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Lifestyle

Here’s the thing about #NetNeutrality…

The battle to save Net Neutrality is here again—I’m so tired of worrying about it every. single. month. Remember the dial-up days? That’s what we’re looking at if we lose Net Neutrality in the United States. The internet stops being available in one fell swoop of a package and becomes like cable/satellite providers—do you want social media with that? […]

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Entertainment

Dallas Arboretum’s Autumn Festival 2017: Wizard of Oz

The Dallas Arboretum is one of my favorite places to go around the DFW area.  I received complimentary tickets to take my family to visit for their fall pumpkin exhibit which I have been wanting to check out again for YEARS.  The last time I was there for this exhibit, my oldest (who is 12!!) was in Pre-K.  Fall is definitely my favorite season and our last trip to the Arboretum, we just missed the pumpkin display.  This year, there was a really cool Wizard of Oz theme that we all enjoyed. 

It was a little windy, but otherwise, the weather was perfect.  My second oldest, Remy, was being a grouch which is why he isn’t in a couple of the group pictures but once he remembered how awesome the Arboretum was, he started having fun.  What I love most about this place is that it gives me a great backdrop for super cute pictures to send to family AND there are loads of things for my kids to do so they don’t get BOOOORRRREEEEDDD. 

The Children’s Garden is full of fun activities that teach you about things like solar power and water energy.  My kids really love playing in the water as well as in the big tree house.  Ok, maybe my four-year-old wasn’t a huge fan of the tree house.  He isn’t much for heights and I can’t blame him there.  We had fun getting lost in the maze though! […]

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Lifestyle

How to get your kids interested in gardening

Note from editor: Gardening is one of my passions, and this post feels very Crunchy Family-y. It’s by a dad named Zac, who has a blog all about gardening(!). After reading this post, I want a vertical garden now (haha). ~Jane

In the present digital age we live in, it has become exceedingly difficult to get kids off their phones and get outside. […]

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Lifestyle

How to make reading more fun

When I was in school, we had Accelerated Reader Tests, or ARTs. I did them one year before backing out and stopping: I didn’t enjoy reading the books within my eighth grade level; I preferred the young adult/new adult mystery fiction novels by Lois Duncan (RIP) on a shelf in my journalism teacher’s room more. […]

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Lifestyle

How to create a pet-friendly garden

Regardless of whether your pet spends more time indoors or outdoors, they will still need adequate physical activity during the day. If you’re blessed with garden space, you can effectively create a beautiful natural refuge for both you and your pet. However, in order to create a lovely garden area your pet can use for playing and running around just as much as you can use it for relaxing, you need to consider several different aspects. […]

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Blogging

Crunchy Family: Call for blog posts

Heya! We’re looking to bring Crunchy Family back to life, but also in a way that is more about our readers—we want to hear from you!

While we have freestyle guest posting abilities detailed on our official submission page, we’re bringing series-based opportunities to the table, too.

To submit posts for any of the calls listed below, please visit our official submission page. […]

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Lifestyle

It’s been a while…

Oh, hi!  It’s been quite a while since I have been on here.  Last year was a doozy.  There was some extreme ups at the beginning of the year and then everything kind of fell apart for a while.  Lots of extreme downs.  Loss, abuse, depression, stress, sadness, confusion. 

2016 was not always kind to me. […]

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Lifestyle

Organize Your Life!

I can’t remember one minute to the next with all of the things I have going on in my life. All of the kids, all of the jobs, all of the school events, Navigators events, family events… I could go on and on for days. I am terrible at keeping track of things, so it is very important that I write everything down. An awesome planner lets me be responsible and have fun because I can customize and decorate it all I want. […]

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