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Kid-Proof your Computer/Tablet/Phone - Zoodles.com Review

With so many awesome "educational" (or so I tell myself) games available on the computer and in the form of phone apps, how do you monitor access to it all for your kids?

Although it may not be entirely true, I find that I tell myself that these options are "better" than a video when I need to get…

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Added by Valerie Korock on June 13, 2011 at 1:42am — No Comments

How to Teach Your Kids Manners - Book Review: "Manners Can Be Fun", Munro Leaf

I find myself saying, "Kids don't respect adults these days like we did" all the time, but also acknowledge that I don't want to raise my kids the same authoritative way I was raised... We put a lot of work into emotion coaching in our house, yet it still feels frustrating when our little people can't seem to grasp the most basic of manners (thank you, don't interrupt, etc...).  I hate feeling like a nag or disapproving, but think it is definitely my role to teach…

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Added by Valerie Korock on March 26, 2011 at 2:53am — No Comments

How to Pair Wine with Junk Food

As a mom of two-within-two-years, I’ve had many learning opportunities to refine my coping skills.  While this category of behavior includes healthy activities like working out or meditation, I tend to defer to other ones such as wine, junk food, and mindless television.  The truth of the matter is that I have…

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Added by Valerie Korock on February 27, 2011 at 12:45am — No Comments

3 Shortcuts to a Cleaner *Looking* House in 30 Minutes

The days of being able to devote an undisturbed chunk of time to creating a spotless house are long gone.  Some days, I feel like I have to offer up a Disney movie in exchange for the luxury of unloading the dishwasher without interruption.  Everything just takes so much more effort and time.  Tired of feeling…

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Added by Valerie Korock on January 1, 2011 at 2:12am — No Comments

Free Personalized Messages from Santa - Keep the Magic Alive :)

If you’re anything like me, you’re pushing the “Santa’s watching!!” line pretty hard these days. I know it’s not right to market Father Christmas as an Eye-In-The-Sky Tattler who punishes by withholding My Little Ponies and Cars, but the kids do seem to care about what he thinks, and it’s mighty hard to not exploit that…

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Added by Valerie Korock on December 13, 2010 at 1:55am — No Comments

Hot Holiday Gifts Under $30!

Despite the dozens of times I exclaim “what a great gift idea!” when shopping throughout the year, I struggle to remember a single one of these ideas when I actually need them. Here are a some of my fave finds under $30 that I think deserve an honorable mention this holiday season.

http://mamaneedsmaintenance.com/?p=190…

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Added by Valerie Korock on December 4, 2010 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Teaching Your Kids How to Be Thankful

This time of the year, I always feel that it is a struggle to keep the focus on families and counting our blessings (opposed to what we want on our Xmas lists, who we're hosting for dinner,etc...)

This is something I'm trying at our house this year:

http://mamaneedsmaintenance.com/?p=158

What traditions and ideas do you have?…

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Added by Valerie Korock on November 17, 2010 at 12:56am — No Comments

How to Shop (In Peace!!) with Kids this Holiday Season



With the holidays right around the corner - shopping is inevitable. Shopping & kids, however, usually don't make for a happy combo. At least not a happy mama... :)

Check out these ideas, complete with printable game sheets for kids, to make your next outing a little less painful:…

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Added by Valerie Korock on November 10, 2010 at 1:02am — No Comments

4 Movie Tickets @ Fandango.com for $23 - No Restrictions!!

What a deal!

Snag four any-movie, any-theatre, any-showtime, no-line movie tickets

@ Fandango.com for only $23 via Plum District!

Deal…

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Added by Valerie Korock on October 26, 2010 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Store KidArt Smarter! Kidfolio Review

Tired of having glitter, pom poms, and wrinkled up paintings scattered everywhere?! At the risk of sounding a little less than sentimental, I can barely keep up with the massive influx of KidArt from preschool, which sent me searching for storage solutions. I found one that was basic, but brilliant. Oh, and cheap - a total bonus. :)

See the review here:

http://mamaneedsmaintenance.com/?p=96

Added by Valerie Korock on October 20, 2010 at 11:20pm — No Comments

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