Learning About Wildlife – Free Lesson Plans and More!


This post is sponsored by our friends at WeAreTeachers.com and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). All opinions are my own. From the time my kids were very young, we would frequently go on nature hikes at local parks together to observe and learn more about wildlife. These outdoor walks were some of my […]

Supporting Fellow Parents: 10 Ways YOU Can Help


This post is sponsored by our friends at Socialstars and Minute Maid as part of the #doingood #minutemaid campaign. All opinions are my own. Chances are if you are friends with someone who is a parent, at some point he or she could use some extra help. Parenting is hard work. Even when both parents […]

Mess-Free Hanukkah Crafts


This Mess-Free Glitter Menorah and Dreidel Kit is perfect for kids to create beautiful sparkly decorations for your home — without the mess! The dreidel would be a great activity to keep the kids entertained while hosting guests, and the menorah would look beautiful on display. The best part is that “lighting” this flame-free menorah is as […]

Handmade Christmas – Mess Free!


The following post is sponsored by Melissa & Doug. All opinions are my own. Crafting handmade Christmas gifts with the kids doesn’t have to be messy! These Mess-Free Glitter Christmas kits were a big hit with my kids (they are designed for ages 5 and up) and their finished projects were perfect for gift tags, […]

Leaf Maze!


Need a fun and quick activity to keep the kids busy this Fall while they burn off some extra energy? Do you have a yard full of leaves? If so, a leaf maze can turn an ordinary yard full of leaves into an instant Autumn obstacle course! Emily (age 11) created this leaf maze as a […]

Acts of Kindness — Halloween Edition!


This post is sponsored by our friends at Socialstars and Minute Maid as part of the #doingood #minutemaid campaign. All opinions are my own. A few years ago, during the week of Halloween, I missed attending one of my kid’s costume parades at school. It felt like a huge parenting fail. I had planned to […]

3 Things You Need to Stop Putting Off Until Tomorrow


A few years ago, my father passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 63. Experiencing the death of a parent was the most difficult thing I have ever had to endure, but it taught me many life lessons. From a very young age, my parents emphasized the importance of saving, making plans, and […]

Raising a Reader for Life


Are you a parent or teacher? Do you dream of raising kids who love to read and cannot wait to get their hands on the next great book? Are you looking for simple ways to encourage a love of literacy in your home or classroom? Exciting news!! My good friends Amy of Teach Mama and […]

Quiz: What Kind of Dreamer is Your Child?


  The kids and I just got done taking a super fun quiz in celebration of the Disney movie Tomorrowland that helped us to reveal what kind of dreamers they are and what career fields they may be interested in pursuing! The quiz is designed by a child psychologist expert for kids, ages 6-11, and […]

Fall Treasure Hunt Printable


Going on a Fall Treasure Hunt is a great way to enjoy quality time outdoors while observing the beauty of the season. A few years ago, I started to take my kids on these adventures and it has become a favorite family tradition ever since! Every year when the leaves start to change colors, we […]

Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters


These lunch ideas for picky eaters are quick and easy to pack up for school, or anytime you are on-the-go! I love that these lunch ideas are so colorful and full of flavor. These lunch ideas can be packed in just a few minutes, and they are simple enough to be used throughout the school […]

Netflix Halloween Family Movie Night


If you are considering a Netflix Streaming subscription, I highly recommend it as an excellent ad-free alternative to cable television. The most difficult aspect of Netflix Streaming is deciding which of the many movies or television series to watch because there are so many different options! Having instant access to such a large library of films […]

5 Fun Ways to Practice Spelling Words


These fun ways to practice spelling words make studying something my second grader looks forward to every week! These ideas are all super quick and easy to set up. Many times I set things up as an invitation to study on our kitchen table for when the kids come home from school. Not only are […]

Activities for Unwinding After School


For many kids, a long hard day at school can be stressful and tiring. These activities for unwinding after school take very little time to set up, and can be an effective way to relax and recharge energy levels. Just 10 minutes to unwind after school can make a difference in study habits, homework skills, and […]

How to Make Paper Plants (Easy)


These plants are made from PAPER! I am so excited to share this tutorial with you today because these paper plants are so much fun to make! These would be great little hostess or teacher gifts. I love how bright and cheerful they look! Plus, they use recycled materials. These paper plants are such a […]

Fire Safety Lesson Plans (Free)


Teaching kids about fire safety can help save lives! Did you know the NFPA has a collection of free educational resources that make teaching fire safety fun for kids?? These videos, lesson plans, and activity sheets are perfect for use at home or in the classroom. I’m so excited to share these resources with you — […]

Let’s Spread Kindness Together!

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The world can always use more kindness, which is why I’m thrilled to be participating in the Martin Richard Bridge Builder campaign in partnership with generationOn, Hasbro and the Martin Richard Foundation. The campaign honors Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy who was tragically killed when the second of two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April […]

Facing Financial Challenges


This Summer I was part of the #WomenInspired initiative sponsored by my friends at Prudential to shed some light on the financial challenges women face and ways we can work together to overcome those challenges. In this 3 part series, I outlined some of my own challenges and goals as well as steps I am currently […]