7 Best Goody Bag Gifts for Kids

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Children at parties and occasions bring more happiness to any event. You can bring more joy to them by giving them goody bag gifts...

How to Move Past the Mom Guilt

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As a daughter, I tried to avoid the mom guilt at all costs. I was the goody-two-shoes kind of kid who deflated every time...

Finding Your Zen When Your Spouse Works Late

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It's 4 p.m. and the countdown to dinner, bath, and bedtime is on! Knowing your spouse is close to being home to tag-team the...

What You Need to Become a Toy Minimalist

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Every day we see our kids have the time of their lives with a pile of stones or the wood chips at the playground....

Overcoming Math Anxiety So Your Kids Don’t Catch It

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Throughout most of the school year, we worry about passing along the flu, stomach bugs, and other yucky conditions to our children (and vice...

Teaching Kids About Earthquakes Without Scaring Them

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The unknown is a dark, scary place for a kid. And, when you think about it, so much of their world is unknown. They...

Kids’ Christmas Gifts that Aren’t Things

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It's the hap-happiest time of the year, but let's be real — you're looking at the toys your children already have and think, "We cannot bring...

9 Hacks for Valentine’s Day at School

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Remember Valentine's Day back in elementary school? You found the box of valentines in the seasonal aisle of Walmart with your favorite character on...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: Part 2

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We landed and sprinkles — nothing more, no ferocious pelting rain — dotted the window on the row-20 window of our Japan Airlines flight. Carry-ons...

MOPS: A Place of Support For New Moms

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Military service members fight valiantly in war. As mothers, service member or civilian, fight our own war of sorts. Our wars may not have...

4 Things to Know About Having a Baby in Germany

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I remember the day we got orders to Germany like it was yesterday. We were so excited, ready to continue our married adventure in...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: Part 4

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Never having pumped my own gas in Japan before, that could have easily have been the most eventful part of my day on any...

6 Ways to Celebrate Your Baby’s 1st Birthday That Aren’t Cake-Smashing

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The adorable props are set, a first birthday candle has been bought, the balloons tied to the mailbox gently sway, and gifts are being...

5 Thanksgiving Kid’s Table Ideas for the Win

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Nothing is more grating on parents’ nerves than crushing it in the kitchen, making Pinterest-worthy meals only to have our kids — our own flesh...

Managing Maternity Leave: Military Spouse Life as CEO

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You're the Financial Director, Event Organizer, Chief Operating Officer, and CEO of your household, not to mention entrepreneur on the side. So how do...

5 Important Things I Learned Growing Up Military

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The dandelion is the official flower of the military child because it can sprout anywhere, goes where the wind takes it, and adapts to...

Does “Babies in Arms Are Welcome” Always Apply?

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For those of us that have chosen to have children the "Babies in Arms" concept is a constant reminder of our dual roles. We...

The Real Mom’s School Guide

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Have you seen what parents are packing in their kids’ lunch boxes lately? The ratio of time spent preparing versus time spent eating has...

Surviving the Japan Floods: Part 3

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From the invaluable perspectives of two people removed from the situation, it seemed best to navigate back to Higashihiroshima. I knew I could get...

11 Nourishing Foods for Nursing Moms

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If you're a nursing mama, chances are that you know the struggle of an increased appetite and the never-ending urge to eat. And hey,...

4 Reasons This Family Needs Summer Camp

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Children love summertime. They feel free without the constraints of bedtime, homework, and school. Do you remember the awesome feeling of doing whatever you...

Worldschooling with The Wild Bradburys: Bringing History to Life When You...

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For years, I have heard people say how much they disliked history growing up. It was my least favorite subject in school seems to...

Bring Your Van to the Next Level with These Minivan Organization...

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This post is sponsored by Lloyd Mats. You fought it for so long, but here you are- you own a minivan. It might not be...

5 Creative Dollar Store Preschool Activities

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You already love the dollar store for party and cleaning supplies (can we talk about LA's Awesome Cleaner?!), but did you know that you can...

How to Talk to Your Kids About Memorial Holidays

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A child's world should be full of imagination and discovery, exploration and wonder. So when they become old enough to wonder about the meaning...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: The Conclusion

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We made it across the bridge and kept going until I saw a sign for Route 2. This, when we weren’t in a hurry...

Is your Car Seat Ready for an Overseas Move?

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Moving overseas can be a wild ride! There are some things you don’t even think about until you need them. Sometimes moms may be too busy with the move to think about car seats overseas. This can be a challenge especially if you are not stationed near a military installation with an exchange. Even then the selection of car seats is not anywhere near what is available stateside.

Surviving a PCS Road Trip with Kids

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You’re about to set off on an epic road trip across the states! You’ve got an awesome playlist already streaming through your mind. You’re...

Dad Is More Fun and It’s OK

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It wasn’t so long ago that dads were mostly absent from parenting — working all day, then coming home to dinner on the table...

Sensory Activities: Making Them Part of Your Play Routine

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Little ones get bored playing with their toys — if we're counting, often within just minutes. But, they can splash endlessly in a water table. Likewise, puzzles...

Is Your Child Ready to Sit in the Front Seat? Probably...

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Picture this: you’re loading up kids into your awesome minivan, counting heads as they all leave the house and making sure the dog isn’t...

5 Family Friendly Fall Break Ideas on the East Coast

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Fall is a beautiful time to be living on the East Coast. When the weather turns cooler, the leaves begin to change color and...

How My Baby Helped Me Make Friends

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You know the phrase when it rains, it pours? Well, it might not rain in California, but for my husband and I, the move...

Are You Ready To Teach Your Teen To Drive? Probably Not.

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We all know the feeling of being a personal chauffeur for our kids. We drive them to practice, to friends' homes, the mall, ball...

Raising a Generation of Girl Coders

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Whether we realize we are doing it or not as parents, we often propel our children toward activities that are normalized for their genders....

Military Kids and Guns: Discussing Their World

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Certain opinions and luxuries exist in the civilian world that just can’t logistically survive in the military community. Oh, you’ve lived in that house...