What rocks my parenting world, plus a car seat trick for summer

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I love finding ways to tame my household chaos, especially when those hacks keep me away from the often overpriced children’s lines of products. I’m over at EverydayFamily with 5 unexpected items that have rocked my parenting world, plus a summer tip for your kiddos in car seats this summer! I hope you will check…

Summer is coming! Bring the fun to your mailbox!

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Given that I had my winter coat on four days ago here in Chicago, uttering the word “summer” seems a bit absurd. But it’s coming. And that means that this not-so-crafty mama needs to come up with ideas to keep my little busy bodies engaged. This past Christmas, I decided to forego the big gifts at…

Motivation, lizards, and the “spinny” place

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I can’t tell today if I want to have a dance party under my kids’ disco light or climb under the covers. I am in the process of making my freelance and consulting world more of a big-kid venture, and I have a distinct window of time to determine if my own gig is financially…

Donna Day 2015: Don’t just choose hope – Choose action

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Today is the fourth annual Donna Day, where we choose hope against pediatric cancer – and more than that, we do something about it. I’ve written about Donna and her story before, which you can read more about here and here. Each year, Mary Tyler Mom and Donna’s family and friends gather at the Candlelite…

Untethered

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It’s been a looooooong time since I’ve written here, or even stopped by to glance around. Even when I was last actively posting, it was generally just to provide links to my articles on other websites. This past year was, in a word, intense. There was a lot of good to it, moving forward both…

Labor Day: Is it really time off?

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Today is Labor Day, where most of us get the day off in appreciation for our work. If you have kids, you know that time off is a relative term. I’m over at EverydayFamily today with what a holiday weekend really looks like when you are a parent. Stop by and let me know how…

How do kids benefit from a working mom?

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Leave the mommy wars at home – This is not about why being a working mom is cooler than being a stay-at-home mom. We all know there are benefits to both. If you happen to work, whether at home or in an office, there are a few important ways that your kids benefit. I’m over…

Kids’ music you’ll love

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One of the many things that has caught me completely off guard as a parent is that a lot of the music made for kids today is actually pretty good. Some of it I even listen to when the kids aren’t around. Some of it is because adult artists have crossed over to children’s music,…