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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

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 […]

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 […]

Developing a Healthy Body Image: Your Daughter is Listening

Developing a Healthy Body Image: 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 […]

Multicultural Projects + Books: France Activities for Children

Multicultural Projects + Books: France Activities for Children

This sponsored collection of playful lessons about France is brought to you by Jacadi. You don’t need a passport to travel around the world. Using the activities, art projects, and books below, take your child on an adventure to France. You’ll learn about France’s history, their great artists, and of course… the city of Paris. […]

Welcoming Autumn: 10 Fall Kids Crafts + Children’s Books

Welcoming Autumn: 10 Fall Kids Crafts + Children’s Books

School has started and autumn is right around the corner. Sometimes it is hard to let go of summer and welcome fall. Below are ten fall kids crafts and children’s books to help your family welcome the season change. I am struck by the simplicity of light in the atmosphere in the autumn, as if […]

5 Magical Harry Potter Snacks

5 Magical Harry Potter Snacks

Reading Harry Potter with your kids allows you to enter a magical world together. You can easily take the adventure off the pages and into your kitchen. Below are 5 playful Harry Potter snacks for your little witch or wizard! 1. Chocolate Covered Pretzel Wizard Wands Simply dip pretzel rods in melted Ghirardelli Chocolate. We […]

Harry Potter Potions Lab + Dragon’s Blood Recipe

Harry Potter Potions Lab + Dragon’s Blood Recipe

Have you got a Harry Potter fan at your house? Our family has been reading the Sorcerer’s Stone.  To celebrate reading the last chapter, we decided to have a Harry Potter party. Below you will find the recipe for a very potent and dangerous ingredient… dragon’s blood. Obviously a potion requirement for any serious witch […]

Autumn Educational Craft: Melted Crayon Hand Print Tree

Autumn Educational Craft: Melted Crayon Hand Print Tree

This adorable melted crayon hand print tree is a wonderful way to capture a moment in time. Their little hands grow so fast! Let’s get started… Have your child trace their forearm and hand on a piece of brown construction paper. Give them some kid safe scissors and let them cut it out. I don’t […]

Lunch Box Apples: Keep Them From Browning

Lunch Box Apples: Keep Them From Browning

Try this tip for keeping lunch box apples fresh + find 20 easy on-the-go snacks below! Apples are a favorite lunch box addition for many kids. Plus, moms like me love their year-round availability and budget-friendly prices. Apples are a perfect on-the-go snack, but if your child needs (or prefers) the apple sliced… How do […]

Blended Learning: Q&A, Videos, and Must-Read Books

Blended Learning: Q&A, Videos, and Must-Read Books

Let’s start this conversation with three simple words: you’re not alone. There are other parents out there, like you, searching for solutions to keep kids excited about learning. One of my first goals with this blog, was to find like-minded parents to help provide inspiring ways to keep my kids’ curiosity alive: Let’s encourage divergent […]

10+ iPhoneography Tips: ROCK Your Everyday Snap Shots

10+ iPhoneography Tips: ROCK Your Everyday Snap Shots

 These family iPhoneography tips and GIVEAWAY are brought to you by LyveHome. I have a big ol fancy DSLR camera that takes beautiful images, but the truth is… the best camera is the one you have with you. Do you often default to your phone camera for photos? Me too. I always have it in […]

The Perfect Flower Suncatcher Craft for Kids

The Perfect Flower Suncatcher Craft for Kids

This adorable flower suncatcher is brought to you by Jean of The Artful Parent. Yesterday, my kids and I made nature suncatchers with flower petals and leaves. This is by no means the first time we’ve done this flower suncatcher craft—it’s one of our favorites!—but this time, instead of just abstract designs or mandalas, we […]

Keep it Simple: Add a Little Lunchbox Love

Keep it Simple: Add a Little Lunchbox Love

The first day back-to-school can be challenging for kids of all ages. If you want to let your little one know you are thinking of them on the big day, give them a little lunchbox love. There are printable lunchbox jokes and 101 playful food ideas all over Pinterest. The things is, it is OK […]

Creative Music Videos for Kids

Creative Music Videos for Kids

Got extra energy? Check out these three playful and creative music videos for kids! My daughter sat at the dinner table fidgeting, bouncing on her chair, tapping things. I took a deep breath. I smiled and said, “Sweetheart, why don’t you see how fast you can run around the house? I’ll time you.” She looked […]

All Grown Up: Shaving Cream Play

All Grown Up: Shaving Cream Play

Shaving cream play ROCKS! This real life sensory play option is simple + brilliant. It has started. My girls, who are eight and nine, have been asking about shaving. Friends, I am not ready for this. I thought perhaps it was a passing phase. I mean really, they are still years away from shaving. After […]

Embrace the Magic of Everyday Moments

Embrace the Magic of Everyday Moments

Universal Studios. Cape Canaveral. Disney World. Epcot Center. Busch Gardens. When I was a kid, we saw it ALL when vacationing in Florida. My parents were the ultimate tourists, ensuring no adventure was overlooked. I think back now and smile. These expensive endeavors were my parents basically saying, “we love you,” in their unique way. […]

Make Healthy Lunches FUN: Printable Kids Lunchbox Jokes

Make Healthy Lunches FUN: Printable Kids Lunchbox Jokes

These printable kids lunchbox jokes are brought to you by Wausome Wafers. It’s that time of year again. Back-to-school = Making Lunches. Blah. I prefer the kids eat a healthy packed-lunch over the options available at the school cafeteria. Although I do admit, I dislike packing lunches and the kids would rather just eat french […]

Florida Everglades: More Than Just A Swamp

Florida Everglades: More Than Just A Swamp

These beautiful Florida Everglades photos and post are brought to you by Little Moments. “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” -John Muir There is a zoo that holds many memories from my childhood. It was filled with exotic animals that do not typically live in the part of the world […]

Back-to-School: 5 Tips for Shopping with Tweens

Back-to-School: 5 Tips for Shopping with Tweens

These back-to-school parenting tips for shopping with tweens are sponsored by Gymboree. She’s leaping forward into her tween years, but… I still remember her wobbly first step. My husband held her favorite book in his hands. She stood swaying a bit on those chubby little baby legs. She let go of my hand for the […]