• Daily Life,  Recipes

    Easy Freezer Meals for After Baby


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    Each time I was pregnant, during my nesting phase, I would prep easy freezer meals for after baby came home from the hospital. I ended up having two unplanned + one planned C-sections so it was super helpful to my recovery to know that I had a stash of food in the freezer so nobody would starve (baby excluded).

    Of course, friends brought food + had food delivered too but this wasn’t every day of the week! Check out at least three ways you can make easy freezer meals for after baby comes home from the hospital,

    Make + Freeze

    There are plenty of recipes/meals/dinners you can make that are easy to freeze. Spaghetti sauce is easy to make ahead + freeze. Then all you have to do is thaw the sauce + boil the pasta.

    Baked ziti is an easy recipe to make, freeze + reheat when it’s time to eat. Soups are another great food to make ahead of time, freeze + throw in the crock pot or microwave to reheat. You can add a side salad + pair it with a nice bread, if you’re so inclined.

    Crock Pot Meals

    I LOVE crock pot meals. There is something so satisfying + easy about throwing a bunch of ingredients into a crockpot, turning that sucker on + letting it go to work.

    Sometimes, I follow a recipe. Other times, I just throw a bunch of ingredients in the crock pot that I think will make a yummy dinner + let the magic happen (or the chips fall where they may–not actual chips but proverbial chips, that it).

    Do yourself a favor + buy some crock pot liners. These are life changing because it makes cleanup as easy as cooking the meal is.

    Meal Kits

    Another great option is meal kits. These kits come with all or the majority of the ingredients you need to prep + freeze meals ahead of time. Some are freezer meals that come in sets of 5, so you you just go to your freezer, pull out a meal, pop it in the oven or crock pot + promptly put dinner on the table for your family the fast + easy way.

    As an added bonus, you can find healthy KETO freezer meals, too.

    Let’s be real. When 5 p.m. rolls around, the last thing you want to do is brave the grocery store + start cooking dinner from scratch — especially if you have a newborn, but even if you have older kids.

    Don’t let every evening roll around, where you end up facing a mob of hangry family members + you’re staring at an empty fridge.

    Use one or all of these options to prep + freeze meals so that you can feed yourself + your family as you ease into life with a new baby.

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  • Parenting

    How to Pick a Girl Name for Your Baby

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    I have three girls. Picking a girl name for each one of them was H-E-L-L. It wasn’t me. It was my husband.

    He was such a pain in the you know what about picking a name for EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. He’s such a likable guy so it’s hard to believe he could hate so many people.

    Here’s how I went about compiling the name lists. (Yes, I pretty much had to compile a completely new list for each one because somehow the names leftover from previous namings were axed by the hubs.)

    5 ways to choose girl names for a baby

    1. Names I Saw

    I started watching the credits of shows + movies to find girl names. I would jot down any names I thought were possibilities. If I was watching a show + found a name I liked it went on the list.

    Pretty much any source around town or on the TV was game as a source of baby girl names.

    2. Baby Name Books

    I scoured through those big books of baby names that are alphabetized from A to Z. While there are some quite unusual names — too unusual for me — I did find gobs of possibilities.

    3. Online Girl Names

    In addition to the print book versions of girl names, there are also tons of online girl name lists. These were also fair game in my hunt to name each one of my girls.

    4. Family Names

    We walked through our family trees. What was your grandmother’s name? How about your favorite aunt? What about your great grandmother?

    While we were not necessarily trying to name any of them after someone, shaking the branches of the family tree can turn up at least one or two girl names.

    5. Books

    I’m an avid fiction book reader. As part of a Mom’s Book Club, I read at least one book a month now. Before kids, I read a LOT more. When I was reading + came across a girl name that I liked, it went on the list too.

    Similar to TV, anything in print that I liked was game. I actually had at least three names that were all literary driven.

    Once I had my big list of girl names down, I went through them one by one with my husband. He said yes, no or maybe to each one. Then, we narrowed it down + narrowed it down until we finally agreed on a name.

    The first baby girl was the easiest (although it took him about 5 months to commit to a name). The second baby girl was a little harder + longer than the first. The third was the hardest + we practically didn’t have her named until she came out.

    For some moms, you can wait or have to wait until you’re looking your baby girl in the face. That’s not me.

    I needed to know their sex + I needed to know their names ASAP.

    What did I end up naming my three girls, you ask?

    • First: Katherine Riley (We call her Kate). She is named after my favorite Aunt Katherine (who goes by Kay). Riley was a first name option + we were between Katherine + Riley so we combined our first two first name options.
    • Second: Audrey Grace (After Audrey Hepburn, of course).
    • Third: Emmy Anne (My girls have an aide at preschool who’s named Emmy + we liked the name. We also like her. Anne is after my mom, my sister-in-law + my mother-in-law’s middle names, but we added an E to be a little different. They are all Ann.)

    How did you pick your girl names (or boy names)? What did you name your kiddos?

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  • Family Health,  Recipes

    Turmeric Tonic: Warm Wellness Drink Recipe

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    It’s that time of year when all the crud is going around. My girls seem to bring home ALL. THE. GERMS. from their respective schools.

    I’m always looking for ways to fight off the crud before it lands in my house. Here’s a recipe for a warm wellness tonic for you moms.

    Boost immunity + stave off illness with this warm morning tonic.  It isn’t like a medicinal drink but a warming tonic — almost latte made with turmeric + other superfoods for a morning boost. 

    It’s sweet, creamy + delicious.  A drink that is a cross between white chocolate chai + pumpkin spice lattes but with health benefits.

    Ingredients

    Directions:

    Mix hot Milk or plant based milk with a 1/2 tablespoon to 1 tablespoon of the tonic. Stir. 

    All About Turmeric

    Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries due to its strong antioxidant properties (1).
    Antioxidants are compounds that fight cell damage, protecting your body from oxidative stress.

    It’s essential to the functioning of your cells + studies regularly show that diets rich in antioxidants may help lower your risk of infections + disease

    The Turmeric AM Tonic has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

    Chronic inflammation is thought to play a major role in chronic diseases, including cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s + heart disease. For this reason, diets rich in anti-inflammatory compounds may reduce your risk of these conditions.

    Research shows that ginger, cinnamon + curcumin — the active ingredient in turmeric — have potent anti-inflammatory properties (678).

    These anti-inflammatory effects may reduce joint pain from osteoarthritis + rheumatoid arthritis.

    You can check out the 10 Health Benefits and Uses for Turmeric Curcumin Supplements for more information.

    INGREDIENTS : Real Cream, Turmeric, Monk Fruit, Erythritol, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Vanilla, Natural Flavors

    If you try it out, let me know what you think in the comments!

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  • Activities for Kids,  Holidays,  Valentine's Day

    10 Valentine’s Day Activities for Young Kids

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    My little people range in age from 11 months to 5 years. My oldest daughter is learning the months of the year in kindergarten so she is always asking us what month it is + what holidays take place during the month.

    She’s going to flip her lid when we get to February + she gets to do stuff for Valentine’s Day.

    Here are 10 activities you can do with your young kids to celebrate Valentine’s Day with them.

    1. Make Heart Ice Cubes

    Use these adorable ice cube trays to create heart ice cubes. Your kiddos will get a kick out of drinking + watching you drink with heart ice in your drinks all day long.

    2. Cookie Cutter Painting

    Using a heart cookie cutter, give your child some red, white or pink paint + some paper. They can dip the cookie cutter in paint + make their own masterpiece.

    3. Heart Tree

    This is a simple but fun craft for kids of all ages. Grab a tree branch from your front or back yard. Cut out different color hearts from construction paper. Glue the hearts onto the tree branches. Once the hearts are dry, place the branch in a vase to display.

    4. Musical Hearts Game

    It is similar to musical chairs but without the chairs. You can buy big foam hearts at your local craft store or cut hearts out from sheets of foam or even construction paper. You might want to tape construction paper hearts down with painter’s tape or masking tape so they don’t move.

    Make a circle with the hearts. Put on the music + have them move around from heart to heart. When the music stops they have to find a heart. Take one heart away + start over again. The last one standing wins.

    5. Valentine’s Theme Sensory Bin

    You can use the bottom of one of those shallow plastic storage bins to create a Valentine’s theme sensory bin for the kids to play. Start with dyed rice (pink or red is fun). You can also use white rice.

    You can add items such as gifts bows, heart cookie cutters, plastic bowls + spoons to the rice in the tub so kids can experience different textures, scoop, pour + play.

    6. Valentine’s Day Paper Chain

    You can buy Valentine’s theme scrapbooking paper from your local craft store. Cut the paper into strips that are approximately 2-3″ wide + long enough to make a ring out of it.

    Fold each strip to make a ring. You can staple the overlapping ends together as you loop through another loop to create a chain.

    This makes a great garland decoration for your home so you can make the chain as long or as short as you would like.

    7. Handprint Heart Doilies

    This is an easy project for babies + toddlers. Plus, it makes an adorable keepsake!

    Take two paper heart doilies and glue them together so that the edge of one overlaps the edge of the other (side by side). Paint your baby or toddler’s hand red or pink + press their right hand onto the right doily. Repeat for the left hand + the left doily.

    8. Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

    A good old-fashioned scavenger hunt is fun for all ages. Of course, if your kiddos aren’t reading yet, you’ll have to help them out a bit with the clues. Britni over at Play. Party. Plan. offers a free printable + instructions on how to set up this Valentine’s Day themed scavenger hunt.

    9. Heart Hopscotch

    Cut out hearts big enough to create the hopscotch board. Write the numbers 1-10 on the hearts and tape them to the floor using painter’s tape or masking tape.

    You can use a small stone, coin or even a plastic lid from a playdough container for tossing.

    10. Jello Dig

    Put objects in a big plastic tub. You can use the shallow bottom of a storage bin for this activity too. Space the objects out. Mix + add 3 packets of Jello to the tub. Allow Jello to “harden” according to the instructions on the package.

    Your kiddos will love digging through the Jello to “uncover” the objects.

    Warning: Some dyed Jellos can stain your baby or toddler’s hands. It’ll wash off–eventually 🙂

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  • Daily Life,  Product + Service Reviews

    A Girl Mom Review of 7 Diapers

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    As a mom of three girls, I’ve had some diaper experiences. In fact, from the first daughter to the last (who is 11 months old today), I’ve used 7 different diapers.

    Here’s the good, bad + the ugly on all 7 of them.

    Pampers

    The hospital where I gave birth to my first daughter used Pampers. We also attended Baby Bootcamp + a Baby Bundles class (both taught by nurses) + both classes suggested Pampers so we went with it.

    We used Pampers in the hospital + when we first brought her home. We had several leaks + blowouts. Especially when she started sleeping through the night at about five months, Pampers just couldn’t hold all that pee overnight, which caused wet sheets + a wet, unhappy baby (sometimes at 3 am) + two unhappy parents fumbling with sheets + baby PJs in the middle of the night.

    Then, there were the blowouts. My daughter had quite a few incidents where she explosively blew poop out of her diaper–a few times without catching any in the diaper at all but all over me. I still don’t know how she managed to do that.

    I also found Pampers to be on the more expensive side than the other brands on the market. If I’m going to pay more, I certainly don’t want all of the incidents + wind up wearing poop.

    Talking with a pediatrician (who is also a mom) in later years, she agreed with my assessment, also mentioning she thought Pampers had a chemical smell to them that she didn’t like.

    Huggies

    From Pampers, we switched to Huggies Snug ‘N Dry. I never had any major problems with Huggies. There was no chemical smell.

    We had a leak or blowout here + there but it was usually do to user error–me or my husband not putting the diaper on 100% right.

    Huggies seemed to hold a lot more pee + poop than Pampers did. We had a few accidents, but again, it was far + few between.

    Overall, we were extremely happy with Huggies + used them until my first daughter was out of diapers. We also used them for my second + third daughters until we switched to Honest for my third.

    Luvs

    I gave Luvs a try once or twice. They are by far one of the least expensive diapers on the market.

    I didn’t love them but I didn’t hate them either. They are really thin + lightweight so I wouldn’t let them go too long without a changing. Overnights were pretty much out of the question. They weren’t heavy enough to hold a large amount of pee.

    Mom to Mom

    Mom to Mom is the Safeway grocery store brand of diapers. I found it is at a similar price point to Luvs but a step or two above as far as thickness and quality.

    I would buy + use this brand if I ran out of diapers in between Amazon subscription shipments of Huggies.

    I never had any leaks or problems with them but I did only use them here and there and not really on a regular basis.

    Side note: I used this brand of pull-ups for my two older girls–again, when there was a shortage in between shipments. No complaints with the pull-ups either.

    Target Brand

    I had a similar experience with the Target brand diapers.

    I would buy + use this brand if I ran out of diapers in between Amazon subscription shipments.

    I never had any leaks or problems with them but I did only use them here and there and not really on a regular basis.

    Side note: I also used this brand of pull-ups for my two older girls–again, when there was a shortage in between shipments. No complaints with the pull-ups either.

    Honest

    Honest diapers + wipes are by far my favorite brand. There are no harmful or questionable chemicals in the making of the products.

    The quality is above all of the other brands that I have used. The diapers are thick and soft. The baby can sleep for 10+ hours + the diapers do not leak. The wipes are sturdy but soft + do not have a funny smell or leave any kind of film after using the wipes.

    I subscribe to the bundle so the pricing is comparable to Huggies. The bundle includes 7 packages of diapers + 4 packages of wipes + they show up at my door on a schedule that I set.

    Aldi Brand

    I adore Aldi so I thought I would give their diapers + wipes a try. The pricing is about half the cost of the Honest brand diapers + wipes.

    Sorry, Aldi, but your diapers + wipes just don’t hold up to the test. We had several leaks during the day + never even used them at night because we knew there’d definitely be a problem.

    They are extremely thin + lightweight so just don’t seem nearly as durable as the Honest brand.

    I am waiting on my shipment of Honest diapers + wipes today but am running short on diapers so I almost added Aldi diapers to my Instacart–just as a fill-in until my subscription arrives.

    Phew. My Honest box is out for delivery so I don’t have to 🙂

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  • Recipes

    4 Yummy + Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

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    If your kids are anything like mine, they have their picky eating periods + I think they get bored with the same old lunches.

    Most of us are returning to school tomorrow after the holidays so here are some ideas from Do You Bake? + Crave It to inspire some yummier + more exciting lunches in 2019.

    1. Berries + Cream Sandwich

    Berries and Cream sandwich bento box lunchbox ideas

    Create a delicious medley of sweet and savory for a perfect lunch time meal. When your kiddos don’t feel like a meat sandwich, substitute it with a delicious berry + cream filling. Pair a creamy berry sandwich with sliced vegetables such as celery, cucumbers or peppers. Add slices of meat for easy snacking. For a small sweet, bake up mini chocolate cupcakes topped with a delicious dark chocolate frosting.

    Prep 101: The Make Ahead Prep!

    #1 : Bake up a loaf of Do You Bake? Pumpernickel Bread (as shown) or EZ Country White Bread.  Store wrapped in the fridge + pull out when ready to make your lunches!

    #2 : Make your Cream Cheese Filling! Make up a batch of Do You Bake? Love that Lemon Cheese Ball Mix (One 8-oz brick of cream cheese + 1 package of mix) or Blueberry Blast Cheese Ball Mix (One 8-oz brick of cream cheese + 1 package of mix) + refrigerate until you are ready to build your sandwich!

    #3 : Make your Do You Bake? Gluten Free Cheeky Chocolate Cupcakes ahead of time! Make mini cupcakes for little one + two bite dessert treats for your lunch.

    FREEZER NOTES :

    Both Pumpernickel & EZ Country White Bread freeze great! Simply slice your loaf into perfect lunch portions + freeze your sliced loaf in a freezer ready zip top bag. Remove slices of bread as needed.

    Gluten free cheeky chocolate cupcakes freeze well! Simply frost your mini cupcakes, place them on a sheet pan + pop them into the freezer until frozen. Remove from sheet pan + pop your mini cupcakes in freezer ready zip top bags. Remove individual frosted cupcakes when ready to use!

    Build Your Berries + Cream Sandwich

    #1 : Cut 2 slices of bread + smear on a little of your softened cream cheese dip (about 1 – 2 tablespoons per slice of bread). Top one slice of bread with your favorite sliced berries (Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries) + place the second slice of bread on top. Cut into triangles or squares. Add to one compartment of your bento box.

    #2 : Ready to make your meal!  Take your bento box, lunch box, compartment sections + add:

    • Your YUMMY Berries + Cream Sandwich to one compartment
    • Slices of your favorite lunch meat with mini tomatoes in a separate compartment (optional), add pickle spears + olives (optional)
    • A few of your mini chocolate cupcakes in another compartment
    • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of strips of vegetables such as carrots, celery + peppers

    2. Dunkin’ Nuggets

    lunchbox ideas - Dunkin' Nuggets - Do You Bake


    This lunch is a fun, healthy + delicious option when your kiddos don’t feel like eating another sandwich. Much of this lunchbox can be made ahead of time, frozen + pulled out at future dates for perfectly portioned lunchbox options. Serve with fresh fruit, vegetables + a delicious dipping sauce for a great balance of flavors + textures.

    Prep 101 – Make Ahead Options

    #1 : Make the chicken nuggets: Follow the package directions on the box of nuggets. Simply cool your cooked nuggets completely + freeze in zip top bags into individual portion sizes.

    #3 : Make your Dunk the Chunks CookiesFollow the package directions on the box of Do You Bake? Dunk the Chunks Cookies mix. These make great snacks + desserts as well. There will be plenty leftover. You can freeze them in packages of twos, threes or fours + pull them out as you plan to build your lunchboxes.

    Time To Make Your Lunchbox!

    #1 : Take your bento box or lunchbox + add the following to your different compartments:

    • Chicken nuggets in one compartment
    • In your next compartment, place fresh vegetables such as carrot sticks or celery sticks accompanied by your favorite nuggets ‘n’ veggie dipping sauce (honey mustard, ranch + others make perfect pairings)
    • In a third compartment grab a perfect portion of your favorite fruit such as grapes, orange segments or berries
    • Finally in your last compartment add a few Dunk the Chunks Cookies for YUMMY sweet satisfying snacking

    3. Lunchbox Fiesta Taco Bowls

    Lunchbox Ideas DIY Mini Taco Bowls Do You Bake



    Create mini taco bowls for a perfect lunch time meal. These are great make ahead lunches on the weekend.

    Prep 101

    #1 : Use Chicken or ground beef (1 pound boneless/skinless chicken sliced thin or beef) + saute in 1 – 2 Tablespoons of Do You Bake? Fiesta Seasoning + a teaspoon of vegetable oil or a box of Enchilada dip with a sprinkle of salt (to taste).

    Let cool, add to a container + refrigerate until ready for your lunch packing. You can freeze your cooked meat in 1/2 cup portions for future taco bowl lunches.

    #2 : Make Your taco bowls: Take 8 – 10″ flour tortillas + cut them in quarters. Place your quarter size pieces into a muffin tin + mould them around the tin. Prick the bottom with a fork so they don’t bubble up. Bake in your preheated oven (350F) for about 10 – 20 minutes, until golden. Let cool + pop out of your muffin tins.

    You can store your cups in a sealed plastic bag in a dry location for up to 2 weeks. They also store perfectly in the freezer for up to a month

    #3 : Ready to make your meal! Take your bento box, lunch box, compartment sections + add:

    • 3 – 4 tortilla bowls in one compartment
    • 1/2 cup of your meat in another section
    • 1 ounce of shredded cheese in another section
    • 1/4 cup of shredded lettuce, strips of peppers + other fun fresh vegetables
    • Add 1/2 cup of chopped fruit for dessert (strawberries as shown)

    To get extra fancy, pick up a few dip cups with lids + add in a couple tablespoons of sour cream, guacamole or salsa.

    These are healthy, make ahead lunches that can also be made, frozen + enjoyed over the course of a month when you are short on time.

    4. Protein-Packed Tuna Lunch

    Scoop it Up Tuna salad lunchbox

    Looking to pack some protein and nutrition into your kiddos’ lunch? A tuna salad lunchbox does it for you! From a perfect medley of nuts to a healthy side of fruit + a perfect protein packed sandwich, your child will stay satisfied throughout the day.

    Prep 101

    #1 : Use 4oz of tuna per sandwich for a perfect amount of protein. Add 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise, 2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt, pinch of salt + 1/2 of a tablespoon each of Do You Bake? For The Love of Garlic + Do You Bake? Chive ‘n’ Onion Seasoning per every 4oz of tuna. Chop additional onion, celery or scallions into your salad, as desired. Cover + refrigerate until you are ready to build your lunchbox.

    #2 : Ready to make your meal!  Take your bento box or lunch box, compartment sections + add:

    • 1 Tuna Sandwich using your favorite Sandwich Bread (Try EZ Country White Yeast Bread). Scoop 1/2 to 3/4 cup of your tuna salad onto one side of the bread + spread right to the edges. Top with lettuce + tomato (optional). Add your second slice + cut along the diagonal or through the middle. Place your sandwich in one of the compartments
    • Sliced Fruit in another compartment (add a little lemon juice or brush on a little honey + water mixture to preserve the pretty look of your fruit until you are ready to enjoy!)
    • 1 package of Do You Bake? Powerhouse Nut Mix, a perfect medley of fruit + nuts!

    These are sure to be crowd pleasers + up your lunch game! Your kiddos will thank you for it.

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  • Daily Life,  Recipes

    30 Meals in 30 Days Challenge

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    We’ve all done it.

    Peering inside our fridge, hoping that this time you find thawing meat, a little inspiration or even – miracle of miracles – a ready-made meal.

    I know I have.

    There’s one thing that I know helps with this daily dilemma: meal planning.

    When you know what’s for dinner every day, you’re more efficient, less stressed + you get some of your time (+ life) back. While meals won’t throw themselves together, you might be surprised at how much easier (+ even enjoyable) it feels when you have a meal plan in place.

    You probably already know that, but do you want a way to make planning easy peasy lemon squeezy?

    The Healthy Meal Planning Bundle 2019 is on sale now. It helps you put healthier meals on your table, in less time, with less stress.

    With over 1000 recipes, a clickable index, ready-made meal plans (with grocery lists), nutritional information for every recipe + more, the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle is designed to save you from the pain of the frantic, pre-dinner hour. 😉

    Plus, when you buy your copy by midnight tonight, you’ll also get the 30 Meals in 30 Days Challenge (a $21 value) for free.

    If the hardest part of meal planning is making the habit stick, this is for you!

    This challenge comes with a free Facebook group for accountability +reminders, weekly live trainings + frequent email support to help you use your bundle, find time-saving ways to meal plan + cook + get loads of tips to streamline the whole process. At the end of 30 days, you’ll have made 30 meals + kicked off your year with a shiny new habit!

    Get  your bundle now!

    Pick up your copy of the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle + the 30 Meals in 30 Days Challenge (for free!) today.

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  • Activities for Kids

    101 Winter Bucket List Activities for Young Kids

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    As I sit here writing this, it’s Winter Break in my neck of the woods so my Kindergartener + 3-year-old preschooler are home ALL. DAY. LONG. EVERYDAY.

    This means that the baby’s schedule is all off, too.

    Le sigh…

    Fret not my mommy friends. Here are 101 Winter Break activities you can do with your young kids so nobody dies before heading back to school. 

    #1 Build a Snowman

    If you’re lucky (or unlucky) enough to have snow, dress your kiddos in their snow gear and head outside to build a snowman.

    #2 Bake

    Most kids love to help in the kitchen. Let them help you bake cookies or a cake. Give them “safe” activities to do like adding some ingredients or stirring and mixing.

    Leave popping your masterpiece in the oven to the adults.

    #3 Arts + Crafts

    Buy or bring out that craft project you’ve been hiding in the closet. I’ve been saving our Gingerbread House for Winter Break.

    Coloring books or plain white or construction paper, crayons, markers or watercolor paint are also great winter day supplies for arts and crafts.

    #4 Museum Musings

    We have the privilege of living near Washington DC so we have free access to great Smithsonian museums. Pack up the kiddos (don’t forget snacks and drinks) and head out to a local or nearby museum for the day.

    Children’s museums might be your best option. Please touch museums are likely the most fun!

    #5 Read

    I’m an avid reader and my kids love books, too. Turn off the TV. Put away the iPads, phones, and Kindle and read some good old-fashioned tangible books! A Mighty Girl did a 2018 year in review of books that are separated by age + have some great options.

    See #6 for other great options in this area.

    #6 Check Out the Library

    Both in Florida and here in Virginia, I’ve been blessed with wonderful library systems. Check out your local library. Libraries often have creative and imaginative children’s programs. 

    We’ve done everything from music programs to building your own car out of a cardboard box and supplies so you can watch a movie at the “drive-in.”

    Even if the libraries don’t have something going on the day you’re seeking refuge, take your kids to the library. Some libraries have play areas and activity areas in the children’s section. Have them check out books or read a stack of books there! Check out DVDs and watch a movie at home that isn’t on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

    #7 Make a Floor Bed + Watch a Movie

    Especially when it is a cold, help your kids make a bed on the living room floor with blankets and pillows. Snuggle up together and watch a kid flick.

    Add popcorn, of course.

    We do this frequently with our kids, cold or not. They love it!

    #8 Build a Blanket Fort/Tent

    Along similar lines, use chairs and blankets to build a fort — you know, like you did when you were a kid. Bring in the flashlights, books, toys or whatever. Hang out in your tent for a while.

    #9 Eat Under the Table

    My middle daughter (+ the dog) love to hang out under the dining room table. Our table always has a tablecloth of some kind so it’s a little like a fort/tent for them. (I suspect the dog is there for the food, but…)

    Make breakfast, lunch, or even dinner, climb under the table with your kiddos to eat!

    #10 Host a Playdate

    Odds are you aren’t the only mommy or set of kids about to lose their mind. Invite your mommy friends and their kids over for a playdate. 

    If you’re really lucky, one or more of your kids’ friends will invite them over to their house, instead, for a playdate. (This happened for my oldest today so she is at her friend’s house as I type this.)

    #11 See a Hockey Game

    My girls love to watch hockey. We watch it on TV. We take them to hockey games. They even watch my husband play hockey with his amateur hockey team.

    #12 Have a Dance Party

    Put your fave tunes on your phone, radio, or SmarTV + JUST dance. My girls love to dance + sing so this is always a big hit for at least a few songs.

    #13 Take a Walk/Hike

    It might be a little cold outside but you can still bundle up + take a walk. Walk a nearby trail or a trail in your neighborhood. If you have sidewalks, simply take a stroll around your neighborhood.

    Check out the animals that are left roaming around in the winter weather. Remark on the condition of the trees, plants + bushes now that the winter weather has set in.

    #14 Host a Tea Party

    Set up your kid table + chairs. Put on some fancy duds. Serve “tea” from a teapot in teacups. Use a real tea set or plastic kid one–your call.

    #15 Puzzles

    Pull out + put together that puzzle that’s been hanging out on the shelf. My girls especially enjoy the big, huge floor puzzles. They seem to equally enjoy the smaller ones that we can do on the floor or the table.

    #16 Play a Game

    Play a board or card game that is age appropriate. My kids got a deck of Go Fish cards for Christmas from my sister-in-law. It was good for a few hands of Go Fish with each of the older two girls before they went back into the box.

    #17 Paint Rocks

    My oldest received a rock painting kit for her birthday. This provided hours of fun for the two older girls. You can just as easily use rocks you find outside along with the paint, brushes + art supplies you already have to decorate the rocks. Take them with you on your next walk to place in “public.”

    #18 Go See the Lights

    Find the best houses or neighborhood in town. Load everyone into the car + take a tour of the lights around the holidays. My kids only lasted for about 4 or so houses this year but they truly enjoyed checking out all of the festive lights + decorations. Some of the houses really went all out!

    #19 Drink Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows

    Buy + make hot cocoa with the mini marshmallows already in it or add your own! Make sure it cools off enough so the kiddos can drink it without burning their mouths but this is big, tasty fun for all ages.

    #20 Go Ice Skating

    Indoor ice rinks are just as fun as outdoor ones so find one in your area + don some skates with the kids. Even if your kiddos aren’t able to do it on their own, most rinks have walker-type things they can use to help support them while they skate on the ice. Pack their bike helmets for safety!

    #21 (Carefully) Roast Marshmallows

    Roast marshmallows over your fireplace or outside fire pit. My kids don’t really like the taste of the roasted marshmallows but think roasting them is a ton of fun.

    #22 Have PJ Day

    Stay in your PJs all day!

    #23 Donate Toys

    Spend a day or half a day cleaning out your child’s room. Throw away old + broken toys. Put toys that you can donate in a box. Drop it off at Goodwill or a local women’s shelter. This clears the clutter + can make room for new items that might be coming their way at Christmastime.

    #24 Gaze at the Stars

    Head out on a clear night to do some stargazing. My girls also get a big kick out of the moon–especially when it is “following” us as we drive in the car.

    #25 Pop Popcorn

    Buy old fashioned popcorn kernels. Put some oil in a big pot. Add the kernels + a pot top. Your kids will get a big kick out of watching the kernels pop + explode into fluffy popcorn they can eat in front of the fire or while you snuggle in to watch a movie.

    #26 Visit the Fire Station

    Set up a tour/visit to your local fire station. You can also be on the lookout for the dates that they offer these. They usually let the kids tour the firestation + climb around on the truck. Sometimes they even offer a fire safety talk + dress up in their uniforms + gear so the kids can see what they look like in it + learn the use for each piece of equipment.

    #27 Watch Planes Land + Take Off

    We have a couple airports close by + a couple of spots where you can park the car to watch takeoffs + landings. Positioned correctly, the planes literally take off + come in for a landing RIGHT over your vehicle.

    #28 Build It at Home Depot

    Home Depot offers free kids classes on some Saturday mornings. Check the schedule for your local store. Kids build something new at each class, which is a great way for them to get some hands-on experience with tools.

    #29 Indoor Play Places

    When it’s cold outside, it can be hard to head to a playground, which makes indoor play spaces great! Our local rec center has low-cost indoor play days. where they set up soft obstacle courses for kids that are crawling up to about age 5.

    Paid indoor play places are also a fun option.

    #30 Scavenger Hunt

    Create a scavenger hunt + have your kids search the house for the items on your list. If it’s a nice enough day, this is also easy to do outside for items they can find naturally (a funny-shaped twig, a leftover leaf, etc.).

    #31 Eat Ice Cream Sundaes

    Build ice cream sundaes. Add sprinkles, fudge, or your favorite toppings to your fave flavor of ice cream + enjoy a cold treat on a cold day.

    #32 Make Shadow Puppets

    You can open the shades to let the sunshine in or head outside + use the natural light to make shadow puppets.

    #33 Build Indoor Snowmen

    Use marshmallows, stick pretzels + chocolate chips to build edible snowmen. You can also opt for the non-edible kind with glue, pom poms, felt + twigs.

    #34 Have a Snowball Fight

    If you have a snowy day have a snowball fight.

    #35 Go Sledding

    Another snowy day activity, go sledding down a hill.

    #36 Make Smores

    Roast marshmallows. Add graham crackers + chocolate bar pieces to make smores.

    #37 Swim Indoors

    Head to a local swim place, rec center, or indoor pool for some indoor swimming.

    #38 Take a Bubble Bath

    Put on your bathing suits and take a bubble bath. Add bath or pool toys for some extra special fun.

    #39 Make a Rainbow

    Add food coloring to pasta + then add the pasta to a sensory table or big plastic bin. Put cups, measuring cups + scoopers for some homemade sensory fun.

    #40 Decorate a Cardboard Box

    Decorate a cardboard box any way you like. Turn it into a car + then watch a movie in a drive-in theater. Create an aquarium. Build a house.

    #41 Make Paper Dolls

    Cut out paper dolls + clothes. Color + decorate the clothes. Dress the dolls.

    #42 Go to the Movies

    Find a crybaby matinee or a movie for kids playing at the theater. Take the kids to the movies. Most have seats for kids to sit in the movie seats without them folding up on them + it doesn’t matter if there’s chatter, meltdowns, or fidgeting.

    #43 Create a Picture Book

    Fold + staple or put a ribbon spine on some paper to create your own book. Have your kids color the pages as you write your own story with them.

    #44 Play with a Doodle Mat

    Use a large clear plastic shower curtain. Place it on the floor + give your kids dry erase markers for their own giant doodle mat.

    #45 Kiddie Pool Ball Pit

    Drag the kiddie pool inside. Fill it with plastic balls, pom poms, balloons or cotton balls for some ball pit fun.

    #46 Make Crayon Wands/Shapes

    Gather up + melt all of your old, broken crayons. Soak straws in the melted crayons + let dry. You can also use cookie cutter to shape the crayons into hearts, stars, etc. so they can color with fun-shaped crayons.

    #47 Paint in the Tub

    Buy or make bathtub paint. Let them paint in the bathtub + just wash it away when they’re done.

    #48 Make Wrapping Paper Roll Swords

    Turn wrapping paper rolls into swords. Decorate the tubes as you wish + then have a sword fight.

    #49 Have a Pillow Fight

    Bring out the big bed pillows to have a pillow fight.

    #50 Indoor Hopscotch

    Make an indoor hopscotch mat to play hopscotch. When you’re don playing with it, roll it up + put away for later.

    #51 Pots, Pans + Spoons Band

    Make music with items you find in the kitchen–like pots, pans + spoons.

    #52 Backwards Day

    Eat breakfast foods for dinner + dress with your clothes on backwards. It’s sure to bring out the giggles.

    #53 Make an Activity Jar

    Use slips of paper + a jar or large craft popsicle sticks + a jar. Help your kids write down activities or chores on the sticks or slips of paper. Put them in the jar. On a day when they say they are bored, have them pick an activity from the jar.

    #54 Jump Rope

    Bring out the jump rope + skip rope. Clear enough space so they don’t knock anything down in their efforts!

    #55 Cuddle in Front of the Fireplace

    Snuggle up in a blanket bed in front of the fireplace. Read, watch a movie or take a nap.

    #56 Ice Experiments

    Fill different containers with water. Add food coloring + put them in the freezer. The kids are fascinated as it transforms into colored ice. Let the ice melt for colored water.

    #57 Plant an Inside Garden

    Gather pots or a planter, potting soil, seeds or flowers. Help your kids plant a garden + watch it grow.

    #58 Make Playdough

    Homemade playdough can be fun to make with the kids. Then, you can play with it!

    #59 Bowl at Home

    Set up plastic jugs or a tower of plastic cups like bowling pins. Have them roll a ball to knock them down.

    #60 Go Bowling

    Head to your local bowling alley to play a couple frames of bowling.

    #61 Paper Plate Ring Toss

    Cut out the center of paper plates to make the rings. Create the tower by taping a paper towel or toilet paper roll to the center of a paper plate. Play ring toss.

    #62 Pop Bubble Wrap

    Save up the pieces of bubble wrap that come with your package deliveries or buy some rolls of bubble wrap that you can roll out. My kids love to jump up + down, run + jump + pop the bubble wrap with their hands.

    #63 Freeze Bubbles

    Blow bubbles and place them in a container, on the bowl of a spoon or on the bubble wand. Place the bubble or bubbles in the freezer.

    #64 Help with Chores

    I’m not sure how long this will last but my 3-year-old + 5-year-old love helping with chores! They put their own clothes away, help put away the dishes (like silverware) + vacuum. You’ll have to choose age-appropriate chores but it’s like a game to them.

    #65 Rubber Band Can

    Use colored rubber bands and have the kids stack them around a tin can. This is great fun, builds a rainbow + is good for sensory motor skills.

    #66 Ribbons in a Bottle

    Cut different ribbons into strips. Kids can spend hours trying to push the strips into the small neck of a plastic bottle. As an added bonus, this is a great activity for fine motor skills.

    #67 Magnet Fun

    Use a magnetic easel or your refrigerador. Use letter, animal + shape magnets to teach your kids their letters, shapes, colors + animals! My girls also have doll magnets that they can dress up with magnet clothing, shoes + accessories. Not only is this a great activity for home but also makes a great road trip activity.

    #68 Pom Poms Through a Tube

    Tape a paper towel roll to the wall (at the height your child or children can reach). Put a bowl, bucket, or bin on the floor under the roll opening. Have them drop colored pom poms through the top of the tube so it lands in the bowl underneath.

    #69 See a Play

    Find a kid-friendly production (like the Nutcracker or Cinderella) in your area. Take the kids to a live theater production.

    #70 Cotton Ball Snow Art

    Help your kids create snow art with cotton balls, construction paper + glue. They can make snowy clouds, snow balls or snowy scenes with the fluffy fun stuff.

    #71 Sponge Paint

    Cut up sponges. Give the kids some paint + construction paper. Let them create picture with the sponges dipped in paint. You can glue on googly eyes, ribbon, glitter or sequins to complete the pictures.

    #72 Make a Bagel Bird Feeder

    Tie a string through the hole of half a bagel. Spread peanut butter or nutter butter on both sides of the half bagel. Cover with birdseed. Hang from a tree to watch the birds that have stuck around for the winter have a feast!

    #73 Duct Tape Ball

    Make a ball out of colored duct tape. You might have to start out the center of the ball + then help them wrap pieces of tape around it to create a ball.

    #74 Washi Tape Art

    Give them different color rolls of washi tape. Have them apply strips of washi tape to pictures to add new elements to the pictures, such as a fence to a picture of a farm or whiskers to a cat picture. You can buy a reusable activity book + washi tape set by Melissa and Doug.

    #75 Build Painter’s Tape Tracks/Town

    Use painter’s tape to build a roadway, track or an entire town on the floor. Your kids can use their own feet, toy cars, trucks + vehicles to play on the pretend track or town.

    #76 Don’t Let the Balloon Touch the Ground

    Blow up a balloon + pass it back + forth to each other. Don’t let the balloon hit the ground. A variation of this is balloon volleyball. You can use a string tied to two chairs to create the volleyball net.

    #77 Walk Like a Penguin

    Blow up a balloon. Have your kids put it between their legs to walk across the room like a penguin.

    #78 Build an Igloo

    Give your kids a plate, a stack of ice cubes, a paintbrush + small cup of water. Have them build an igloo. They can use the water between the cubes to help get the ice cubes to stick together.

    #79 Make a Letter Book

    Use a notebook or binder with clear protector sheets. Print, draw or create each of the letters of the alphabet. Have your kids color + decorate each letter. Find object pictures or draw objects on the sheet for each letter that starts with that letter. Assemble the letters in order in the book.

    #80 Listen to an Audiobook

    While you’re crafting, drawing, riding in the car or just hanging out, listen to an audio book for kids. My kids especially love the nighttime audiobook that helps them fall asleep but any kids’ book will do. You can buy the books from places like Audible or borrow them from the library to download on one of your devices (like an iPad or smartphone).

    #81 Play Dress Up

    Whether you drag out the costumes or dress up clothes your kids have or give them yours or your husband’s clothes + shoes, dress up can provide hours of entertainment. They change outfits a million + one times + they role play with each of the different costumes they wear.

    #82 Ping Pong Ball Catch

    Use Solo cups + a small ball. Toss the ball + have your kids try to catch it in their Solo cup (doesn’t have to be a red Solo cup).

    #83 Silly Selfies

    Take silly selfies of you with your child or kids or have them take their own selfies (which is silly enough as it is). Print out the pictures onto paper + let them draw on their faces (making hats, mustaches, makeup, etc.).

    #84 Puzzle Piece Hunt

    Hide all of the pieces of a wooden puzzle around the house. Have your children hunt for the pieces + then match them back to the slot where the piece goes on the board.

    #85 Paint Chip/Color Match

    Pick up some strips of paint chips from your local hardware or paint store. You can also use construction paper. Have your kids hunt around the house to find items that match as closely as possible to each color. You can set a timer on your phone or the stove to see who can match the most items in a short period of time.

    #86 Crepe Paper Maze

    Tape crepe paper strips across a hallway to create a “Mission Impossible” type maze. Have the kids try to get through the openings of the crepe paper strips without touching or breaking the strips.

    #87 Island Hop

    Make islands around the living room using pillows, blankets or other items. In between islands is the water. The kids can hop from island to island. If they touch the floor they fall in the “water.”

    #88 Laundry Basket Basketball

    Have the kids shoot “hoops” with any type of ball into a laundry basket. Of course, if you have an indoor kids’ basketball hoop, you can use this instead!

    #89 Dryer Sheet Ice Skating

    Put one dryer sheet under each foot to create “ice skates.” Kids can skate around on a bare floor without scratching it.

    #90 Make a Calendar

    This is a great way to teach your kids the months of the year + the days of the week. You can make the calendar sheets yourself or print blank ones from online. Help your kids to write the name of the month + the days of the month in the right slots. Have them decorate the month with stickers or drawings that represent holidays or special dates of the month.

    #91 Pillowcase Race

    Kids fit perfectly into a pillowcase for a pillowcase race (like an old-fashioned potato sack race). You can use painter’s tape or masking tape to mark the finish line on the floor.

    #92 Blow Bubbles

    Bring out the bubbles + all of the fun bubble wands. Have an inside bubble blowing par-tay! Turn up the music + dance with the bubbles. See who can catch the most bubbles, catch one of their nose, toe or other body part + who can pop the most bubbles. Added bonus, popping bubbles may help clean parts of your house–gratis 🙂

    #93 Parachute Sheet

    Parachute play is always a fun activity at birthday parties for kids. Turn a top sheet into a parachute. Have the kids + adults grab each corner for some parachute play + fun!

    #94 Action Dice

    Make dice out of cardboard boxes (big + small enough for little kids to roll). Write + draw activities on each side of the dice (Do 5 jumping jacks, skip in place for 3 seconds, do 2 push ups, etc.). Take turns rolling the dice + completing the actions.

    You can also do themes, such as animals. Draw or print, cut + paste an animal on each side of the dice. They have to act like the animal they roll.

    #95 Fashion Show

    This can be fun with new clothes that the kids just received or costumes/dress up clothes. Everyone dresses up + there’s an adult announcer. You announce the fashion show as each child takes their turn walking the runway.

    #96 Go on a Bear Hunt

    You can read “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” first, or not. Hide a stuffed teddy bear around your house. Have the kids search + hunt for it. You can tell them if they are hot or cold to help them find where you hide it.

    #97 Musical Chairs/Spaces

    Use kid-size chairs felt circles or even wash cloths to make “spaces.” Play a game of musical chairs.

    #98 Walk Like a __________

    Pick different animals + walk down the hall or around the house like that animal. Some options can include people walking such as like a ballerina or a baby. Dinosaur, elephant, frog, + penguin are fun options.

    #99 Cosmic Yoga

    Turn on YouTube videos of Cosmic Yoga episodes. Your kids will spend hours following along doing yoga poses with the out-of-this-world yoga instructor.

    #100 Camp Inside

    If you have the room to erect your real tent, go for it! Otherwise, you can use the blanket fort or a bed fort for a camping experience. The kids can sleep in the “tent” in their own room or the living room, complete with sleeping bags + pillows.

    #101 Pom Pom/Button Tin

    Use a muffin tin. Cut + place colored paper in the bottom of each tin. Give the kids a bunch of buttons or poms poms. Have them sort + match the color of the buttons or pom poms to the color of the paper in the bottom of the tin.

    You can download the 101 Winter Bucket List for Young Kids + check off your items as you complete them!

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  • Family Health

    How I Went From Being Skeptical to a Believer in 2.7 Seconds

    This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to fund my coffee drinking habit if you use these links to make a purchase. It does not cost you anything extra +  you’ll keep me supplied in caffeine. It’s a win for everyone, really.

    A few years ago (OK, probably almost 5 years ago), my mom started using Essential Oils. Around this same time, her friend had a DoTerra party that she invited me to attend.

    I admit that I sat at that party (probably with a sourpuss look on my face) as a firm non-believer in the power of these oils that came in these pretty itty-bitty looking bottles.

    While I do believe in magic and miracles, I didn’t think it came in a little essential oil bottle.

    The Moment I Saw the Light

    From that party, I took a couple sample bottles home and promptly shoved them in my linen closet (You know, the one that is stuffed with all kinds of things linens and otherwise and is in complete disarray.) tp maybe never be found again.

    I’m not sure quite how much time went by but I started to come down with a cold. I had that itch in my throat and that tickle in my nose that told me something was coming my way. Oh joy!

    I decided to try out the oils. I used the OnGuard and Breathe (for immune boosting and breathing). Lo and behold, it worked. The OnGuard helped me to ward off falling prey to more germs and the Breathe instantly cleared up the congestion I felt coming on so I could, wait for it…breathe!

    This is the exact moment I went from skeptic to believer.

    I don’t sell essential oils, but I sure do use them and I sure do believe in its powers. 

    Take Control of Your Family’s Health

    I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV 🙂 but here is what I do know… no one is ever going to care about your health or your family’s health as much as YOU do.

    No one is going to be as powerful of an advocate as you are for yourself (or for a loved one). No one else is as motivated as you are to achieve long-term health and holistic wellness.

    This, exactly this, is why it’s imperative that you arm yourself with knowledge and resources that equip you to be the most effective advocate possible.

    And the next time illness or injury strikes, you’re going to have the confidence to take an active role in your health, and be able to include tools like herbs, essential oils, and other natural remedies in your staying-well arsenal.

    Please do not misunderstand me. I still go to the doctor. I still take my kids to the doctor. We still take medication, when necessary, and get our vaccinations. 

    I do find that when I use the oils, however, it decreases the times we have to visit the doctor because of an illness or take that over-the-counter medication.

    That’s why I’m so excited to share a popular resource with you — the 2018 Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle. It’s only available for 2 short days, though.

    Not only is it just in time to help you stay as healthy as possible this winter and holiday season, but if using more herbs, oils, and natural remedies is one of your goals for 2019, you’re going to find ALL the tools and resources you need to make it happen.

    It’s a complete library of natural remedies that you can trust and rely on as you take charge of your family’s health.

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    Of course, we and our family members are still going to get sick. Having natural remedies at hand doesn’t guarantee perfect health or provide superhuman powers to ward off the many germs that make their way around.

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    The bundle is just $29.97, but only until tomorrow at midnight!

    Go check out the Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle and see everything that’s included.

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  • Daily Life,  Parenting

    2019 Mom Goal

    I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. And I’m definitely not one for picking a “word” for the year.

    I’ve had business goals since I went full-time as a writer in 2008 but this year I’m setting a Mom Goal.

    Mom Goal

    In 2019, the one thing I’m going to focus on perfecting is being present.

    When I say be present, I mean to be more present with my children.

    To put down my phone more.

    To close my laptop.

    To ignore the dishes, vacuuming, or picking up.

    To just be.

    To read more with them. To answer more of their questions. To just sit with them, cuddle with them, and snuggle with them.

    The Days Are Long

    You’ve probably heard the saying that the days are long but the years are short.

    I’m feeling the effects of that more and more these days. Maybe it’s because my youngest is turning one in February.

    Maybe it’s because I know she is my last baby and time has flown by. Maybe it’s because my oldest went off to Kindergarten this year or my middle daughter only has one year of preschool after this one before she heads to Kindergarten.

    I’m starting to realize they won’t be little forever so the dishes, laundry, and whatever else can wait.

    For now, I’m just going to be…here. With. Them.

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