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Kelli Nelson
Kelli Nelson

Kelli Nelson is a writer and single mom living in the Midwest with her two children and their cavalier King Charles spaniel. She advocates for underprivileged children and women’s issues and is an active member of the Global Team of 200. Kelli has been named one of 10 Most Influential Mompreneurs of 2013 by VoiceBoks, The Voice of Parenthood. Her blog earned a spot in Circle of Moms by POPSUGAR’s 2012 Top 25 Family Blogs by Moms. She loves fiction, red wine and cake.

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Friday 5

It’s the Fourth, and this year you’d really like a few me-minutes to scarf down that awesome burger, have an adult conversation and maybe even enjoy a cocktail, right? We know the kids will be quick to complain of boredom, and that margarita will be lousy once we can actually get to it.

It can be challenging to keep children busy while they impatiently wait for the traditional evening festivities to begin. That said, here are five fun outdoor activity ideas to keep the kids busy and happy until it’s time for poppers, sparklers and fireworks at this year’s Fourth of July celebration: Read More

Friday 5
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5 Common Lies We Tell Our Kids

Lying is wrong, and everyone knows it. We teach our children not to lie, and we punish them when they do. But do you ever think about all the little, white lies we tell our kids? I know, sometimes it’s necessary. In the interest of safety and all that. Then there are those we tell for the sake of sneaking in a few me-moments. And more importantly, those we tell to protect our parental sanity. Here are several of those common little lies we tell our children: Read More

Friday 5

1.  Make a date with dad. Take him out for a movie and popcorn, but stay away from the romantic comedies and chick flicks. Let dad choose something with lots of guy action. We’re talking super heroes, sci fi, shootouts, and car chases.

2.  Create handmade coupons with services the kids will provide. Older kids can treat dad to a car wash. Relinquish the remote for a week. Bake his favorite cookies. Mow the lawn. You get the idea. Read More

Friday 5

My young daughter had been asking for a puppy since she began talking. She and I spent time Googling different dog breeds when bored, and ultimately decided a cavalier King Charles spaniel would be our choice. We talked about how much fun it would be. We talked about how great receiving the unconditional love that comes from a dog would be. Read More