10 Things to do in London with Kids

Last year my (then) 9 year-old daughter and I went on a 10 day adventure to London and some surrounding areas. We had the time of our lives and wanted to share some of the things we loved in that wonderful city. This is not a complete list of everything for kids in London and it is in no particular order – there was no way we could pick a favorite!! … Read More 10 Things to do in London with Kids

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How to Clean Playmobil

Ok Moms, I know this isn’t the sexiest or most interesting topic but it is worth it. We have all seen how to wash Lego in the dishwasher, stuffies in the washing machine and outdoor toys with a pressure washer but Playmobil is an entirely different beast. They have the tiniest parts known to man and are easily lost if you are not super careful. Of course, they also cost a small fortune so it might be the only toy we have that I am not willing to vacuum up in secret. I came across a giant tub of Playmobil in the storage room today without a lid on it. It was absolutely filthy and here is how I dealt with it.… Read More How to Clean Playmobil

Great Wolf Lodge Review

After a long winter and an even longer pregnancy my family made the decision to get away for a few days. We booked a 3 day, 2 night stay at Great Wolf Lodge and couldn’t have been more excited!

We have always wanted to go to Great Wolf Lodge but I could never justify the cost. Since we had never been there I didn’t know what the true value was. April/May seems to be their shoulder season and there was a great Spring promotion that I took advantage of.… Read More Great Wolf Lodge Review

The Witching Hour: Evening Routine with Kids

The Witching Hour is better known to those without children as early evening. To us parents it is the chaos leading up till bedtime. It can ruin an otherwise lovely day and strikes fear into those who have toddlers.

After ten years and three children I have come up with some ways to fight back. I have the unique challenge of large age gaps so getting through the Witching Hour has become harder over the years but I refuse to let it get me down! I have also included a sample evening routine at the end of the post.… Read More The Witching Hour: Evening Routine with Kids

Book Club with Avalon: George by Alex Gino

“Be who you are.
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.
George thinks she’ll have to keep this secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she is a boy. With the help of her best friend Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can play Charlotte but so everyone can know who she is once and for all!” … Read More Book Club with Avalon: George by Alex Gino

Surviving Sleep Deprivation with a Newborn

Sleep is hard to come by when you bring home a new baby. Even if you are bottle feeding your baby will be awake every few hours for 6-8 weeks. There is no way around this, in fact if your baby is not waking to eat you will want to set an alarm until they have beefed up a little bit (consult your doctor of course).

Sleep is essential to life and without it you are literally impaired. Before I get into my personal top tips I will share what everyone shares: sleep when the baby sleeps. I hate that advice even though it is 100% accurate because I always feel like I have too much to do. It is a cliché for a reason though. … Read More Surviving Sleep Deprivation with a Newborn