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If you're a mom, you probably have a list of things you think would be useful for your mom-to-be, but if you're not a parent, sometimes shopping for a baby shower can be difficult.  Since we are planning to welcome a new niece or nephew into our family, I've been thinking a lot about how the things I buy for baby showers has changed since I've become a mom.  Here's how to pick out the perfect gift (or gifts) for your new mommy friend.

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Reading about Dragons and Princesses is a fun way for your child to use her imagination, but sometimes it's fun to read about things your child is already familiar with.  "Story of My Life" is an on-going series focusing on events and activities that children are likely to experience.  Each post is paired with a story to read with your child to spark conversation about their own lives.

 

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My daughter and I are big fans of the farmer's market.  She has been going to the market since before she could walk!  I would load her up in her little red wagon and pull her down to the park where the vendors set up.  There were lots of people to visit and lots of things to see.  We would pick up okra, zucchini, or spaghetti squash to take back home for dinner.

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12 Months of Christmas, September: Shoeboxes | Higdons' Happy Home

This month we're going to focus on something you may not have given much thought to--the shoeboxes themselves!  Your shoebox isn't just a shipping container for all the items you've collected this year.  It is a treasure box for the child who receives it.  So why not take the time to make it something extra special?  Here are some things other bloggers have done with their shoeboxes.

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This morning, while I was getting ready for the day, my daughter came into my room and said, "Mommy!  Skye!"  This is code for, "Mommy, I want to watch Paw Patrol!".  So, I tossed her up on my bed and turned on "Zoboomafoo" instead, because she's already seen the pups rescue Timmy's tooth four times this week.  There was a time when I swore this would never happen.  I would not let the TV babysit my kid.  But I don't really worry about it anymore.  Here's why:

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What to Do When People Think Your Little Girl is a Boy | Higdons' Happy Home

My daughter is a tomboy.  This morning she went to daycare wearing a Honda Pit Crew t-shirt and a black skirt.  Last weekend she "worked" on her PowerWheels trike with her plastic Craftsman tools and brought home two trophies from a bike show for her effort.  When she's in a dress, I have to remind her that it is not a napkin to wipe chocolate off her face.  Lady-like is not really her strong point.

So it probably doesn't surprise anyone that I have lots of people tell me what a cute little boy I have.  I think every parent has been there.  For some parents it last longer than for others.  Here are some of the the ways my husband and I handle these incidents.

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12 Months of Christmas, August:  "Wow!" Gifts

This month's item is probably the most important gift of the year:  the "WOW" gift.

What is a wow gift you ask?  Think back to Christmas with your kids.  The wow gift is the present your child opened and said, "WOW!".  The one you purposely saved back for last because you knew once they had opened it, the only thing on their mind would be to try out this amazing gift.  That's a wow gift.

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Cleaning Sheep: A Fair Time Devotional | Higdons' Happy Home

This week, while eating lunch with my dad, we watched as the parking lot, and then the lobby of the restaurant we were eating at filled with families taking a break from getting their animals ready for our local, county fair.  As a former 4-Her, I know that during the fair time, few things are as great as air conditioning and a cold drink--except for maybe a Grand Champion ribbon!  Raising animals is hard work all year long, but during the fair there is a lot of extra work to be done!

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This past week we have been incredibly busy!  We've reached that amazing event in summer called "Vacation Bible School"!  This year, I volunteered to help in the craft room by operating a glue gun and running for extra supplies.

It's fun to watch kids come to life as fingerprints are turned into fish and pompoms become sea urchins.  One of the amazing things I've noticed this week is that the fewer directions kids are given for their crafts, the more interesting their crafts become!

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So, if you have been following the 12 Months of Christmas you may remember that back in March I challenged everyone to collect "wearables".  This month I want to bring the wearables back--with a twist!

I have been moved by different posts I've seen from Samaritan's Purse about children showing up to receive a shoebox with worn-out shoes or no shoes at all!  Take a look and see what I mean.

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