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quick trick: showing love
January 16, 2012 42 comments

quick trick: showing love

Lately, my tiny Cora has been a little, teeny, tiny bit on the tough side. We’re back on a regular diet for her, after our gluten-free spring and summer, thanks ...

best of teach mama countdown: #3 shoe-tying
January 11, 2012 9 comments

best of teach mama countdown: #3 shoe-tying

Teaching some kids how to tie their shoes is so not easy, it’s not even funny. While one child may teach herself how to do it, for another child, it ...

best of teach mama countdown: #8 -- gem jars
January 5, 2012 10 comments

best of teach mama countdown: #8 — gem jars

Being a parent is a totally rewarding, completely fun, and continually changing job, but yes, it’s sometimes crazy, difficult, challenging, and frustrating. No two days are ever the same, and ...

quick trick: what to do with holiday cards
December 30, 2011 11 comments

quick trick: what to do with holiday cards

We’re huge fans of holiday cards around here. Actually, we’re huge fans of all types of cards.  We love to use them for cutting practice, arts and crafts, and even ...

magazine activities: creative, crafty, sneaky-learning fun
December 4, 2011 31 comments

magazine activities: creative, crafty, sneaky-learning fun

We are huge magazine fans over here. We love finding them in the mailbox, reading them, playing detective with them, crafting with them, and learning with them.  When they arrive ...

quick trick: how to take great holiday photos
November 29, 2011 7 comments

quick trick: how to take great holiday photos

This holiday-inspired Quick Trick is a little somethin’ for the moms and dads out there who strive for that perfect holiday family photo that they may–or may not–choose to use ...

quick trick: have a. . . placemat party!
September 16, 2011 12 comments

quick trick: have a. . . placemat party!

Every. Single. Day. We’re rocking a Placemat Party over here. At breakfast. At lunch. And at dinners at the kitchen table (because the kitchen table is so less fancy than ...

quick trick: the fancy brush--avoiding tangled hair and tearful mornings
September 6, 2011 27 comments

quick trick: the fancy brush–avoiding tangled hair and tearful mornings

This Quick Trick is a little bit funny to me. It’s not about how to make the school year a success. It’s not about how to teach kids to tie ...

fun with food: learning in the kitchen with kids
August 31, 2011 29 comments

fun with food: learning in the kitchen with kids

Over the last few years, we’ve had a ton of fun with food over here.  I love food, my kids love food, my husband loves food, and we all really ...

our everyday name books
June 22, 2010 1 comment

our everyday name books

Books, books, books! We’re making books, reading books, and talking about books over here–between trips to the pool and bike rides, that is. With our summer schedules in full swing, ...

trying to keep smiling: quick trick, rest time
March 5, 2009 5 comments

trying to keep smiling: quick trick, rest time

This is one Quick Trick that now is worth about a million bucks to me: I remember the day I actually learned it–way back when Maddy was an infant–I just ...