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1+1+1=1: Learning Resources

1+1+1=1 is a terrific website/blog with tons and tons of fabulous free ideas, activities, tot and preschool packs, tot trays and printables. They also have resources for kindergarten and first grade as well as lapbook templates. I have found some awesome learning tools to use with the kids. This is definitely a bookmark-worthy site.…

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Added by Erin Thomas on December 1, 2014 at 10:43pm — No Comments

Butterscotch Blondies

Yummy blondies! It is almost impossible to eat just one!

Makes 3 dozen Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 pkg. (10 ozs.) butterscotch chips

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. 3. Add eggs; blend well. 4. In a small bowl, stir…

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Added by Erin Thomas on November 25, 2014 at 12:14am — No Comments

3 Websites For Free Samples

So, you like to save money and get some fun freebies in the mail? If the answer is YES, then check out these 3 freebie sampling sites. I like checking out the new samples each week and while some of them will overlap, you can find quite a few originals. I have to admit that it is kind of a rush when they start showing up in the mail. Don't judge- it's the little things. It truly does come in handy, especially when you receive travel sizes of toiletries, which is great for trips.

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Added by Erin Thomas on November 15, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

5 Fun Fall Family Traditions

The fall season is upon us! Cool, crisp air, football, pumpkins, apples and pretty fall leaves are some of the wonderful things in store during the autumn season. There are so many opportunities for making some wonderful family memories with fall-themed activities. I've picked 5 that my family enjoys and does each year.

1) Visit a pumpkin patch. We have two pumpkin patches that we visit every year. It is fun to look back on pictures of the kids and how they have changed from year to…

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Added by Erin Thomas on October 22, 2014 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Indianapolis Children's Museum: A Must-See with Kids

The Indianapolis Children's Museum is the world's largest museum of its kind and a definite must-see attraction if you have kids. My kids loved everything about it and would like to go back as often as possible. Between the excellent dinosaur exhibit, train displays, indoor carousel and playhouse, National Geographic Treasures of the Earth exhibits, dedicated toddler/preschooler area, and plenty of hands-on science stations, the kids will enjoy hours of educational entertainment. There are…

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Added by Erin Thomas on October 15, 2014 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Marinated Sirloin Steak

Very easy steak marinade that tastes great on the grill.

4 servings

1 cup lemon-lime soda

3/4 cup vegetable juice

3/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon horseradish

1 boneless beef sirloin steak (1 to 2 pounds)

Directions: 1. In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients. 2. Cut steak into strips and place submerged in the bowl. 3. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight, turning…

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Added by Erin Thomas on October 8, 2014 at 11:12pm — No Comments

5 Great Things To Do In Chicago

Chicago is such an awesome city to visit: full of history, world-class museums, shopping, fun dining options and kid-friendly attractions. If you are thinking ahead to spring break or summer vacation, Chicago is definitely a place to keep on the list of musts for family trips. I have visited Chicago at least a dozen times over the years. Some trips were for business, some for a girls' only weekend, a few have been a one-day up and back Chicago day trip and, of course, the family…

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Added by Erin Thomas on October 1, 2014 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Starfall for Beginning Readers

Starfall is a beginning reading website for young children, mainly aged 3-7. Great graphics and fun games make learning letter sounds easy and enjoyable. There is a paid portion, but the free part has more than enough to keep children busy.

I have used it with both of my kids and they loved the website and really learned quite a bit.

Website address: http://www.starfall.com/…

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Added by Erin Thomas on September 26, 2014 at 9:59pm — No Comments

Lemon Linguine

My kids really like pasta so I'm always on the lookout for new recipes to try. They love lemon linguine and will normally eat 2-3 helpings. My daughter says it is one of her favorite foods. It goes great with all kinds of meats and you could easily add chicken for a main dish.…



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Added by Erin Thomas on September 17, 2014 at 11:21pm — No Comments

5 Must-See Attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom

If you are visiting Disney World, each park has some must-see attractions that should not be missed. My kids love the Animal Kingdom at Disney World and I have listed our top 5 rides/shows that you will not want to miss. Some people do not have an entire day to devote to each park, and if you only have a small amount of time or are there on a extremely crowded day, hitting a few of the highlights will make your time seem very well-spent.



1) Kilimanjaroo Safari…

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Added by Erin Thomas on December 6, 2012 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Visit The Home of Dum Dum Pops

If you are traveling through northwest Ohio, make a stop at Spangler Candy Co., home of the Dum Dum pop. They also make candy canes, circus peanuts and Saf -T pops. There is a great tour of the facilities aboard the Dum Dum trolley. The kids as well as adults will enjoy learning about the process of making the candies as you ride around the factory. A small museum houses some unique candy memorabilia. We were able to taste test the new flavors of Dum Dum pops that they were working on and…

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Added by Erin Thomas on December 6, 2012 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Can Kayak Help with My Travel Planning?

Can Kayak Help My Travel Planning?

  



What is Kayak and can it help me in planning my next trip? Kayak is a website that will provide a rundown of the flights, hotels, vacation deals and car rentals in a…

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Added by Erin Thomas on November 29, 2012 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Check Out A Zoo Overnight

How many people are aware that their closest zoo might actually offer zoo overnights for families? Well, I was not until last year. We had been members of our local zoo for many years and I had never noticed the zoo overnight advertised in the newsletter we receive quarterly.



I am so glad that I finally read and researched about our zoo overnight offerings. It was an awesome experience for my daughter and one that we will definitely repeat. From San Diego to Houston and…

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Added by Erin Thomas on November 29, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Calling All Train Fans: Visit Entertrainment Junction

If you have a train lover in your family, Entertrainment Junction is a must-see attraction to visit in the Cincinnati area. This museum/train extravaganza houses the world's largest indoor train display. Walk through a historical tour represented by lots and lots of miniature trains running along tracks beside, above and all around. Steam locomotives, trolley cars, today's diesel locomotives and subway trains run through the mini towns, cities and countryside of our nation's history. The…

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Added by Erin Thomas on November 29, 2012 at 10:56pm — No Comments

Sausage Bites from The Home Cooked Gourmet

With the holidays fast approaching, it is always helpful to have a few quick and easy appetizer recipes to pull out for get togethers and parties. Sausage Bites can be put together easily; however make sure to cook or microwave the sausage ahead of rolling them up. I forgot this important part the first time I made them and could not figure out why the sausage was still pink inside. DUH!!  For more recipes, visit:…

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Added by Erin Thomas on November 28, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza from The Home Cooked Gourmet

I love this pizza, the flavors are great together and it is a unique take on the normal pizza recipe. It may seem a little weird to add pine nuts, but they really do add to the overall flavor. I have been making it for years and have tweaked the original recipe a few times. For more recipes, visit: http://homecookedgourmet.blogspot.com/



Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza

6-8 servings

Ingredients:

4…

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Added by Erin Thomas on November 28, 2012 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Blueberry Jello Salad from The Home Cooked Gourmet

Blueberry Jello Salad is a very easy fruit salad that works well with any meal and is a nice addition to take to holiday gatherings. For more recipes, visit: http://homecookedgourmet.blogspot.com/…

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Added by Erin Thomas on November 28, 2012 at 9:54pm — No Comments

5 Things to Know About Chicago for Kids

Chicago is such an awesome city to visit: full of history, world-class museums, shopping, fun dining options and kid-friendly attractions. If you are thinking ahead to spring break or summer vacation, Chicago is definitely a place to keep on the list of musts for family trips. I have visited Chicago at least a dozen times over the years. Some trips were for business, some for a girls' only weekend, a few have been a one-day up and back Chicago day trip and, of course, the family…

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Added by Erin Thomas on November 15, 2012 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Travel Resources: Awesome Packing Lists

If you are like most moms, taking the actual family trip is fun, but the leg work involved to get ready for the trip: not so much fun! Laundry has to be done, clothes and toiletries packed, toys and activities for the car ride sorted out. It never fails that something will be inevitably left behind, especially if you have young children.

I recently found a wonderful packing list, courtesy of the travelmamas.com website. The list heading is for babies and toddlers, but it is really a…

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Added by Erin Thomas on November 15, 2012 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Zoo Highlights: Columbus Zoo

I love visiting zoos. Most zoos these days are very well laid out with natural surroundings and top notch care for the animals. An afternoon at the zoo can be such a wonderful learning experience for kids. I wanted to highlight some of the zoos I have enjoyed visiting, starting with The Columbus Zoo.



The Columbus Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the country boasting eight distinct sections, divided according to world regions. The zoo was under the direction of famed zookeeper,…

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Added by Erin Thomas on November 15, 2012 at 10:42pm — No Comments

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