A Halloween Party to Scream For

Halloween Party for Kids

Having a daughter who was born in October is fun. We’ve done a variety of activities for her birthday party, including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, apple-themed parties and more.  This year my youngest, Little Pea,  wanted a Halloween themed birthday party. I’ve always steered her away from that because we try not to embrace […]

Raising Digital Families for Dummies Book Review

Raising Digital Families for Dummies

We bought our eldest daughter an iPod Touch for her last birthday. Honestly, we really thought she would just text, check her email, play game apps and take pictures. Our girls have never been gamers, in spite of the fact that we have a Wii. They would just rather dance, and build forts, and have […]

Love and Logic Conversation #1: “What is a parent’s job?”

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My husband and I have been going through a course at church called Parenting With Love and Logic. It has opened up so many new opportunities to teach our children, but it can be really hard. This was the beginning of my conversation with my 9yo, after I “helped” her by taking the toys and […]

{Infographic} History’s Hottest Holiday Toys

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I was looking at BlackFriday.net, (I do love my Black Friday shopping) and found this really cool infographic showing the hottest toys throughout this century. My 10-year-old daughter and I spent a while looking at it, as she asked me about the toys I loved as a child.  I hope this brings back as many […]

“Together Counts,” for Kids’ Healthy Eating Habits!

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What is the key to combating childhood obesity and fostering healthy eating habits in kids? Is it Counting calories with your kids? Restricting all foods not deemed healthy? Weighing the kids and making sure they are a “normal” weight? Putting kids on a diet? I think all these methods are the wrong approach.  Sadly, I’ve […]

Finally Getting to Volunteer at School!

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I have loved these last few years having a flexible work schedule.  It’s one of the benefits of making up my own job!  And this is the first year that all of my children are at school most of the day.  Every year, when the school asks for volunteers for test proctors, I really want […]

“What Makes Mom Awesome?” | Mother’s Day 2011

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So, I asked my kids “What makes your mom awesome?” Many times, I think what makes me an awesome mom might be: Making money for the family Making sure they have the latest clothes/ toys Taking them to activities (ie. Dance Class, Summer Camps, etc.) Keeping a clean, organized house (#fail) These things are all […]

Would You Give Your Teen a Debit Card? Check out PASS from American Express

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*Keep reading to see how to get an extra $25, FREE! * My philosophy of parenting resembles my philosophy for life. Be realistic and honest Educate yourself; know the risks and rewards of behavior Take responsibility for your actions Always love and honor God and others So, in talking about money with my kids, I […]

Embracing Autistic Friends: A Teachable Moment at Disney World

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Autism affects 1 in 110 children, 1 in 70 boys.*  Chances are that your children know at least one friend with autism, and you know another parent with an autistic child. While we were at Disney World last week, we shared a lunch table with a lovely mom and daughter, since the place was pretty […]

Summer Camp Planning Already? You Bet!

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I’ve been working feverishly on my listing of Summer Camps in Boone, NC, and beside some strange formatting issues on the page, it’s a comprehensive listing of all the summer camps around my area. As I was putting together the list, I found myself wanting to enroll my children in EVERY ONE!  (With the exception […]

Finally Retiring THE Outfit, Yes That One

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Today, I’m opening up the Blog Time Machine, and resurrecting this post from 2007.  Reading it this morning, I was taken aback with nostalgia, as Hip Chick is now 10! Today I held an impromptu retirement ceremony. There were no guests, no speeches, no refreshments or parties afterward. The objects had fulfilled their duties faithfully […]

More to Love on Disney Jr, with Jake and the Neverland Pirates!

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For the last 10 years (well, 8…. my oldest daughter didn’t watch TV until my second was born…), Playhouse Disney has been a part of our household.  We used to watch Bear in the Big Blue House, rest his soul, and we still sing the “Clean Up the House” song.  Bear moved over and made […]

On Girl Bullies & Redeemed Friendships

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I am so pleased to introduce guest blogger, Abby from Dear Abby Leigh.  If you haven’t met this woman- full of such grace and openness, you can follow her on Twitter at @dearabbyleigh.  I asked on Twitter the other day if anyone had experience with girl-bullying growing up.  If there is one thing that breaks […]

Notes from the Road Children

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My children always have various notes, hand-made posters, and bulletins posted around the house.  An anticipated guest might expect to be welcomed with “Come This Way —->”  signs about. And then, there are the obligatory “Your Name Here‘s Room” signs.  But sometimes they give me such a laugh, I have to share!  Walking down the […]

The Great Milkshake Race

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Step 1: Get Daddy to make milkshakes! No fancy recipe here, we just mix up ice cream, milk, and whatever else we want in there. Chunky stuff will make the race more difficult. Step 2: Get some really LONG straws! Step 3: Everyone sips the milkshake through the straws, and the first one to get […]