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Big Brother, Big Sister Books!

"You're going to have a baby!"

This is always exciting news, but if you already have a young child, this could be a confusing concept for them to understand. A new little person is going to come live in their house and they are taking on the new role of big brother or big sister.

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Toddler Tailgate

If you haven't heard it is football season around these parts and some youngsters are more excited than their parents. Something about Scott Frost making everyone feel hopeful this year. I hope I don't get kicked out of the state for saying this but I am more in it for the food and camaraderie than the actual game. If you invite me to your game day party I promise to bring some tasty food.

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All About Amphibians at Hands-on-Habitat

The night is filling with the last hurrahs of summer. Male cicadas and crickets celebrate by filling the air with their chatter. Frogs sing a chorus across ponds and streams before they hide as the coming season approaches.

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3 Ways to Find and Make Friends (Who Understand Parent Life)

If you're browsing this website, you're probably painfully aware of at least two things:

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Stormy's September Update!

Well friends…the 50th Season in Franchise history has come to a close. While I'm bummed that it’s over, I am so happy that you all came out to spend time with me this year. Thank you!

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Tile Tic-Tac-Toe Craft

Games are fun! They are even more fun when you make them.

We have a chess board made of Lego pieces and cardboard. I was trying to think of another homemade game we could try.

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Insect Repellent Types and Safety

The best way prevent bug bites is to avoid them when you can.

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Quick Breakfasts for Back to School

August is here and that means it is back to school season. This means it is time to start thinking about quick and easy breakfasts to make your mornings easier.

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How to Survive an Outdoor Performance With Your Kids

The moderately-sized city I live in is surprisingly flush with opportunities to experience theatre. With two high schools, a university, a community theatre, a performing arts center, and an independent theatre company all within extremely close proximity of each other, we are rarely without the option to take in a show.

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Stormy's August Update!

Hello friends!

It's hard to believe that the final month of the 2018 baseball season is here. But there's no time to be sad about that! We have SO MUCH going on to finish off our 50th Season in Franchise History Celebration!

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All About Butterflies at Hands-on-Habitat!

Flowers spread beauty everywhere you see them. Vibrant hues of yellow, purple, red, orange and many other colors, they paint our world.

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DIY Felt Finger Puppets

This is a fun craft! My son's been into making finger puppets. He made an elephant and a giraffe for test finger puppets. This one is a tiger. I'm wondering if he was influenced by Daniel the Tiger since we just watched Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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A Shark Week Feeding

Dun dun … dun dun … dun dun dun dunnnnnnnn…..

Did you recognize that as the Jaws theme song? Thank goodness I am not responsible for typing lyrics.

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The Magic of a Better Nighttime Routine

If you're anything like me, the best part of the day is the 60 minutes between when the kids go down for bed and you have to get to sleep yourself. I love that little window — that rare golden hour when the day's work is done and you can taste a little freedom before tomorrow starts it all over again. Sometimes it's the only thing that gets me through the day and reminds me why we work so hard to to build a family together.

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3 Things I've Learned Playing Tabletop Games with Kids

My family plays a lot of tabletop games. Card games, board games, puzzles — they’re a fantastic way to spend time together when your parenting brain is done being productive for the day.

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