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Designing spaces, especially kid spaces is a serious hobby of mine, so curating my own kids' playroom has been a very enjoyable work of love over the past few weeks. I carried over most of the decor we already had going on in our last home but added a few more special touches that I thought they would really enjoy. We'll hopefully be in this house for at least four years, so I wanted a space for them that would meet the current needs of a 1 and 3 year old, but would also grow with them as they move out of the toddler phase and become more independent.

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I LOVE things that are multifunctional! Using an iron to make grilled cheese, a blow dryer to remove stickers, and the many, many things you can do with a mason jar have lead me to believe that the more functions an object can perform the better! It was with this philosophy in mind that we designed the kids playroom.

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Happy Birthday little one. It's your second birthday!

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Coming up with activities for my one and three year olds can be a challenge, inevitable Aurora will want to do something that involves a choking hazard or higher levels of hand eye coordination than Grayson possesses. That's why we are all in love with our sensory table, it's fun for all ages and easy on the clean up for me!

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In this line of work, it's hard to resist a cute kid video. And don't get me wrong this little one is adorable (his name is Indigo), but the cleverness of his papa makes this video that much more special.

Indigo's parents filmed him everyday for the first year of his life and took pieces from each video to create a montage of the first year of his life. He should have fun looking back on that as he grows up.

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Last week Jon and I finished making the kids a homemade sensory table for their art room, and ever since they have been asking to play with it non stop! For those who haven't been exposed to the Pinterest sensation of kids sensory activities, I thought I would share a little bit about our table and what we like to do with it.

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By the time you read this, I will be in Arizona spending a long weekend with my parents and my sister and her family. This is not my vacation, it's simply the wrap-up to what proved to be the kind of vacation I think I'm going to take every year from now on. 

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I love to create, and since we have so many extra bedrooms in our rental, I wanted to design a space that both the kids and I could create in together. I think it's so important for children to be able to explore art and to create without so many rules... but I admit, I'm a bit of a neat freak. So, I wanted a space that would be easy for me to have peace of mind in giving them access to things like paint and glue because the mess is contained and easy to tidy up when they finish.

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"Mom, there's something wrong with Tippy. She's licking everything and she looks tired." My heart sank when my 12-year-old said these words to me. 

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Well, it's already mid-June and you know what that means, it's almost Father’s Day. I've been mulling this blog around in my head for weeks thinking about what I want to say and how I want to say it, and quite frankly, it's hard to put down everything I want to write about dads. Part of me goes down a nostalgic path, other parts lead to sentimental feelings, while for the most part, I think about everyday life and how my husband impacts my boys' lives.

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I know it's sad, but I love a good commercial. As sappy as they are a Hallmark commercial about a teacher's impact on her students makes me tear up every time. With Father's Day right around the corner, I stumbled on a few other ads honoring dads that made me smile and there may have been that first choke up of a tear for the Oreo commercial.  Hope these make you smile and give your dad/grandpa/husband a hug.

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Have we finally come out of our long Nebraska winter? I have to admit, this one has been particularly hard on me. Every time I felt like we were breaking through to spring, we've been hit with just one more reminder that we cannot depend on Nebraska weather.

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As a parent, it's not always easy to make time for yourself much less your relationship with your significant other. There's always something to be done whether it's activities, work, cleaning, helping with homework, and the daily drudgery of everyday life. But, the time we grant to ourselves is probably one of the most important things we can do to re-charge.

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We are so excited to announce that our Amalia has had her baby boy! Bastian Oliver Van Bloom was born on April 24, 2013 weighing 7 lbs 11 oz. Mom and baby are doing well under the care of the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Methodist Women’s Hospital. And, her husband, Brian, is a very proud new papa.

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Mollie wrote a great post over at Omaha Family for getting yourself prepared for Spring Cleaning. The idea of spring cleaning can be overwhelming. She helps you to take it one step at a time and thoughts on getting the family involved. I think I'll stop by her house after family does the spring cleaning for a slice of a pizza.

Below is a downloadable checklist to get you started on the process. What other things do you take care of during this season?

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