First and foremost, I must tell you about the relationship my household has with these things.  My daughter requested them for her birthday instead of cake.  Yes, we love them that much.  If I were to show you a...
If you are of my certain age, you have most likely given or received at least one mixed tape. They once were the height of romantic gestures, like a book of love poetry without the harking and art thous. They were the...
No pun intended, but I LOVE Valentine's Day!  It's my absolute favorite holiday - an entire day to celebrate the people you love, why not?!  It's not that I always had elaborate celebrations of this day growing up -...
2014’s Coolest Gifts for Kids. Holiday Must Haves for 3 Year Olds. 15 Unique Gifts for Boys. These lists are everywhere: the covers of magazines, the internet, and places I shop. They showed up just before Halloween and I've...

Holiday Traditions

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In Blended Family Basics, I wrote about some of the core values we follow to raise our three kids in a blended family environment. That approach works pretty well throughout the year, but the holiday season presents a new...
{Twin Cities Moms Blog has partnered with Lunchbox for this sponsored post. We love pairing Breyers ice cream with any dessert, but we especially love the Natural Vanilla with apple pie. Read on to hear about a great deal you...
Change is hard. I'm a creature of habit. For as long as I can remember, the holiday festivities in downtown Minneapolis were a highlight of the Christmas season. We'd wake up early on a Saturday morning to be first...

A Handmade Christmas

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A handmade Christmas, doesn’t that sound lovely?  Opening presents as a family that we have all put our heart and soul into for each other.  Months of pre-planning and prepping for this special exchange on Christmas Eve.  Sipping hot...
We've been thrilled to have Metro Pediatric Dental back sponsoring our Fall Playdate!  They sponsored our Summer Playdate Series - we had a blast and can't wait to partner again for another great round of these fun events.  Our October costume playdate was...
Somewhere in the first few years of my marriage, my husband's family decided that the only place that could hold all 50+ people for Thanksgiving dinner was Old Country Buffet, followed by pie at his mom's house.  Somewhat understandable,...
There are more than enough Twin Cities activities to keep your family busy this holiday season.  From light displays to Christmas Tree Farms, performances to family outings - you'll find something to entertain you and your kiddos and keep everyone...
{We've loved having Metropolitan Pediatric Dental sponsor so many of our playdates and are thrilled to have them partnering again for this sponsored post.  Check out their great advice for a Healthier Halloween!} There is no doubt that your kids...
Friday night, moms all across the Twin Cities are going to collapse into bed exhausted (but smiling) from all the Halloween festivities. Saturday morning, upon waking up, they will quickly realize the tricks of Halloween are just beginning as we are...
Holidays are just too much fun with little ones in the house.  They get the biggest kick out of the tiniest ways of celebrating…an innocence that I just adore. Halloween is one of those holidays where I think the...

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