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16 Gift Ideas for Tween Boys (and Tween Girls Too!)

December 9, 2015

Buying gifts for tweens can be really hard. They’re too old for most of the toys that crowd holiday flyers and they have very specific opinions about what they do and don’t like. They’re also pretty dang media savvy by this age and have been exposed to enough ads that they are beginning to develop […]

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Summer Fun: Easy Weekend Play Party

July 6, 2015

I’m excited to partner with CLIF Kid today to tell you about their Come Out to Play campaign. Ahhhhhh….summer time! Warm weather, lots of free time and constant play dates with friends! Well, that’s what it looks like in our fantasies at least. In reality, I have a heck of a time getting my kids […]

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Assemble a Kit to Streamline Trips to the Beach (or Pool)

June 24, 2015

When I moved to California from Iowa almost 25 years ago, I was sure I’d be at the beach all the time. Constantly. At least once per week. But reality didn’t match my expectations. In fact, for the vast majority of those years (20 of them) I barely even visited a beach once per year. […]

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7 Packing Tips for Day Camp Lunches and Snacks

June 16, 2015

Summer is here and that means lots of kids are headed off to day camp! Yay! They are playing games, crafting, learning new skills and … eating lunch with new friends. RRRRRRRRRRK! [That is supposed to be the sound of a record scratching to a halt. Remember records? Those kids you are sending off to […]

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Fake-out Apple Crisp: a Fun Kids’ Cooking Project

May 20, 2015

On a recent afternoon, my 10-year-old, Wyatt, was looking for something to do. His brother was on a play date, he’d already finished his homework, and his daily dose of screen time was hours away. Before the refrain of “I’m bored!” could start, I suggested that we cook something together. He was game, so we […]

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Share Local Recommendations with the GemShare App

November 14, 2014

This post was sponsored by GemShare, but I’m sharing my own opinions and experiences with their product. GemShare is an app for iPhone and iPad that allows you to share local recommendations with your friends and friends of friends — basically people who’s opinions you trust. You can submit quick endorsements of businesses or services […]

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