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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3 Easy Ways to Save for College: Gifts, a 529 Plan, and Recycling #AZ529

3 Easy Ways to Save for College: Gifts, a 529 Plan, and Recycling #AZ529

This post is sponsored by AZ529. The following financial tips are my own. Saving for college is boring. There, I said it. It’s definitely more fun to buy a gift for a child than to donate money towards their college fund–I get that. I have three easy ways for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family…

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Help Your Teen find Intentional Acts of Kindness Ideas

Help your teen find intentional acts of kindness

This post is sponsored by Dignity Health, who wants to pair you with the perfect intentional act of kindness in your neighborhood.  I always hear about random acts of kindness, but I don’t like that they’re categorized as random. They might feel random to the recipients, but truly, they are intentional. The giver intended to…

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Gift Ideas: Toys for iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone

Gift Ideas for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Looking for some fun tech toys this holiday season? Here are some fun toys for iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone that you might love! 1. Plush Pals ($24.95) These adorable plush animals are a must have for any music-loving kid (or adult). Plug Freddy, Manny, or Patch into your iPhone, iPod, or iPad and they’ll sing your favorite…

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Kia Sedona Parent Review

Kia Sedona Parent's Review

I think I should start by telling you that we’re not a minivan family. We’ve never had one, and I just don’t see us in one. But then the Kia Sedona came along and make me rethink that.   The Sedona didn’t feel like a minivan with all of the luxurious bells and whistles it…

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Head to Target for All of Your Back To School Needs #BTSWithTarget

Target has all of your back to school needs!

Whether your child is in elementary school or high school, wears street clothes or uniforms, or likes super stylish or super sporty, Target has everything you need for back to school. Jack’s favorite place to buy clothes is Target because they carry the Shaun White line of apparel. Their colorful skinny jeans fit him perfectly,…

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Energy Drinks and Teens: Which Drinks Are The Worst?

Energy Drinks and Teens: Which ones are the worst?

Michael is 14. He’s in the middle of learning who he is what he likes. He thinks his parents are totally uncool. Actually, most things are totally uncool when you’re 14. Most things except video games, skateboarding, smartphones, and energy drinks. Our philosophy is everything in moderation, and that carries over to our parenting philosophy…

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