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    Unless you're jetting off for a week of fun in the sun on the beach or something, spring break is definitely bittersweet for most parents. On the one hand, it's so nice to get to spend some extra quality time with your kiddos.

    But on the other hand -- all of that extra quality time can wind up being kind of a drag if you don't plan ahead and figure out how to fill up each and every single moment to keep your kids entertained.

    Of course, when the week kicks off, you insist you're never going to allow your children to have an opportunity to utter the two most dreaded words of any school vacation.

    "I'm borrrreeed."

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    As long as there are cars and families, there will be family road trips. And just like in the olden days of our childhoods, there are still those classic road trip moments today that simply have to be captured on camera (and cameraphone and Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and ...). Things may look a little different now than in the days of 35mm film, but the need to capture those irresistible pit stops and roadside views from the family vacation remains the same.

    Let's take a look at some of those classic snapshots from then and their modern, must-have versions.

    Happy travels!

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    A dad in Michigan is upset that the school his two children, ages 7 and 9, attend handed out flyers for an Easter egg hunt "Eggstravaganza!" Majed Moughni said that it "really bothered" his kids when they received the colorful invitation at school, which advertised the event that took place at a local Presbyterian Church. "My son was like, 'Dad, I really don't feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools,'" Moughni said.

    And his son has a point. Whatever happened to that whole church and state thing?

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    Looking for a fun, out-of-the-ordinary travel experience with your kids? How about a destination that will scare them? We're not talking dangerous. Just a little bit creepy. Here are 5 fabulous vacation destinations that will give your kids the chills, in a thrilling way, of course. They'll be talking about these trips for years.

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    So the kids are on spring break, and you're wondering what the heck you're going to do with them day after day? Time to break out the crafts and get them busy! And what better way to pass their time off school away then by making bunnies and chicks for to help you decorate the house for Easter?

    Yup, that's right, Easter's hopping our way, and thank goodness for crafty mom bloggers everywhere because your kids can turn Peeps into taste treats and wine corks into cute little chicks.

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    Here are some very dangerous battle things that kids should do before they turn 9. They should do them because this might help them later in their lives when a dragon tries to attack them.

    Also, it might help them in case a giant zombie robot attacks their family and tries to burn the world down to ashes. Plus these are really fun and they are only for boys.

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    I volunteered in Evan's kindergarten class yesterday. No, not out of the kindness of my heart, but because they asked me to and I couldn't think of an excuse quickly enough. But it turns out, despite my feelings on other people's kids, my time there wasn't all bad. Some parts of the morning were actually kind of nice.

    So, for any other non-kid loving parents, or for myself next time I'm dreading the duty, here are some reasons that volunteering isn't only for the other mothers ...

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    Mason jar terrariums look like a really fun way to bring a miniature piece of nature inside. After researching many of the pins I saw on Pinterest showing how to put something like this together, I decided to give it a try.

    All the materials you need to complete this project can be found at a craft store or in your own home. I grabbed a mason jar, pebbles, dirt, moss and a couple fun figurines and got to work!

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    Can you think of a better person to promote 1980s cultural awareness than actor Kevin Bacon -- he who is so powerful he was able to convince an entire uptight town to let down their hair and just dance in Footloose?

    In this absolutely hilarious video, Bacon attempts to school the Millennial generation on just how difficult and yet totally amazing life was 30 years ago. Never mind what our grandfathers told us about having to walk 20 miles to get to school -- '80s kids really knew what it was like to suffer, as Kevin begrudgingly shares with the young folks.

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    It's almost St. Patrick's Day! Are your kids ready? Mine has been drafting ideas for a bigger and better leprechaun trap for weeks now, and there's glitter and glue as far as he eye can see. There's nothing that gets a crafty's kids creative juices flowing quite like a holiday.

    I should know -- I'm the mother of a kid who hasn't met a glue stick she couldn't use down to the nubbin. Got a kiddo who is dying to get their craft on? Good! Because we've rounded up some of the coolest St. Patrick's day crafts for your little leprechauns, created by moms who really know their stuff. From shamrocks you make from coffee filters to push pops that let them taste the rainbow, there's a project for every age group.

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