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Tales from the Trenches: My in-library Mommy FAIL

Ever read a blog post that just stops you in your tracks? That’s how I felt when when I read a post from Children’s book author and former teacher, Cynthia Lord.  I didn’t even make it to the last word before I shouted out “Amen!” And then I spread her gospel on Twitter. It was that … Read more »

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TiPi: A Garden Fort for All Seasons!

Maine – Need a little backyard magic?  Friends, an edible teepee is the ticket! This is where fun meets nutrition and education. Who’s with me? Simply drag sticks out of the woods or buy bamboo poles at a garden shop. Dig holes to drive your sticks into the ground. Just a few inches deep will do. Lean the tops… Read more »

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The BEST Countdown to Christmas EVER!

Cape Elizabeth, Maine – Stop EVERYTHING and do this…. RIGHT NOW! People, I stumbled across an idea that has changed our countdown to Christmas. Instant family tradition material… to be passed down for generations. Normally our Advent Calendar is filled with chocolate. NOT THIS YEAR. Because someone mentioned a life changing concept… a BOOK. ADVENT. CALENDAR…. Read more »

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Welcoming Fall!

Portland, Maine – It’s Fall, Y’all! Okay, no one else in Maine is saying it quite like that… but the excitement of leaf peeping, pumpkin hunting, and all things Autumn is here. I was seriously daydreaming about whether I could travel the globe to spend an entire year in Autumn – an entire year. For… Read more »

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Got Cooperation? Here’s where to find it!

Washington, D.C. – Every children’s museum needs one of these! It’s an igloo building activity. And the best part about it? Your child CANNOT build it without the help of other children. It’s impossible to do ALONE. And it’s incredible when built TOGETHER! As any mother of a preschooler knows… this concept is HUGE! (and… Read more »

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However you can make it happen, GET HERE!

Pittsburgh, PA – We are on the road! As we spend some much needed Q.T. with our family in Ohio… our road trip isn’t a break from our regular adventures, rather an instigator for all sorts of new trouble! And so we find ourselves somewhere incredible: The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA…. Read more »

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Need a little post-holiday pep in your step? Done!

Charlotte, NC – Is your day-after-Christmas feeling a little day-after-ish? Here’s an idea to brighten this day… um, literally. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, NC (just outside of Charlotte, NC). Even having lived in Charlotte for years, I had never visited this spot. It was while I stopped into the Matthews Police Department to learn… Read more »

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Christmas Adventure

Charlotte, NC – Something about twinkling lights and horse-drawn carriages that I can’t resist… especially at Christmas, and this Christmas in particular. Away from the News, away from worries of our own, we traveled only a few miles to arrive at a place that conjures up a very  special Christmas spirit: The Billy Graham Library,… Read more »

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