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10 Preteen Morning Routine Essentials for Back To School

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This sweet (and sometimes sassy) girl will turn 11 in just under a month. It seems like just yesterday I was watching her chubby little toddler legs climb the ladder to the spiral slide on our swing set, squealing the entire way down with blond curls streaming out behind her. Forever chasing after her big […]

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5 Simple Snacks to Pack in Your Pool or Beach Bag

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Though this summer hasn't exactly been conducive to lounging at the local pool, we've still managed to use our pass several times... As you can imagine, loading up 5 kids and all of their gear to hit the pool for a few hours is no easy feat, but I've become somewhat of an expert over […]

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7 Sanity-Saving Essentials for Road Trips With Kids

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I won't lie... I love my kids, but spending 13+ hours in the car with them en route to our vacation destination pushes me to the very edges of my sanity. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating just a bit, but all of the "Are we there yets?" and "He's/she's touching mes!", not to mention the bickering […]

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7 Healthy Cooking Gifts | Give The Gift Of Health This Holiday Season

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I don't know about you all, but I definitely feel like I *may* have gained a pound or two over the last week with all of the wonderful holiday food we've been partaking in. 'Tis the season... right? I believe in everything in moderation, though, and as long as we balance the sweets and treats […]

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Stock Your Kitchen With These Budget-Friendly Holiday Baking Essentials

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I love the holiday season for so many reasons, not the least of which is that I have an excuse to bake cookies any day of the week... By the way, did you know that you can freeze cookie dough? Freezing individual portions means that you can easily bake a small batch any time, even […]

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How To Bake Big Beautiful Bakery-Style Muffins {With Your Fave Recipe}

It's often said that the kitchen is the heart of a home, and I can attest to that. It's where we start our mornings over cold cereal and hot bagels, and where we finish out the day, packing school lunches after dinner before starting our bedtime routine... and many, many moments in between. Conversation flows […]

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Answers To Your Questions About Beef | Beef It’s What’s For Dinner

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When I sat in on a special presentation on beef presented by the Beef Checkoff and The Motherhood last week, I didn't really expect to learn anything new. After all, I've been cooking with beef since I was a preteen, so I assumed I knew it all. Well, you know what they say about people […]

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