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The New Birthday Plan

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Dear Son: I’m writing to tell you about an exciting change we’ll be making in regard to my birthday this year. Because this is a big birthday year for me (rhymes with shorty), and because you’re such a big boy now, and frankly because I’m a little w... Read full article

Birthday Gift Registries: Convenience or Crossing the line?

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Today’s parents are using as many shortcuts as possible to keep up with the demands of the day. Smartphone apps signal appointments and events, SIRI acts as an administrative assistant, and with the click of a few keys you can have groceries delivere... Read full article

Making Your Own Dreams and Goals a Priority

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After a few soul sucking years of saying “maybe one day” and getting through the toddler years, I couldn’t pretend that I didn’t have these dreams anymore. I went back to the drawing board to figure out how to make my own goals & dreams a priority.... Read full article

Have a Happy Birthday (Without the Party): Budget-Friendly Birthday Ideas

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The day your child was born is a day to celebrate and make him feel special. Birthday parties are fun, but they can be a lot of work, and the costs can quickly add up. If you decide to skip the birthday party, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate big.... Read full article

A Playdate-Style Birthday Party

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Birthday parties for littles can add up fast. For a few Benjamins, you can take them and a few friends to a bounce place or rent a bounce house for your backyard. We didn’t start big parties like that for my older daughter until she was about five.... Read full article



Party Tips For Multiples

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As parents of multiples, we all go the extra mile to give our children a sense of individuality. ... Read full article

Tri’ing to Mom

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Whoever said the infant/toddler stage was the hardest stage LIED! Rewind four years, 2015, picture it. I was…well, four years younger (we’ll leave it at that), and a mother to a not yet one-year-old daughter and three-year-old son.... Read full article

Shedding Light On December Birthdays

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December birthdays often get swept into the hoopla of the holidays.... Read full article

Birthday Party Etiquette 101

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Whether you are the host or a party guest, these events are a great opportunity to teach a few basic rules of etiquette to ensure your child is one that is invited back again and again. ... Read full article

The Mommy PR Goal

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“Mommy! Don’t go! Please!” These were the words that escaped my four-year-old’s sweet little mouth as I attempted to leave my parent’s house for a quiet run along Lake Chicot.... Read full article

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