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Easier Days with Easy Daysies!

Mornings with kids can be hectic. Wait, I take that back. THE ENTIRE DAY can be hectic with kids. Everyone has places to be, things to do, and it's a lot to remember. Not only do you have to remember it, but you have to get your kids to go along … Continue Reading

The AppCrayon is a must-have iPad accessory for preschoolers!

I am so excited to tell you about the AppCrayon by DanoToys! My almost-5 year old had so much trouble learning to hold his crayon and pencil correctly when he started preschool last year. It was a battle that waged all year, but I am happy to report … Continue Reading

These Boots Are Made For Wearin’

Day 3. We're on Day 3 of a certain wardrobe choice that my youngest son, Spencer (2.5), has recently embraced. Early in October, I started planning for my boys' Halloween costumes. Following in their mother's footsteps, they decided they wanted to … Continue Reading

A Matter of Manners

We all want our kids to be nice and pleasant when out in public.  We teach them manners, we help them learn the difference between an "inside voice" and an "outside voice", and we work with them on conversational words and phrases. But what … Continue Reading

Chatterboxes

Sometimes I still find it hard to believe that I have a three year old and a two year old.  At times, I think I should be more tired than I am, but then again, I'm plenty tired.   I'm quiet used to the "Whew!  I wish I had their energy!" comments and … Continue Reading

Crayons and Compromise

Jamie is en route to her new home in Pennsylvania and will be popping in here and there for awhile, but we will be a little off-schedule for awhile until she and her family settle in.  If you are interested in writing a guest post for us, please let … Continue Reading

Wish List: Highlights for Children High Five Magazine

A magazine for preschoolers?  Why not?! When my mom first suggested getting my son Miles (then 2.5) a subscription to Highlights High Five Magazine last year, I wasn't sure what to think.  It sounded like fun, but I wasn't convinced he would … Continue Reading

Super Hero Crafty Fun!

Have I mentioned how much I love Pinterest?  I did?  Oh good. Right now, there's nothing that gets my dusty, rarely-used crafty self inspired and motivated than looking at all of the fabulous craft and fun ideas on Pinterest.  There are so many … Continue Reading

Guest Post: First Day Jitters

Today we have the first in our Back To School series of guest posts!  You may remember Monica from her guest interview on the podcast episode, "Moms @ Work (Part 2) - #12." Enjoy! Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beeeeeeep. … Continue Reading

Vacation, Vacation

I'm so excited!  Today is July 1st, which means that we will be at the beach in 22 days!  Our vacation always comes at the end of a very long summer.  We will have already traveled all over the place, spent many days and nights away from home, but … Continue Reading

A Rear View

If you took a peek inside my car, you might assume that I have two very young children - babies, infants.  Two identical, large, rear-facing car seats take up the back, leaving very little room between them in the middle of the bench seat.  But you … Continue Reading

Proving Us Wrong

It has been just over three months since I first posted about some concerns we had about our oldest son's development.  Since that first post, we have worried with fears that he was behind in speech and social aspects but thriving in more academic … Continue Reading

My Little Roommates

Late night games, flashlights and ghost stories, forts and glow in the dark army men. I guess you could say I have a romanticized view of sibling roommates. Possibly because I had a nice experience of rooming together with my older sister until … Continue Reading

Restaurant Woes

My children have finally reached the age (almost 3 and 14 months) where I am starting to believe they are conspiring against me to make all public appearances something of a disaster.  Now, for those of you who have older children and are beginning … Continue Reading

Remember The Puddle!

Remember that story about my 2.5 year old peeing his pants in Wal-Mart a few weeks ago? Yesterday, I took him back to the store to get a few things.  He's really fun to take to the store (when he's not making puddles all over the dairy section) … Continue Reading

Regression Depression

"Oh yes, he's potty trained!" The moment those words escaped my lips, I was addicted.  "Diapers? Oh no, we won't be needing those!  He's potty trained!" "He'll let you know if he needs to potty.  He's potty trained, you know!" Fast forward to … Continue Reading

Discipline Discussions – #18

Parenting Chit Chat and talking about discipline! Books we've read and used Time Outs Defining our discipline styles Our discipline struggles Spanking To spread the word about our show, tell your friends about The Playdate Crashers … Continue Reading

On Our Own

This probably won't be the most upbeat of all my posts, just to give a fair warning.  I'm writing about our Early Intervention evaluation which happened just this afternoon, so I'm still trying to think it through myself. Today, we had a lovely … Continue Reading

Breastfeeding In The News – #17

Parenting Chit Chat - Dairy issues, walking toddlers, developmental fears, sleeping, and weaning from the pacifier Congratulations to the new parents and newly expecting parents in the playdate crashers family! We discuss breastfeeding in the … Continue Reading

Waiting and Wondering

I haven't said much about what's going on with my oldest son and I still don't want to share everything that's happening, but I'm ready to open up a little more.  So here goes... For about a year, we have been struck by how quickly and naturally … Continue Reading