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40 Non-Toy Gift Ideas and Experiences for Kids

It’s usually around this time of year that people start sharing articles about gift ideas for kids–specifically toys. Bloggers start writing about minimalism, excess, accumulating stuff, spending, etc. So, do kids really like receiving experiences instead of toys? I asked my boys their thoughts about this. After all, they are the experts who have been […]

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Des Moines Moms Guide to December 2017

Wondering what to do in Des Moines this December? Des Moines is brimming with Christmas cheer this month! Central Iowa has plenty of magical events to offer families this time of the year, so check out (and share!) this event guide and get ready to make memories this holiday season. (And don’t forget about the […]

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My Kids Love Kudo Banz, and I love Parenting More Positively

Raising young kids is tough. As children grow, they become more independent, curious, and, if I’m honest, more headstrong. Seeing my children blossom into their unique personalities is so much fun — but it’s not as enjoyable to nag them for the hundredth time to put their action figures away or plead with them to please […]

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My Letter to Santa

Dear Santa, As I bask in the glow of the twinkling lights cascading from our trimmed Christmas tree, I want to capture my thoughts and feelings on your existence. We celebrate your magic in this house. We go to bed patiently waiting for you to arrive. We listen intently from our beds for sounds of your […]

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Easy Like Christmas Morning (How To Breeze Your Way Through The Holidays)

Christmas is hard. Like, break-into-a-sweat, tear-your-hair-out, have-a-mid-December-meltdown hard. It doesn’t matter how far in advance you plan (I’m look at you, Planners) or how organized you are (again, Planners walking around with ACTUAL planners), the holiday season can chew you up and spit you out. Idealized in carols about things being calm and bright, Christmas […]

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Our Ankeny “Christmas Light Night” Family Tradition

One of our family’s favorite traditions is something we call “Christmas Light Night.” This is one of the few Christmas traditions that doesn’t require any planning on my part and is really fun for everyone. So often during this crazy season, I feel my to-do list getting longer and longer, and my kids start begging […]

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