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My Tips for Holiday Baking with Kids

After having our first kiddo, the time I spend in the kitchen cooking and baking has slowed down significantly. But there are certain things I just can’t let go of, and baking holiday cookies is one of them. This year I’m excited to involve our two-year old force of nature in the festivities, too. Sure, there’s going to be more mess and more chaos, and no, he won’t remember it when he’s twenty, but when it all comes down to it, establishing family traditions is more important than keeping a perfectly clean kitchen counter. So we’re diving in, and I’ve come up with a handful of good tips that have worked in the past that may help you create your own kiddo-fueled cookie magic this year.

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3 Ways to Involve Your Babes in Holiday Baking from Positively Oakes

The holidays are seriously my favorite time you guys. I know, I tell you this every year, but SERIOUSLY. Fall through like January 1st, you will most likely find me at my absolutely happiest. I mean don’t get me wrong — winter blues are real, BUT I love family time so much and during this period is when I get to be around them the most. I also like to bake…I know, the words literally came out of my mouth. It’s fine. I may not be good at it, but I like to at least pretend that I am and by pretend, I mean — eat all the things my Mom actually bakes and take cute pictures of Blake helping. Basically, just the true meaning of what it means to be a “Baker.” So I dragged my Mom into the kitchen a little early this year and made her help me whip up some of our favorites to show you and chat about some cute ways to let your little ones help this season when you’re baking away or all the time – you know, if you find yourself in the kitchen more than just during the holidays…

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Holiday Travel (with Kids): 5 Things I Wish I’d Known

I’ll be the first to admit that traveling with a toddler can be hard. Our son Oliver doesn’t sleep – even on a long flight – and his attention span for books or even cartoons tends to be low when stuck in his seat. So after our first few trips together as a family, we did some regrouping and assessed what we could do to make life easier. And it worked! We just returned from an almost three week trip to visit both sides of our family, and I’m hoping a few of our tried-and-true travel tips will save you some stress this holiday season.

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Making Slime Time Easier

We’re seeing slime all over the internet – from Pinterest pages to Instagram feeds dedicated to the stuff. The mesmerizing and satisfying goop (or gak or flubber…all acceptable names) is making the rounds, and we wanted to try it for ourselves. After consulting a few OXOnian parents who picked up on the trend and made it with their kids, we settled on making a fluffy version in an assortment of colors. In the process we found that a few of our tools make slime time even easier.

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How to Take a Successful Staycation with Kids

Traveling with kids can be a wonderful experience, but active toddlers and moody kiddos can make it pretty stressful, too. While we love traveling with our little guy, this summer we’ve decided to stick close to home and take some time to explore the region with a few staycations. From impromptu family barbeques and loose schedules to photo opps and splurging on yourself, here are a few tips to successfully unplug, unwind and experience your city with fresh eyes.