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7 Ideas for Gifts that Grow with Baby

7 Ideas for Gifts that Grow with Baby

Is there anything worse then giving a gift that you agonized over, drove to the store to shop for, paid for with hard-earned cash… only to find out that the baby you chose it for outgrew it like 6 seconds after Christmas?  Yes, there are worse things.  But still, we can do better this year!  Here are my top 10 ideas for gifts that grow with baby, and get plenty of use for months (or even years) to come! (These…

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10 Creative Play Gifts for Ages 3-5

10 Creative Play Gifts for Ages 3-5

I can’t believe that Christmas and the holiday season are nearly upon us!  Regardless of my beliefs, they are coming quickly, and so it’s time for the shopping and planning!  I am a big proponent of creative play, and thus of creative play gifts for kids.  Many of my favorite gift ideas are the ones that involve the type of toys that encourage kids to let their imaginations take them place. So, without further ado, here are my top 10…

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10 More Things to Buy at IKEA for under $50

10 More Things to Buy at IKEA for under $50

So, this funny conversation happened at my house the other day.  We were sitting on the back deck, eating fajitas, and I had just written my first post about things to buy at IKEA. As a fun conversation starter, I asked my family to guess which 10 items I had recommended. A hilarious conversation then ensued, where every member of the family was shocked and horrified that I had forgotten to include their favorite items.  They asked me to reveal…

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My 10 Favorite IKEA Items under $50

My 10 Favorite IKEA Items under $50

My first experience at IKEA was like being lost in a wonderland.  It’s rare that I walk through any store and feel like everything around me is a bargain.  It’s also rare that I walk through a store where I am so thoroughly entertained by the displays. As you weave your way through the levels of IKEA shopping, you will encounter a variety of different rooms, or even whole “apartments”  that are completely staged like actual living spaces, down to…

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What the Heck is “Clean Living” Anyway!?

What the Heck is “Clean Living” Anyway!?

If I’m being straight with you, which of course I am, I’ve gotta tell you: I had no idea what clean living really was until about a year ago.  I was doing the typical things to help me feel better about my family’s health.  More veggies, less sugar, but not really a whole lot more.  And I wasn’t really making much progress. Then I discovered the concept of clean living. I started exploring this lifestyle because honestly, reading labels every…

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A Food Processor for a Family- A Review

A Food Processor for a Family- A Review

Finding a food processor up to the task of prepping food for a family of 6 is tough.  Especially when you also need it to be affordable (And by affordable, I mean cheap!).  Everything seems to be either too small (6 cups, really?) or over $100.  Or gets crappy reviews. After multiple google searches and a few hours reading reviews, I took the plunge and ordered this one (or, rather, sent my mom the link a few weeks before my…

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How Whole30 Got Me Out of a Funk (and Led to New Family Photos)

How Whole30 Got Me Out of a Funk (and Led to New Family Photos)

My husband has wanted family photos for a very long time.  Honestly, I have too.  It’s been 4 years and 2 kids since our last family photo.  As a scrapbooker, a good family photo is a must.  So why has it been so long since we got a photo?  Well, mostly because I haven’t felt all that great over the last few years.  I haven’t been sick or anything.  But I haven’t slept all night through in years.  My energy…

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DIY Bug Repellent- How I Made It, and How It Works

DIY Bug Repellent- How I Made It, and How It Works

Bug Repellent has always been one of those things I hated using.  When I became a mom, I hated using it on my kids.  I mean, you can taste the harsh chemicals when you spray it, right?  That stuff can’t be all that good for you.  The can of Off sat on my shelf, reserved for the rain forest/West Nile virus type of situations. The good news is that I finally got around to trying some DIY Bug Spray, and…

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How To Declutter Kids Artwork Without Throwing It Away: Greeting Cards

How To Declutter Kids Artwork Without Throwing It Away: Greeting Cards

If you have kids, you probably also have kids artwork.  Piles and piles of kids artwork.  My 2-year-old can produce masterpieces unbelievably quickly.  He’s also aware anytime I try to discard any of them.  Sound familiar?  Well, I’m on a mission to use that artwork in ways other then wallpapering the fridge. This post is the first in a series of ideas for using up all that artwork.  I’m starting with my personal favorite- greeting cards. If you’re not a…

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My Top 5 Board Games for Ages 7-11 (and Their Families)

My Top 5 Board Games for Ages 7-11 (and Their Families)

Somewhere around the time that my oldest reached age 7, my husband and I overdosed on Candyland.  It was a horrible experience.  The shakes, night terrors, knee-jerk reactions to anything brightly colored or gingerbread-man-shaped…  awful, I tell you.  And, we still had a 5-year-old that liked the game.  It was a scene straight from every parent’s worst board games nightmare. How did we recover?  Well, my friends, first we had a bonfire.  Just kidding.  Kind of.  I may have dreamed…

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