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  1. I recently met a lady named Evie (Evelyn) who is in her 70s. She thinks it is hilarious that her name is so popular again. She thinks it sounds too old-fashioned, but I told her better Evelyn than Mildred...
  2. John is declining but it still made #26 in 2015! John was at #48. Name voyager is fun: http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager#prefix=john&sw=both&exact=false My 8-year-old's middle name is John (for my dad).
  3. My kids are a boy (8) and girl (4) an neither the amount nor quantity of their gifts match. Mostly I just focus on there being 1-2 big, "special" gifts, and some smaller things to fill it out. If they were same gender, closer in age, teens, etc. I might try to make things match better, but their interests are different and they don't compare such things. Christmas Eve will match in quantity, just because we have a tradition of pajamas and a board game, but on Christmas morning I think DS will have a lot more items because he's collecting bits of a series. I spent more on him this year. La
  4. We're huge Playmobil fans here. My 8-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl get TONS of use out of them. We have a house, vintage castle (amazing thrift store find), preschool, school, farm, zoo, beach house, pool, playground, pirates, whew! We rotate what's out and they love it all. Amazon, Toys R Us, our local toy shop, and the Playmobil website are all places I shop. Our local Toys R Us often has 20% off vehicles, or buy one get one 40% off, or clearance sets.
  5. My kids love condiment-style squeeze bottles for drawing in the snow with water dyed with food coloring. My 4-year-old remembers from a year ago and asked if we could do it this year too :). I have a designated tutu, scarves, hats, buttons, etc. that they're allowed to use for snow people and leave outside.
  6. Yes, these are amazing! They are all that we use for school now with my 8-year-old and 4-year-old.
  7. I wasn't disputing that your kid (or others) might outgrow specific seats by height before weight. I was just making people aware that there are options for tall kids or older small kids too. I don't know how high my son's seat goes, but I know he definitely has more height adjustment left. An 8 1/2-year-old at the 25th percentile would be the same height as him.
  8. Britax Frontier and Pioneer seats can be used with a harness up to 90 pounds. My 6-year-old is on the big side at 4'2" and 67 lbs and still has plenty of adjustment spots left. My 11-year-old step-nephew is tiny--only 4 inches taller and weighs the same, so it's possible a small kid would still fit.
  9. Here's some others discussing this topic: http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/205056/are-you-calling-me-a-liar
  10. Also Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever might be good for learning some vocabulary. The pictures are bright and fun and my son loves it. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0307155102/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?qid=1453044931&sr=8-3&pi=SL75_QL70&keywords=picture+book
  11. I'm not familiar with every one of these stories, but this collection combines 12 "classics" in one book (Harold and the Purple Crayon, Caps for Sale, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Goodnight Moon, etc.) http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0060080949/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1453044668&sr=8-1&pi=SL75_QL70&keywords=picture+book+collection
  12. I made a toddler size one last week and it was very easy (but time-consuming) if you have basic sewing skills. I can see why they are expensive to buy based on the time alone. If you do make one, I found Primo Plastic Pellets sells an extra heavy variety that adds weight without as much bulk. They are about 65% heavier than the off-the-shelf craft store variety. I'm waiting for my 25 lb box to arrive so I can make lap pads for DS and a friend and possibly a blanket for DD. I also have tips! I started with someone else's tutorial but I added few techniques.
  13. You could also add peanut butter or another nut butter to plain yogurt with banana smoothies. A dash of cinnamon helps things seem sweeter.
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