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Oct30
Another Halloween Tradition: Trunk-Or-Treat

Another Halloween Tradition: Trunk-Or-Treat

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I swear, I moved literally one mile north and all the activities are different. First we encountered the Halloween Boo, now we’ve discovered the Trunk Or Treat event. Our last elementary school celebrated Halloween with a PTA sponsored party in the evening. This party was great fun for the kids with tons of candy, cupcakes, […]

Oct25
Great Halloween Crafts

Great Halloween Crafts

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You may not know this, based on the tone of my summer time Burning Daylight series. I like doing things with my kids I just don’t like doing things with my kids 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Which is what my kids think life should be like in the summer: a non-stop […]

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Jun21
The Best Children’s Clothing Labels: Good For Stuff, Bad For People.

The Best Children’s Clothing Labels: Good For Stuff, Bad For People.

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I got this letter in my imagination. Dear Melissa Summers, I have amazing news for you. You have won a summer worth of sleep away camp for both your children, all free of charge because this is your imagination. Now, how will you label their belongings so they come home with what they take with […]

May15
Best Children’s Outdoor Toys: Go outside and do something.

Best Children’s Outdoor Toys: Go outside and do something.

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We live in the suburbs of Detroit, I rarely lock my door and I feel pretty safe in our neighborhood. Safe from crime, I do not feel safe from the irritation of loud neighbors. So you’d think my kids would be living the same kind of carefree stay outside from morning until night life I […]

Apr19

Discussing Safety with Children: Something I wish I wasn’t buzzing about.

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We thought, in light of this week’s tragedy at Virginia Tech, it would be a good day to share some resources to help parents talk to children about school violence. It’s relatively easy for me to shield my kids from news reports and images about these tragedies. After 9/11, my daughter was not quite three […]

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Apr17
The Best Music Boxes: a Round Up

The Best Music Boxes: a Round Up

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I get email asking me for gift ideas for newborns and birthday presents for three year olds and I have to be quite honest here. I am the worst at buying gifts. I will do a round up of some good baby presents at some point in the near(ish) future, but until then, consider this […]

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