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Big Kid

Beyond Baby: 40 challenges for moms who are not such rookies

Beyond Baby: A guide to creating a life you love when your kids aren't so little

My kids can walk out of the house, get in the car, and buckle themselves into their seats. This means that to leave the house, all I have to do is pick up my purse and walk out the door. Okay, not quite. There’s a whole lot of, “Please put your shoes on. Oh, you […]

Frozen birthday party ideas

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Last night I made the possible mistake of inviting my kids to help me brainstorm what a Frozen-themed birthday party might look like. This morning I learned that Scarlett took that as a cue to start making her guest list — and her birthday is not for three months. Though I may have signed up for […]

Sick day resource: free printables online

List of printable activities for kids sick at home. Preschool through age 7.

Thanks to Pediacare for sponsoring this post. My kids have an odd quality: they don’t like to watch movies. It must be because their family life is so incredibly fulfilling that an onscreen fantasy world is simply boring by comparison. (That’s sarcasm.) Or they’re just weird. Either way, it makes sick days really challenging. Keeping […]

I’m a DIY girl when it comes to lice

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Lice. Pretty much everyone who goes to school will get it at some point. I think we’ve gotten it annually since my son entered Kindergarten. When I say “we”, I mean that even I have been afflicted. Lice-removal salons with cute names like “Hair Fairies” or “Nit Pixies” are a great resource for the newbie, […]

Makin’ it: Super simple photo magnets

Easy to make photo magnets from Photojojo

When I saw this project on photojojo, I remembered how Whitney and I made these very same things in the 1900s so I know they’re easy. I know they’re adorable and durable because I still have ‘em on my fridge. Note: keep out of reach of toddlers and any people who like to put small […]

Personalized paper doll set

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My stepmom, whose creative gifts have been documented here before, made this adorable paper doll set for Scarlett’s birthday. She had Scarlett pose for a photo in her bathing suit against a wall. She printed the results on photo paper and cut mini-Scarlett out to create the “doll”. Then, she hand drew clothes on white […]