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The Pretend Struggle is Very Real

 The pretend struggle is very real in our house. “Mommy, is Ronald McDonald real?” asks my 5 year old as we pass a McDonald’s. “And what about the other one that steals hamburgers? Is he real?” Um….yes? Or wait, no? Ronald is, but the Hamburglar isn’t??? I don’t know what the right answer is, but […]

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OMB 2018 Summer Camp Guide

It is almost summer again, and for many families that means summer camp! Just because school is out doesn’t mean your kids have to stop learning, growing, and playing! We are lucky to have many different camps available for our kids in Orlando that focus on everything from art, dance, science, sports, academics and more. […]

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A Primer for Visiting Universal Orlando with Little Ones

Living in Orlando we are spoiled when it comes to looking for a weekend activity or staycation. Our backyard is filled with costumed characters, spectacular dining experiences, the beach, Broadway level shows, and rides for every taste level. Since moving to Orlando my family of five has taken full advantage.  This year we decided to […]

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Engage All the Senses with these 5 Easy Holiday Activities for Toddlers 

If you’re wary of your toddler touching the Christmas ornaments or other family heirloom decorations, here are 5 activities that are fun, engage all the senses and are easy for parents to set up amidst the holiday bustle. Turn up the holiday music and let the fun begin! 1. Create holiday-themed sensory bins Fill plastic […]

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My Quiet Toddler: Supporting Your Child’s Language Development

As parents, we obsess about whether or not our child is meeting milestones. I’m a first time mom and my son just turned 19 months old, which means we’re almost at that “2 year mark”. I’m also a constant worrier and right now what’s heavy on my mind is my little boy’s language development. Every […]

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How Disney World won me over for our family getaways

I love to travel. I’ve been to 22 countries, and relish the adventure of exploring new places. My idea of a personal dream vacation includes large mountains, lots of walking, a good stash of books to read and cozy coffee shops for relaxing.        But right now, we have three small children. Two of […]

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Parting is such sweet sorrow? Perhaps not when it comes to toddler friendships

There are many articles on how to leave your toddler with the babysitter/daycare/camp etc. without incurring a meltdown. Do you sneak out? Or, do you acknowledge their fears? Perhaps you sing a goodbye song? (Our favorite, Grown-Ups Come Back by Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood). However, I’d like to take a moment to appreciate the way toddlers greet […]

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Words Matter

Especially to children. Words matter, especially to children. That quote keeps ringing through my head after hearing it during a recent interview between two very high profile women. Sticking my foot in my mouth is a given for me, in almost any circumstance, but especially when I’m nervous, uncomfortable or stressed. I almost always follow […]

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Toiletries for Toddlers (and their Stockings)

Yes, we really need more toilet paper already. And while I’m at it, we need bubble gum-flavored children’s toothpaste with Cinderella, Rapunzel and Ariel on the package, shampoo that is tear-free and preferably with conditioner, but if the shampoo doesn’t include conditioner, then we need that, too. We also need new Dory, Minnie and Skye […]

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Sugar Coma??? Tips on Handling Excess Holiday Candy

I don’t know about you, but my house has officially been bombarded with Halloween candy. Between school parties and trick-or-treating, my 3 year old collected over 150 pieces of candy. If your house is anything like mine you are probably thinking…so now what? Here are my 5 tips on what to do with all of that […]

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