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A Note to My Future Self When Considering Camp for My Kids Next Year

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Never forget the camps of summer 2017…

Dear Future Lindsay,

When you read this letter, it will be somewhere around March or April of 2018.

Summer camp fliers will start appearing in the mailbox. You’ll be seeing announcements on Facebook and getting emails reminding you to register your kids “before the sessions fill up!” Read More »

Guilty Pleasures Parenting

9 Ways to Squeeze in a Workout

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Here are nine ways to squeeze in a workout…

Last week I wrote a post called “Swim, Snack, Repeat” about the harsh reality of what I thought was going to be a relaxing summer.

At the end of the post I promised that I’d share my tips for scheduling a workout when you’re really busy or always have your kids with you. I said I’d have that post to you by Friday…last Friday. Ha!

Almost one week later, I finally have it for you. Read More »

Parenting

Swim, Snack, Repeat

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Why is summer stressing me out?

While it feels (to me) like summer has been going on for months now, truthfully it has only been a few weeks.

Why is it that the prospect of summer is always way better than the reality? Read More »

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Huge Summer Giveaway Alert! {Put Me In The Story}

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Win a fabulous prize package from Put Me In The Story!

Summer is finally here!

It’s a season filled with fun outdoor activities, playdates, sports and more. Put Me In The Story wants to help bring even more fun (and a healthy dose of learning) to your family’s summer routine!

My kids got personalized storybooks from Put Me In The Story last year and they remain favorites for bedtime reading.




Put Me In The Story creates personalized books starring your child in beloved books and alongside their favorite characters to help them stay engaged in the story and foster a love of reading! Read More »

Parenting

Great Gift Idea for Father’s Day!

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Celebrate Dad this year by putting him in the story with cute personalized books!

One of the best gifts my kids received last Christmas was a personalized story book from Put Me In The Story.

My daughter got one about her and all the Disney princesses, my son got one about him and the Justice League, and my other son was featured in a “Ben and Elmo, Off to School!” book.

They were honestly so cute. Not only were their names weaved into the story, but their pictures, too!

If you’re tired of getting Dad the same old tie or sweater for Father’s Day, why not try something different this year? Read More »

Parenting

Sticking to My Guns

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I was the Queen of the Empty Threat…

One thing my husband and I argue about is following through with the kids. He claims that I make threats and don’t follow through on them.

Threats like…

If you don’t stop right now, there’s no more TV tonight! Read More »

Parenting

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

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Non-candy Easter basket ideas for when you’re sick of doling out candy!

My kids eat entirely too much sugar so I’m not exactly thrilled each time a candy-centric holiday rolls around. 

I’m trying not to put too much candy in their Easter baskets this year. Here is a list of non-candy Easter basket ideas for when you’re sick of all the SUGAR! Read More »

Parenting

Gift Card Deal at Meijer! #Meijer5Off

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Save $5 off your next grocery trip when you purchase $25 or more in select gift cards at Meijer!

Spring holidays, birthdays, vacations, new clothes…I’ve been spending lots of money lately!

If you’re like me, your wallet could definitely use a break right now. Luckily, Meijer has a fabulous deal going on now through April 22…

Save $5 off your next grocery order when you purchase $25 or more in select gift cards at Meijer! Read More »

Parenting

Family Game Night Games for Younger Kids

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If you want to plan a fun Game Night for younger kids, here are some board games that are just the ticket!

In an effort to try to get my kids to watch less television, I ordered some new board games from Amazon the other day.

We already have a handful of good ones, but I wanted to add some more to the mix…hopefully ones that my five and three-year-olds could play on their own, without me.

The three I ordered (Wobbly Worm, Pop Up Pirate, and Yeti in My Spaghetti) were all big hits, so much so that they inspired a Family Game Night this weekend. Read More »

Parenting

What to Do with Old, Broken Toys

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Tom’s of Maine has launched an innovative method for when you don’t know what to do with old, broken toys.

Too many toys and too much clutter…it gets overwhelming after awhile!

My preferred method of decluttering is to donate things we don’t need, but sometimes there’s crap that is not even fit for donation…then the question is what to do with old, broken toys?

So I toss them in the trash. (Sometimes even if they aren’t technically “broken,” but don’t tell my kids that!)

But now there’s a better way to deal with this problem.  Read More »

Parenting

Spring Break Kids’ Travel Essentials

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Be prepared for spring break travel with these must-haves!

Even though we aren’t traveling for my kids’ spring break this year, this list will be handy for any of the long car rides we have coming up. 

Here are some handy travel essentials that will help keep the whole family happy, safe, and entertained. Read More »

Parenting

B.O.G.O. Power Rangers Movie Tix w/ Atom Tickets This Weekend!

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This weekend only, tickets for the new Power Rangers movie are buy one get one with the Atom Tickets app!

 

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?

Why not head to the theaters to see the new Power Rangers movie and enjoy a great Buy One, Get One Free deal?

This weekend only, Atom Tickets is offering an exclusive B.O.G.O. deal when you use its app or website to purchase tickets to see Saban’s Power Rangers.

That means you’ll get one free ticket when you purchase one. 

Saban’s Power Rangers (Rated PG-13) opened last night to strong reviews and packed theaters in its limited opening-weekend release. It’s sure to be a hit among the older kids and teen crowds, as well as adults reminiscing about watching Power Rangers in their youth! Read More »

Parenting

Great Deal Alert! #Ahold15Off at Giant, Stop & Shop, or Martin’s

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Get $15 off your next shopping trip when purchasing $250 in Visa® Gift Cards!

Sometimes a deal may seem like a good deal at first. But then you think, What am I going to do with five boxes of dog biscuits when I don’t even have a dog?!

But hey, at least you were able to snag that $2 off your grocery order!

Other times, a deal actually is a good deal…like this one. Now through 3/20, you can save $15 off your next shopping trip when you buy $250 in Visa® Gift Cards at Giant, Stop & Shop, or Martin’s! Read More »

Parenting

7 Reasons You’ll LOVE Disney On Ice presents Dream Big

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Check out this list of 7 Reasons You’ll Love Disney On Ice presents Dream Big!

 

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to take my daughter and her friend to see Disney On Ice presents Dream Big at Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center…but it almost didn’t happen.

We have been hit SO HARD by illnesses this winter and last Wednesday was no exception. Read More »

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Disney On Ice presents Dream Big Trivia Questions

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Test your knowledge of all things Disney with this quiz from Disney On Ice presents Dream Big!

 

Think you’re knowledgeable at Disney trivia?

Find out when you test your smarts with the Disney On Ice presents Dream Big Trivia Game!

Answer questions about FrozenAladdinThe Little Mermaid and more. Then, leave your score in the Comments section so we can see who the biggest Disney fan is! Read More »

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Disney On Ice presents Dream Big

This post may contain affiliate links. Read full disclosure policy here.I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-show events. All opinions are my own.

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big, coming to a venue near you!

 

Believing is just the beginning when dreamers from Washington, D.C. witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.

Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney’s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage. Read More »

Parenting

Post-Women’s March To-Do List

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Here’s your post-Women’s March to-do list so we can keep the movement going!

Post-Women's March To Do List
 

I have never been prouder to be a woman than yesterday, as I watched the historic Women’s March and saw pictures shared by friends at marches all across the country.

Yesterday was the first step. Now to continue the real work…

Here is a helpful to-do list from Michael Moore, one of the speakers at the Women’s March.

Now, say what you will about Michael Moore, but he is a man who shows up and who gets things done. Read More »

Parenting

The Questions You Shouldn’t Ask

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Some questions are really just none of my damn business!

The Questions You Shouldn't Ask
 

When I was in high school, I had a running coach that I really admired.

She was fit, she was talented, she was fun…all the things that I wanted to be when I was an adult.

But I was puzzled. Read More »

Parenting

When You Don’t Want to Breastfeed

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What happens when you don’t want to breastfeed?

When You Don't Want to Breastfeed
 

I used to think that everyone should breastfeed if they were physically able to.

My grandmother used to issue frequent reminders when I was growing up: “You should always breastfeed your children. Don’t forget that.”

And so when I had my first child in 2011, that’s what I did. Except it wasn’t the wonderful, life-changing experience I had heard it was. Read More »

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Birthday Parties for a Third Child

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Birthday parties for a third child are…different than the ones for your first child.

Birthday Parties for a Third Child
 

“I just wanted to let you know that we aren’t really doing a big party for Ben’s second birthday…I’m just inviting a few kids from the neighborhood. So don’t, like, plan any trips down here for it,” I told my mother-in-law on the phone this weekend.

“I actually don’t even feel like doing a party at all!” I confessed.

“Oh, you have to!” she responded. Read More »

Parenting

17 Things to Look Forward to in 2017

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Don’t be down, here are 17 things to look forward to in 2017!

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2016, the year that everyone seemed to hate, is over.

And while you still may be in a funk because a certain someone is going to be our President in a few weeks, don’t despair.

You still have plenty to maybe/hopefully/probably look forward to in 2017.  Read More »