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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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Today we have a guest post from Julie over at Omaha's familyfuninomaha.com. Do you have any suggestions to add to her list?

Got cabin fever? Staying active and finding fun activities to do with your family can be a bit more challenging in the winter, especially when there is very little snow on the ground. Fortunately, Omaha is a wonderful place to live and visit and is full of family-friendly activities and events, including many that are free!

Check out these 10 Fun and Free Cabin Fever Relievers in Omaha!

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I'm very thankful that I was born with all of my five senses. These kids and their families have had to go through a learning process that I've never experienced. The creativity of the doctors and scientists to come up with the technology to allow people to hear is extraordinary. There's something amazing about watching someone hear for the first time, and I challenge you not to tear up a little bit as you watch these videos.

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Just because you are pregnant doesn't mean you have to give up your own unique style. Maternity clothes are easy to come by these days and pretty stylish. Once you get over that "awkward stage" of pregnancy where you don't look pregnant but you sure don't fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes, it's time to embrace your belly and all the changes your body is making.

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I have the fun job over here at ParentSavvy of being the amateur foodie and general lover of Christmas time. So what's any Christmastime-foodie, working for ParentSavvy to do but decorate sugar cookies with a few wonderful kids.

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'Twas the night before Christmas, and all the children... wore cozy jammies, while they snuggled up next to the tree, and drank hot chocolate and ate warm cookies... don't worry they left some for Santa and his elves.

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I've well established that I enjoy fall and fall food. Well, I also love fall drinks, so there has to be a post about two of my favorite drinks - apple cider and hot chocolate. I searched for a few recipes to make at home and found more than I bargained for. Take a look at the recipes below and then check out the rest of the recipes I salivated over on our ParentSavvy Pinterest board. There is a great recipe for Nutella Hot Chocolate and a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.

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