The Fall Guide is Here

surf school(5)click the photo above to get all the pumpkin-y, apple picking goodness coming your way

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Name Bubbles Giveaway! {Mamatoga Fall Guide 2015}

surf school(1)Ah, it’s Back to School time. The time when everything smells like Pumpkin Spice and fresh sheets of notebook paper. When you can finally put away the eight thousand beach towels and break out the brand new sneakers.

BUT, if you want those brand new sneakers and new school gear to keep coming home, I have only two words for you…

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{6th Annual} Mamatoga Family Choice Awards 2016: BEST PRESCHOOL

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Since I’m including the winners in the exclusive Fall/Holiday HUGE Issue of Mamatoga Magazine, I have to get cracking on these polls! And what better one to start with than the most popular, best preschool!

This is the SIXTH Annual Mamatoga Family Choice Awards, voted on by you, the readers of Mamatoga.com, our area’s biggest and original family website. Thank you to everyone for voting and showing your love! Now click through the link to vote and stay tuned for all the categories coming this week!

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THINGS to take(2)click the photo above for the local weekend info

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Do You Use “Parenting” Apps?

SARATOGAHElicoptertours(1)I’m a big fan of iPhone apps, but mainly just for photos. I tend to download new apps and get super excited about them and then never use them. Or I use them once and then forget about them till I need more space and delete them.

With the school year upon us though and my burning desire to get organized before that craziness begins, I’m looking for a few good apps to cut down on clutter even more (no note taking or sticky notes everywhere) and help us all get more organized and streamlined.

Here are a few I am going to try out…

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Looking for Something to Do?

surf schoolclick the photo above for the scoop on free + local kids events this week

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A Smashing Success

SMASHI blinked and the baby will be turning 1 tomorrow. All emotions aside (OMG THAT WENT TOO FAST), part of the fun of her first birthday was making her a teeny tiny cake and just sitting back and seeing what she did with it. The whole “cake smash” trend is fairly new to me, but the basics are that you get a little (or big, whatever floats your boat) cake just for your little one to go nuts on. We used little round pans from Wilton and sliced the tops off to make a little three layer cake, and she did less smashing and more actual eating. A word of advice? Use white frosting and vanilla cake, and get your camera ready.

smashindexNeed some inspiration? Click here for some fun ideas, I also love these tips for cutting a cake into any number.

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TGIF Guys

WEEKENDFirst, some stuff you may have missed this week while you were soaking up the sun (or enjoying some air conditioning, either way…)

now that you’ve perused those, click here to get the lowdown on the family stuff to do around our area for the weekend. xoxo

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Forget Spring Cleaning, I’m “Back to School Cleaning” This Year

can declutteringWith four kids, we have a lot of stuff. Toys, clothes, more toys, Lego minifigs (SO MANY LEGO MINIFIGS) and more clothes. I am pretty handy with the hand-me-downs and somewhat obsessively preserve their clothes so I can pass them down from sibling to sibling and then cousins, friends, etc. or I consign stuff, and I try to keep the toy level down to barely manageable, but we all know it sneaks up on you.

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My New Favorite Children’s Brand {logo free kids basics}

indexWhen Jack started tennis lessons this summer, I wanted to find him a little pair of white shorts for the courts. No can do. I literally could find zero shorts that were just plain white and didn’t have a logo, character or a design on them. The only white shorts I could find were in the girls section, and usually frilled up with some lace or scalloped edges or a bow. Until I found Primary.

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