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Family Backyard Makeover in Progress: Before and Afters

Family Backyard Makeover in Progress: Before and Afters

We've been working on our backyard to make it a place where we can spend more time. We have a nice big backyard but most of it has been pretty overgrown with weeds for the majority of the time we've lived here. We knew that we wanted it to be a place that worked for our family and honestly, our family is just not great about gardening or having a nicely planned set of flower beds SO we've gone the rocks + toys + pool route.  The biggest change has been that we dug up our garden and a fair...

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A Very Minecraft Birthday for a 7 Year Old

A Very Minecraft Birthday for a 7 Year Old

Calvin turns 8 pretty soon, which is unbelievable. We did a full family-only pandemic birthday last year, so I wanted to make it a little special by doing an unexpected birthday "cake". The result was a mix of fudge, Jello, and Rice Krispy treats that was a surprising hit. The kids are still talking about it a year later! The rest of the party came from Target in the form of party decorations, straw cups, toy boxes, and minifigs. God bless Target and their delivery service!!

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DIY Haunted Mansion Dollhouse

DIY Haunted Mansion Dollhouse

Welcome, foolish mortals, to the tour of our Haunted Mansion dollhouse. This project started because our three year old is obsessed with the Haunted Mansion and it's been his main focus for the whole time we've been stuck at home because of COVID-19.

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The Full Craniosynostosis Post (with a Two Year Update)

The Full Craniosynostosis Post (with a Two Year Update)

I missed marking the occasion but last month we celebrated the two year anniversary of Felix's successful surgery for his sagittal synostosis. When we first learned that he had a craniosynostosis condition, I searched high and low for blog posts from other parents who had been in our position so it doesn't surprise me that the three articles I did about it at the time are now some of my most popular archived posts. I could just link to them but I thought it would be more helpful to condense the good parts into one long post with a two...

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Visit the Utah Capitol Building with Little Kids

Visit the Utah Capitol Building with Little Kids

There are a lot of fun places to take kids in Salt Lake City. I thought I'd share a recent low-key (and low crowds) outing I took the kids on recently because it was (A) free, (B) easy, (C) flexible re: time, and (D) was a great place to take photos. The Utah State Capitol Building is open to the public seven days a week (unless it's a holiday) and it's free to take a guided tour or simply walk around by yourself. I'd been a few times when I was younger but I hadn't taken the kids so they...

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