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That Pesky Devil On Your Shoulder

Have You Ever Had One Of Those Days?

The sole of your new shoes comes apart. You spill your coffee after just one sip - all over your new white shirt - on the day of your presentation to a really important client?

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Categories: parenting, parent-stories,


Spring Style for Kids

Every year as it gets closer to spring, I can’t help but get excited about spring clothes… for my kids!

From local makers to big retailers, kid’s fashion is just getting better and better! No more boring onesies or pajama outfits (ok… I am so guilty of this as all parents are). I have gathered some cute outfit inspirations for active play dates to casual lunches and a special occasion like a wedding or Easter.

Let's break out of hibernation and get ready for spring!

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Categories: lifestyle,


The Seven Things I Wish I Knew Before Giving Birth

It’s finally here. Nine months of glowing and growing great with child is coming to an end.

Your bags are lovingly and perfectly over-packed. The nursery is ready for its new tenant, complete with woodland decor and newborn outfits galore. You’ve debated the merits of different breast pumps and the kind of music your little one should listen to in utero. You’ve got your birth plan in hand and you’re ready to meet your much anticipated bundle of joy.

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Categories: parent-stories, lifestyle,


3 Reasons to Keep an Actual Trash Can in Your Car

I drive a minivan. It's a beautiful thing.

Well, I suppose I consider driving minivans in general to be a beautiful thing. Our minivan's no stunner or anything, but we like it and it works.

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Categories: parent-stories, lifestyle,


Watch Baby Plants Grow at Hands-on-Habitat

Isn’t new life amazing? I am constantly astounded by the reality that cells can align just perfectly, making a whole new organism where one wasn’t before. A new and complete life can be formed, whether an animal, plant, or fungus, ready to someday reproduce itself (or at least do half of the work). It’s CRAZY, guys.

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Categories: development, lifestyle,


Daylight Saving Time Strategies for ZZZs

Every March we "spring forward" in concert with daylight saving time. Starting the second Sunday in March and ending the first Sunday in November, the practice involves moving our clocks forward one hour. 

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Language Skills of the Young

Speaking with my grandkids reminds me that my imagination is severely limited - as are my verbal skills. I know you have had these experiences where your kids or grandkids use the same everyday words we do - but somehow they are able to describe things in a really original way. 

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STEM and STEAM Learning

Have you ever heard of STEM and STEAM? I’m not referring to the branch of a tree or the vapor that water becomes when heated. I’m referring to an educational process that is at the core of all the exhibits and events we create at the Omaha Children’s Museum. 

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Categories: development, lifestyle,


Minimalism in Motherhood

Minimalism in Motherhood

Can those two words co-exist? I mean, really - the toys, the dishes, the laundry, the...everything. Legos underfoot. Stray Cheerios in every crevice of furniture. A sink full of last night’s dirty plates. Oh, Mama, I know!

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The 4 Stages of Mom Guilt

We all think we've got sweet kids, right?

Okay, so maybe if you don't actually think your kid is super sweet, maybe you just know they've got a kind heart underneath all that sass/grumpiness/eye rolling.

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Birds in Winter

Wintertime has an interesting dynamic where schedules are concerned. We get so busy during the holiday season, but then settle into January and hunker down for a long winter’s nap…. Or do we?

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A Grandma's Heart Grows

I had an experience with my kindergarten grandson over his first-ever report card that brought one of my favorite movies into mind.

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Track Goals and Animals at Hands-on-Habitat!

The new year always brings great aspirations with it. The food we eat looks a little healthier, workouts become more regular, reading lists get longer. We use our journey around the sun as a natural way to mark time and make changes - it just feels right to a lot of us.

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Categories: lifestyle,


Respect for a 6 year old

As my grandson and I were leaving my house for the daily trip to his school, he asked me if I knew how my garage door opener worked.

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