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MaryAnne K.
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Personal Finance Advice: One Mother's Wisdom

Financial wisdom from my mother that has transformed my life.

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This is a fun way to introduce kids to one of the most well-known pieces of #classicalmusic  out there. #PeterandtheWolfinHollywood   #ad  
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Parenting Tips to Help Kids Cope with Business Trips

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Did you know that anxiety can trigger bossy behavior? This post has great tips for dealing with this issue.

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Story and Craft! Yes please!! Bringing together two activities we love!! Reading books and making a craft or getting involved in an art project that is linked to a story is such a wonderful way to eng
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Fun Peep Experiments: Making Edible Peep Sensory Dough

I love the idea of experimenting with Peeps instead of eating them! There are a lot of fun Peep experiments out there. This edible peep sensory dough was new to us, and the kids think it is awesome!

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How to Help Children Develop Leadership Skills

As our world becomes increasingly automated, leadership skills are more important than ever before. Check out these great tips on leadership and learn about 4-H's new program! Sponsored post.

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Charley Parkhurst (or Charlie Parkhurst) is one of the most fascinating characters from the California Gold Rush! Find great books for kids in this post.

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California Gold Rush History for Kids

Learn about what life was like during the California Gold Rush. Great book suggestions for extending learning, too.

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Did you know that the thick bark of Redwood trees protects them from all sorts of dangers? Learn more fun California redwood tree facts in this post!

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Is parenting one easier than parenting multiple children? Or is it the more the merrier? “One is like one and two is like twenty.” That’s what my great-grandma always said. But I&…
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What are your goals for May 2016?

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  • Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences
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Finding joy in everyday parenting at

SAHM to four wonderful children. Visit my blog, Mama Smiles, where I write about Joyful Parenting through creativity, learning, and play! I adore crafts, hands-on education, and high quality toys and baby gear.

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Massachusetts - Cambridge, England - Edinburgh, Scotland - California - Vienna, Austria - La Paz, Bolivia - Paris, France - Guatemala City, Guatemala - Virginia - Utah
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Restaurant Games to Get Kids Off Screens

Blog post at PragmaticMom : It's not uncommon to see my entire family including myself on a screen while waiting for our food at a restauran

20 Science Activities with Plastic Easter Eggs | Inspiration Laboratories

Are you looking for ways to use your plastic Easter eggs? Try these science activities with plastic Easter eggs!

12 Books to Explore CHINA for Chinese New Year

Blog post at PragmaticMom : My kids do a country unit on China in second grade where they spent a day celebrating Chinese Culture with Red E

Lay off the Pinterest moms

I tried to be a Pinterest mom. Once. I planned a Ninjago-themed birthday party for my soon-to-be six-year-old son and seven of his squirmy k


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Preschool Science: Inflate a balloon without blowing in it.

To be honest, this is not totally "preschool" science, but my preschooler loves this experiment. He loves all science activities we've done

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Pediatrician, Writer, Mother of 2.

China Elementary School Unit for Chinese New Year

Teaching children age 5-10 about China through books, math and science activities, cooking, and art.

A Child-Friendly Introduction to Xiamen, China - Mama Smiles

A Child-friendly introduction to Xiamen, China and the neighboring island of Gulang Yu. World culture series perfect for homeschool and afte

Milk and Cuddles

Milk and Cuddles features Fun Crafts, Recipes, and Stories of Motherhood!


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Gifts Kids Can Make: Handmade Jewelry - Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting

Simple handmade jewelry projects that are perfect for beginners, including children (with help).

Getting Messy With Ms. Jessi

Blog that shows messy, fun and playful learning for preschoolers!

There's Just One Mommy

...because sometimes you're just outnumbered!