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Smile :) It's Friday.

This is a Mother's Day tribute from last May, but I think Moms could use the recognition for all they do more than once a year. So to all you "baby mommas" who "changed a diaper, kissed a boo-boo or made a sack lunch this one's for you."

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Fight Cabin Fever: Family Sundays at Fontenelle Forest

In the last article, we discovered there's a wealth of 1,400 hundred acres of forest, loess hills, marsh, wetlands, and grasslands with over twenty six mile of foot trails within 10 minutes of Omaha at Fontenelle Forest. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll reveal ways to combat cabin fever at the Forest. This week we'll focus on Family Sundays.

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My Favorite Baby Items

There are tons of items you need (or want) for your baby, so it's important to weed out the gadgets and gizmos you may not need. Every parent is different in what they value and makes their life a little easier. This is a list of some of my favorites.

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Categories: parent-stories, lifestyle,


We don't keep a lot of sweets in the house, but I've had a bag of marshmallows sitting on my counter for several weeks just tempting me! I've been wanting to try a new dough with the kids, something edible, and so when I saw Jen's post on Mama Papa Bubba about a stretchy new dough I knew we had to make up some of our own! Because we enjoy pretend cooking so much, and because Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I themed this invitation to play as a marshmallow dough candy shop!

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6 Ways to Promote a Healthy Weight in Your Child

Maybe you're concerned about your child's weight. Maybe your child's pediatrician has expressed concern or perhaps you have been trying to make healthy changes for a while now. What do you do?

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Categories: nutrition, parenting,


Fight Cabin Fever with a Trip to the Forest

It happens every year around the end of the month of January and beginning of February. You and your family are cooped up inside your house and you begin to yearn for a break. Did you know that just ten minutes from downtown Omaha, you can find 1,400 hundred acres of mature forest, loess hills, marsh, wetlands, and grasslands with over twenty six mile of foot trails, including a one mile fully accessible river view boardwalk?

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My three year old is obsessed with all things grown up. She follows me to the bathroom each morning when I do my hair and put on a bit of make up, always asking to use the blush brush once I finish. She likes when I let her rub a bit of chapstick or deodorant on herself and always exclaims how nice it smells. So, I knew she would love the simple Valentine's Day activity I put together this morning, a scent and color mixing perfumery!

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Screening for Adolescent Depression

New guidelines ask pediatricians to screen pre-teens and teenagers for depression. This is a good addition - due to the number of teens who go undetected for the disease.

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I've never been a big fan of Jello, the taste of it anyway, which is why Aurora and Gray have never even seen the stuff before. So, when I made up a bin full of green "slime" as Aurora called it, and shoved some snakes and frogs in it, she was convinced it was completely inedible! This may have been the first actually tasty (if you think Jello is tasty) sensory bin I've made for the kids, but it took quite a bit of coaxing to get them to try a bite of the Jello pond!

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Jim Gaffigan is the father to four kids, and his wife delivered them all at home - apparently in their 2 bedroom apartment. This is one of the funniest things I've watched in awhile; makes me wonder about the personality of those kids.

Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy some laughter at the end of your week!

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One of my New Year's resolutions was to be more intentional each day about making one on one time for each child for preschool. We do a lot of guided sensory play and free play already, but I wanted to add a bit more structure in to our routine. One of the things that has been working well for us is the introduction of "tot trays." The simple explanation is that I set up a learning focused activity on a tray and the kids each work on their own tray while I supervise. For a more thorough explanation, check out 1+1+1+1's article on the basics of tot trays. 

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I recently had a friend ask me for some tips on how to get started with sensory play. Her son has a motor disorder and the doctors tell her that sensory activities would be good for him, but she isn't sure where to start. It can be overwhelming. Searching "sensory" on Pinterest will generate a wealth of activities, but even more than acquiring a new to do list, sometimes it's best to start with inquiring about the importance of this "new fad" and the 'how to' will follow. I've laid out this article in terms of frequently asked questions that a lot of people have when they hear sensory play mentioned. I know I had a lot of them before we delved in, so take your time and learn about why sensory play is important and how to set up these fun experiences for your kids!

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Cold Weather Activity Precautions for Your Kids

I am always glad when parents are concerned about exercise and their children.

Statistics show that almost a third of children and adults are obese. In addition to childhood health risks, studies have found that overweight kids are at greater risk of becoming obese adults, with all the health problems associated with obesity lasting throughout their lives.

These long winter months make it tough to get outside and cabin fever may be settling in. Your children may be looking for ways to get outside and burn off some energy, and the cold weather might also be an excuse for kids to increase time spent watching TV, playing video games or using electronics.

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


I'm super excited to share the activity we did this morning, it combines the best of science, art and sensory play in to one activity! We had so much fun painting, molding, and exploding this dough, I can't rave about it enough! We began with a simple recipe for faux snow, a two ingredient sensory dough, and added a little bit of chemical reaction magic to it!

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My kiddos love to cook. Anytime I'm in the kitchen preparing a meal, you can be sure to find them underfoot or hauling a chair in from the dining room so they're tall enough to help! They don't generally care what I'm making, so long as they get to participate, but I think if you're going to cook pretend food, then it ought to be something fun! So, we decided doughnuts would be fun to whip up, and I wanted to use foam dough for this project since a few blogger friends are also featuring this dough this week!

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