Summer Bucket List :: Saratoga

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My Ten Favorite Things (right now)


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Mom Boss Feature: Ashley Campbell of Mother Made Me

You guys know how much I love to support other mom business owners, so I am so thrilled to feature this great local mom made stationery, it is SUCH a cute idea! Today I have an interview with Ashley Campbell, creator of Mother Made Me, a line of classic, elementary-lined stationery for kids that makes it easy for kids to write their notes.

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Lord of the Flies Style

On this blog I have often talked about how my parenting has evolved from super nervous mom of one still slightly shell shocked by an emergency c-section to somewhat seasoned parenting professional of five, of course still prone to the usual mishaps. Plenty of things have changed in going from one kid to five, sure. For one thing I buy in bulk because OMG HOW MANY BANANAS CAN THEY EAT IN ONE DAY?! Also I am the Hand Me Down Queen. No really, I am. I have a third daughter wearing a nightgown that belonged to me as a baby that both her sisters wore. I rule hand me downs.

The other thing that has crept up slowly is what I like to call “Lord of the Flies Style” parenting. Now, before you jump all over me, YES I realize there was a little bit of murdering in that book (spoiler alert in case you didn’t read it in grade school!) and perhaps not the rosiest of stories, but in general I’m a big fan of how the kids did things in that book (before the murdering, etc.). Mainly, they worked things out amongst themselves. That’s what I like to see.

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My Weekend in Photos

Father’s Day weekend was the sweetest. We hit up the Whipple City Festival (those are apple pie fries pictured below. I repeat: APPLE. PIE. FRIES.), we spent many hours at the pool at McGregor Links Country Club, played mini golf through some very trying toddler tantrums, and picked some strawberries at Hand Melon Farm.

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What Does a Real Father Look Like?

The “Father’s Day Aisle” at Target had a few key ingredients: beer, beer glasses, something about barbecuing, and I think something else having to do with beer. Maybe there was something about golf. And while Target, I love you, you know I do, I walked right on by, because I’m not buying a cookie cutter DAD gift, because I don’t have a cookie cutter dad, or a cookie cutter husband. Not all dads are beer drinking, grilling, golfing dudes who would get lost in the diaper aisle.

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Our First Sleepaway Camp Experience: Camp Little Notch

This summer our nine year old is going to have her first sleepaway camp experience at Camp Little Notch in Fort Ann, NY. Part of the reason we chose Camp Little Notch is the girl only environment where girls can find their strengths and their own voices. I love the fact that Little Notch connects girls of diverse backgrounds with each other, positive mentors, and the land and that Levy will spend the summer swimming, canoeing, sailing, team building, doing yoga, hiking, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, overnight camp-outs, and more.

I’ve teamed up with Camp Little Notch to bring you an inside look at camp and our own camp experience in a summer long series, starting with a little bit of the history of this beautiful girls camp.

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Mini City Moms Club Meetup 6/15

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DIY Personalized Sun Hat

Alright guys, I have the easiest (and cheapest) summer DIY for the cutest trend right now…

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Will My Baby Ever Sleep Through The Night? Asking For a Friend…

Last night, I, like many other parents before me and future parents will, put my baby down with the hopes that maybe, just maybe, tonight will be the night she sleeps through the night. Yes, that ever elusive golden ring of parenting a baby, the sleeping through the night, has eluded us for a year now.

But you never know. Tonight COULD be the night. Was it the night last night? No, it was not. And as I lay there listening to the cries of protest from the crib, I envisioned exactly what was going on in the little sweet mind of my one year old.

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