10 Backyard Must-Haves to Help You Survive the Summer

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Now that it's nice and warm, my kids and I have been outside as much as possible. After way too many months of being cooped up indoors, we're pretty much always slathered in sunscreen and enjoying the sunshine. We eat on the back porch, play on the swing set, splash in the water table. We ride bikes …
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Crazy Kids: Universally Messy and Making Us Laugh

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My cousin Leslie is a mom to two cute boys under 3 years old. We text back and forth frequently, regaling each other of our children's mishaps and misadventures. She makes me feel way more sane. Hearing her stories doesn't keep my house any cleaner or make my crazy kids any more manageable, but it …
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The COOLIT Takes Food From ‘Too Hot’ to ‘Just Right’

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Evan dropped a bowl of oatmeal --- hot oatmeal --- on his lap. He wasn’t wearing pants, because that’s how he rolls at breakfast, and he burned his thigh. I was absolutely horrified that this happened; I just could not believe he pulled it down on himself. I was so upset, and he was in so much pain. …
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9 Ways to Make Allergy Season Less Miserable

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I haven't noticed my allergies much this spring. They're hiding behind two of the worst colds I've ever had. Both of the colds had the rest of my family sniffling for a day or two, but they knocked me out. My superhuman immune system of my two previous pregnancies is clearly on vacation, and the …
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Gentle on Sensitive Noses: Boogie Wipes and Saline Spray

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Sensitive skin like my son's can be a daily science project. It's always trial and error --- more like wincing and crossing fingers waiting on a reaction. Even nose blowing can be troubling. It was no shock to me to learn that Evan has really sensitive skin, especially considering I bruise with just …
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The Terrible, Terrible Twos: Is My Child a Bully?

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The terrible twos came early. At 18 months, we are a few months into the stage. Let me give you a clear vision of this --- hitting, biting, impatience and being territorial. The hitting we have been working on. "Nice hands" and "gentle" are key words in my house. In fact, I feel like I'm set …
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For the Biker Mama: Weehoo Bike Trailer and StaySharp Commuter Cuff

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When I was 12, my dad used to take my brother and me on these long bike adventures. We'd pack a snack and just ride our bicycles. Once we even ended up riding to my aunt's house about 20 miles away. I was young and tired, so I caught a ride home with my mom. I loved those days of just riding. My son …
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The Perfect Pouch for Toddler Snacks

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If you haven't noticed through my previous posts, I'm a big planner. For me, having a plan from toddler snacks to activities helps me keep my family's life from reaching a scary place of chaos. I plan big and small, from birthday parties with more than 100 guests to a quick grab-and-go snack for …
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