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Mid-Summer Reflection

Summer is in full swing – and, as always, threatening to come and go MUCH faster than we would prefer. The Mojitos & Munchkins crew has had a busy – but exciting – few months of summer so far. Check out seven of our highlights! The Start of Summer Gone are the days of early morning rising, running to catch the school bus, and math homework at nights. Also gone are the days of schedules and time management, activities and running amuck. This summer, our goal has been to RELAX and BREATHE. We have tried *VERY* hard to stick to a...

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Summer Activities That Help Your Child Grow

Who doesn’t love summer? If you come across someone who doesn’t… They are probably not to be trusted. After all, so many wonderful things come with it! There is a challenge, though: How do you keep all of your kids – with their different ages and interests – busy and engaged while ensuring that you don’t go crazy trying to please everyone? This infographic from TakeLessons.com gives some great ideas on activities that are fun, but will help your child grow and learn. And who knows, you might even get a little extra relaxation time!   Special thanks to Natalie from...

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Spotlight Series:: A Tired Mama Who NEEDS Caffeine

It is my absolute honor to highlight and showcase my next spotlight series blogger. Niki, from Toots Mom Is Tired, is someone who I have come to admire and look up to in the blogging world. We share a similar blogging readership, and much like me, she is TIRED and CRAVING CAFFEINE. Constantly. Niki is taking the blogging world by storm, writing #reallife about what mom life is REALLY like when you spend your time with a toddler. Additionally, she carves out time – on top of her paying life gig – to help others succeed. Some of her top...

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The Unfathomable Thing I Did Today While My Girls Played…

Today, I read a book. TWO chapters of a book, to be exact. And I didn’t put the book down once, not even when my two year old was crying that her sister took a toy OR when my four year old started screaming at her sister that she was going to “Tell mommy on you.” While I would be lying if I tried to say I was actively watching or paying attention to what they were doing, from what I gather, my two daughters had an elaborate set up that crossed different environments, and they used their imaginations to role play...

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5 things you should stop doing for your kids IMMEDIATELY

Let me preface with my perspective. I am writing this as a mother of three children (ages 2, 4 and 7). I am also writing this as a teacher. I come to you with experience as a preschool teacher, as well as a language inclusion teacher who has worked in both kindergarten and third grade. Everything I write is applicable to ALL of these ages, and beyond. Don’t get defensive, hear me out. And when you’re ready, repeat the following sentences with me: #1: I will NOT carry my child’s backpack. Never. It is not my backpack. It is not...

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When Did You Stop Holding My Hand?

Dear B, Today while walking you out to the bus, a wave of nostalgia ran over me. It dawned on me that we weren’t holding hands. You were walking by yourself. Independently of me. Almost as if you didn’t need me. Yes, yes, you are 7 years old. You certainly don’t NEED me to hold your hand. You know the path, you know the route, you’re steady on your feet. But you held my hand long after these things were in tact as a toddler. Ya know that organic happening where we are walking next to each other and your...

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Review:: REAL SHADES Kids’ Sunglasses for REAL kids

Mojitos & Munchkin’s Cliff’s Notes Summary: REAL KIDS SHADES offers REAL eyewear to REAL life munchkins at a REAListic price that parents will love. Meet my three sets of precious eye balls… These are the children I’ve been charged to raise. I have vowed to do everything in my power to keep their mouths fed, their bodies healthy, their brains challenged, and their mental well-beings one of safety and happiness. What I’m learning as a parent, is that everything I put into their lives now will impact their futures remarkably. What better asset to protect than their eyesight?? I’m so thankful to have a company like...

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Oh winter, how I hate thou.

Alright Minnesotans, it’s official. The hip and cool “nip in the air” that reminds us of pumpkin spice latte and has us eying the newest fall boots just officially jumped to DAMN COLD. And nothing is poetic or exciting or hip about damn cold. My second grader is still fighting me over wanting to wear shorts to school each morning. Can you imagine going from “can you please just cover the bottom part of your legs” to “now it’s time to add a 15 pound fixture with a wool hood to your wardrobe“? As you can imagine, the transition wasn’t a smooth...

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I am an Imperfectly Perfect Mom

There are so many cards stacked against a mom every day.  We spend our nights glancing through Pinterest to pin a million things we could never successfully do, even IF we had the time to do it (which we don’t).  We constantly compare our kids to every child we meet – And most of the time, ours don’t stack up.  If we are working moms, we long to be stay-at-home-moms with “more time on our hands” and MORE TIME WITH OUR KIDS.  If we stay at home with our kids, we live in constant fear of criticism of our working counterparts,...

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Grandma Replacement

Those of you with grandparents nearby, you’ll surely understand this. It is an absolute blessing to have family close by to watch the kids when you have a quick errand, want to meet a friend for a drink or simply get a moment to yourself. Some of you have a warm and cozy upper generational family member here in the flesh, or human form. I, on the other hand, have a different kind of Grandma. The kind that comes in a multi-leveled infrastructure. The kind that employs thousands of people, offers several classes a day, houses a wonderful organic cafe AND...

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