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THE SKY’S THE LIMIT AT THE FAMILY MUSEUM

When there’s something new in the Quad Cities, we love to check it out (and share the 411 with the QCMB readers). And as long-time lovers of the Family Museum, we were excited to hear about their new aviation-themed outdoor play structure called “The Sky’s the Limit.” And it doesn’t disappoint. The exhibit resembles an airplane […]

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DILL PICKLE PASTA SALAD

This post has been republished with permission from Ally’s Sweet and Savory. It isn’t summer without a creamy pasta salad on the menu. Bring this one to your next gathering! Love pickles? I do.  Well, dill pickles rather.  I hate sweet pickles.  Barf.  Don’t put them near me.  But the dill variety?  I’d snack on […]

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SUMMER OF SWIMMING

We’ve had such a great summer swimming that I thought I’d share with you the details of our new pool! Thanks to The Great Escape for helping my family with our pool needs! We had been thinking about it for awhile, but this summer we were REALLY contemplating getting a pool. After much thought, we decided to skip our […]

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SUMMER OF ICE CREAM

  Our family has one primary summer tradition. Ice cream. Any and every occasion is a reason to celebrate or mourn with ice cream. Won a baseball game? Ice cream! Lost the game on a dropped pop fly? Ice cream. Braces put on? Ice cream. Braces off? How about we celebrate with ice cream? On vacation? Ice […]

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ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO EXPLORE OUTDOORS (WITH WQPT’S MR. SCOTT AND NATURE CAT)

Note from QCMB: We love sharing stories and ideas that may help you as a parent. And today, we’re thrilled to share some thoughts from a local dad! (Yes – dads are allowed here, too!) Thanks to Michael Carton, director of education and outreach for WQPT – Quad Cities PBS (and dad to Bubba, age 4),  for sharing this post about […]

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WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM

It’s July, the sun is hot, and it feels like the countdown to the new school year has already begun! This summer our family decided to go on a tour of our area with a specific goal in mind. We weren’t looking for parks. We weren’t finding the best splash pad. We weren’t exploring new trails. […]

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HEADBAND HOLDER TUTORIAL

This post was republished with permission from Becca at Who Arted.  I never realized how many headbands a little girl can accumulate! I hate throwing headbands into a drawer because they always end up tangled together. I wanted to find a more creative way to display them… And here’s what I came up with! This […]

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CAMPING WITH KIDS

  It’s summer and time to dust off the tent and head to your nearest camp ground! Camping with kids can be challenging but also loads of fun.  When our family camps we are entertaining children from tween to toddler.  While my youngest calls playing in a mud puddle, “the BEST day ever”, our oldest feigns […]

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Summer Travel

FIVE TIPS FOR SUMMER TRAVEL

  Summer time is a great time to get away with the family and travel. Kids are out of school and the weather is warm, which excites me because it means I have to pack way fewer clothes, coats, and other cold weather gear. YES PLEASE! We just completed our very first family vacation and […]

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