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Awesome Tip: Super sales to fill the Costume Box!

Here’s an awesome tip to fill the costume box! After Halloween, when costumes are often discounted by 75%, visit a few stores like Target, Walgreens, and T.J. Maxx, and snatch up a bunch in kid-friendly sizes. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to add some fresh dress-up to the costume...
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Rat Bites! Easy Halloween Treat!

Rat Bites! Easy Halloween Treat! My ever-inventive mother spied this super-cute, edible Halloween craft from a family magazine and had it all ready for the grandkids’ visit. Do it up! Below are the instructions from Family Fun Magazine (See the video to watch how it’s made!). I’ve added my experienced...
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5 Strategies for Kids’ Halloween Candy Consumption

5 Strategies for Kids’ Halloween Candy Consumption. No arguing required. You know what job is really the pits? The Candy Police. You know what’s worse? The emotional roller coaster of a kid high on Fun Dip. I used to get really nutso about limiting my kids Halloween candy intake and...
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Five Spooky Halloween Treats!

Five spooky Halloween treats. Eat them if you dare! It’s Halloween season already and you know what that means. Time to scour Pinterest and try making really adorable snacks that, when executed, look absolutely nothing like the picture. But hey, have fun doing it! These treats below would make really...
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Cool Homemade Halloween Costumes

Cool homemade Halloween costumes that are so easy and cheap, it’s spooky With commercial children’s Halloween costumes being such a big draw for kids enamored with fictional characters, it’s easy as a parent to toss the cashier $35 bucks for the polyester screamfest and call it a day. But the...
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Three Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes!

Three Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes! I really love roasted pumpkin seeds but after decades of eating them with oil and salt, I’m looking to mix things up a bit. Check out these delish looking recipes for a new twist on pumpkin seeds. NOTE: I’ve included the ingredients and a link...
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Perfectly Pumpkin! Pumpkin Loaf Recipe!

(Culinery.net) Perfectly pumpkin! Pumpkin Loaf Recipe! Fill your house with the aroma of fall with warm slices of this Pumpkin Loaf dolloped with butter. Makes a great breakfast or after school snack! Find more seasonal dessert recipes at Culinary.net. Pumpkin Loaf Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 4 eggs 3 1/2 cups...
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Caramel Apple Cider Crock Pot Recipe. Yah, that just happened.

Just like they make at Starbucks, only you’re saving yourself $4.50. Score. Ingredients Serves 4 4 cups apple cider 3 tablespoons caramel syrup (the ice cream topping) 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 4 tablespoons sweetened whipped cream Cinnamon Sticks for fun Directions Use a 2-quart slow cooker....
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Influencers with Great School Lunch Ideas

This summer is flying by and that means school and school lunches are right around the corner. Here are some great follows and resources to (realistically) jazz up the lunch box. I have tried being a Pinterest inspired Bento Box mom with the lunch boxes, and it is unsuccessful, so...
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7 Sanity-Saving School Year Transition Tips!

7 Sanity-Saving School Year Transition Tips! Transitioning from summer to the school year– what an exciting time! (*rummages for corkscrew*) Kids have a hard time with transition– and we parents do, too. With school starting in a couple weeks, you can minimize the stress caused by a change in routine...
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Three Outdoor Scavenger Hunts!

Three Outdoor scavenger hunts! Guaranteed 45 minutes of peace! Last week we moved to a new house. Ever tried packing up an entire house with two kids underfoot crying about being bored, hungry and bored? We’re booooored. There’s nothing to doooooooo. While I was hunting for my corkscrew, my gorgeous...
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PYO Peaches in Central MA!

PYO Peaches in Central MA! I somehow manage to miss peach picking season every year. I theorize it’s because prime harvest time is right after blueberry season and right before apple picking season, and well, that’s just a lot of time picking. Don’t know where to go? Here is a...
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Easy Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Easy Blueberry Muffin Recipe. It’s blueberry PYO Season, that means it’s time to make a fresh batch of blueberry muffins. We always make more for the freezer this time of year. You can find this recipe courtesy of InspiredTaste.Net Quick and Easy Blueberry Muffins PREP 10mins-COOK 20mins-TOTAL 30mins This easy...
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Travel Activities for your Summertime Car Trip.

Are we there yet? Kids’ travel activities for your summertime car trip. Does your summer have Road Trip written all over it? Time to pack up the family and all your earthly belongings into the family truckster for one helluva ride! Take a deep breath and don’t panic…you will make...
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Corn on the Cob with a twist!

Corn on the Cob with a twist! I LOVE corn on the cob, and I especially love grilling it. But I never ventured beyond the butter, salt and pepper– oh the places we’ll go! Check out these inventive corn on the cob recipes that look easy and delicious! Cuban-Spiced Corn...
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Our Summer 2022 Bucket List!

Our Summer 2022 Bucket List! 30+ Ideas for Your Summer in Central MA (and Beyond) Memorial Day is behind us and that means summer is within reach. Every year I like to make a bucket list – or more of an aspirational list – of things we want to do...
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New England’s Best Lobster Joints

New England’s Best Lobster Joints. Whether your traveling around New England this summer, or staying close to home, you’re bound to have at least one of these lobster shacks chosen by Connecticut-based travel writer Mike Urban, author of the book Lobster Shacks: A Road-Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster...
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DIY Teacher Gift, so cute!

DIY Teacher Gift, so cute! Whether it be Teacher Appreciation Week or end-of-school gifts, teachers deserve to know we care! Here’s a great, useful and delicious gift any teacher would love! My sister is a craft phenom. She makes amazing gifts, holiday decor and her kids birthday parties are off...
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15 End-of-year teacher gift ideas!

15 End-of-year teacher gift ideas! As a teacher, I should have a good idea about what my child’s teachers would like for teacher appreciation, end of the year, holiday gifts. And yet, this is probably the exact reason that it actually makes gifting to teachers so intimidating. I conducted a...
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Home Depot’s “How to Make a Box Playhouse”!

Home Depot’s “How to Make a Box Playhouse”! Remember that time that your toddler stepped over the plethora of well thought out toys you’ve provided for his educational stimulation and played with that empty furniture box for days and days like nothing else existed? Take it to the next level...
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Post-Holiday Tips. Making Easter 2023 Super Easy!

Post-Holiday Tips. Making Easter 2023 super easy! I have a Holiday Closet at home. In it, you can find anything from plastic Halloween spiders to heart shaped melamine plates for Valentine’s Day. I’m often teased for holding onto this stuff, but hey, when Fourth of July rolls around and people...
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Earth Day Handprint Craft

Here’s a cute Earth Day handprint craft for your kids to make! It’s their hand prints holding the Earth in a heart shape. Teach them that they hold the power to keep Earth clean and healthy! Earth Day Handprint Craft Materials: White, tan, or brown paper Scissors Blue and green...
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Easter Candy Rationing 101

Easter Candy Rationing 101 – How to Successfully Limit Candy Without Much Grief Worried about how to keep your kids from eating their body weight in candy on Easter? See our tips for stretching out the holiday treats and keeping that sugar rush (and crash) at bay. The Big Guy...
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