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Guest Post: 9 Things Your Child Needs To Know For Kindergarten by Vanessa Tendick

With another school year starting I have been worried about making sure that my kids are ready. Each year my children have been blessed with incredible teachers and…

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Friday Faves : 8 Places to Buy School Uniforms

Just in case you missed this post the first time around we’re sharing it again today. It’s school uniform time and Maris can tell you which ones pass…

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Cowboy Cookies

I have had this cookie recipe for years and even after trying lots of other cookies we always come back to Cowboy Cookies. I got this recipe from…

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Why I Have 5 Kids

I live in Utah, so it should not come as a huge shock that I have 5 kids. Many people have larger families here. However, every time I…

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Saturday Surfing: Back To School

I’m in total denial that school is going to start soon because I really do enjoy having my kids at home in the summer. However, my kids love…

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July, I Won’t Miss You

The month of July is always emotional for me, but this July has been especially so. While there is plenty to celebrate in July, including my anniversary and…

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Friday Faves: 5 Games The Entire Family Will Love

I love to play board games with my kids, especially in the summer when we can play outside. I did a post here back in November but, like everything…

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Tent Camping: Successes and Lessons Learned

We survived our first camping trip as a family of seven. Not only did we survive, but we had a great time! We camped at Trial Lake in…

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Top Picks for the Perfect Highchair

When I had my first child nearly 8 years ago, I chose the “perfect” highchair before he was born. Big mistake. Actually, HUGE mistake. It was the perfect…

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Saturday Surfing: Camping With Kids

We are planning a family camping trip! I actually am super excited about it. My dad used to take us camping when we were little kids. I also…

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Throwback Thursday: Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Today’s Throwback Thursday is in direct response to needing light, no ovens required, dinner options during the hot summer months. Plus it’s one more great way to use…

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Summer Infant Pop N’ Sit Portable Booster

I have talked before about my love for my Summer Infant products here, and now I have another one to add to the list! The Summer Infant Pop N’…

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Throwback Thursday: Car Travel Must Haves

We are all doing a ton of traveling this summer and Maris is a pro at packing a car to ensure that traveling with kids is a success!…

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To The Other Mother At The Pool

I took all of my kids swimming on Friday. It was a great day, so great, in fact, that when my older kids begged to stay longer I…

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Saturday Surfing

We are getting ready for an upcoming trip to Montana. This means packing the car and planning for a 7 hour road trip. Our kids are good little…

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Our New Pets: The Exciting World of Composting Worms!

Every summer I have grand plans of doing fun science experiments with my kids. We always try a few science experiments and crafts and then I find myself…

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Preparing

This is not a really an uplifting or fun post, but it is something that I have been thinking about a lot lately. I have attended too many…

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Pool Days

My key to summer survival is the pool. I love water, sun and tired children; the pool takes care of all of these. I even drag my babies…

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Saturday Surfing

My kids are officially out of school for the summer. Hallelujah! It is now time to start our official summer bucket list. One thing that we really want…

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Bike Trailers and Bike Seats

With summer approaching, I have been getting so excited for bike rides with my kids. My older two have finally moved on to bikes with gears so they…

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Friday Faves: Surviving Spring/Summer Sports

We are in the thick of summer sports. Baseball and soccer are consuming my life right now and it can make for some crazy weeknights and Saturdays. Living…

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Airplane Travel With an Infant

Madsen and I recently returned from visiting my grandma in Arizona. Over the years, we have done a fair amount of traveling with our kids. Traveling with kids…

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Chicken Piccata For The Win

This has become one of my family’s very favorite meals. I love that it doesn’t take too much prep time and can be done anytime during the day….

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Saturday Surfing

It is May and May is crazy. When my kids were little, I would hear other mothers who had older children say how busy May was and I…

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Summer Infant

As summer approaches, I am looking forward to summer vacations, days at the pool and evenings outside. Summer is my love language! I love tan bodies, the water…

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Club Foot

    I asked my sister in-law Camille to talk about her experience with  her son Henry and his diagnosis with bilateral clubfeet. I was so impressed with…

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Saturday Surfing

The weather the last few weekends has not been great, which is very common in Utah, but honestly it kills me every year. I am a warm weather…

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Dock A Tot

My Madsen has been diagnosed with a slight case of plagiocephaly. In other words, the back of his head is flat. This sweet babe gets held a lot and…

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Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits in Children

First off,  I am no expert in this area, but it is something that I try to implement in my home. With that being said, my kids like…

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When Push Comes To Shove

As a parent, it is difficult to know how far to push your child. It’s a delicate balance between making them do tough things on their own so…