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We all usually feel our best during the warm summer months. We get to shed the layers of turtlenecks, jackets, and long pants for flowing summer dresses, cute wedges, and an array gorgeous beach slips. And, who can forget about that wonderful feeling of transitioning from a translucent ghost to a radiant, bronzed summer goddess?! As exciting as the sun and warmth is, we also have to remember to take care of our bodies, and especially our skin. To prevent any skin woes this summer - whether that be excess oil and clogged pores from all the sweat, painful sunburn,...
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When my generation was younger, we had one option to entertain ourselves in the summertime: go outside, find whatever toys were lying around in the garage, and play games with our friends until the sun went down. Nowadays, kids have thousands of options! Sadly, most of those come on some form of an electronic device. If you are having trouble prying your kids away from the TV, game console, or iPad/iPhone, use some of these fun ball games to get your kids up and active outside.   Four Square  This ball game is a classic. It's extremely easy to play,...
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Ah, Summer. School is almost out, and that means that your kids are probably hungry for adventure. With the end of classes, it is the perfect time to take your little ones on a trip that they won't soon forget! I remember this period of time very fondly from my childhood. The end of school meant my family's annual, "All-American" vacation was fast-approaching. My parents would take a week off from their busy jobs, and the family would take a week long vacation in a new place in the States. We discovered the Grand Canyon in my early teens, took a...
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Ah, Summer Camp. A childhood tradition I remember very fondly. My camp experience was a little different from most, however, because from age 8-11 I was shipped to an international gymnastics camp for three weeks and was in a chalky, sweaty gym for ten hours a day. Nevertheless, I still got a taste of the traditional Summer Camp life through camp ice creams, cabin chores, pool games, outdoor activities, and the opportunity to form forever friendships. Summer Camp is kind of a "Rite of Passage" in growing up. It is most likely your kids' first taste of independence. It is...
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We're sure dinnertime can get pretty hectic in your house. Your kids are tired and hungry after a long day of school and activities, and you're just getting home and trying to juggle cleaning, finishing up emails and projects, and getting dinner on the table. How about making the last part just a bit easier? We have some great, one-pot recipes for dinner that are healthy, quick and easy to prepare, and will leave you and your family with happy tummies. Oh, and don't forget the easy clean-up of just one pot!   Pan-Fried Gnocchi with Sun Dried Tomatoes and...
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"Are we there yet?" Long family car rides can be tricky. Your little ones start to get antsy after about 30 minutes, but your family friends' house or grandma's house is a good three hours away. In order to combat backseat boredom, we have a few games to keep your kids entertained for the long haul.    The License Plate Game The license plate game is a classic. Ask anyone, it was the road trip favourite for almost every family growing up. It will strike up some competition, and is sure to keep your kids' attention for a while. Playing...
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"Are we there yet?" Long family car rides can be tricky. Your little ones start to get antsy after about 30 minutes, but your family friends' house or grandma's house is a good three hours away. In order to combat backseat boredom, we have a few games to keep your kids entertained for the long haul.    The License Plate Game The license plate game is a classic. Ask anyone, it was the road trip favourite for almost every family growing up. It will strike up some competition, and is sure to keep your kids' attention for a while. Playing...
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Cutting the crusts off of your kids' PB&J sandwiches, organizing all of the laundry, getting your toddler to daycare and your 5-year-old to soccer practice on time, there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day! But, fear not. We have compiled a list of 3 unbelievably easy and affordable beauty pick-me-ups that are sure to keep up with your busy days and keep you looking and feeling your best.    Lemon-Yogurt Face Mask for Glowing Skin Getting radiant, glowing skin has never been quicker or easier! Find these two ingredients right in your kitchen pantry, and get...
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Banana puree is incredibly easy to make for your little one: and with this recipe you know exactly what's going into your child's food!  How to make the puree: Select your banana: ripe bananas have brown spots on them which means the banana is easier to digest (but not too many spots as this may make them too mushy!).  Wash the banana with a mixture of 3 parts water and one part white vinegar to remove bacteria. Rinse and peel. Discard the peel and the ends of the banana.  Puree peeled banana in food processor or blender until smooth. Add...
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For some toddlers, sleep is a battlefield. Instead of winding down when they get tired, they seem to get more of everything- more arguing, more protests, more desperation to just get these little ones to sleep so you might finally unwind.  Falling asleep is a habit-all kids are capable of learning it (however much they put up a fight). These are a few tried-and-tested tips we've accumulated to get your fussy toddler to sleep! Have the consistent bedtime routine every night Routines are good because that way they instil a sense of calm and inevitability. Dinner, bath-time, story-time, tooth-brushing, and then bed. The fewer steps, the...
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