Cut Yourself A Little Slack — last-minute magic

Try This New Winter Activity That's Taking my Living Room by Storm!

Tyler Karlberg last-minute magic mandatory family fun pandemic parenting sounds better than they are

Try This New Winter Activity That's Taking my Living Room by Storm!

When it comes to keeping kids busy during long, brutally cold Minnesota winters, I'm the fricking champ. When my son was little, I did in-home childcare for some friends’ kids. Spring, Summer, and Fall, piece of cake. We played outside and did crafts on the deck and went on walks to the playground and all that jazz. In the Winter, we had a lot of busy small people in one small house during very frigid weather. I had to get clever with what we had in the house to keep them entertained and to maintain my sanity. And so, cotton-balling...

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Five Classic Halloween Costumes Perfect for the Collapse of the Global Supply Chain

Whitney Beatty Costume DIY Halloween last-minute magic

Five Classic Halloween Costumes Perfect for the Collapse of the Global Supply Chain

Picture this: Your kid wants to be a dinosaur for Halloween. But not just any dinosaur. Because many years ago you thought a Dinosaur A-Z book would be a great gift and he has since become obsessed with obscure and specific dinosaurs, so he wants to be a Spinosaurus. When you see a generic dinosaur costume at the store and suggest that he just be that, he explains that it does not have the correct features and would require larger claws and a spine along its back. He shakes his head, disappointed in your ability to distinguish "Spinosaurus" from "cute, non-specific...

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How to create a magical Easter experience when you just now realized that Easter is in two days.

Whitney Beatty easter last-minute magic

How to create a magical Easter experience when you just now realized that Easter is in two days.

I feel bad admitting this, because I know of it's theological importance, but Easter is always going to have a bit of a tough time. Growing up Catholic, I frequently heard frustrated mutterings of Christmas being the less important, but more celebrated holiday and why that indicated a problem in society at large. I am absolutely not here to debate that, I mean, society DOES have some problems. But I would like to offer an alternate point of view: Christmas is easier to celebrate because it's Always. On. The. Same. Day. Easter jumps around every year, and that's why people...

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