FamilyTravel

How to Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate When You Need it FAST

A recent experience – renewing my son’s passport last minute – ended up being WAY more than I bargained for, but I’ve learned there’s an easier way for next time. Read on to learn how to get a copy of your birth certificate fast! I stood in the middle of …

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BabyFamily

An Active DIY Sight Word Game to Play Outdoors

This active outdoor DIY Sight Word Game is a super way to help engage children that are on the cusp of early reading but may find themselves more interested in other activities. If your child or little ones you care for happen to be really into vehicles, wagons, bikes – …

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BabyFamily

Encouraging Young Children to Learn Through Play Every Day

Back to School is on just about every parent’s mind right, but what about the younger children who aren’t quite ready for school yet? While it is easy to get caught up in preparing your school age child for the new year, it is never too early to start encouraging …

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FamilyHealth and Fitness

From Hilarious to Scary, 8 Parents Recount Hospital Visits They’ll Never Forget

If you ask a group of parents to share their most memorable hospital visits, chances are, almost everyone is going to have a story. It seems that finding yourself in the doctor’s office or emergency room in a predicament you never imagined is almost a right of passage in parenthood. …

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FamilyTech

Test Your Child’s Academic Proficiency With ABCmouse

“On average, students lose 2 months of reading skills over the summer.” Oxford Learning I hate to say it, but summer is almost over. While most of us have been chasing sunsets and hitting the beach every spare moment, the summer has slowly been slipping away, and the last thing …

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FamilyTech

Why Should You Buy STEM Toys? The World is Changing and So Should Toys

My son was begging and pleading with me as I was paying for groceries the other day, and I could feel my blood pressure rise as his shrieks grew louder and louder. “Mom, cars! Please!” For a split second, I considered getting him a car for $1 just to stop …

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Family

Tame the Toy Monster by Encouraging Curiosity with National Geographic Kids

Are you guilty of bribing your kids with toys? This is an issue that has become somewhat of a problem with our son. I fear I have been promoting an unreasonable attachment to items by buying him countless toys. It hit me when I found myself actually considering a car …

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Family

Have You Spotted 10 of Our Favorite Signs of Summer?

We may not have hit the official First Day of Summer yet, but for all intents and purposes, summer has arrived. All the signs of summer are making their appearances. School is out, gardens are blooming, flip flops are being pulled from the back of the closet and the smell …

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FamilyFor KidsReviews

Teaching Childhood Basics with Imaginative Toys + Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe!

Do you have a little one headed to preschool or kindergarten next fall? It is their last summer before they enter a lifetime of schooling, and it might also mean you are frantically playing catch up on some of those basic skills they need for school. Instead of bombarding them …

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FamilyTech

5 Tips for Successful Summer Adventures with the Family

School’s out for just three months, and there is so much to do I could spend that long just planning summer adventures with my family. While I’m all for the freedom of having unscheduled days to relax, as a family I think it’s also important to plan a few summer …

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Family

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Being a Military Spouse

It’s hard to believe we’re approaching the third anniversary of the day my husband left for basic training. Our decision to join the military came at a point in our life when we were searching for a catalyst for change – and boy was it. Unlike the vast majority of …

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CraftsFamily

Dinosaur Party Ideas That Will Make You Roar

I confess, I could spend days on Pinterest looking for party ideas for my kiddos. It’s extremely likely that I could plan all of their birthday parties for the next 10 years. Of course, they might not be into mermaids or pirates, but who cares? Last year a few months …

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BabyFamily

How Wee Blessing is Preventing Changing Room Meltdowns

“Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it’s what you want before you commit.” Elizabeth Gilbert I love this quote because it basically sums up parenthood. Before you have kids, you hear all the time how hard it is, but …

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FamilyReviews

Are Play Tents The Modern Day Blanket Forts?

Do you remember making forts with blankets when you were a kid? When my sister and I would make forts, we would spend all night perfecting our fortress and beg my mom to let us keep it up all week. Unfortunately, we had to dismantle all that hard work the very next …

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CraftsFamilyReviews

How to Make Dinosaur Eggs, Footprint Cookies and More

Are you sick of winter, yet? Here in northern Michigan, we have been hit with constant snow and freezing temps. Being trapped inside so much is making all of us a little stir crazy especially my very active two year old. In efforts to keep him busy and save my …

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FamilyHealth and Fitness

Ways to Inspire a Healthier Family

Our children learn by example, and as parents we are their prime examples of how to eat, stay fit, and reach our full potential. With the beginning of a new year and all of the resolutions we make, do any of your resolutions promote more than just a healthier you? …

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