Rainbow Loom, all the rage among 7-12 year olds

Doing my research again, for my grandkids, and I came across the Rainbow Loom. Now if you look on the wrist of my grandkids at any given time, chances are you will find a bracelet or hair band or rubber band. So when I heard about the Rainbow Loom, I knew I had found a goldmine for a perfect Christmas present. And for a price under $20!

The loom

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Best beginner building sets for toddlers

My only son loved building sets as a child. He had Duplos, Legos, K-nex, Rokenbok, and anything else he could build with, including Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, and Erector Sets. Funny thing now is, he works for a private corporate amusement company and manages a team assembling, disassembling, and transporting roller coasters and ferris wheels!

Now that my youngest grandson is almost 18 months old, I want to introduce building

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10 fun and easy Thanksgiving crafts and activities for kids

Looking for something to keep the little ones busy while you prepare for Thanksgiving this week? Or maybe want to spend some quality time crafting with them while cooking your turkey?

I have gathered just a few of the THOUSANDS of Thanksgiving craft ideas out there.

Grateful Paper Plate turkey

 

Grateful turkey with patterning

 

 

Paper plate turkey wreath

 

Gumdrop turkey

 

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Simplify your child’s wardrobe

child getting dressed

How many mornings are spent with a child frantically searching for his “favorite” shirt or her “princess” sandals? How many times are there tears when you are trying to make it out the door?

Or maybe you are trying to dress your preschooler because you are running behind and can’t seem to find anything that matches.

Do you keep pulling out things with stains or holes? Good for playing

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Help your children discover their gifts

In America, it seems, parents can’t wait to sign their 4 year olds up for soccer, or their 5 year olds up for cheerleading. Or, depending on the talents and desires of the parent, they may be taking tennis or golf. Maybe they join the swim team.

Don’t get me wrong, none of these things are wrong in and of themselves. Let’s just be careful that we are not burying

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Do American parents have it backwards?

The days of summer are quickly coming upon us and I am reminded of catching fireflies and running through the neighborhood playing hide-and-go-seek in the dark as a kid.

My kids are now ages 20-31, and I know they have many of the same memories, running in the woods, playing with the neighbor kids, riding their bikes to the corner store to get ice cream.

I hope my grandkids

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Held hostage by a sleeping child?

Getting your kids to sleep in their own bed can be a struggle (this is not meant to be a debate on cosleeping!) Having kids in your bed can definitely keep you (and them) from getting a good night’s sleep. I don’t have all the answers, but I thought I would share a post from The Bizy Mommy:

But what I really want you to see

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Top 10 funny baby videos

There is just something about laughing babies that can’t help but brighten your morning! Need a quick pick-me-up? Take a second and watch these top 10 funniest kid videos!

 

Making the most of time spent in the car

After coming across a conversation on Facebook by one of my sister bloggers, Christine Wolf, talking about how exhausting all the driving kids around can be, I thought I would write a post with some tips to make the most of the car time. By the other comments on the thread, it was obvious that she was not alone in her sentiments.

So how can you make the most

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Do these things everyday

Sometimes we long for an adventurous life. We want to throw caution to the wind and go with the flow. And in some occasions that may be a good thing, but for the most part, routines and habits can be a good thing. Having the important daily things on autopilot, if you will, gives you more time and more brain power for doing all those other exciting things, even if

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