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Disney Halloween Surprise

We did it! We surprised our kids with a trip to Disney World!  Our daughter had been asking for two years to go to Disney, as a lot of her friends were going.  Neither my husband nor I are big Disney people. He went once when he was seven years old and I went with a friend’s family in high school. When we made the decision and I started the planning process, I was beyond overwhelmed. There was SO much…

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Fall Storybook Pumpkin – Super Narwhal & Jelly Jolt

Earlier this month, my daughter brought home the first of what I know will be many “family” projects.  Every parent dreads these projects, because let’s face it, at this age, it’s less of a family project and more a “mom and dad” project.  The ask? Design a Fall Storybook Pumpkin based on your child’s favorite book. In our daughter’s case that was Super Narwhal & Jelly Jolt.   Sharing our story and some tips on what we used to create our…

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The Night Before First Grade

Twas’ the night before first grade and this momma’s not ready! I am convinced this will never get easier. I thought for sure that once we got past the first day of Kindergarten my emotions would be a little more in check. But I was wrong. I almost feel that I’m having a harder time this year than last year, but I don’t know why. Certainly part of it is the fact that she’s growing up and becoming more independent,…

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Top Christmas Gifts for 2018 – Christmas Countdown

Believe it or not, Christmas is right around the corner.  I walked into a store recently and saw tinsel, ornaments and Christmas decorations galore. If I’m being honest, I wanted to turn around and run out of the store immediately. Despite my disbelief that it could possibly be that time of year, I accepted the reality. So while the kids are still splashing around in the pool, eating one too many popsicles on a hot summer evening, and we’re all…

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