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Staying home for Thanksgiving? Visiting friends or family? Here are some festive ideas/links to keep your little turkeys cooperating and having an amazing time this Thursday. It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. The TV...
Signing away our lives on a new car puts some new perspective in our budget. Here are some of the ways I’m trying to help make our money last: Price Match I’m all the time Googling an item I’m standing in...
Have you ever wanted to explore 3D printing? Laser engraving? Sublimation? Button making? In the greater Dayton area, we have several library maker spaces to explore these opportunities plus some!  Washington Centerville Library has Creative Commons hosted at Washington Township...
It's that time of year again... Back-to-School Time!!! We know parents all over Dayton have tons of questions and are looking for all the best tips around this time. In our community, we have readers with all ages of...
We have been checking out some great parks lately and I wanted to give you an update on them. For those of us that are potty training, I'm including information on the bathroom situation because usually, that is at...
Talking to kids in a way they’ll listen can be hard. Over years of trying, I’ve found these strategies. It’s a work in progress, always, but practice makes practice. It’s easy to default to the “Don’ts!” It’s reactionary. What I...
I often get asked where I got my nails done. And answering “I do them” is still fun to say. When asked how I get my nails to look so nice, I normally sum it up quickly, “I buy...
Birthday parties used to cause me all kinds of stress. Thanks to the world of Pinterest, I have created theme parties for both of my kids that took me months to plan and cost way more than a party...
You may often wonder how to manage your finances as a busy parent. I'm here to tell you that you CAN find those elusive minutes and can start the process even while waiting for the cookies to bake. As...

DIY Game Night

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Along the lines of Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, there’s an opportunity to make a DIY customizable game night for your family or group of friends. The gist of both games is having one card as a prompt...
Do you love to craft but need a new idea? Are you not very crafty but wish you could be? Do you need an activity that will be fun and entertaining and fully engage some 2-year-olds? How about some...
Easter can be rather chocolate-forward and rationing candy as dessert only goes so far. I’ve found a balance I’m happy with for my family between sweets and non-food treats. Here are some of the most successful non-sweet Easter treats. Stuffed...
How not to catch a leprechaun, as written by a 2-year-old and 4-year-old (rather, let's say by dictation because neither can write yet).   Do NOT try to lure him in with plastic dinosaurs, though those are enticing. Leprechauns are...
Every year, our family has a crazy competition “season.” "Season" might not be the best word considering both of my children chose activities that are year-round. From the end of September until around the first week of August, we...

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Planning for Spring Break {Dayton Edition}

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With 2024 just starting, it is crazy to think that Spring Break is right around the corner. When I think of Spring Break, my...
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