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Three Reasons Christmas Should Start Before Thanksgiving

It's mean to withhold the magic of Christmas from the kids, and I just couldn't do it any longer. Lights on, tree up.

And I've discovered three big reasons besides these girls, why Christmas should always start before Thanksgiving.

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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My Halloween Decorations Won’t Win Any Contest

Good luck today with your office cubicle decorating contest.  You are rockin' those cob webs.

I have failed my children with my lack of Halloween decorations, so my 6-year old decided to take matters into her own hands and make something festive on her own.  And then the sprinkler system hit it.

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I’m Not A Huge Halloween Fan, But My Kiddo Is, So We Partake

I have a confession (and I'm guessing there's more than a few of us who feel this way);  I don't love Halloween.  Not a huge fan of the costumes or candy, and I HATE pumpkins. 

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Another Milestone Met: He’s Helping Mow The Lawn

I don't even know how it's possible, but my kiddo is 8 year-old, and he just seems to keep growing up so fast.  Every week there's a new achievement.  This weekend, we mowed. 

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Credit: Just Between Friends via Facebook
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Just Between Friends Event at Expo Idaho

I am always down for saving a few bucks.

I raid the dollar section in the front section of Target. I use apps on my phone like Ibotta, Cartwheel, and Ebates...

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Parents Say This is the Best Age to Get Kids a Smart Phone

This may be the great debate at your house. The kids are begging for a phone so they can enter the world of Snapchat for themselves, and you're holding off as long as you possibly can.  What's the ideal age to let kids/teens have a smart phone, and how does the Treasure Valley compare?

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Divorced Dad Diaries: To Clean Or Not To Clean?

Being a single parent means making decisions for rules, chores, and expectations at your home, often on your own.  There's one thing I'm struggling with:  Cleaning his room. 

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Impress Your Kids With Balloons Galore

If your kids are anything like mine, they are impressed with balloons. Interesting things that float high in the sky keep them entertained, and even break up sibling fights because something else captures their focus.  Great reasons to be at the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic!

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No Homework All Year For These Students

One teacher is getting a lot of attention for a "no homework" policy that she says she's planning to stick to all year long.

She wants kids to play outside, have dinner with family, and get to bed early instead of burying noses in the books at home.  Think it'll catch on?

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Back-To-School Takes Over Social Media

If you are on social media at all this week, you will quickly understand that school has started. Boise State is underway, and high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools aren't far behind.

As parents, there is some sort of reflex that makes us mark these back-to-school moments on Facebook, and as you might be able to see in this picture, the kids would rather just hurry up and get to class.

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