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Dine and Dish 2014 Summer of Fun Bucket List Summer activities for kids

2014 Summer of Fun Bucket List

Hi friends! Sorry for the silence around here lately. My parents have been visiting and we have been busy wrapping up the last few weeks of school! Today is the first day of our summer vacation, which happens to be my most favorite time of the year! We’ve had an awesome first day…if today is […]

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Sick? What to Do, What to Do?

    This is the final post of a four part series on health and staying well, sponsored by PediaCare®.  When my kids get sick, they go down hard and fast… there is no easing into it. One day they’re fine, the next they are down for the count. I’ll admit, I love having my […]

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5 Ways to Make Staying Healthy Fun

I have a skill I think most moms have… I can tell when my kids are coming down with something simply by the way they behave. Things like extra cranky moods, taking a nap in the middle of the day when they don’t normally nap, and coming around for extra snuggles are sure fire signs […]

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Parenting is Hard {Recipe: Creamy Chicken & Corn Chowder}

I leaned over her bed, late at night, placing a gentle kiss on her cheek. As I did, one of my tears fell onto her face, falling down into her wild and curly hair. I love this girl so, so much I feel my heart physically swelling at the sight of her, but I don’t […]

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A Happy and Healthy New Year

The promise of a new dog was under the Christmas tree… something my kids have been begging for for years. My kids came downstairs on Christmas morning and their response to the news of our new family member was underwhelming. It was then, combined with the fact that it was the first Christmas in which […]

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Family Meetings and Encouraging Words

We sit down and have a family meeting on Sunday evenings. It’s a way for our family of 6 to make sure we are all on the same page for the upcoming week, celebrate accomplishments from the prior week, and more. We assign chores, distribute allowance, plan our weekly menu and share our goals for […]

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How Can She Possibly…?

How can she possibly be ready? I woke up at midnight with a tightness in my chest, grasping for breath. In the dark of the night, it felt like the walls were closing in on me. It was then I realized my pillow was wet and tear soaked. As a mom who has stayed home […]

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Family Vacation Road Trip Snack Solution for Kids

Family Vacation Road Trip Snack Kit for Kids

“>Pin It We’re going on a road trip… Actually, we’re headed out on our family vacation at the YMCA or The Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado with a stop at The Four Seasons in Denver along the way. This equates to fine times ahead, but a long, 10+ hour car ride to get there. Long […]

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It Takes a Village… Not to Mention Wine and Coffee

I’ve always known and hoped that I would be a mom. When I was in Kindergarten, we had a “Star of the Week” program where the star would be interviewed. One of the questions in the interview was “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My immediate answer, firmly stated without any […]

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Raising Money Smart Kids With Tykoon

Raising Money Smart Kids with Tykoon

A few weeks ago I reached out to those of you who follow Dine & Dish on Facebook asking for advice on chores and allowance. We have struggled since day one finding a consistent method that works for our family. With 4 kids at 4 different ages, it’s difficult to figure out something that works […]

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