The New Way to Reduce Kids Paper Clutter (And Still Keep Their Memories)

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Alison art - adult coloring book

This post is sponsored by Keepy. All opinions of the Keepy App are my own. I think I broke her heart the day I told her we had to get rid of some of her papers.As I pulled out armful after armful of random papers stashed in the back of the closet, all I saw was the clutter and mess. I asked both of my twin daughters to help me sort through the papers to help me figure out what we should keep and what we should toss. It quickly became apparent that my daughter Lisa thought everything was important and began "secretly" stuffing papers away in a binder and then shoving that into her backpack, stashing them away in her bedroom, ...

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Bring the Scriptures to Life for Kids with an Epic Scripture-Themed Carnival

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Fun LDS Primary Scripture Carnival Game Ideas and snack ideas! Perfect for Primary Activity outdoor. David and Goliath. Walking on Water. Bow and Arrow. Fishers of Men. Planting Seeds. Archery.

This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions are my own.  One year ago I became the Primary President in our local church congregation. This means I've been responsible for overseeing the Sunday School, music, nursery, and sharing time of all children ages 18 months to 11 years old in our church. There are somewhere between 35-50 children in this age bracket. It can be a pretty overwhelming and stressful position to have, especially with a new baby, homeschooling, and a husband gone long hours with a PhD, oh, and working from home. The good thing is that I love children and find joy in this calling. To help motivate ...

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Leopard Print with Tie Dye – Why I Don’t Care What My Kids Wear (Most of the Time)

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Kids Clashing Outfits

When my twins were toddlers I spent a very long time trying to convince them both that clothes were worth keeping on for the duration of an entire day, especially during nap time, along with their diapers. But, they were unconvinced. They knew clothes were overrated and that going pantless, shirtless, diaper-less, and certainly shoeless was definitely the way to go. Consequently, I picked up random pieces of clothing all over my house for a very long time. When they finally mastered dressing themselves, and also keeping their clothes on for an entire day, I was ecstatic!  I no longer had to wrestle twins into pajamas, shirts, ...

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How Kids Can Unload the Dishwasher Without Breaking Anything

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Great tips on having kids unload dishwasher, but without (hopefully) breaking anything! Really want my child to do this chore but I've always been hesitant for this reason!

I am all for cleaning with awake kids, instilling the value of work, and having my children do chores. One of my five year old twins' chores is to unload the dishwasher first thing in the morning. Unfortunately, by having my young children unload the dishes by themselves, they have, on several occasions, broken cups, bowls, and plates. We've since established some ground rules on the proper way to unload the dishwasher, as well as few reminders on actually loading it. How Kids Can Unload the Dishwasher Without Breaking Anything 1. Have a Clean Counter When I ask my daughters to unload the dishwasher, I really need to first make ...

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How Taking Play On-the-Go Just Got Easier

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This is such a great product for kids! It really makes taking play on-the-go so much easier, which is great for summer roadtrips, errand running, or just general playtime or quiet time.

Summer time is in full swing. Living in Texas now and being pregnant for the first time in the summer, has left me very aware of several things. One, that I am tired, hot, and sweaty all the time. And two, I don't have a lot of energy to keep up with my kids or keep them entertained. So, it's never been more important to me to have toys that are easy to take on-the-go and are able to be played with both inside and outside.Having something for my five year old twins to do every day during their brother's naptime can be a bit, well, taxing on this hot pregnant momma. I am not really a mother who believes I need to entertain my ...

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8 Reasons You Should Go Camping With Kids

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This is a great reminder of the benefits of camping with kids! I know that camping as a family can be difficult, but it sure is fun!

As parents in the 21st century, we want to introduce our children to a wide variety of experiences so they can learn and grow and explore, get ahead, be smart and well-rounded. And one of the best ways to do this is by taking your child camping. I really think taking kids camping is one of the best things you can do with your kids, even, and especially, while they are very young. My husband and I are not frequent campers. We went camping together once before we had kids, once when our twins were five months old, the third time summer 2014, when we had three children ages 4,4,1, and the last time we went as a family was a few ...

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How to Get Children to Take Medicine Without a Fight

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Tips for getting a child to take medicine, especially if they don't like doing so. Great parenting tips! #DrCocoaReliefWithASmile

There are some things that you are never told you will have to do once you become a parent. One of them is that you will have to hold down and force medicine down your child's throat, because they don't want to take it. Luckily, I've gathered some tips on how to get children to take their medicine, even if they hate taking medicine. As we approach the "cold season," which is generally considered to start in September and last until April, the same time span our children may be in school, it is important to know how to help our children avoid and treat the common cold symptoms. Colds are annoying in how adaptable they are. In ...

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The Great Big List of Toys that Your Children Will Play With for Years

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Love the idea of this gift guide! It's a toy list full of classic toys, games, and equipment that are kid-tested and proven to be played with over and over again.

This post is sponsored by SheSpeaks and Duracell. It also contains affiliate links. My husband and I carefully select the toys and gifts we give our children. And it's especially true during big gift giving times, like Christmas and their birthday. We always want to give our children gifts that will last, that will be cherished, that will be played with countless times. We don't want to waste our money, or limited apartment space, on the wrong gifts and toys. Nor do we want to regret buying a certain toy.  Most often, we give our children classic toys as gifts, things like balls, puzzles, books, dolls, coloring books, crayons, and ...

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Kiwi Crate Review (AKA My Kids Destroy Everything)

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Kiwi Crate Reivew - Box

Have you heard of this new trend of monthly kids subscription boxes? They are offered for just about anything now, from clothing, to crafts, to games, to makeup, to books. Every month you get awesome new products to try, without having to go through the process of shopping online or in a store. Some of even catered to your preferences, age, lifestyle, and more. As I am homeschooling my kids for preschool this year, and I am not very crafty, I have been looking into various monthly kid subscription boxes. I recently signed up for two different FREE samples/trials - a Kiwi Crate one, and a Citrus Lane one (Citrus Lane has since ...

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Encourage Your Kids to Be Active – Fit Made Fun Party

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Love these new LeapBand activity tracker watches from LeapFrog!

I love being active. And so do my kids and husband. It's always just been a part of our lives. We enjoy being outdoors, trying new things, and hate just sitting around all the time. From simple family walks at the park, to bike rides, to swimming at the pool, we are outside and active. We have found the best ways of being active is to make it fun! That's why I was excited to partner with LeapFrog and CLIF Kid for their Fit Made Fun, MomSelect MommyParty on Saturday, September 6, 2014! It was a fun way to encourage kids to be active! They provided me with some free products so I could throw an awesome party for my kids with some of ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays

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10 Months Old

1. Last week I didn't post on Friday because I didn't have much to share. We were sick all last week with Influenza A virus (despite my children all getting the shot/mist at the beginning of December). We still have some lingering coughs, but are all feeling much better overall. Josh always gets hit the worst with sickness, and he had a fever most of last week, poor guy. Michael still has a runny nose, but me and the girls are doing fine. Alison's burned hand is still recovering as well, but looking good. 2. Before the sickness hit (and this is where we believe we acquired said sickness), we had a small Pine Wood Derby at our ...

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