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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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Save 20% on the Goodbyn Bynto Kit

Tots can keep busy decorating the outside with dishwasher-safe stickers, then enjoy the snacks and drink stashed inside. Available in seven colors. Visit store.goodbyn.com, and enter the code REAL2011 at checkout to save 20 percent. *Discount available from October 1, 2011 until November 30, 2011, or while supplies last.

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Mimi’s Circus

My friend Fergi is the best person to follow on Pinterest because she finds all the obscure treasures all over the internet and collects them all in one place. Her latest find are these birthday kits from the Danish company Mimi’s Circus. They are sweet curated birthday kits for kids. Everything from treat bags to decorations all in perfect taste. […]

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Homework Tips

Earlier today I wrote a post (on my other blog) about the daily struggle in my household over homework. One of my sons is in 4th grade and the expectations for his age are fairly high. Most afternoons he has to read for 20 minutes, practice his spelling words and math facts, and complete worksheets or textbook assignments. After a […]

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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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Bake Sale Recipes for a Good Cause

Looking for some bake sale inspiration or just feeling nostalgic for sweet treats from your childhood? Gretchen Holt-Witt’s Cookies for Kids’ Cancer: Best Bake Sale Cookbook is here, just in time for all those back-to-school sugar bonanzas. When I was little, I was a sucker for anything involving cheesecake. So I was always willing to plunk down a few quarters […]

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Are These Shoes Genius or a Complete Horror Show?

One of the things that is both most amazing and most maddening about Middle is that when he fixates on something, he never lets go. He is like a pit bull, or at least what I think pit bulls are supposed to be like, since people describe this sort of I’m-not-letting-go-till-I-get-my-way as acting “like a pit bull.” (Which makes me […]

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It’s National Play-Doh Day!

If Friday weren’t reason enough to celebrate, today is also National Play-Doh Day. Whether or not you have kids, why not pick up a container and have some good old-fashioned fun. When stored at room temperature, in it’s container, Play-Doh should last for up to three years. If it starts looking a little dried out, wrap it in a damp […]

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More Ways to Get Connected from Laurie David of The Family Dinner

Today we have a post from Laurie David author of The Family Dinner, a book all about ways to get connected to your family and friends around the dinner table. This week my dinner guests were an odd assortment. The table consisted of one person I had met once before, his girlfriend who I had just met, an eight year […]

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Heaven Help My Son’s Nursery School Teacher

Or: What do you do when your 4-year-old has much older brothers? Last night Middle was telling me about the short story he read in English class yesterday, and I asked if I could read it. It was “Charles,” by Shirley Jackson. The only Shirley Jackson story I ever remember reading was—of course—“The Lottery,” and I was surprised by how […]

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