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05-May-2013-287

Raising an Introverted Child in an Extroverted World

Last year, we cancelled Noelle’s 3rd birthday party because she kept shaking her head, saying, “I don’t want to blow out my birthday cake. I don’t want everyone to watch me.” So we stooped down to her level, looked her in the eye, and asked if she wanted a birthday party. She shook her head [...]

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An Easy Holiday Recipe: Cranberry Catalina Chicken

This is one of those ridiculously easy, you can do it with one hand, type recipes. But more importantly, it tastes delicious! I make it throughout the year because it is SO EASY to make – who doesn’t like a set and forget recipe with less than 5 ingredients?? However, it is really ideal for [...]

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What the Transition from 1 to 2 Children was like for My Husband

A few days ago, I was talking to my husband, and was surprised to discover that he thought adding a second child to the mix was “exponentially – not just double – the work” (his exact words). I was shocked to hear this because my experience was so different! Whenever people ask, I usually say [...]

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Nurturing a Close Sibling Relationship

One of the greatest highlights of my life thus far has been to watch the relationship between my children grow. It has been a privilege to see Noelle step into her big sister role once her baby brother came along. When Jaren came along, I thought long and hard about how I wanted to encourage them [...]

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12 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

My family didn’t grow up with many holiday traditions, so I was determined to create my own now that I have my own family.  One simple tradition I’ve always yearned for was the simple act of stuffing stockings and opening them on Christmas Eve, then saving the big gifts for Christmas Day. I look forward [...]

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30 Holiday Potluck Ideas

Every year, a sign-up sheet is passed around our office for our annual holiday potluck. Every year, I’m stumped on what to bring besides the same ol’ boring veggie tray or chips and dip, so I’ve compiled a bunch of holiday potluck recipes that would go well over a large crowd.  I believe the best [...]

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48 Activities Inspired by Popular Children’s Books

I recently blogged about 8 Ways for Cultivating a Love of Reading in Children, and mentioned that one way to build upon their reading interest is to do activities based on books.  As I continued to work through how I’d make that more of a reality in my home, I decided to compile a list of [...]

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