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We’ve been back to school for several weeks now and the never-ending chore of packing your kids lunches has begun. Since my husband and I both despise packing lunches, we’re trying a new approach this year and getting the kids involved! I let them come with me to pick out their favorite back-t0-school lunchbox items at BJ’s Wholesale Club. This way, they’re getting what they like. The assortment of allergy friendly and healthy items is endless and when we shop in bulk, I only have to go once every 3-4 weeks. With...

    As my kids get older; I can’t help, but wish they could stay small forever. Isn’t that every mom’s wish? I try to savor the time with them we have at the end of each day more and more everyday. Even more now that Lavery is in Kindergarten. Even though I love to give each child their own one-on-one time, our family has had to get really creative and intentional with our family time together to really make the most of the little hours we have as a family each day. Dinnertime is one of the only times we have...

Well its official.. school is in session here at the Crowe’s Nest! Our little man started second grade yesterday and our girl heads to Kindergarten tomorrow! Where has the time gone!? Both over the years and this summer.. it flew by! I know we start back earlier than others, so I wanted to share something fun we started this year in prep for heading back to the books so you guys can use the idea in your homes in the upcoming weeks! In an effort to get into routine around here (and get our son reading to us nightly,) I thought we...

We are in full on back-to-school mode over here! We start back earlier than most schools in our area, so we’re gearing up for our last week of freedom. I got a head start on school supplies this year, so we’ve been done with that for a while now at least. I had a few last minute things to pick up today before our lists were complete. Since we’re buying supplies for two kiddos this year (helllloooo Kindergarten for our little lady!!) I wanted to really make sure I was getting the best deals on those long lists we had...

  Several weeks ago, you might be remember me giving you a sneak peak of what’s to come for the next installment of Charlotte Parent’s Mom Matters series. Kate from My Mommy Brain & I live tweeted the event while we listened to Court Creeden of Parent Financial and Sandy Wheat of the NC Council on Economic Education talk about we, as parents can do now to help secure our own financial future’s as our kids got old. Things got real. Parents asked real questions, and they discussed some hard topics that aren’t...

A few weeks ago, our girl turned FIVE! Time sure does fly! I wrote about our experience at the American Girl Store a few weeks ago and shared our girl’s excitement into venturing into the wonderful world of AG. BUT… we also had the privilege of having Robin Winningham of It’s an Art Party! in Charlotte join us for some fun too. My daughter invited her favorite girlfriends to join us for a few different art projects that Robin and I discussed and decided on several weeks prior to the party. Robin, being a mom herself...

Summertime is full of longer days, shorter nights, & playing in the sun! Since our family went on our big family vacation this year straight after school got out, our summer’s have been filled with day trips and short weekend getaway’s. I’ve been trying to keep the kiddos busy without my husband having to take several vacation days off he just doesn’t have to use this year. With those short little getaway’s, comes having to learn to pack quickly and efficiently. It’s been my goal to be able to...

Our big girl turned five this past week – – FIVE! If you’ve followed along long enough, you may remember reading about my pregnancy journey with her, then sharing in our happiness after her birth, to celebrate her First Birthday, (It was Guess How Much We Love You themed,) & many more amazing and exciting milestones. And, whether you have followed along a while or not, you may have recently checked out our fun Lavery Says announcement, so go take a little funny look at what our girl is like now later! But, all that...

Ever pack your hubby’s lunch for work? It’s not very often I have the time to do it (let’s face it, by the time the evening rolls around, the last thing I’m thinking about is lunch the next day) and the mornings are too chaotic trying to get through breakfast.. am I right moms!? What if I told you, you could send your hubby to work with a meal fit for a pro with Hormel Foods Dinty Moore┬« Stew? Lumberjacks aren’t the typical lumberjacks you might think of today, but as a nod to their lumberjack mascot, Dinty...

I don’t know about you, but my kids are hungry ALL.THE.TIME. If I gave my kids a quarter for overtime they asked for a snack throughout the day, I would have enough money for a beach vacation by the end of Day 1. Seriously. And getting them to eat something green or healthy? Ya.. good luck with that. I’ve had to get really creative in getting them to eat something with even an ounce of nutrition on it… until recently.   We’ve been filling up our summer with pool days, visits to the splash pad, and playing...

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