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While the weather has been really quite mild in Central Indiana this winter, the dry air has really made an impact in our house. We learned that while our new heat pump is super efficient in weather like this, it just really dries out the air. We’ve all seemed to battle dry skin this winter, and I’ve definitely noticed that the house has been super staticky. To combat this, we’ve always used humidifiers in our kids rooms, especially during the cold season. However, with our bigger house, we needed to think a bit larger in terms of how to humidify … …..
While I try to keep our house pretty organized, I’ll admit that there are definitely days you can’t walk through the house without tripping over strewn about toys, legos, or books. With four boys, the toy clutter can definitely overwhelm me and my floor from time to time. We’ve implemented some good organizing tools to help cut down on the chaos, including bins on cubicle shelving, an art organizing cabinet, and a no toys in the bedroom rule. One company, Oribel, has also continued the idea of removing clutter from the floor with their new line of toys, Vertiplay. Designed … …..
Every year it seems like we need to do a big toy sweep in the weeks leading up to Christmas to make room for the new toys that will brought home after holidays with the family. While there is a place and time for the exciting new electronic toys and building sets with billions of tiny pieces, there’s a special spot in my heart for the simple, imaginative toys that have very few parts and can last for years. This holiday season, Manhattan Toy (whom we LOVE!) has created a special line of open-ended play toys for parents just like … …..
Growing up, my mom loved Halloween. We went all out with house decorations, costumes, pumpkin carving, and everything spooky. I had some of the most amazing costumes as a child, and most of them were DIY by my mom and grandma (Grandma had some AMAZING sewing skills!). With 4 kids, we’ve carried on the DIY costume tradition for a few reasons. My favorite reason is that with a little planning, most DIY costumes can be really cute and unique. Also important, though, is that DIY costumes tend to be way cheaper when you have a large family. This year the … …..
Since our sweet 4-month-old boy is our last baby, we’re trying to soak in and savor every new milestone, skill, and smile he throws our way. I think I could never tire of watching him learn his current skill of grabbing items of interest and inspecting them. I love seeing his chubby little fingers grasping new objects and turning them over and around, with smiles and looks of awe. Throughout this stage of discovery, toys that pique his interest and encourage exploration are important to keep around. The Manhattan Toy Company is one company that I know I can rely … …..
I never imagined when we first discussed having a big family that it would be a family of four boys. Of course I now couldn’t imagine life any other way, but oh my, the adventures these boys can dream up and get into! They seem to love any toy that they can pretend play with, but the more bells, whistles, and gadgets to explore, the better the toy fits them. We love VTech’s Go! Go! Smart Wheels line, and we recently had the opportunity to try out the new Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Treasure Mountain Train Adventure™, and it certainly … …..
School is back in full swing again, and a sense of routine is beginning. My maternity leave has also ended, and I’m getting in the groove of working again, just with another little person at home waiting for me! With all of the routines comes homework each night, running kids to school, and sports practices. It also seems to come with a healthy dose of back-to-school grouchiness in the evenings. We’ve tried a few strategies this year to combat new routine stress like spending evenings outdoors, going for walks, and playing some games. While we all love games, it’s sometimes … …..
Our family has always been a fan of competition and team building. From the time my husband and I first met each other, we’ve always been a bit more than slightly competitive. From church camp sports teams as kids to paintball as teens and now tabletop board games as a family, we love to compete and challenge each other. Our boys have definitely followed in our footsteps as they have entered the world of sports, and have taken full advantage of our big yard this summer to try out different games. Recently, we were able to invite other families and … …..
We’ve been a family of 6 for just about 4 weeks now, and summer break is in full swing. While my husband has been off work with me to adjust to our new family and sweet baby Julian, we’ve had so much fun spending quality time with our boys. Since the weather has been pretty much beautiful, we’ve spent a ton of time enjoying the outdoors. Our boys play outside every day they possibly can, and we’ve been burning through the sunscreen like no tomorrow. Since children receive three times as much sun exposure than adults do every year, we … …..
This is our first summer in our new house, and the boys are so excited to spend tons of time outdoors. Before, we lived in the city with a sizeable yard for the neighborhood, but it was shaded and pretty rocky. Now we sit on almost half an acre with a tulip tree and some pine trees, and flat, beautifully green country lawn. The boys have already started soaking up the summer sun with their swing set and trampoline, but we had a heat wave last week that demanded something a bit more cool. We broke out our brand new … …..