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Easy chalkboard paint projects

How to paint a chalkboard "bubble" on the wall

While my kids were out of the house one day, I got a little crazy crafty and painted their bedroom door. It was previously all dark wood, which I didn’t like anyway, so I painted the trim white and the inner panel with black chalkboard paint. I was influenced by my Internet friend Amy, who […]

How to hack a baby’s activity playmat

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Thanks to Stef from AskANanny.com for this guest post. While an activity gym can be a great choice for unrestricted play, some can overwhelm babies of certain ages. How do you make one of these playmats work for your baby, plus get more bang for your buck as they grow? Today we’ve got two activity […]

How I saved Scarlett’s rainbow birthday cake from dying a terrible death

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My daughter had her 7th birthday party at Pump It Up, a colorful warehouse outfitted with numerous inflatable jumpy things. This operation is a birthday party machine. Parents need not lift a finger during the party; the children’s shoes and the parents purses are even carted along on a shelf with wheels as the party […]

The Control Freak’s Guide to potty training

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Step One: Get someone else to do it. There. I said it. I hate this phase of parenting so much, I wish I could outsource potty training my child altogether. Control freaks like things done on their timelines. Potty training doesn’t work that way. I’m so grateful that the peer pressure potty training technique of my […]

Picking party-favors that won’t make other parents roll their eyes

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“When my child comes home from a birthday party, I let him show me his party favor bag, and then we carefully sort the items into his existing collections. We have a shelf for plastic pencil toppers, a small basket for erasers that are too small to erase anything, and a tupperware in the car […]