Field Trip Friday: Exploring the World without Ever Leaving Home with Camp Google and National Geographic

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The summer struggle is real, y’all. You know what I’m saying. You have BIG plans when the summer starts. You’re going to go HERE and THERE and EVERYWHERE. This will be the summer of fun, family time, and even a little education. And here’s the reality. Or my reality, anyway. I’m busy as a work-from-home mom. […]

You can teach an old dog new tricks, or how I learned to love the Care Bears

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I’ve always considered myself a big kid. Even my son will tell me I have a kid heart. I’m constantly reliving my childhood through him with TV shows, old commercials on YouTube, and even with some of my toys (he loved my Cabbage Patch preemie doll). But as a Generation X’er, I’m sometimes on the […]

11 Parenting Photos That Don’t Tell the Whole Story

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We shouldn’t judge other mothers or fathers or parents. Because really, we never know anyone else’s story. And when we see pictures or even moments in the store of another parenting situation, we’re really seeing snapshots. There so much to the story that we’ll never know. And to prove it, I’m offering up 11 photos from […]

Some Assembly Required: The Newest Netflix for Kids Original

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This post was written as part of my role on the Netflix Stream Team. Topics, selections, and all opinions are my own. Wouldn’t have it any other way. By now,  you’ve learned that I’m a big fan of Netflix original programming. Even though I don’t watch much TV, when I do sit down to stream […]

A Weird but True Fact about me and my son

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Here’s a weird but true fact about me and my son: WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE WEIRD BUT TRUE BOOKS FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. And yes, I had to type that in all caps. It was necessary. That’s how strongly we feel about these books. Here’s why. – The information is so weird but IT’S […]

Creative Lunching with Bentgo Boxes {Giveaway}

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Spring Break has finally come to an end. Just as, it seems, Spring is actually getting started. The sun has come out. And the weather is actually warm enough to wear shorts! Well, warm enough for my son to wear shorts. I think it has to hit 85 degrees before I’m ready to go down that […]

What Creepy Vans Taught Me About Safe Driving

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The first time my son got behind the wheel, I felt no apprehension whatsoever. He’s always been a cautious rule follower and I expected no less when he was sitting in the driver’s seat. Our first trip started off innocently enough and then he started veering off the road. Then he overcorrected and we slammed […]

4 Valentine’s Day Activities for Non-Crafty Parents

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By the time you read this, I’ll be getting ready for a live television appearance the morning show on Fox45, a local station in the Baltimore area. Or I will have already made the appearance and hopefully conveyed successfully that I am NOT a crafty parent but if the crafts and instructions are easy enough, I […]

How to Have the Best and Worst Kids’ New Year’s Eve

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The year was 1978 (or so, but that sounds about right). My parents were headed out to a party on New Year’s Eve. It was one of the very few times I remember my parents going out together as adults. My dad was dressed in a suit, probably his three-piece gray, pin-striped suit with wide lapels. And […]

Second Grade

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Kindergarten is tearful goodbyes and seemingly long bus rides. It’s show & tell and counting songs and tadpoles in the classroom. It’s rule learning and friend making. It’s growing potatoes and snap peas and releasing the frogs. It’s graduation and tight mommy hugs and just a little bit of growing up. First grade is confidence […]

What to Do When Your Kid Asks for a Sip

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I make a lot of parenting decisions based on instinct and not necessarily from parenting books, parenting experts, or even friends and family. Every child is unique. Every family is unique. And every family situation is unique, especially as it relates to alcohol. In my household growing up, you couldn’t find any alcohol in the house, not […]