My Goal to Become a “Yes-Mom” This Year

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It all began with a couple of bottles of dried up paint.

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My kids had been asking to paint for weeks. Each time I inwardly groaned, and cleverly redirected them to another less-messy activity. Because I really hate letting my kids paint. It always starts out fine – they innocently dip their paint brushes, mixing a few colors here and there, giggling and telling me all about the “masterpieces” they’re painting. But after about 10 minutes, it all starts to go downhill – fast! Someone starts mixing all the colors together, someone squeezes out almost an entire bottle of paint, someone starts painting her hand, face, or foot, someone starts smearing huge globs of paint all over the table… When we’re done, my kitchen looks like a rainbow exploded and I swear to myself that I’m never letting the kids paint again!

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But last week, I caved. My little artists had asked so many times to paint, and I knew I couldn’t hold out any longer. I opened up the storage box where we keep the painting supplies and (to my secret delight) all the paint was completely dried up. “Oh well! Guess we can’t paint today.”

My kids were heartbroken. My little one cried. Que the mommy-guilt…

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Easy Kid’s Valentine’s Day Thumbprint Craft

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You know me – this #lazymom is always looking for quick and simple crafts to do with the kiddos. And this easy kid’s Valentine’s Day thumbprint craft was perfect to kill some time one cold and rainy afternoon. The kids loved it, it was easy to make (and clean up), and the finished product is cute enough to use as decor around the house! The most difficult part of the whole craft was getting Maddie to pose for a picture with the finished product. Girlfriend hates having her picture taken these days…

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Such a cheese-ball smile!

All you’ll need is a white canvas or some cardstock, scissors, tape (double-sided would probably work better), paint, and some extra paper to use for the hearts.

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6 Ideas for Outdoor Play that Won’t Break the Bank

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It’s no surprise that I love to be outside, in the sunshine, with my kids. We love playing outside! There’s something about the fresh air, the green grass, and the natural light that makes my kids stop whining, fighting, crying, and complaining, and start playing nicely together. I know that any time my kids really start misbehaving, it’s probably because they need some attention and some playtime outside.

I’m all about letting kids run free and use their imaginations while they’re outside. My kids will find sticks, stones, acorns, leaves, mud, sand, (I could go on and on) to play with. But sometimes, having a few extra toys or activities for your kids while they’re outside can be helpful. Check out these 6 ideas for outdoor play that won’t break the bank.

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Pumpkin Palooza

We sure had our fill of pumpkins this year! We visited a pumpkin patch, carved pumpkins, and went to two different pumpkin festivals. We also made pumpkin pie and (of course) had at least one or two pumpkin spiced lattes from Starbucks. Needless to say, I’m pretty pumpkin-ed out at this point!

But in case you’re still craving more pumpkin, here are all the fun pumpkins we saw this month:

Pumpkin Palooza!

Stone Mountain Park here in Atlanta had some awesome movie-themed pumpkins –

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Toy Story
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Indiana Jones…with a dinosaur.

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Our Halloween Traditions and a Spooky Halloween Lasagna

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up, carving pumpkins, taking the kids trick-or-treating, and making fun Halloween-themed snacks and crafts.

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However, I’m not a big fan of scary movies or haunted houses. I’m such a scaredy-cat! Although believe it or not, Josh and I saw The Ring on our first date back in 2002. Soooo creepy! (The movie, not our first date. Ha!)

Before we had kids, we’d always either dress up and go out bar-hopping, or host a small Scary-Movie-Night party at home with some friends. The past few years we’ve just had a couple of close friends over for a Halloween themed meal, and then headed out to trick-or-treat either in our neighborhood or at a local trunk-or-treat.

Here are a few pictures from Halloweens of the past:

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