Nobody Warned Me (Thoughts from a mom of older kids)

Nobody warned me. Thoughts from the mom of older kids.

When the boys were younger, I volunteered in their classroom. I made dinner and gave them baths and did everything else a “normal” mom would do, dreaming of the days that they would be self-sufficient. I longed for the day they wouldn’t cry at the drop of a hat. The day when they would stop asking for…

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In Defense of Snapchat

In defense of Snapchat: Why I allow my teen to use the controversial app

I’ve written about the Snapchat app before. I’ve told you about why you should monitor Snapchat and other apps, and I’ve written about how it could be a dangerous app for kids. In this time of new technology, technology that we didn’t have as kids, it’s important to be flexible. I have no previous experience…

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Gnarly Nutrition: The Healthier Choice Among Athletes

Gnarly Nutrition: Clean Sports Nutrition

I was recently sent two products from the folks at Gnarly Nutrition–they’re a “clean” company offering products that contain grass-fed whey or vegan protein, no hormones, no artificial sweeteners, no GMOs, and the addition of pre and probiotics. <— yes, all of that is true.   Lately, we have been paying closer attention to our health supplements…

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Thank You, Mom #PutYourHeartToPaper

#PutYourHeartToPaper

This post is sponsored by Hallmark, who offered a topic as a prompt. The words and opinions of this post are all my own.  As a parent of older boys, I often think about what our relationship will be like “after.” After they go through the “I’m so embarrassed of you” 12 year-old stage. After they…

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The Ultimate DIY/Craft Bundle is Here!

DIY ebooks

There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? With work, helping the kids with their homework, preparing meals, cleaning up after everyone, and putting yet another load of laundry in the washer, there’s very little time for sleep–let alone DIY and crafting! But do you look at that bare wall in the living room like I…

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Christmas morning scavenger hunt clues for tweens and teens

Christmas morning scavenger hunt clues for tweens and teens

Scavenger hunts are a wonderful way to make gift opening last a little longer when your kids get older and ask Santa for more expensive gifts. There’s no need to start from scratch when creating your clues because there are several places to find scavenger hunt clues for tweens and teens online! Of course, your clues might need to be…

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25 Beautiful Holiday Desserts

25 Beautiful Holiday Desserts > Perfect for entertaining!

The holidays are perfect for family gatherings, and family gatherings are perfect for desserts, right? That’s when I make them most–when I have people to share them with. Here are 25 of the most beautiful holiday desserts to impress your family and friends! Pretzel Toffee Heirloom Coconut and Cinnamon Cake No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Gluten…

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The Great Halloween Fright Fight Plus Halloween Decorating Tips

Decorating Tips from Sabrina Soto and The Great Halloween Fright Fight on ABC

From the producers of last year’s holiday hit “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” a one-hour special “The Great Halloween Fright Fight” premieres Tuesday, October 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. The new special will feature six families competing for the greatest haunted Halloween display and a $50,000 prize. Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto are judges for…

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Our Maui Zipline Adventure with Skyline Eco-Adventures

5 Things to Know Before You Zip Line: Our experience with Skyline Eco-Adventures

While we aren’t vacationing with little kids anymore, traveling with older kids brings struggles of its own. How do we keep them entertained for 10 days away from their friends? Will they want to hang out with us? What will we all do? After talking with the boys about what they envisioned doing on their vacation…

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