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Summer Activities for School-Aged Kids

By Melissa Uhles

As a part time work from home mama of a fourth grader, May is when I start making summer plans. School days allow me lots of time to do my writing work. Then June comes along! Summer activities for school-aged kids can be harder to come across than activities for little kids. Around age 10, it starts to feel like tweens are caught in the in between. Even parks in the summer are filled with the under 5 crowd. So what’s a mom to do? 

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How to Write a 5 Paragraph Essay

How to Write a 5 Paragraph Essay

By Melissa Uhles

My fourth grade son recently had to write a five paragraph essay for the first time. The essay had to include an introductory paragraph and three body paragraphs. The final paragraph needed to have a conclusion that summed up what he discussed in the essay. In solidarity, I decided to challenge myself to do the same assignment and share it with him. If this is your child’s first time writing an essay, let them choose a topic that they love and already know a lot about.

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surviving dining out with your toddler

Surviving Dining out with Toddlers

This is a guest post is by Judith Klein Rich of the Eaty Pie Blog.

“Do you want to meet for dinner?” asks your carefree (aka child-free) friend who checks out a new restaurant as often as you dine in. While there’s nothing more that you’d want to do, the dreaded thought of your rambunctious toddler causing havoc makes you cringe at the prospect. 

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Working Mom's Routine with Toddlers

Daily Schedule for a Working Mom’s Routine with Toddlers

As a working mom finding the right routine for taking care of toddlers can be tough. By the time you pick them up from daycare or preschool they’ve had a full day and so have you. But I’ve learned some tricks that make my working mom routine with toddlers easier.

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Hey mama, are you looking for a working mom's travel packing list for toddlers? As a mom raising two under three, I was too! I researched the most popular articles to compile an ultimate guide to the best travel tips for kids, and I want to share it with you. Comes with a travel list free printable! #traveltoddlertips | travel packing list tips | plane travel tips @penandparent.com

The Ultimate Travel Packing List for Toddlers

As a mom of two under three and about to embark on a vacation that included planes and automobiles, I needed an ultimate packing list. Nothing’s worse than being trapped with kiddos without travel essentials and activities. This began my search for the best working mom’s travel packing list for toddlers.

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mom friends

The Secret to Making Close Mom Friends

Guest post by Monique Solomon

Adult friendships can be difficult to start, especially when you need mom friends with similar interests and kids around the same age. This is further heightened for stay at home moms who aren't thrust into many social situations outside of the occasional play-date. 

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8 Summer Workout Tips for Busy Moms

8 Summer Workout Tips for Busy Moms

Are you a busy mom looking for workout tips that will help you lose weight or get bikini ready? I know that after having two babies in two years, I struggled to find the time for fitness and eating healthy. Self-care is important  for anyone but even more important for moms. These eight summer workout tips for busy moms will get you on the right track fast.

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surviving an empty nest after being a SAHM

Surviving an Empty Nest After Being a SAHM

This is a guest post by Jennie Wallick

I was a SAHM off and on for 20 years. I loved it. It was such a gift to be able to do. Which, in hindsight was a good thing, because I didn't make enough money to cover childcare. Surviving an empty nest after being a SAHM wasn’t something I was prepared for.


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frugal living/saving money tips

Mom Hacks: Incredible How to Save Money Tips

By Melissa Uhles

In my circle of friends and family I have a bit of a rep for being cheap, I mean frugal. This was originally born of necessity. When I was single in LA (an expensive city) doing a variety of low paying jobs, I had to be creatively frugal to survive; I had to learn how to save money. 

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healthy summer snacks for kids

Kids Will Love These Healthy Summer Snacks

This is a guest post by René Brooks of ParentingPod.com

Summer is here and that means that your kids are going to be home all day. Expect them to be active and hungry. You can come to the rescue with a kitchen stocked with healthy summer snacks for your kids.

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