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Through My Daughter’s Lens

When my daughter and I visit my husband in California, we visit beaches and do our best to make the most of our time together.  This holiday season was no exception.  However, for Christmas this year, Mini Me really wanted a camera to start capturing our memories through her own lens.  What conspired was what I thought very poetic views from our daughter, and for the first time in years, photos of my husband and I, together, in the same photos without a cell phone selfie. (more…)

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Donate Birthday Gifts to Charity | How We Did It

Donate Birthday Gifts to Charity – How We Did It

Celebrating a birthday can be a great time for kids.  Having your friends over, eating more than your monthly allowance of sugar, and staying up super late are all part of having the.best.party.EVER.  What happens, though, when your child has everything they need?  How do you handle birthday presents without adding more clutter or “stuff” into your house?

You host a charitable giving campaign instead of receiving birthday gifts.

Here are my tips for making this plan a success. (more…)

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9 Mom Approved Tween TV Programs

Have you noticed lately how many “kids” channels are just plain rude or inappropriate?  Disney Channel, for me, is one of those off-limit TV channels.  While I am all for Disney, the tween programming on this station showcase dumb parents, smart-ass kids, and unnecessary relationship drama.  This is the case for other networks as well (hi there Nickelodeon). So what ARE mom approved for tween TV programs?   (more…)

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Why I Didn’t Need to Give My Kid a Cell Phone

This post was NOT sponsored or paid for.  In fact, I really liked the product so much, I had to write about it!

My daughter is in middle school, and by this point, every.single.kid has their thumbs firmly attached to a cell phone.  Well, every single one except for mine.

Go ahead, tell me I’m a parent of the dark ages.  Tell me how my kiddo is suffering, and this will land her on a therapist’s couch when she emancipates herself at age 17.  I realize how traumatizing this must be for her (there is sarcasm in those words, I promise you).

But growing up closer to the technology age, I also realized how easy it is for technology to get out of hand.  How easy it is for her or any other kid to misuse this privilege.  A cell phone is not a right bestowed on a six-year-old, it is a privilege granted to a teenager when they have shown they can respect technology rules.

So, for the past several years, I have heard a litany of reasons why my daughter should own one.  It started as a way to communicate with her friends, and recently ended in, “please, don’t let me be uncool.”  While the last reason certainly tugged at my heart string, it was not enough to make me go to the nearest Verizon store and buy her an iPhone 6s (we all know that is what ALL the kids own, right?) (more…)

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The Toddler Years (Part Duex)

I’m going to go out on a limb here and proclaim that I am sorry.  I am sorry for taking pity on you and your toddler.  Instead, I now envy you.

You may not realize it, but as I have perused through the aisles at Target, I have seen your toddlers throw themselves on the floor over wanting a stick of cheese. I have watched as you plead, beg, and negotiate with your little terrorist whose demands are making you look like a fool.  Through all your horror and desperation, I’ve seen you look at me with a glimmer of hope still in your eye, as I pass you by. (more…)

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