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Summer fun is here – playing outdoors, family vacations, visits to amusement parks, and family time together. That means summer road trips! I love the fun and adventure of road trips, but when you travel with kids you need to be prepared. I’m sharing my tips to save money and sanity with these simple road trip snack hacks.

As a mom of 3, making regular 14-hour road trips to visit family in Utah, I’ve learned how to make a road trip with kids successful and stress-free. We make this long road trip in one day and I hear, “Mom, I’m hungry” on repeat the entire day. Thanks goodness I’m prepared! Read more …

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10 Fun & Educational Alexa Skills for Kids

Alexa skills for kids are fun, educational, and interactive! My family loves playing music and reading Audible books with Alexa, but there are many more amazing Alexa skills just for kids. I’m sharing our 10 favorite Alexa skills for kids that you should try today. Read More …

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2018 Summer Reading Programs for Kids!

Get kids excited about reading over the summer and avoid the summer slump with these free 2018 summer reading programs! The free summer reading programs encourage your child to read with fun reward programs. 1. Barnes & Noble The BN Summer Reading Program runs from May 15 – September 3, 2019. Kids keep a reading Read more

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Gift Ideas for a 3 Year Old Boy!

I am a #boymom. When I’m writing this, I have a 1-year-old. And a 3-year-old. And a 4-year-old. And a 5-year-old. All boys. It’s just how these things happen. With them all being close in age and having similar interests (so far), when it’s a birthday around here for one of the boys, it’s almost like a birthday for all of the boys. We tend to keep that in mind when buying gifts. Sure, we buy gifts that the Birthday Boy would like. But we also keep in mind that he’s likely got 3 other people that he can play with. So we like gifts that lend themselves well to sharing or that can have multiple people playing at one time. Not all gifts are like that, but it works out well.

My 2-year-old just turned 3 and I wanted to share some of the gifts that he got. Something to keep in mind is that because he’s Son #3, we already have a lot of the basic things that little boys play with. We have tons of trains. We have tons of Duplo blocks. We have tons of little cars. We have tons of Waffle Blocks. We have tons of Little People. We have TinkerToys. We have tons and tons and tons of Play Doh. Those are all fantastic staples in our house and we love all of them.

So, here are some of the gifts that my 3-year-old got for his birthday – some came from us and some from relatives. Read More…

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Are you a pregnant mom or recently had a baby in the last three months? Join Enfamil Family Beginnings® and get up to $400 in FREE gifts including coupons, formula samples, Belly Badges™, and more. The Belly Badges are adorable. They are simply stickers that you place on your baby’s onesie to share special moments and milestones with friends and family. Perfect for baby photos!

When you join you will also receive helpful advice for new mothers and special offers. Plus, join before 3/31/18 and be entered to win free formula for a year. Read More…

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How to Plan a Family Game Night!

Today it seems like everything is digital. Kids have their own tablets at a young age and can often manipulate the computer better than their parents. While learning how to operate a computer is an important skill, it’s just as important to teach children basic skills through board games. Sometimes I feel that board games Read more

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How to Teach Kids to Manage Money

As parents it’s our job to teach children life skills. Money seems to be one topic many families are reluctant to discuss openly, but it is so important and managing it is definitely a life skill. I was fortunate my parents owned a small business and ‘shop talk’ was a regular at the dinner table Read more

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10 Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters!

I teach meal planning classes in Omaha and I hear so many parents who struggle meal planning for children who are picky eaters. They make a delicious homemade meal and the child refuses to eat it. This can be really frustrating when you are budgeting and meal planning and don’t want to cook an extra Read more

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50 Fun Ideas to Keep Kids Active!

Have you ever heard that play is a child’s work? Play is how kids learn social skills, problem solving and use their imagination. Play that involves movement and activity is essential for kids to maintain healthy weights, build strength and develop their motor skills.

My kids would be happy to watch TV or play video games all day, but I make it a priority to be screen-free and active for at least 60 minutes a day. Some days my kids are happy to just play in the backyard, but other days they are simply bored. So here’s a list of 50 fun activities you can do with your kids to keep them active! Read More…

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