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We have tried a lot of different toy management systems over the years including, weekly rotations, taking toys left out away, and of course the "I don't care if the toy room is messy, let's just shut the door and pretend it doesn't exist" method. All of them have their pros and cons, but being the type A, organized person that I am, I've still been trying to come up with a system that met all of our needs.

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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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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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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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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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Just because you are having a boy, doesn't mean you have to skimp on fashion. My husband actually likes fashion and enjoys dressing nice. So why not dress your little dude just like dad? How cute would it be to see a little mini me walking next to dad. I know I will be very tempted to dress our son just like his dad. No matter what kind of duds dad is into, there should be a little stud outfit to match.

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Megan of OmahaHa! is guest posting for us today! She's fairly new to the Omaha area and has populated her blog with the things she has discovered here and the magic of Costco. Be sure to check out her blog and say hello.

I felt the need to explain. "I'm moving to Omaha." I glanced down at the well-worn souvenir Nebraska plate I had just discovered in a stack of similar and equally kitschy souvenir plates. I looked back up at the young man behind the counter and clarified, "Omaha, Nebraska."

"Oh!" He looked amused. There was a pause. "Are you excited?"

I got that a lot.

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Show your special someone how much you love them this Valentine's Day. Click on the images below to download a FREE printable Valentine's Card. 

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Show your child how much you love them with these fun and easy printable coupons. Throw one in their lunchbox on Valentine's Day or make it a 'just because'. Your little one will love these personal kid coupons.

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There is a new kind of party that is becoming contagious to moms, dads and families all across the nation; gender reveal parties. You probably have heard of them by now and maybe even attended one. These parties reveal the sex of the soon-to-be-born baby to family and friends in fun, creative and surprising ways. The examples below didn't spare any details and can inspire anyone to create their own gender reveal party. You don't have to be a party planner or an expert crafter to have fun with this new party trend.

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