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5 Tricks to Teach Kids How to Avoid Procrastination

Last year, kindergarten brought many firsts for our family. First alarm clock wake-ups. First tardy bells. First "official" attendance policy (we played hooky all the time in preschool). First best friends. First mandatory daily lap running, accompanied by first grumbles from our oldest daughter, …

Kids

An All-Dolled-Up Birthday Party

It's a doll's world! A candy cottage takes center stage, with a supporting cast of gumdrop treats, a dress-up doll craft, and personalized cups of tea.<p>Candy shingles and fruit-slice shrubbery make an inviting abode for gumdrop dolls and a scrumptious treat for partygoers.<p><i>Originally published in the</i> …

Dolls

19 Natural Baby Products That Moms Swear By

You’ve purchased the wooden rattles, the BPA-free bottles and the organic baby food handbook, but now it’s time to think about the things you put <i>on</i> your baby. When it comes to soaps, powders and butt balms, you want to make sure you’re using only the best for your little one. We get it, so we …

Skin Care

Healthy Pancakes? Yes, Please! Where Do I Sign Up?

Morning meals are traditionally packed with empty calories. But substitute a few ingredients and you can enjoy the same tastes and textures with fewer carbs, more protein, and just as many pancakes.<p>My team at <i>Men's Fitness</i> has compiled a list of easy swaps and delicious recipes to help you start …

Breakfast

Rainbow Bubble Snakes

A New and colorful way to blow bubbles ~ Rainbow Bubble Snakes<p>Summer is here and our family is SO excited! The kids are planning and scheming about …

Baby Products We Can't Live Without

You asked, we answered. We had real moms tell us which baby gear really got them through those first few roller-coaster months -- behold the 13 lifesavers you need to register for.<p><b>Why We Love It:</b> A vibrating bouncy seat can be the difference between showering and not showering, so make sure you …

Pregnancy

Pop Stars

When your kid screams for ice cream, hand him one of these easy-to-make icy treats.<p>These mint-tea pops (top) and melon pops are incredibly refreshing and low-cal.

Homemade Baby Wipes

When I had Zander this past winter, a friend brought over some homemade baby wipes.<p>I loved them!<p>How did I NOT know about homemade baby wipes before …

Pests, Be Gone! 10 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Critter-Free

No need to use chemicals—instead, use these herbal, fruity, or soap-laden solutions for problems with pests like ants, mice, and mosquitos.<p>Block …

DIY Wall Mounted Mason Jar Light

Today’s DIY feature is from the All Things Heart and Home blog! So excited to share their DIY mason jar light project with you today. I have seen …

Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf<p><b>Cook Time:</b> 45 mins<p><b>Total Time:</b> 45 mins<p><b>Yield:</b> 3 loaves<p>Ingredients<p>3 cups flour<br>• 1 t. baking soda<br>• 1 t. baking powder<br>• 1 t. salt<br>• 6 …

Creative Arts Area and Gallery for Kids

Make a creative art space and art gallery in your home or classroom for independent art explorations and for a place that the kids can call their own!<p>…