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Keeping up with our kids and travel theme this week, I was thinking about bringing along one of our quiet time bins. I originally made them up for Aurora to play with during Gray's naptime. She has gradually begun to give up the good ole afternoon nap, so when I saw April's post on Holistic Homemaking I thought that they would work great for our family.

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We have been experiencing a major heatwave here in Germany these past few weeks. With no air conditioning in our home (or anywhere else in the country) we've been a little obsessed with keeping cool, so we figured what better theme for our sensory bin than the arctic! We played with this bin for several days and ended up remaking it with new materials because it was so much fun!

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I don't think any group of friends will every compare to the amazing tribe of women (and Lionel!) that I left back in Hawaii. Hickam AFB was our first duty station and what could have been an intense transition for a new Air Force family with a two week old baby was instead more like an extended vacation where we doubled the size of our extended family! Our Hawaiian friends have truly become a part of our "ohana" and will always have an open invitation in our home.

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When it comes to dressing newborns, simple is best. Sure, there are some really adorable "shoes" out there and some irresistible diaper covers...but let's get real, babies poop, pee, and spit up all over those sweet expensive un-necessities. Having just had a baby myself, I know they like to be warm and snug in a comfy outfit. Just because an outfit is practical doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the 'cuteness factor'.

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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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