in practicing gratitude.

One of our favorite ways is through volunteering as a family. With younger kids, volunteer options can be a bit limited so when a friend mentioned their family had made blessing bags to give away to those in need, we wanted to learn more. (more…)

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Teaching Our Kids Gratitude

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Teaching Kids Gratitude

Have we become so busy with sports activities and mommy-and-me classes that we’ve somehow lost sight of one of life’s most important lessons—teaching our kids gratitude?

I recently asked myself this question when we were out to dinner and my daughter asked for ketchup from the waiter. After she got it, she chowed down without a “Thank you.”

For some reason that hit me hard. I was slightly embarrassed, but more than that, it was a wake-up call. (more…)

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Personalized Christmas Book: The Author’s Inspiration

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Personalized Christmas Book

I love all things Christmas, but most of all, I love seeing it through children’s eyes and the magic it brings.

Our personalized Christmas book, ‘Twas the Mouse Who Saved Christmas, does just that. As the story unfolds page by page, it reveals the magic of the season to children. 

We sat down with our author, Phil Haussler, to ask how he was inspired to create a story that has become a beloved book by many children.  (more…)

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Fall Recipes That Your Kids Will Love

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

fall recipes

Now that the weather has finally cooled off and the leaves are starting to change color, we can officially turn the pages of our cookbooks—or Pinterest boards–from summer to fall recipes.

Heartier soups, slow-cooker meals and sweets with seasonal produce are on the menu at our house.

Here, we’ve compiled some of our favorite kid-friendly fall recipes that are quick enough for busy school nights and easy enough that the kids can help. (more…)

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Top Picks: 2018 Kids’ Halloween Costumes

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

kids' Halloween costumes

Anyone else having trouble figuring out the kids’ Halloween costumes this year?

We have one little one in our house who is stifled by all of the choices.

“I just can’t decide. Maybe a Minion since I have overalls. Or maybe a pug-i-corn. (A cross between a pug and unicorn, I’m told.) Or a police officer.”

We also have a pre-teen who is too cool for a costume this year. However, I think we still need a back-up plan for when he decides on Halloween night that he does, indeed, want to trick-or-treat.

So, for all of those trick-or-treaters who can’t–or won’t–choose, we thought it would be fun to put together some of this year’s top picks for kids’ Halloween costumes. We also threw in a few of our favorites from years past. (more…)

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Raising All Boys is Like Football Season Every Day

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Raising all boys

Football season is officially here, but when raising all boys, every day is like football season in our house.

Tackling. Refereeing. Coaching. Not hearing the coach because the crowd is too loud.

Broken plays. Broken bones. Smelly, sweaty people. Victory dances (mostly Orange Justice). Grass stains. Cleats. Timeouts. High-fives. (more…)

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Pirate Books for Every Age

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

pirate books

Check out this list of pirate books–which range from fun preschool rhymes to heart-pounding thrillers—and unleash your inner sailor in honor of “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

Before doing a little research, the only thing I knew about “Talk Like a Pirate” day is that we threw out some pirate lingo on Sept. 19 and got free donuts at Krispy Kreme.

Turns out, there’s not a whole lot more to the day than that.

A couple of regular guys just thought we needed a swashbuckling-lingo holiday and the date of Sept. 19 wasn’t taken. And that’s that. Read their story here.


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What We Love About Grandma’s House

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

grandma's house

What do you remember most about going to your grandma’s house as a child?

For me, it was kneading the dough for apricot and cherry kolaches.

Never-ending games of Canasta.

Riding in the way-back of the station wagon with the dog and no seatbelts.

Climbing into the underground outdoor storm cellar–where grandma also stored all of her homemade jams–during a tornado warning.

Those memories are so vivid. I remember the smell of the kolache dough and the pastel peach color of the card holder that I used to hold my Canasta hand.

Grandparents Day

In honor of Grandparents Day celebrated earlier this week, we thought it would be fun to ask this generation of kids what they love most about going to grandma’s house.

Turns out, things aren’t SO different—minus the outdoor storm cellar, which has become a thing of legend around our house.


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Our Favorite Funny Parenting Quotes

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Funny Parenting Quotes

“Yes, you have to wear underwear.”

“Can somebody please get the underwear away from the dog!?”

“Please don’t use the same piece of toilet paper to wipe then blow your nose.”

“The floor vent is NOT a toilet.”

“Is that marker on your face or are you bleeding?”

So, that’s my week.

Needless to say, I’m looking for a little parenting inspiration.

Here, we’ve compiled some of our favorite funny parenting quotes that remind us that, if nothing else, we’re all in this together. (more…)

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5 Reasons This Book is the Best Baby Gift

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Best Baby Gift

Welcoming a baby into the world is a magical and life-altering experience.

An epic adventure like this calls for a gift in equal measure. We’ve heard countless times why gifting our personalized children’s book, Following Featherbottom, to new parents is the best baby gift. (more…)

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