Kristin Brandt
I'm working mom, full-time marketing professional (Sundin Associates), part-time podcaster (Manic Mommies), and Family Life blogger (Real Simple). You can find everything at kristin-sundin-brandt.com

Recent Posts By Kristin Brandt

How I fixed my holiday cards (and why I didn’t have to)

Last week I received the holiday cards I ordered from Shutterfly, and realized something. . . I hated the picture of my daughter I had selected. Other than the one picture, the card was everything I wanted. But knowing I would obsess about that photo each time I stuffed one of the over 100 cards into an envelope, I decided there […]

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How I finally found a place to hang the stockings

When my husband and I remodeled our kitchen, we made one major change that my kids are still upset about – we removed the fireplace. It’s really only in December that they complain because, you guessed it, we removed Santa’s entrance into our house. (Fortunately “magic,” and a showing of Tim Allen’s The Santa Clause, are enough to satisfy their […]

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How I shopped small for the holidays

SPOILER ALERT: If you are a member of my family, please don’t read this post lest you want to get an idea of what you might be getting for Christmas. Last year as I ran around the mall on the hunt for last minute gifts, I decided that in 2011 I was going to try something different. I was going […]

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How I finally got my mudroom

During the summer of 2010, my husband and I decided it was finally time to get started on my long dreamed of mudroom. Our goal was to claim underutilized space in our garage to create a transition space into the house where we could wrangle the pile of shoes, backpacks, jackets and other detritus which had been piling up in […]

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How I organized my Girl Scout troop

This year, after being told that my 6-year old daughter may not be able to be a Daisy because of a lack of parental volunteers, I stepped up to lead a Girl Scout troop. Now keep in mind that, in addition to having two children, a husband, a house, a full-time job, a part-time podcast, and other assorted writing gigs, […]

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Have you been “BOO-ed?”

Legend tells of a a phantom ghost which comes to town to leave goodies at the door of girls and boys around Halloween . . . in the form of treats and treasures from the Dollar Store. For those unfamiliar with the tradition of “BOO-ing” or “ghosting” around Halloween, someone in our neighborhood starts the BOO rolling, leaving a bucket […]

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So you want be a super hero

Halloween approaches and my e-mail box runneth over with Halloween costume ideas – everything from ways to swap costumes (did you know Annual Costume Swap Day was on October 8th?) or make your own (for a great spider costume check out this one from “Formerly Gracie”). Among all the costume ideas are quite a few related to superheros – and […]

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How to know what video games your kids are playing

A couple of weeks ago my 9-year old son started playing the online game, Wizard101. According to the web site, “Wizard101 is a free to play MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) Wizard school adventure game with collectible card magic, wizard duels, and far off worlds that’s safe for kids and fun for players of all ages! The game allows players to […]

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Have an idea? Give it a “kickstart”

One of the benefits of becoming a blogger and podcaster is the exposure I’ve gained to people with big ideas, big dreams and big plans. I’ve also found individuals of incredible talent – musicians, illustrators, writers, photographers, clothing designers – many of whom I would never have had the pleasure to meet or hire if not for the internet. Of […]

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Do You Send Notes with Your Child’s Lunch?

Each time I read the Wall Street Journal (which is less rare an occurrence than you might think), I learn something new. Last week, I learned my husband and I were slacking on the lunch making front. Or, more specifically, the lunch note making front. According to the article “To Pack an A-Plus Lunchbox” many parents send something extra in their child’s […]

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