Blueberry Coconut Bites by Vintage Kitchen Notes

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     I am so thrilled to have Paula here with this amazing dessert. I have followed her blog for a long time and have enjoyed every mouth watering recipe that she was shared. I have a cupboard full of these little spoons and can’t wait to make these delicious looking Blueberry Coconut Bites!! ~Tara […]

5 Parenting Tips I Learned from Camp

5 Tips From Camp

    She’s back from camp!! Aside from the dreaded stomach bug, my daughter returned from sleep away safe camp and sound…as predicted by many. Neither Angela nor I had ever gone to camp longer than a week, so it was quite a learning experience for us all. On the drive home, through the pouring rain, […]

10 Tips on How to Avoid the Summer Slide

10 Tips on How to Avoid the Summer Slide

In my former life as a teacher, we often talked about how to avoid the Summer Slide. What IS the Summer Slide? Johns Hopkins University researchers Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson (2007) studied this topic extensively and the researchers concluded that two-thirds of the 9th grade reading achievement gap can be explained by […]

ASK DR. G: Kids and Chores – Why Bother?

Kids and Chores with Dr. G

Chores are a pain, right? Getting kids to do chores seems like an awful lot of work… for us! Most of the jobs we could assign our kids would get done so much faster, and more correctly, if we just did them ourselves. And that’s not even considering the nagging we’re worried we’d have to […]

5 Tips for Picking Your Preschooler’s First TV Shows

5 Tips for Picking Your Preschooler's First TV Shows

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Executive Editor Anyone who thinks that “binge watching” is a new phenomenon in the age of Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes has clearly never watched TV with a preschooler. When little kids find a show they love, not only do they want to watch every episode, they’re more than happy […]

5 Ways To Get To Know Your Neighbors

How to Get To Know Your Neighbors on BonBon Break

  My husband and I lived in our first home for five years, during which time we met exactly two of our neighbors – the ones living on either side of us. When we moved across town to a neighborhood full of families, the difference was palpable. Neighbors stopped by to welcome us with muffins and […]

Mimosa Popsicles by Tara Noland

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Mimosa Popsicles are a great way to serve up a light and bright cocktail for the summer months. Cool, refreshing, adult!!! Fantastic starter for a party of any kind from brunch forward!! Beat the heat with these adult treats. These Mimosa Popsicles couldn’t be easier to make and more refreshing on a hot day!! This […]

Problem: Public bathrooms and kids

Problem Solved: Public Bathrooms and Kids

  Taking your kids into public bathrooms is wrought with problems. You know what I am talking about. Once your sweet little babe starts using the potty, she wants to hit every public bathroom between your house and your destination. Twice. And then they touch EVERYTHING. Out of desperation, I tried something with my son. […]

Family Breakfast Picnic (Pinterest Degree Optional) by PTDBC

Family Breakfast Picnic by PTDBC

You may be saying to yourself “A picnic for breakfast?” Yep! And here’s why: My kids are spun up about having a picnic thanks to Minnie’s Picnic on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. There should be a warning on the DVD: Watching this may make your kids nag you incessantly for a picnic (plate counting and Mystery […]

I Had to Stop Yelling

I had to stop yelling by Val Curtis on BonBon Break

  Last week, I called my husband with tears in my eyes and guilt on my back. “I can’t do this anymore. I quit!” My vision of the perfect summer with my kids was completely squashed. At 7 and 3, they are both very independent. They adore and hate each other in the same breath. They will […]