Top 9 Reasons Not To Clean Out That Minivan

Don’t catch that back-to-school cleaning bug just yet! Here are 9 reasons NOT to clean out that minivan. By Ellen Williams Erin Dymowski

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How To Get Conversations With Your Kids Rolling

We talk about talking with your kids a lot. You can read about it here and here. But how, oh how, do you make it easier? Try a little something we like to call “Stop, Drop, and Roll with it.” Stop the lectures. Drop the awkward broaching of even awkward-er topics. Roll with the conversation. […]

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The “Ignore No More” Phone App: Perfection or Helicopter Parenting?

Recently, we posted this on our Sisterhood Facebook page: A mom created an app called “Ignore No More”.  It is exactly what it sounds like. Your kid ignores your text? You lock down their phone until they respond. It generated a nice little conversation on our page with many “Heck yeahs” and “Perfects,” but we […]

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Hold Onto Summer Book List

  Pumpkins may be pushing pool noodles from the shelves, but there is still summer to be had! The sun is still blazing, our legs are still sticking to the car seats, and more importantly, there are still some great beach reads to be devoured. Now when we say “Beach Reads” we are not talking […]

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5 Things All Teen Girls Need

It’s back-to-school and we’re gathering all of the necessary supplies for a great year. It’s so much work to fill those carts, and really painful to empty those wallets, but that’s not where the prep ends. With the start of school, calendars explode with activity and what’s important to the core of our girls’ lives […]

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Our Dirty Little Back To School Secret

We have a dirty little secret . . . Come a little closer . . . Closer . . . WE HATE THAT OUR KIDS ARE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL! Erin: Whoa, I just felt pitchforks clanking and hackles raising through the WiFi waves! Ellen: Don’t kick us off of the island! We honor your […]

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How Do You Make a Giveaway Great? Put A Little Boogie In It.

In celebration of Great Grape Boogie Wipes being sold at Walmart, we’re teaming up with Boogie Wipes to offer the Great Grape Summer Giveaway! We understand that if you have been hanging around here for a while, you might be scratching your head thinking, “Aren’t Erin’s and Ellen’s kids a little old for the Boogie […]

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Best Turkey Burger Recipe Ever!

Vacationing with family is the best. Not only are you making great family memories like these: You also are privy to how the other half of the family lives. You get new obsessions (thanks Aunt Karen for the non-stop Settlers of Catan marathons!), but you also get great new recipes. Everyone knows that summer is […]

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7 Reasons to Tell Your Kids to Take a Hike

This is the point of summer break where the natives start getting restless.  Vacation has come and gone, tidy craft corners have fallen into disarray, and summer bucket lists lie in tattered shreds.  Now is the time for twiddling thumbs and casting around for things to do, right? Fortunately for you, we at The Sisterhood […]

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Fourth Time Is A Charm: Should You Have a Fourth Child?

A friend with an equally oversized brood once said, “Every time I open the van doors, I hear circus music.” Amen, sister, and I never unloaded a minivan again without cuing up a little Big Top soundtrack in my head. Big families are many things, but subtle we are not. One thing we most definitely […]

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The Carnival is Just Like Summer School. Really.

Have you gotten to that point in the summer where, if your kids are anything like ours, you can actually see the knowledge oozing out of their ears like a Popsicle melting on a parking lot seven inches away from the concession stand? Was this the summer you weren’t going to let that happen? Did […]

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Enough with the Thigh Gap! Attacking Body Image is Not a Hobby.

Yoo-Hoo! Society! I’ve been thinking you should get a new hobby–something that will divert your attention away from creating new and ridiculous ways to tear apart the female body piece by piece like your latest weapon of mass destruction: thigh gap. How about you take up something like soap making instead of undermining women’s spirits?  […]

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Big Love Camping: 5 Moms, 13 Kids, and a Gazillion Memories

This was the sixth year of our annual Big Love camping trip! The gist is a bunch of moms (us plus three friends) gather a bunch of kids (mostly our own, but there are some tag-a-longs) and go to the biggest ol’ cabin/conference center in Janes Island State Park, near Crisfield, MD. Now we realize […]

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Thank You Summer—Jimmy Fallon Style

Nobody does gratefulness like Jimmy Fallon. His Thank-You Notes make US grateful we have a DVR, because Erin goes to bed too early to see him live.   1. Thank you, summer, for exquisite sunsets and blogging for making it impossible to just sit here and enjoy it. 2. Thank you chemistry for protecting our kids […]

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Hit it Out of the Ballpark With this Hot Dog Bar

Erin’s husband Steve is a purist. He likes his hot dog boiled and then topped with yellow mustard and a little relish. If you can wrap it in foil and he can eat it in a ballpark watching his beloved Orioles play, all the better. This post is not for him. It is,  however, most […]

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Disney Frozen Toy Giveaway!

Once upon a time we had little girls who loved to dress up as princesses. They loved Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, Cinderella, and Belle. But as little girls are wont to do, they grew up. Now they no longer dress up, unless it’s for prom or homecoming, but we’ll tell you a secret . . […]

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