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Did you know that according to the 2014 Fresh Takes with Green Giant Frozen Survey, more than 1/3 of parents admitted to leaving out vegetables (either on accident or on purpose) from their family’s dinner table due to time constraints? That is such a sad statistic, considering we are supposed to be getting 2-4 servings of veggies each day! I am not perfect in this matter, however, and I admit to also leaving out the veggies at times, due to lack {Read More}

3 Simple Kids Crafts for Fall and Halloween

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It is officially Fall in a week and we are super excited about it around here! We spent last week making some fun crafts to get ready for our favorite season. First, we made a trip to the Dollar Tree Halloween Headquarters to stock up on supplies. We found just about everything there, to make these three crafts. The kids had a blast creating these with me and I love watching their imaginations run wild! Make a hanging sock bat! {Read More}

Celebrate back-to-school with Dreyer’s mini cookie ice cream sandwiches recipe #ReasonToSmile

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“This blog post is part of a paid The Motherhood and Dreyer’s blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.” With back-to-school in full swing, the kids may already be tired after a long day away and need a little special treat when they get home, to keep them (and you) in good spirits. It’s a bit sad when summer ends, but with these delicious and easy-to make mini cookie ice cream sandwiches, made with Dreyer’s ice {Read More}

Easy Fall craft for kids: Apple Print Paintings

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With every new season comes new projects and craft opportunities that I cannot help but take advantage of. I am a big crafter (or at least I was, before I had three energy-sucking little people), so needless to say, I enjoy sharing that with my kids. We are always doing some sort of project and while there have been some really cool ones we have done in the past that took lots of prep and clean-up time, my favorites are always {Read More}

Our 1st Day of Homeschool

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Monday was our first day of school and things were a little rocky, but went well overall. Even though I planned for a shorter, more fun-less work day, the boys were still fighting against the structure, after having nothing all summer. Tuesday went even better and by Wednesday, we’re pretty settled into our school routine. I know that we’ll go through phases where the schedule won’t work well, but for now, it seems to be doing just fine! I do {Read More}

Easy back-to-school lunch idea: Pickle Roll-Ups #HillshireNaturals

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Back-to-school season brings lots of new things..clothes, school supplies, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc. But don’t forget that you also need something easy and healthy to make and put inside those lunch boxes, something that the kids will actually eat! These Pickle Roll-Ups are oh, so simple to make, and are do yummy! They are also good for lunch boxes, as they don’t really smash like sandwiches do.. Try these out with your own kids and I bet they will love {Read More}

Back-to-school organization with Office Max #InspireStudents

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents This year, as I dive into homeschooling, it is even more important for me to stay organized. I like different-colored pens, and lots and lots of Sharpies, to help me keep a color-coded system of organization. We had our first day of school on Monday of this week and boy was I thankful {Read More}

Life on-the-go with a toddler and the Urbini Avi Jogger Stroller

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“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Urbini. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating.” Being constantly on-the-go with a very active toddler means that I need to be prepared all the time, with snacks, diapers and a cozy ride for her, to help me keep my sanity. The all-new, Walmart-exclusive Urbini Avi Jogger stroller is pretty dang amazing for me and her both! The {Read More}

Our 2014-15 Homeschool Schedule and Curriculum List

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* This post contains affiliate links but no review items* In a little over one week, the boys and I will embark on our new adventure in homeschooling. We have some some ‘schooling’ at home before, when they were young, but nothing like this, so it really will be a new learning experience for us all. I am so excited to get started and the are, too, Cohen especially! Cohen (6 years old) will be in first grade and Eli (4.5 {Read More}

North Idaho Local Life :: Favorite family camping spot

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Last weekend we went camping as a family of 5, for the first time. Yes, Natalie is 2 years old and we haven’t been camping together before this! How sad! I knew it was going to be so much fun, though, so we packed the car as full as we could (we felt like sardines!) and headed to the Breakwater Campground area, in Cataldo, ID, because we were recommended there by a friend. We didn’t know what to expect..all we {Read More}