How To Listen To Audiobooks For Free

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I don’t read a ton, but I read a fair amount. These days half the books I read are holding a paperback  and turning pages and the other half is hitting play and listening.  That’s right … I’m an audiobook mama! I listen on the regular. Sometimes as I fall asleep. Often in the car (with this […]

This + That

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Jem and I are upping our art game. It’s calm and relaxing and we listen to Yo-Yo Ma or the Disney Legacy CD while we craft. The boys join in sometimes and other times we distract them with snacks so we can get creative in the quiet. This week it was watercolors and flower crowns. Next week? Well, we’re taking […]

Favorites for Baby Four

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This post was written in collaboration with some of the included brands. No payment was received, but some items were gifted to our family. Affiliate links included. Dominic and I do very different things in our down time. Down time as in, when the kids are all finally sleeping and we have a little time on […]

HOOT for Kids — A Treasure Box Surprise for Max

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Max doesn’t appear on the blog much these days. That’s his choice and it’s totally fine with me. This summer he turns 5 and by that age I’m all for my kids participating how and when they want. With this new sense of independence, Max rarely joins in on photos (for the blog or not!) whereas […]

Welcome To the Family, Z!

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Wonderful things are happening this weekend in the world of American Girl … the latest character in the contemporary collection, Z Yang, is joining the AG family! You can celebrate her arrival at home (medium fun) or join in the activities at the American Girl store closest to you (very, very fun!)! Here are the event details, just search […]

Reid — 15 1/2 Months

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Once upon a time, if I remember correctly, my kids had monthly updates here on the blog. I don’t remember much anymore, but I did use the old fashion search bar and discover that Reid hasn’t had a personalized update since he was 10 months <<< look how short his hair was! *Mother walk of shame* Or, […]

This + That

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We’ve started venturing out a bit and exploring our new town (and surrounding towns because it’s kinda tiny). It’s majorly lacking in art walls which is sad because the hashtag must live on! But, there are perks to tiny. Perks like … there is never a line at Starbucks, we have a brand new Grocery […]

Jemma’s Take on Tenney Grant (and Logan Too!)

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Last month Jemma had a special delivery from American Girl. She had seen her in person on our Chicago trip and swooned over her curls, outfits, and contemporary buddy. I could give you the scoop from my perspective (because ya’ll know I’m practically as in love with AG as Jemma is), but I thought it […]