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Family Fun Idea: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
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BookHounds Invites Stephanie Watson
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Family Fun with Dad: Favorite Local Fishing Holes
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Children’s Theatre Company’s Peter Pan – Magic for the Whole Family
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Three Unique Christmas Experiences in Minneapolis This Weekend
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VolunteerMatch – Why I Use It.

Family Fun Idea: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at SteppingStone Theatre is one of those Christmas items that is on my checklist every year. Unfortunately, it tends to get pushed aside for other things because I know I can always catch it next year. Not this year!

Best Christmas pageant ever!

SteppingStone has announced that after this year, this beloved classic is getting sent to the vault. We don’t know when we’ll see it again. If, like me, it’s been on your checklist, this is the year to act. If you don’t know about, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, let me give you a quick history.

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BookHounds Invites Stephanie Watson

Stephanie Watson is a native Minnesotan who grew up immersing herself in stories:  reading, watching TV, acting in Children’s Theatre Company shows and spending lots of time at the library.  She is a local author who teaches writing classes and does picture book critique work as well.

Most importantly, she is happy to be a soul parent.  (Trust me, it’s most definitely soul and not sole–her heart and humor is two sizes too big)

She and her 5 year old daughter (who shares my birthday!) live in Minneapolis.

We are pumped to have Stephanie on BookHounds this month as she is a dynamic mama with a really cool job.  She talks about what it’s like to be an author and how they foster reading in their home.

For more information, see the Show Notes below.

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Family Fun with Dad: Favorite Local Fishing Holes

Wednesday Dad

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Her first bass with Dad

Our new Wednesday series continues with Family Fun with Dad.  Anne, Joy, and I recognize that sometimes it’s good to get a man’s perspective, so we are partnering with local dads to give you a better all-around perspective. Of course, moms are more than welcome to participate in these activities, too!

Today, we are featuring my husband.

Dad: Chris Kordatzky from New Brighton

Kids: Four children ages 5, 7, 8 & 10 Read More

Children’s Theatre Company’s Peter Pan – Magic for the Whole Family

When you meet Peter Pan in Children’s Theatre Company’s Peter Pan the Musical, it’s after all have gone to bed and Nana is chained up. Peter’s charm captures Wendy’s heart immediately as does it yours.

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Three Unique Christmas Experiences in Minneapolis This Weekend

Helping to make a wish come true for a little girl, a journey through Christmas and a family friendly musical experience.  This weekend is packed with joy!

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VolunteerMatch – Why I Use It.

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When I first moved to the Twin Cities, I found it difficult to find volunteer opportunities.  I am very shy and its difficult for me to initiate relationships.  At the time, I belonged to a larger church and, even when I would force myself to respond to a volunteer request, I wouldn’t get a call back, so I wouldn’t follow up.  That’s when I discovered VolunteerMatch.  Its the perfect solution for the shy and/or busy.

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When you sign up for for this free online service, you are given options for the types of volunteer work you are interested in.  You choose the distance you are willing to travel and you can add your skills if you want.   From there you get a weekly e-mail of possible matches.  If you find a volunteer opportunity you are interested in, VolunteerMatch connects you to the right person to volunteer.  It’s so simple.

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The problem. 

I no longer lack volunteer opportunities.  It’s ironic that when I was in a double-income, no-kids situation, I needed a service like VolunteerMatch.  Now that I am overwhelmed by the mobile destruction machines I call my children, I have all sorts of “mandatory volunteer opportunities”.  I assume most parents are in the same boat.  So why do I recommend VolunteerMatch?

  1. Active Parenthood is a temporary state.  There will be a time, again, when I will be looking for ways to connect with the world outside of my household.
  2. These volunteer activities take you outside of your current circles.  You get to meet new people and try new activities if you want.
  3. These are volunteer situations aligning with your own passions.  Most of them turn out to be a lot of fun.
  4. You can make “kid-friendly” one of your criteria; or you can choose adult activites and feel good about employing a babysitter.
  5. I believe whole-heartedly in “proactive giving”.  Everyone wants your money and your time, so why not decide how much you have available to give and then decide for yourself who you want to give it to.  That way when well meaning people come around looking for volunteers, you can honestly say you are giving to the max right now.
  6. I have a theory that there are a lot of people out there like myself, 10 years ago.  If they were all matched up with the amount of volunteer work they wanted and could handle, it might take the load off of those of us in a parenting state.  (I can dream a little here).  I highly recommend sharing volunteer match with your friends and siblings who are not raising families.  Volunteering is fun when you choose your own situations; it’s a great place to meet other single people with similar values; and it is just a great way to give back.

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I recommend signing up for volunteer match now, even though you are already overwhelmed.  I have to be honest, I haven’t responded to a volunteer position since I became a parent.  No one is going to harass you if you don’t.  However, I still read my weekly e-mails and, in a couple years when my youngest is out of diapers, I hope to be able to do more again.  It keeps me excited about the world outside of my own.

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