Playing is one of the most important ways children gain essential skills to succeed later in life. Here are four big ways play is crucial in shaping young minds. {Sponsored Post} These days, we put a lot of emphasis on learning and education — often ...
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Playing is one of the most important ways children gain essential skills to succeed later in life. Here are four big ways play is crucial in shaping young minds.
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These days, we put a lot of emphasis on learning and education — often to the detriment of fun and play.

But playing is a huge part of a child’s development. Play is never “just” play, so don’t feel bad if your kids are having a break from homeschooling to play outside — or if you have a high level of play in your homeschooling schedule when other moms seem to be sticking to a strict lesson...

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Homemade Chicken Pot Pie is classic comfort food. This pot pie is loaded with chicken and veggies, seasoned just right. Once you try this chicken pot pie recipe, you'll never go back to store-bought!


a whole, uncut chicken pot pie



There are certain dishes my kids associate with me, and this Homemade Chicken Pot Pie is one of them. In fact, it's in the top three most requested dishes in this family.

Recipe for a hearty Chicken Pot Pie

I like this chicken pot pie recipe because it's not a wimpy pie. Most restaurant and grocery store pot pies are seriously lacking in chicken and vegetables. It's more like a canned...

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This Perfect Hearty Chili recipe brings together just the right balance of sweet and spicy. Packed with meat and beans, this chili is, hands-down, my family's favorite homemade chili!


Bowl of chili with tortillas and lime




Fall has arrived! I
n my world, that means it's time for this hearty chili recipe.


I don't know what fall means to you, but for my family, getting outdoors to explore downtown areas of other cities and towns, more hiking, and food fests.


With fall also comes this chili recipe. My kids ask me to make it year-round, but to me, chili is an autumn food. That's when it appeals to me. It's right up...

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This Lemon Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a delectable dessert packed with lemon flavor from real lemons. It's sure to be a favorite with your family and friends!

Sheet cake on a cooling rack



If lemon desserts are your thing, you are really going to love this Lemon Sheet Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. Just like my carrot cake recipe, this recipe results in a moist cake, with an irresistible creamy frosting.


I've made this cake twice in the last month. First, I made it for my family. My daughter, Lorelai, loves lemons, but doesn't enjoy lemon-flavored candies or desserts. She did, however,...

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Topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting, this Old Fashioned Carrot Cake is incredibly moist, deliciously spiced, and melt-in-your-mouth fluffy!

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Springtime is here and that makes me think of carrot cake. I'm not sure why, exactly. I mean, carrot cake is an incredible dessert all year long, but it does get extra attention at this time of year.

If you've ever been hesitant to make a carrot cake from scratch, let me tell you: It's easy. No, really. A beginner cook can do this. It requires no special skills, and once you realize how easy it is to make this cake from scratch, you'll...

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