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Mothers, Teach Your Children {The Golden Rule of Babysitters}

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I’m going to just come right out and say that I was an amazing babysitter. I’m not just saying that – I really was genuinely awesome. Families fought over me for New Years.  They paid me to come to weddings & sit in hotel rooms to watch TV & monitor the napping baby.  They bestowed upon me one of their ... Read More »

Why I Kicked Shaving Cream to the Curb… and you should, too!

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Alright, I admit it: I’ve never been fanatical about keeping my legs silky smooth. I love the feel of freshly shaven legs, but my skin is sensitive – I need the really good razors and the expensive shaving cream: keeping my legs in this fashion is a costly venture.  Even before kids came along, I much preferred to spend my hard-earned ... Read More »

19 Amazing Christmas Treats I’ll NEVER Have the Time to Make

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We’ve all pinned them – those gorgeously decorated sugar cookies, the clever cookies that look like mugs of hot cocoa, snowmen that are comprised of no fewer than 10 different pieces of candy, pretzels, etc, etc. no bigger than an inch… And if you’re anything like me, you haven’t done a thing with any of those pins.  This crazy video is ... Read More »

Easy Preschool Christmas Crafts: Stained Glass Christmas Tree

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I don’t know about you, but whenever I search for ‘easy preschool Christmas crafts’, I get hits that involve both GLUE and GLITTER – both of which are NOT allowed out of the drawers when there are FOUR 2 year olds in the house on babysitting days! Here’s one that fits the ‘easy to clean up’ bill for mom.  I ... Read More »

Bread Bowl Recipe for Soup

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Here’s a fun way to serve soup or stew on a cold winter day! This bread bowl recipe is very simple and such a delicious way to spruce up a meal.  It looks very impressive, tastes great, and the best part is that you get to eat the bowl when you are done! The kids love that part (actually, so ... Read More »

Dear Children’s Clothing Designers: Why?

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There’s something that I haven’t been able to figure out yet, perhaps you can help me with this: Why are almost all of the Christmas / Holiday / Winter dresses for Toddlers sleeveless?  I understand why Christmas dresses for women are sleeveless: it looks far more elegant and quite a bit more sexy than their long-sleeved counter-parts. For the life ... Read More »

Boterkoek – Dutch Butter Cake #GayLeaMom

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 Being of Dutch background, I  enjoy traditional Dutch foods: pepernoten, speculaas, croquetten, boerenkoel, dropjes, and many others. I love sharing them with our children, and introducing them to different flavours (yes, a salty black licorice is  delicious!).  And so when I had a chance to share a recipe through the #GayLeaMom program, I wanted to choose a great Dutch recipe.  When you hear Gay ... Read More »

Saving (Memories) for Your Kids for a Rainy Day #OneDayKids

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Full disclosure: I was compensated for this post, but all words, thoughts & ideas here are mine alone, and, for the record, I really, REALLY love the OneDay App. Go download it. Now. It’s FREE! Plus, you could win a $150 gift card to Amazon by downloading it. Keep reading for deets!  When I was still at my last place ... Read More »