Charlie’s Getting Delish with Rachael Ray & Nutrish

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Pet Adoption, Nutrish for Cats and Rachael Ray

Remember Charlie? We still haven’t figured out how two other families could have possibly given up this sweet kitty, but we’re so glad they did. He’s really home now. And I think he knows it. Charlie had two previous owners and a stint on the streets of Philadelphia, but since his adoption he’s quickly become an important part of our family. He’s a fixture in our lives, always around for a snuggle or kiss. His ‘ragdoll’ personality is a calming influence on the kids, and … [Read more...]

Simple & Delicious Double Duty Slowcooker Dinner Idea

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Double Duty Dinner Idea! Few minutes of prep and you get TWO delicious dinners #recipes #family via www.makinglemonadeblog.com

Making healthy dinners for my family from scratch is a priority, but trying to watch the kids while prepping dinner isn't a walk in the park-- unless a walk in the park is defined as 'having the kids compete for my attention under foot as I furiously chop and make supper while simultaneously attempting to keep them away from the flaming hot stove area.' I'm pretty sure that's not the definition of 'walk in the park'. Which is why I'm always looking for easy shortcuts to achieve this lofty … [Read more...]

Fun Kids’ Activity They’ll Love (and so will you!)

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Fun Kids Activity Idea: Marshmallow Geometry! Kids love it, and they learn as they play. Bonus! #kids #activities www.makinglemonadeblog.com

This is such a simple kids activity idea I debated whether to post about it or not, but honestly it keeps my kids entertained for huge chunks of time and it's so fun they constantly ask to play it. Plus it takes only two supplies that you might already have on hand, so I can bust it out whenever I need 20 minutes of peace and quiet to make dinner or take a phone call. It's a geometry activity I used with my second graders when I was a teacher, so imagine my surprise when my 3 and 5 year old … [Read more...]

Spring DIY Projects, Weekend Warrior Style

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Spring DIY Projects, Weekend Warrior Style! #spring #DIY

I'll admit this weekend didn't start out as promising. I had a minor procedure on Friday (okay, let's just call it what it is: a colonoscopy) and then a tax appointment on Saturday. Doesn't that sounds like a blast? I figured my weekend was shot, but instead, it thankfully could only get better. And warm weather rolled in on Sunday, which helped me get my DIY mojo back! It was incredible, that fresh air. It caused some wild things to happen! It turned into Abby into Anna (wish I'd gotten a … [Read more...]

Why I Let my Kids Play in the Mud {Mommy Misadventure}

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Why you should let your kids play in the mud (and other musings on letting go) via www.makinglemonadeblog.com #motherhood #kids #parenting

There's sort of this never-ending conversation I have with myself in my head, which may certify me as crazy, but I'll own that. On one side of the motherhood spectrum, I love a clean and organized home. As I sit here typing this, the kids are at school and all I can hear are the gentle swish of the dishwasher and flap of the clothes in the dryer. My floors are spotless, the crumbs are off the table, and for about .25 seconds I'm sitting in clean domestic bliss. On the other hand, I was … [Read more...]