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    Stair Remodel

    In my post about our dining room, I mentioned that we had made a list of things that needed to be done to our house when we bought it two years ago: stairs, windows, kitchen, yard. We were finally in the position to start tackling that list – partially out of financial readiness, partially out of an urgency that comes with a newly mobile baby. Tied for first place on that list was stair railing and our windows. Our house was built in 1979 and both the stair railing and windows were original. When we bought the house, the stair risers were carpeted and open – Brady Bunch style. Before…

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    Hand Foot Mouth Disease

    A preschooler right of passage. Sure I’ve heard of Hand Foot Mouth Disease but naively, I didn’t think any of us would get it. No one at school had it. Didn’t hear of anyone at our dance studio with it either. So when our oldest had a fever one Sunday morning, I didn’t even think that could be it. But it was. Big Nugget had just started back at school on Sept 1st. The new school year runny nose promptly showed up the next week. I had come home from the gym one Sunday morning and she had a 101 degree fever and just wanted to lay around and watch…

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    How to do the San Diego Zoo with kids

    I’m a child of the 80’s and I used to love to watch Johnny Carson, especially on the nights when Joan Embry from the San Diego Zoo would come on (this is a great montage). It always seemed like a magical place to me. Once I moved to San Diego and got a chance to go to the zoo, I wasn’t disappointed. I was struck by their message of conservation and education. They do such a fantastic job bringing you close to the animals. Once we had Big Nugget, we became zoo members. San Diego Zoo This was the first year that we had the chance to go to the…

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    Dining Room Makeover

    When we moved into this house two years ago, we made a list of projects that we wanted to tackle that were necessary – flooring, windows, bringing the stair rail up to code, etc, etc. The dining room was nowhere on that list. At least until our master bathroom developed a hidden slow leak and flooded the dining room below it. We had to have a mold abatement team come out with their huge dryers. They tore off half of the ceiling and an entire wall of drywall. I left like we were living in the end of E.T. for weeks. So the dining room was moved up on our…

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    5 Tips for Preschool Drop Off

    Preschool drop off, I don’t know who was more nervous. However, I just left Big Nugget at preschool and I was so proud (and a little shocked) at how well she did. Frankly, she was so excited to see her teacher and play in her classroom that she barely cared that her dad and I left. What a difference a few months make because when we started school nine months earlier, it wasn’t so easy. It was new and strange. Scary and intimidating. Our former preschool director gave us some great advice to get us acclimated and make the transition as easy as possible. We made a list with Big…