Amanda Stewart

Amanda moved to the Dallas area as a child, moved away for college, but then returned “home” with her husband and new daughter. Now five years later, she and her family are putting down roots in Collin County. Her educational background is an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a graduate degree in Early Childhood Studies. Most days you can find her doing her best to put her knowledge to work with 3 of the sweetest students around- born in 2010, 2014 and 2015. Once bedtime hits, you can find her doing some instructional design work, blogging, or finding the next great series on Netflix, usually with a cookie in hand. You can read more about her collection of thoughts on everything from motherhood and parenting to DIY and fitness, and whatever else is on her mind at her new blog <a href "" This Collective Life .
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Five Kid-Friendly Outdoor Adventures, from One Hour to One Day

Over the last few months, our family has become more “outdoorsy” than we have been in the past. With many of our usual activities not being an option, we have been much more motivated...
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Making The Cut: The One YouTube Channel My Kids Can Still Watch

Over the past several months, I've really struggled with my kids and YouTube. I get so overwhelmed with “screening” channels, letting them watch, the requests for “one more video,” seeing less-desirable behaviors or attitudes...
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Celebrating International Women’s Day: Lessons I’ve Learned From Important Women in My Life

This International Women’s Day (recognized globally on March 8) has me thinking about all of the amazing women in my life. I can look back over three decades now and pick out so many...
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On-The-Go Recipes & Meal Prep Tips For Busy Weeknights

In a few short weeks, our "break" from sports will end and we will be back to busy weeknights in between various practices and activities. I love taking my kids to their activities and...

4 Easy Daily Adventures With Little Kids

As I thought about what I wanted 2022 to look like for me, one thing that stood out was more adventures with my three-year-old! With three of my kids in elementary school now, I’m...

3 Mantras That Make Me a Better Mom

My oldest child is about to turn 11, which makes me feel pretty old and means I have been parenting for over a decade now. I feel like I have a decent handle on...
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Talking to Kids about Politics & Current Events

It’s November and most years for all of us that means some sort of election will happen. After tumultuous elections in recent years, most of us bristle when we even hear words like election...

Easy Gift Ideas from Trader Joe’s

One of my favorite things to do is put together simple gifts and goodies for the people in my life. It brings me an immense amount of joy and happiness. Who doesn't love a...