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Summer and Rainy Day Activities for Kids

DIY Board Games for Kids

Hooray for vacation and stay at home days! Well, except for those days when the weather is too hot or too cold to get outside and run off all the extra energy from being cooped up. Even though we rotate toys – I hide stuffed animals in the attic and store birthday and holiday gifts in […]
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Disneyland with Preschoolers

Top Ten Tips For Disneyland With Preschoolers

After our maiden voyage to Disneyland was such a magical success, we can’t wait to visit again. Short and sweet, here are our Top Ten Tips for Disneyland With Preschoolers. Don’t forget to check out our detailed post on Planning for Disneyland with Preschoolers, with tips on when to visit the park, what attractions not to […]
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Summer Learning Activities

Summer Learning Activities for Kids: Top Ten Ways To Keep Kids Thinking

I’m thrilled to be participating in the Second Annual School’s Out! Top 10 Summer Learning Activities series and sharing our Top Ten Ways to Keep Kids Thinking over Summer Break with you. If you’re like me, you want your children to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, play in the dirt, swim in the pool and just […]
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CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Crave Artisanal Bean-to-Bar Chocolate

This week, I’m craving single origin, blended, and flavored artisanal bean-to-bar chocolate, like the to-die-for varieties we tasted at the recent Women’s Intellectual Property Lawyer’s Association networking event at Palo Alto’s The Chocolate Garage. The Habanero from Patric Chocolate was sinfully hot, sweet, and salty: If you haven’t visited The Chocolate Garage, they have tasting […]
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Science Experiment for Kids: Exploding Sandwich Bag

I took my own advice this summer and tried this classic messy outdoor science experiment for kids last month: the Exploding Sandwich Bag. This experiment is your basic baking soda and vinegar reaction experiment, but the anticipation of the explosion, the big pop, and the overflowing fizzy solution made this one a favorite with the […]
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Outlaw Mom DIY Magnetic Flower Chore Chart

5 Tips For Getting Kids To Clean Up

It’s a New Year, it’s supposed to be a new me, but the same old I-don’t-want-to-clean-Chrissy is still here. Luckily, there’s still time to teach my kids good housekeeping habits so they don’t risk growing up to be slobs! Here’s how I get my kids to clean up after themselves – even after the super […]
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DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe

Easy Sticker Snow Globe Craft

I’ve been on a wonky posting schedule lately trying to juggle a sick family, my day job, and on and on, but I’m back today with a fun, easy DIY winter-themed craft for kids as part of the Winter Wonderland Blog Hop presented by the fabulous Adrienne of The Iowa Farmer’s Wife: Mason Jar Snow […]
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Raising a Thinking Kid

The ABCs of Raising A Thinking Child: A through E

If you could teach your child only one thing, what would it be? What about the top five things?  I made a list of Ten Things I Will Teach My Daughter a little while ago, but really what I want for either of the kids is much more simple. Kindness is a given and easy for […]
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Preschool Art and Math With Strawberry Baskets

Preschool Art & Math With Strawberry Baskets

Preschool art and math activities don’t need to be complicated: you can turn ordinary objects in your home into fantastic learning tools for your kids if you just look at them in a new light. Do you have any leftover strawberry baskets from this summer?  Then you have almost everything you’ll need for Strawberry Basket […]
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ten things i will teach my daughter

{Live} Ten Things I Will Teach My Daughter

Today, when I was driving in to work, I caught the end of NPR’s Forum program on Marissa Mayer and The Work-Life Debate.  It dovetailed nicely with my recent thoughts on going back to work versus my brief stint as a stay-at-home mom and my new curiosity in this thing called feminism – which I’ll admit I […]
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