This Birthday Streamers Idea Lets Your Child BURST into Their New Year
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This Birthday Streamers Idea Lets Your Child BURST into Their New Year

Looking for a fun, memorable way to help your child kick off their big day? Here’s a birthday streamers ideas that lets them burst into their new year! Is there any day a kid looks forward to more than their birthday? Their planning and dreaming starts months in advance. Show your kiddo how much your…

Maximize Anticipation with a Birthday Countdown for Your Child
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Maximize Anticipation with a Birthday Countdown for Your Child

Because it’s birthday season at our house, today I’m starting a series on traditions to make the big day fun, meaningful, and memorable. First off? How to make a birthday countdown! 3 Birthdays in 5 Weeks! Here’s a little background: on Thursday Nate turned six. His birthday falls between Bennett’s, which was earlier in March,…

Saturday Means Pancakes, Thursday Means Bakery – The Importance of Weekly Traditions
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Saturday Means Pancakes, Thursday Means Bakery – The Importance of Weekly Traditions

When you think of traditions, it’s easy to think of special rituals that take place on Christmas or birthdays. And those are so important! But what shouldn’t be overlooked is the importance of weekly rituals. Read on. The Inception of Bakery Day Looking at the title of this post, you’re going to start thinking every…

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An Easy, Fun, and Meaningful NYE at Home with the Kiddos

Last year, with the pandemic raging (as it still is a year later 😩) and me six months pregnant, it was clear we would not be going out for New Year’s Eve. Let’s be real — since having kids, the vast majority of our NYE festivities have taken place at home anyway. And we’ve had…

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Planning for a Merry, Love-Filled Christmas Day at Home

The stockings have been raided, presents opened, cinnamon rolls consumed. And it’s not quite 10 a.m. How will we spend the rest of Christmas Day? This is a question we face a lot of years. Since we celebrate with my family on Christmas Eve and Mike’s family doesn’t get together for Christmas (they’re Jewish and…

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How We’re Celebrating the Winter Solstice

For me, the hardest part of this time of year is the darkness. With walks, for example, I can slip on boots and my long, toasty-warm coat to protect against the chill, but there’s nothing I can do to prevent the sun from slipping away well before 5:00. I’ve mentioned I’m embracing hygge and bringing…

Fostering Kids’ Gratitude, Part 2: Create a Gratitude Wall
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Fostering Kids’ Gratitude, Part 2: Create a Gratitude Wall

To move beyond a brief Thanksgiving Day conversation when it comes to focusing on gratitude, I’m trying out two different things with the boys this year. The first is gratitude postcards. The second is a gratitude wall. Now let me start out by saying I’m aware there are way prettier, more-Instagram-worthy gratitude activities out there….

Fostering Kids’ Gratitude, Part 1: Send Thank You Postcards
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Fostering Kids’ Gratitude, Part 1: Send Thank You Postcards

Every Thanksgiving Day, we ask the kids to name things they’re thankful for. While doing so is a nice practice, it’s usually limited to a one-minute conversation before the big feast. And though they always say “my family,” it’s spoken in a perfunctory, I-know-this-is-what-my-parents-want-to-hear type of way. In short, I’m doubtful that this thankfulness exercise…