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A Day in Our Family's Life with a Special Needs Child

There always seems to be activities, school functions, sports, church activities, etc. Adding in a child with special needs often makes things a little more interesting.

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Back to Hands-on-Habitat!

Hi there from Fontenelle Forest!

It's been a busy summer down here, both indoors and out. What has your family been doing to keep busy while beating the heat? I'm constantly hearing about new activities for families to do in the summer; there is no shortage of fun to be had in the Omaha metro area.

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The Fairytale Ball at Fairytale Land

Our new Pirates and Mermaids exhibit is only part of the fun at the Children's Museum this summer! The place where books and stories come to life - Fairytale Land - is back!

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Pirates and Mermaids at the Omaha Children's Museum

The other day, I saw a tiny pirate aboard a very large pirate ship in the middle of Omaha.

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Finding Myself with Kids

Children can often take over the lives of a family. There are so many activities, school events, play dates, and other scheduled tasks involved with having children.

When your child has special needs, this is only magnified. We have therapy appointments, school meetings, doctor appointments, specialist appointments, trips to the pharmacy, phone calls with insurance providers and supply companies just to name a few of the things that fill our time during the day. At night, our time is filled with finishing feedings, applying monitors and machines, and managing a child that has difficulty sleeping.

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Mugs Half Full: Altering Tidy

This month, the Mugs Moms discover a book they don’t totally agree on. (Thank goodness they’re both on the same page when it comes to coffee.)

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8 Firework Safety Tips

If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burns and eye injuries in kids and adults. The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home — period. Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals.

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Food Safety on Vacation

Vacations are a time to relax, be revitalized, and if you are adventuresome, enjoy new places. Millions of travelers will take to the road in cars or recreation vehicles, before landing in their final destination. No matter how far or near you travel, there is always one thing that every traveler has in common – FOOD. And just because you are on vacation doesn't mean you can take time out from food safety.

There are four simple steps to food safety - clean, chill, separate, cook - that apply to the road, as well as, home.

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Family Travel Tips

Summer in our house means vacation time. We love traveling, spending time together as a family, and hiking as much as we can. Our favorite places to visit are the National Parks where we work with the kids on Junior Ranger badges and see the beautiful sights. 

Traveling with kids always presents some interesting situations though, and adding in a special needs child makes it all a little more interesting. Here are a few things we have learned traveling with our kids.

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Mugs Half Full: Pantsonality Test

Sometimes, life gets a little stressful... and you just have to find your comfy pants, refill your coffee, and do a silly quiz on the internet. 

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Strawberry Picking

There are few things I like to do in the summer more than take the kids strawberry picking. We spend the day combing fields looking for delicious, ripe berries and alternate plopping them into buckets and our mouths.

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Daddy Daughter Princess Giveaway!

On Friday, July 15th 2016, we're giving away not one, not two, or three or four but five prizes! We're giving away 5 $100 Visa gift cards to 5 different families!

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Birthdays with a Special Needs Child

Children's birthdays are generally a time of celebration. Another year of life to be celebrated. A party with friends and family. Recognition of all the milestones they have met. Anticipation of what the next year will bring.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Read At Omaha Public Library

Welcome to Summer! The kids have been out of school approximately 2.76 days and are they already driving you batty? Mine too, thank goodness we live in Omaha and there are so many awesome family activities happening this year. As I was putting together our calendar-of-fun, I filled nearly every day with an exciting Omaha Public Library event!

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Dabbling Ducks

Aren't ducks wonderful? There's just something about ducks that makes me squeal with delight when I see them. Even people who aren't squealers cannot deny that ducks are great. Sure, their droppings are a little gross, and they are terrifying when mad, but those beautiful feathers and hilarious feet still catch our eyes.

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