Tooth Fairy Tips for Parents

First time tooth fairy hacks, including how to make glitter dollars

Got a first time tooth fairy visit coming up? We’ve got the best tooth fairy tips for parents (along with tooth fairy advice to help you avoid future problems!) to help you learn how to be a good tooth fairy for your kids.

First time tooth fairy hacks, including how to make glitter dollars

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Easy, Cheap Neighbor Gift Idea (with 5 Inch Christmas Treat Bag Topper!)!)

christmas treat bags with text overlay: cheap, easy gifts for neighbors

Need a cheap, easy neighbor gift idea (that helps avoid spreading germs around?) Check out this easy neighbor gift idea, and grab your free printable Christmas treat bag topper (sized for standard treat bags!)

This year, Christmas is looing a little different. I mean, first there is the whole stay-home-by-yourself thing, and then there’s the mask thing. But there are some traditions we really want to stay the same this year, and giving small gifts to the neighbors is one of them.

In traditional years, the people in my neighborhood usually bake for each other. Some deliver cookies, others bring their signature peanut butter fudge, and a favorite neighbor of mine brings her A game with bottles of her handmade holiday Sangria (my neighbors > your neighbors).

This year, with additional safety precautions, we had to get a little creative to find a cheap, easy neighbor gift that would help keep our neighbors safe while keeping the Christmas spirit alive.

Read on for an easy, no baked-goods neighbor gift your block is sure to thank you for!

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How to Get Organized for Distance Learning

How to get organized for distance learning

As many of us prepare for a year of hybrid learning, distance learning, or even – what is happening this year???? – learning, we’re dealing with a lot of unknowns. Personally? We have the kind of anxiety that finds comfort in all the preparation, so we’re figuring out how to get organized for distance learning and making ALL the contingency plans! Check out our list of everything you need to nail distance learning – or at least survive it – this year. 

Smiling preschooler sitting at desk on a laptop. Text overlay: Hot to get organized for distance learning.

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Make Packing School Lunches a Breeze with These Effortless Hacks

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Sometimes, as parents, we make packing school lunches WAY harder than it needs to be. But you don’t have to go over the top to get the job done! Check out our favorite lunch box hacks to make packing school lunches easier.

As stay at home moms, we have been thinking about all the ways our lives would get easier when our kids started school. Running errands alone, having cleaner houses, not being solely responsible for their education- we were SO looking forward to having the pressure taken off of us.

And then we realized- the pressure doesn’t leave us. It just gets different.

Case in point- the pressure to constantly come up with new school lunch ideas for our kids.

Whereas a PB&J and a few carrot sticks on a plate would work at home, we now have to send our kids out into the world with carefully packed lunches that will A. Be swiftly compared to their friends’ lunches and B. determine how good we look to the teachers and supervision staff.

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But mamas, we’ve got to say- all this pressure we’re putting on ourselves? We don’t have to do that. You don’t have to constantly recreate the wheel. You don’t need to be innovative and imaginative every day.

The saying “Fed is Best” doesn’t go away just because your kids are older now.

We have found that the best way to take the pressure off of ourselves is to invest in some tools that make packing school lunches WAY easier. Sometimes a few lunch box hacks (and the right containers!) can make all the difference in how your child perceives their lunch- and expands the list of what you’re able to send, too.

So if you find yourself looking for new school lunch ideas for your kids, look no further. We’ve got the right tools to help you step up your game (without adding extra pressure to your life).

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A Genius Hack for Saving Money at the Pumpkin Patch

Your kids will love this new - and EASY - Halloween tradition! Introducing, the Pumkin Fairy! #halloween #halloweentraditions #happyhalloween #halloweenforkids #kidcenteredhalloween #kidshalloween #pumkins #pumpkinpatch #pumpkinpatchwithkids #pumpkinpatchpictures #letsgotothepumpkinpatch #firsthalloween #halloweenfairy #pumpkinfairy #traditionsforhalloween #halloweentraditions #traditionsforkids #familyhalloween

Wondering how to save money at the pumpkin patch? We were too! We knew there just had to be some awesome parenting hacks for Halloween that would hold the key to saving money at the pumpkin patch. But after searching high and low, we couldn’t find anything that would save money this Halloween.

So after much research and thinking, we came up with our own genius hack for saving money at the pumpkin patch. Also, it’s a hustle on your kids, which – I think it’s safe to say – we’re all on board for every once in a while! Read on for a genius (and FUN) hack for saving money at the pumpkin patch.

Ask any Mama what she loves about the fall, and nestled somewhere between a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte and putting on a cozy sweater will be taking the kids to the pumpkin patch. It’s a fun family tradition that you can start when your babies are teeny tiny and keep up as they grow. It signifies the beginning of fall and is something that everyone in my family looks forward to every year. Plus, kids and pumpkins make for insanely adorable pictures. Need proof? Fine.

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The pumpkin patch is AWESOME. Whether yours is in the middle of a city and has carnival style rides, a petting zoo and a concession stand or is out in the country and has apple launchers, a corn maze and homemade cider, every one is full of fun for the family.

Also, EXPENSIVE PUMPKINS.

Yes, the seedy underbelly of the pumpkin patch operation is insanely expensive pumpkins. And while you’re there for the adorable (and usually free!) photo ops, your kids are probably there for the expensive stuff – like the rides, treats, and pumpkins. Look, when I go to a carnival, I’m prepared for expensive rides and games. I know I’m going to shell out $5 for a tiny bag of popcorn I could make at home for a fraction of the price. But there’s something about paying extra for those pumpkins that kills me.

The pain that I feel in my heart – and my wallet – as I hand over a credit card to pay $20+ for a pumpkin that I can get for $3.99 at the grocery store is palpable. But what else can you do? It’s a pumpkin patch – you can’t just leave without a pumpkin! 

But...the trick to saving money at the pumpkin patch is that you can leave without a GIANT pumpkin! Read on for our genius hack to save money at the pumpkin patch WHILE starting a new fall tradition your kids will LOVE!

two kids saving money at the pumpkin patch with the Pumpkin Fairy

 

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