The Naked Egg: A Lesson about Failing

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The kids and I attended Ronin's school science night last week, and one of the experiments showcased was "The Naked Egg." This really stuck out to the kids as being very cool, and frankly I thought so too. Upon leaving the awesome PTA team had one-sheets with instructions for all of the experiments … [Read more...]

Getting Mommy’s Little Helpers Excited about Cleaning

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Having a clean home all of the time would be an absolute dream, wouldn't it? When things are orderly, clean and clear, I actually feel more in control. When I'm surrounded by the clutter that usually builds up, my mental health suffers. Truly, seeing stuff everywhere makes me anxious, but I am not a … [Read more...]

Big Hero 6 {Review and Printable Kids Activities}

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Disclosure: We received tickets to a screening of #BigHero6 to facilitate this review. As always, opinions are my own. Big Hero 6 is an original action-comedy-adventure by Disney Animation Studios, the team behind Frozen and Wreck-it-Ralph, about a robotics prodigy, 14-year-old Hiro, and an … [Read more...]

Becoming Someone Else

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As children we like to play pretend, be creative and dress up. We love to act silly, bold or brave and become someone else. But once we grow up, that isn't always the case anymore.  I suppose I never grew up because I've always been--even before kids--the one at the office dressed up on … [Read more...]

Rainy Day at the Pumpkin Patch #MoreSeattle

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Disclosure: I am a Verizon #MoreSeattle Team Member and received product. All opinions are my own as always. This week Ellie and I went on her preschool field trip to the pumpkin patch. The Farm at Swan's Trail in Snohomish is an annual tradition for her preschool. We always love going, but on … [Read more...]

Sleeping Beauty Inspired Princess Pampering Party

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Last week marked the release of the Sleeping Beauty DVD and Blu-Ray, the perfect time to throw a princess pampering party don't you think? Honestly, I feel any time is the right time to get pampered like a princess, little girls and big girls alike. Taking the opportunity … [Read more...]

Topo’s Piano Interactive Storybook

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Ellie and I have been checking out a brand new iPad app that I'd like to share with you. Topo's Piano is a lovely interactive storybook for kids ages 2-6, created by well known children's book illustrator Harvey Stevenson.  The story, which follows TOPO and his love of music from a … [Read more...]

Unfolding a Birthday Surprise: Kids Poster Cards

Unfolding a Birthday Surprise Kids Poster Cards

Ronin turned seven this Sunday. SEVEN! And he's been counting down to the BIG day for months. We love birthdays around here and always try to do it up and make the kids feel very special. But one thing I don't often get them are kids cards. I mean really, as a preschooler, Ronin … [Read more...]

Star Wars Rebels Premieres Oct 3 {Plus Kids Activities}

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Last weekend John, the kids and I attended an event in Seattle for a 50-minute sneak preview of Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion. Tonight is your chance to view the premier film on The Disney Channel.  The official TV series starts October 13th.  The kids really … [Read more...]

An Ode to Pumpkin

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I wandered through the aisles of store The ones I'd walked on times before When all at once I saw a gourd A host, of ten or twenty more Above the apples, next to squash A deepest orange I thought quite posh Its flavor beckoned here and there In beverage, food, upon the air Oh … [Read more...]

Super Heroes! Disney Infinity 2.0 is HERE

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Our brand new Disney Infinity Games 2.0 Starter Pack shipped on Monday, and immediately the kids began asking "Is it here?! Can we check the mail?!"  No doubt, we are a gaming household. With John making games for a living, and the kids thinking about, talking about, playing, or live acting … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Chose Not to Breastfeed

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Please welcome Chrissy, today's writer in the I'm Not a Bad Mom Series. If you'd like to share your own story, please see details for submissions here.  As the oldest of six children, I watched my mom closely as she raised my younger siblings. I knew that I wanted to be a mom, so I soaked up … [Read more...]

Ever Feel Like a Bad Parent When you Probably Shouldn’t? Share Your Story.

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Mama guilt is the absolute worst. We all get judged as parents for one thing or another, but more often than not that judgement even comes from within ourselves. Some days I do have to remind myself that I’m not a bad mom, even if I do things that go against the norm for example. So I’m … [Read more...]

Mom’s Time Out with Bigelow Tea

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School started for us on Tuesday and I have to admit I am so very glad its here. Even though back to school begins that busy time of drops offs, pick ups, homework and driving all over creation, I finally have a couple of hours a few days a week for a time out when they are BOTH in school! So today … [Read more...]

I’m a Good Mom Because I Do This…

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Or at least I try to, because to be a good mom (or spouse), I have to take care of myself first. I don't do it all every day, but I do what I can and that goes a long way. Nutrition. Activity. Pleasure. Rest. Patience. Mindfulness. Protection. Support. Kindness. Distraction. Fun. Attention. … [Read more...]