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Here you’ll find stories, research, and other useful information related to raising a family.  If we’re having an issue, need an answer to a question, or seek great new ideas, we’ll do the research and post it here for you.

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night

By: , March 10th, 2017. Posted in: Happiness, Health, Money, Musings, Parenting, Travel

A final farewell from By The Seat of Our Pants.

Dearest Readers,

You may have noticed I haven’t been very active on the blog over the last year.  In fact, the last time I posted anything at all was last August. …

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10 Ways to Maximize Success (and FUN) at Half Pint Resale

By: , August 19th, 2016. Posted in: Money, Parenting

Consignment Sale Shopping Tips

I’ve never been crazy about shopping, so I wasn’t exactly a “bargain shopper” before having kids.  I didn’t do garage sales, estate sales, or consignment sales.  Digging through racks and …

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Broken Baby Tooth

By: , May 18th, 2016. Posted in: Health, Parenting

Today I got my first taste of child injury decision making. I'd be cool if we wait a while until the next time.

This afternoon, while working in my home office, I heard a loud ‘thud’ upstairs followed by the unmistakable sound of my three-year-old son crying.  He was definitely hurt, but the …

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Why I’ll Never Stop Taking (Way Too Many) Pictures Of My Kids

By: , April 13th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

An unexpected and profound lesson about how we remember our kids.

A couple of months ago, I had the privilege of a nice long chat with a friend who has two grown children.  It had been three years since the last time …

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The 5 Things In My Toddler’s Easter Basket

By: , March 21st, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

A basket of springtime fun for your little one!

  • Sidewalk Chalk – Easter baskets are a great opportunity to replenish your supplies for outdoor play.  Things like sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and bouncing balls are fun for all ages.  As …

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    The 5 Things In My Baby’s First Easter Basket

    By: , March 14th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

    A few fun ideas for baby's first Easter basket.

  • Fuzzy Stuffed Bunny – My two criteria for selecting a stuffed friend for my infant daughter are safety and softness.  I selected this soft white rabbit for LG because it’s …

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  • To The Mom Who Worries She’s Not Doing Enough

    By: , March 10th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

    Sometimes the expectations of parenthood can mess with our heads.

    Dear Friend,

    I know you sometimes feel inadequate as a mom.

    I’m talking about the days you wake up feeling as if you never slept.

    The days you absolutely do …

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    I Let It In – The Music, The Beauty, The Love

    By: , February 16th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Musings, Parenting

    Sometimes I let stress get in the way of life's most beautiful moments, and I'm trying to change that.

    Originally posted on November 17, 2015 with a different photograph.

    Sometimes you just need the universe to give you a gentle slap across the face and say “snap out of …

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    Build-A-Bear Workshop For Jerks

    By: , February 10th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Musings, Parenting

    Parental Happiness Costs You Your Cynicism

    I’ve been a cynic for most of my life, and that part of my personality has not been a terribly positive attribute.  I have a conflict of conscience buying in …

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    Creepy Creeps Are Everywhere

    By: , November 12th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

    It may be impossible to completely avoid perverts online, but you can take steps to minimize your exposure.

    A few days ago, I was reviewing the blog’s stats when I came across something which made me instantly sick to my stomach.  It was a Google search …

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