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The Star Wars scavenger hunt for the ultimate youngling fan

The Star Wars scavenger hunt for the ultimate youngling fan
A Star Wars birthday party sounds easy enough. Pinterest abounds with ideas on how to decorate and make cute signs for food such as HAN Burgers and HOTH Dogs. As a friend of mine pointed out, though, the kids don't care about that stuff. They want to munch on pizza, scarf down cake, but mostly play with their friends. Pizza? Check. Death Star cake? Check. Playing with pool noddle light sabers for a full 90 minutes...? That's just asking for trouble. When researching, I found a few activities, but I wanted a full fledged scavenger hunt that touched all seven episodes. I couldn't find one. So what's teacher mom to do? Create it herself. Click on the gallery to view the scavenger hunt, Jedi tunics, light sabers, Death Star cake, goody bags, and more...

10 random reasons to vacation that only moms will understand

10 random reasons to vacation that only moms will understand
Sure, everyone gets excited about vacation. But you do not know sheer delight until you're #vacationmom. #vacationmom is NOT a mom on a vacation WITH her kids. That, by definition, is not a vacation. Well said, The Onion. Vacation = "freedom or release from duty." A four day bachelorette party in Las Vegas? THAT is a vacation. In a super scientific poll via text messaging friends, I present 10 random reasons to vacation that only moms will understand: ...

All I want for Christmas...is less

All I want for Christmas...is less. And I took four hours and one trip to Goodwill to make that happen. One of my goals for 2016 is to "lesson plan" more for the kids; to use toys more intentionally. It's hard to do this when you don't know what you have or where you have it. So, I purged. I had to be faced with our own ridiculousness, so I brought all the toys into one room. Check out our family's ridiculousness in the gallery below...
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I thought Star Wars was stupid until I became a mom

I thought Star Wars was stupid until I became a mom
It's pretty well documented that I hate science. This includes science fiction and Star Wars. It just all seems too fake to me. Who are ALL these stupid characters? Why the stupid names? Why all the stupid species? (I didn't even know what a wookie was, but I was sure that I didn't like the obnoxious sounding furry character.) Then, my cabaret group, The Chicago Red Line, decided to perform a Star Wars spoof for our fall show. Can you guess my reaction? This show is going to be... S-T-U-P-I-D...

You don't have to be Jewish to celebrate Shabbat

You don't have to be Jewish to celebrate Shabbat
What do I know about Shabbat? Well, I taught at a Jewish pre-school for a year, so let me indulge you with my deep comprehension as understood by three year olds. Every Friday, we would
  • bake challah
  • light candles
  • sing songs with the rabbi
Fast forward 10 years, and I'm a mother of two. Our Friday tradition is continuously evolving. As it stands now, we:
  • cook a home made pizza; eat a special dessert
  • light our tea lights
  • do dance party
  • I wear "fancy pants" (patterned leggings that are requested by my three year old on a weekly basis)
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There is nothing wrong with buying all of your kid's birthday presents at a garage sale

See that Superman shirt? $1. My son loves that darn thing so much, he reacts as if his dog died when I tell him it's in the wash.
My kid turned three years old this week. All of the gifts I bought him, with one exception, were purchased at garage sales. Yeah, I know new stuff is nice and shiny. Yeah, my kid is only three. Yeah, sometimes, garage sale items don't last. But neither do all store bought gifts. If you're looking to be budget friendly, gently-used is the way to go. If you're striving to be more "green," second hand is just that: it's recycling. Plus, think of all the packaging you avoid! Check out the gallery below. You'll see why #2 and #10 earned me "Mom of the Year" in the category of gift giving and "Wife of the Year" in the category of budget savvy. Grand total cost = $49. And remember what sayeth the wise Macklemore: "One man's trash, that's another man's come up." ...
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A lesson in gay pride from a 3-year-old

A lesson in gay pride from a 3-year-old
One morning, after visiting our friends, Maribeth and Steve, Junior and I were having breakfast. Very matter-of-factly, he looked up from his oatmeal and declared, "I'm going to marry Daddy." "Oh?" I replied. "And if you marry Daddy, then who will Mommy marry?" "You can marry Maribeth." "Hmm...okay. Then who will Steve marry?" "He's gonna marry Winston." (their male dog) "And what about Sophie?" (our female dog) "She can marry Daisy!" As in, Daisy Duck. Obviously. While I do believe that bestiality is crossing the line, and it's clear that my kid is not into threesomes, his point is this: "Everyone needs a honey."...

A gun's purpose is to harm. Period.

A gun's purpose is to harm. Period.
A gun's purpose is to harm. Period. Shields were invented to protect. Fortresses were constructed to protect. Bullet-proof vests and glass are manufactured to protect. A gun's purpose is NOT to protect. Period...

Five style staples for the stay-at-home mom: Summer Edition

Today, my friend Nikki, of Nikki Miner Makeup, is sharing her fashion expertise. Many of her staple items hail from super fancy stores such as Tar-jay and Le Kohl's. Let me vacuum up these Cheerios and Goldfish and roll out the red carpet for her!

If you want to hear from a mom who is perfectly put together, wears heels to the park, and styles her hair daily, you should stop reading now.

When I worked full time, I loved putting together fun color combinations and keeping up with the latest trends. I prided myself in looking good and taking fashion risks. My closet was full...REALLY full!

Since becoming a stay at home mom, many days I’m just trying to sneak in a shower. I find it really hard to look cute but still wear outfits that are practical for playing at the park, running errands, and rolling around on the floor, sword fighting with my son.

Check out the gallery to see what five “staples” have helped me feel good about the way I look, even if my two-year-old is the only one who sees me. ;)

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Three tips for planning your summer vacation

Three tips for planning your summer vacation
This week, Mama Kat has prompted me to write about a memorable summer. I immediately knew which summer that was: 2009. Here are my top three tips for planning a summer vacation: 1) Plan a trip. 2) Host a party. 3) Sign up for a summer sport. Here' s why...