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Parenting Resources

Madison and its surrounding area is a great place to raise a family. Visit these other helpful websites for more resources. Hulafrog Madison, Wisconsin Parent, Madison With Kids, Madison Moms Blog.

Bookshelf to Bakeshop

This DIY project is adorable. Take an old bookshelf and turn it into a bakeshop. Michelle at Mamas Gone Madison explains how.

20 Awesome Themed Hotel Rooms

Babble's 20 Awesome, Odd and Amazing Themed Hotel Rooms. Check out #5: For your little astronauts, this suite at the FantaSuite Hotel in West Bend, WI.

Don't Carpe Diem

You've heard this: "Enjoy every moment. This time goes by so fast." But you really want to hear: "Parenting is hard and you don't have to love every moment." Glennon Melton from Momastery says it best. I highly recommend this article… best I've read in a long time. Take a minute to read Don't Carpe Diem.

Edible Snowmen

Love the snow and love these 15 inspiring ideas from Ohdeedoh for making edible snowmen… and some are healthy too!  (Pictured: Snowman Ice Cream Shots on Babble's The Family Kitchen, Snowman Pancakes on Christmas Rapping and Cheesy Snowman on Martha Stewart)

The Baby Project: NPR

I have to admit, I'm new to NPR's The Baby Project. But now that I've discovered it, I'm hooked. It's a blog that documents the journey to motherhood in which women across the U.S. share their experiences. It's geared towards pregnancy and new moms, but the thing I like most about it, is that it's not sugar-coated. They talk about the reality that being a mom is hard and that every day isn't rainbows and sunshine. Two recent posts that I recommend are "Parenthood Got You Down? You're Not Alone" and "The Ballad Of A Working Mom: Guilt, Anxiety, Exhaustion And Guilt". You'll be hooked too.

Stay-At-Home Questions

I couldn't stop laughing when reading this "Stay-At-Home vs. Working Parents: Questions to help spouses bridge the communication gap." One of my favorites: "Has a colleague ever climbed up on your lap while you were using your computer and slammed the keyboard with both fists until the up arrow no longer worked?" You must read them all, especially if you're a stay-at-home parent!

Kids in Milwaukee

Heading east with your kids? OnMilwaukee.com published 100 things for kids to do in Milwaukee. The list includes museums, bounce houses, restaurants, ice skating, tours, sports and many more.

Backyard Bubbles

Store-bought bubbles last about 5 minutes in our backyard before being dumped out. I think I need to try making my own. Maybe I'll try this recipe from Simple Kids.

Homemade Bubble Solution:
It is very simple to make your own bubble solution.

1. Gather small and large plastic or steel funnels, drinking straws, rubber bands (thick and thin)
2. Mix together in a bowl or metal baking pan:
     1 cup warm water
     ½ cup dishwashing soap
     1 teaspoon light corn syrup (optional)
3. Combine ingredients in a bowl, or metal baking pan and stir well.

To begin, dip the open end of the funnel, paper cone, or drinking straw into the soapy solution and blow lightly through the non-soapy end. The corn syrup helps to create a sturdy BIG bubble.

Once the kids have mastered the art of bubble blowing have a contest to see who can make the largest bubble. Serve with a glass of cold homemade lemonade and you’ll have an almost perfect event.

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