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Pumpkin Mania: Frosted Pumpkin Bars We Simply Devoured

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Pumpkin Mania: Frosted Pumpkin Bars We Simply Devoured

These super-moist pumpkin bars topped with a thick layer of frosting are the perfect fall dessert. Growing up, my mom had a friend who would make frosted pumpkin bars every fall. Over the years, I’ve tried a variety of recipes to attempt to replicate this delicious childhood treat. This autumn, we’ve got a pumpkin recipe […]

Colorful Zentangle Art: Easy Aluminum Foil Kids Project

Colorful Zentangle Art: Easy Aluminum Foil Kids Project

Looking for a unique way to keep the kids entertained? Need a few minutes to breathe? Check out this easy aluminum foil kid’s project. The step-by-step video tutorial below is made by kids for kids. In other words, get the supplies set-up, press play, and find something for YOU to do for 15-30 minutes while […]

10 Must-Read Adult Fiction Books

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10 Must-Read Adult Fiction Books

Enjoy this list of 10 Must-Read Adult Fiction Books from my favorite book junkie Jen! Every night my husband and I read with our two daughters. Every. Single. Night. We focus on the importance of reading with our kids. I used to LOVE to read, then college happened. My college experience was NON-STOP reading. By […]

Fall Planting: 10 Beautiful Varieties of Allium That Will Thrive in the Midwest

Fall Planting: 10 Beautiful Varieties of Allium That Will Thrive in the Midwest

  Winter is coming. Eddard Stark would urge you to plant bulbs this weekend. Winter days are long and dark, my friends. Plant bulbs now and enjoy the beautiful bounty this spring. Today I am honored to have my good friend Phil Friso-Reinke talk about ten beautiful varieties of allium that will thrive in the […]

The Joy of “Chaos Gardening”

The Joy of “Chaos Gardening”

If you get flower garden burnout mid-summer, this zen approach to creating a beautiful oasis is for you. Thank you to my good friend Phil Friso-Reinke for sharing photos and inspiration from his personal “chaos garden” with us today. Be sure to check out the playful gardeners’ gift guide I’ve created at the end of […]

Stop Dreaming: How To Travel Often Regardless of Your Financial Status

Stop Dreaming: How To Travel Often Regardless of Your Financial Status

3 Kids, 5 Passports, 50 States + 13 Countries. Check out their inspiring family story… I am a family travel blogger because I love my family and I love to travel. I started my blog because I truly believe that… It is possible for anyone who desires to travel with their family regardless of their […]

Wrap, Gift, Repeat: 5 Tips for Painless Gift Giving

Wrap, Gift, Repeat: 5 Tips for Painless Gift Giving

Be prepared for that “Oh Shoot, I Need a Kid’s Birthday Gift Now” moment… Do you have birthday party burnout? Now don’t get me wrong, everybody loves to celebrate, but when our girls started elementary school it seemed like we had birthday parties scheduled every other weekend. Running errands and fitting in a gift buying […]

Encouraging Curiosity: 10 Playful Science Experiments for Kids

Encouraging Curiosity: 10 Playful Science Experiments for Kids

Children have an inherent sense of wonder. Keep that passion for learning alive with science. Below is a collection of ten science experiments for kids to inspire you to playfully learn with your child. Glow in the Dark Slime – Playdough to Plato BORAX FREE glow in the dark slime. Serious wow factor and it’s […]

8 Tips for Getting Photos Off of Your Cameras and Into Your Home

8 Tips for Getting Photos Off of Your Cameras and Into Your Home

Today we are honored to have our affiliate partner Beryl Ayn Young, the creator of the photography eCourse Embrace. Registration is currently open for this FREE 2-week mini-class beginning Oct 20th! Save your spot. Get all the details below. It all started last year. I admitted to a long time friend and mentor that, four […]

Morning Realization: The Tao of Dog Poop

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Morning Realization: The Tao of Dog Poop

I’ve been taking either a morning walk, hike, or run this fall. Today I realized that… When I walk or run, I have a tendency to focus on the path. Next time you’re out exercising, make a mental note of where you tend to focus. I am constantly looking for uneven cement, dog poop, or […]

4 Powerful Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes That Changed the Way I Think

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4 Powerful Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes That Changed the Way I Think

Print and hang an Eleanor Roosevelt quote by your computer this week for inspiration! Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday is this week (October 11, 1884). I’ve always been inspired by her and to honor this special day, I’d like to share a few free printable quotes with you. Click the images below to get a free printer-friendly […]

Healthy Halloween Snack for Kids: Candy Corn Fruit Cups

Healthy Halloween Snack for Kids: Candy Corn Fruit Cups

This simple Halloween fruit snack is a playful alternative to candy this fall. Ok, ok. So maybe this little treat shouldn’t technically be classified as “healthy.” I mean, it does have whipped cream on top. But if we compare it to the corn syrup, pure sugar, classic candy…. well you can see where I’m coming […]

Find a Children’s Book Your Little One Really “Connects” With: 15+ Children’s Book Lists Recommended By Moms

Find a Children’s Book Your Little One Really “Connects” With: 15+ Children’s Book Lists Recommended By Moms

Heading to the library with kids can sometimes be overwhelming. Coming across a book that your child connects with can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. This can feel especially challenging if your trying to inspire a love of reading in a child who is struggling. This quote from children’s book author Frank […]

Spider Web Art Project: A Simple (and Beautiful) Watercolor Activity for Kids

Spider Web Art Project: A Simple (and Beautiful) Watercolor Activity for Kids

This easy kids’ spider web art projects is brought to you by Jean of The Artful Parent. Spiders and spider webs are a favorite theme to depict as Halloween draws near. We draw and paint spider webs, create spiders out of pom poms and pipe cleaners, and cut spider webs out of paper. Recently, my […]

Knowledge is Not Enough For Our Kids to Succeed in Tomorrow’s World

Knowledge is Not Enough For Our Kids to Succeed in Tomorrow’s World

The people who succeed in tomorrow’s job market are the ones who are able to take the info available and color outside of the lines. Raising creative thinkers starts now. A quick note about our sponsor: I am thrilled to be working with Seedling because their products and kits are not ‘paint by number’ but […]

I’m So Glad I Live in a World Where There Are Octobers

I’m So Glad I Live in a World Where There Are Octobers

October is a wonderful time to celebrate magic, mummies, monsters and more… Today’s collection of kids crafts, projects, and activities is inspired by the classic stories: The Monster At The End of This Book by Jon Stone, The BFG by Roald Dahl, and (surprisingly) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. This playful theme is […]

Make Someone Smile Today With a Simple Gesture

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Make Someone Smile Today With a Simple Gesture

Just a few extra items from the grocery store can make someone’s day. Creating a fall care package is a simple way to say “love you” to a friend.  In my gift box I included: fresh apple cider, a decorative pumpkin, and a hardy plant. Easy peasy. Have you ever had fresh orange slices in […]

“I just need 15 kid-free-minutes so I don’t pull my hair out while trying to make dinner.”

“I just need 15 kid-free-minutes so I don’t pull my hair out while trying to make dinner.”

Find simple activities that will keep your kids engaged without your involvement. Sometimes you just need a moment.  You need a moment to think, to start dinner, to breathe. You love your kids and at the same time they are driving you up the wall. “Mothers are all slightly insane.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher […]

What a Hoot: 10 Owl Crafts for Kids

What a Hoot: 10 Owl Crafts for Kids

When I think of owls, I always think of the classic characters of Winnie-the-Pooh. “And if anyone knows anything about anything,” said Bear to himself, “it’s Owl who knows something about something,” he said, “or my name’s not Winnie-the-Pooh,” he said. “which it is,” he added. “so there you are.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Check […]

Be Careful About What You Say: Your Daughter is Listening

Be Careful About What You Say: Your Daughter is Listening

A box arrives from Zulily carrying a beautiful navy polka-dot dress. I excitedly open it. Smiles. Joy. The package has arrived just in time for a business conference I am attending. I feel the dress material in my hand, it is perfect. Comfortable. Professional. Beautiful. An a-line dress, tailored just-so, can make that baby tire […]

5 Fall Family Photography Tips: Capturing Leaf Pile Play

5 Fall Family Photography Tips: Capturing Leaf Pile Play

Some of my favorite pictures in my photo library are traditional fall leaf pile shots. Autumn is the perfect time to capture authentic smiles with colorful natural backgrounds. Are you getting to know your DSLR camera? Below are five beginner tips to help you take advantage of that lovely camera you own. Let’s play and […]

Orchard-Inspired Fun: Recipes, Books, and Educational Kid’s Apple Activities

Orchard-Inspired Fun: Recipes, Books, and Educational Kid’s Apple Activities

Mother Nature has flipped the switch and the temps in the Midwest have started to drop. There is something about the warmth of the sun against the crisp autumn air that is energizing. Picking apples in the fall with young children is a wonderful outdoor family-tradition. I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as […]

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