Homemade Bird Feeder

At this time of year one of my favorite activities to do with the children is making homemade bird feeders. They’re a little messy but super easy, cheap, and the kids love to make them! All you need for this homemade bird feeder is empty toilet paper tubes, peanut butter,…

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Goodbye My Murphy

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Murphy died two days after Kippy. Unlike Kippy, who we knew was sick, Murphy’s death was unexpected. Sure, we knew that at 17 years old his days were numbered, but we didn’t expect him to go anytime soon. Also unlike Kippy, who hovered “on the brink” for a couple of…

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Goodbye Sweet Kippy

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I’ve been putting off writing this post because it’s easier to write about happy things like grandchildren or things that aren’t emotional like Beauty Boxes, but it needs to be written. Our sweet kitty Kipling died about a month ago. At first we didn’t know Kippy was sick. I’d seen…

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Oh No – I Killed the Kitten!

When we got Kippy Angel Face was four – at that age where she was almost ready to give up naps but not quite. I was at that age where I was definitely NOT ready for her to give them up! Thinking I could bribe her into napping with the…

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Top 3 Easy New Year’s Resolutions to Keep

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As the champagne glasses clink at midnight on New Year’s Eve, you may choose to join the 45 percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s resolutions to be thinner, funnier, smarter or happier. Well, try joining the elite club this year: the 8 percent who follow through in achieving…

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4 Key Components of a Successful Holiday Party

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Throwing a holiday party is the best way to combine the season’s top three priorities: friends, family, and food. By hosting a holiday party, you have the opportunity to bring loved ones together and celebrate by enjoying seasonal recipes and drinks. Of course, hosting a party often ends up being…

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Meet Punkin!

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Guess what – I’m a grandma again! OK, I’ve been a grandma again for a while – 18 months or so – but I don’t feel guilty about not introducing you to Punkin earlier. When I announced Caesar Boy I felt guilty, but since then my perspective changed. I used…

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Family Child Care Credential

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Last December I reached a major milestone in my family child care career – I completed the Family Child Care Certificate from Fox Valley Technical College, and was awarded a Family Child Care Credential by the Registry. Because I teach the first two classes in the Credential – Curriculum for…

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Cleaning for the Holidays

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I love it when our home is clean, but sometimes it gets so messy that I don’t know where to start. Then I found these great tips and tricks for getting your home ready for the holidays. Since I’ve read them already I’m going to start cleaning while I’m still…

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