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Anna Sandler is living happily ever after in scenic New Jersey with her charming husband and three darling children. She blogs at RandomHandprints.com, is a contributing editor at New Jersey Familyhttp://www.njfamily.com/ magazine, and a principal at Sandler & Wald Social Media.

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5 Halloween Hacks Every Parent Needs to Know

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 5:16 PM

I've been celebrating Halloween with kids for about a decade now, and as a result, I've got a few Halloween hacks to share.

1. Go to the pumpkin patch early. Some might take this advice a step further and skip heading out to the farm entirely, but not me. Those...

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5 Ideas for an Amazing New Year's Eve With Kids

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 2:11 PM

Another New Year's Eve is almost here, and I'm hoping to celebrate with my kids in a way that works out better than last year's epic fail. (Spoiler alert: if you give sugary mocktails and noisemakers to eight toddlers, no amount of champagne will make your night turn...

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How to Wrap Presents When You Can't Find Any Tape

(6) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 12:16 PM

With the holiday season upon us, more likely than not you have some presents to wrap. And, if you're like me, you can never find the tape when...
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Five Ways I Won't Be Celebrating Halloween This Year

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2013 | 12:46 AM


I try to love Halloween as much as the next parent, but I admit to having my limits when...
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Just Say No to the PTA -- An Open Letter to Myself

(23) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 11:41 AM


Dear Self,

The kids go back to school next week, and let's face it, that means you do, too.

But it doesn't have to mean...
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Mom's Ultimate Summer Bucket List

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 12:54 PM

It seems everywhere I look -- including the handwritten list in my own kitchen -- I see a list of awesome things to do with your kids before summer ends, usually given a jaunty title like Ultimate Summer Bucket List.

Favorite must-dos that I see appear over and over again on...

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Nursery School Relics

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 12:38 PM

Today was my daughter Molly's last day of nursery school. She came home with a whole bag full of preschool swag, stuffed with the minutiae that made up her classroom days.

She dumped it all out on our living room floor, and then solemnly explained each piece to Kelly,...

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The Top Ten Reasons We ALL Need a Mom

(3) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 1:37 PM

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and it got me thinking... moms are just another thing that are totally wasted on the young.

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How My Husband Writes a Grocery List

(10) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 4:35 PM

On Thursday, I knew that snow -- and by snow I mean the blizzard of the century -- was being forecasted for Friday night and Saturday morning. So, being the organized and slightly crowd-averse suburban mom that I am, I went to the grocery store on Thursday afternoon.

That night,...

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How to Make Heart-Shaped Fried Potatoes in 22 Minutes or Less

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 12:14 PM

With Valentine's Day a mere two weeks away, I've been making lots of heart-y crafts with my kids. So it seemed only natural that I would want to make hearty-y food, too.

Here are easy directions for making insane adorable heart-shaped fried potatoes.

1. Go to Pinterest and look...

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Bake Sale Mania Makes Me a Maniac

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2013 | 7:08 PM

The Bake Sale mania at my kids' public school has made me a maniac. There is just no other word for it. Maniac.

Cue '80s Flashdance flashback, but with mom jeans, rage and cupcakes.

My kids' public school has had three bake sales in May. They have all been...

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