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 […]

Kids Books to Celebrate Individuality


Kids books that celebrate individuality can help teach us that it is okay to be different! If you are looking for books to encourage kids to think for themselves, or stories that foster acceptance of others who may be unique, these are some of our favorites. It takes a lot of courage to stand out in […]

Simple Kitchen Science Experiments


These simple kitchen science experiments are fun to do and encourage kids to practice their observational skills, form a hypothesis, and record their results! The best part is they use common household materials you probably already have on-hand. A big thank you to our friends at Netflix for sponsoring today’s science experiments and for providing us […]

Absolute Essential Craft Supplies for Kids


5 Craft Experts Share Their Favorite Must-Have Craft Supplies for Inspiring Creativity Wondering what art supplies to have on-hand? If the wide selection of craft supplies seems daunting, don’t worry! I’ve asked my fellow blogging friends and craft experts if they could only pick just THREE craft supplies for kids which ones they would choose. […]

Get More Sleep! Like a Boss.


Are you tired? Do you wish you had a better night’s sleep? Do you fantasize about all the things you could accomplish with a good night’s rest? You are not alone! The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults have between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, and yet 20% of American adults report […]

DIY Outdoor Toys to Get Kids Moving


These DIY Outdoor Toys to get kids moving are perfect for the last few days of Summer or anytime you are looking for active outdoor play ideas. The best part is that they are made using common household items you probably already have on-hand! Since most of these DIY projects are quick to make, you will […]

Brush Bot Painting!


Brush Bot painting is an easy introduction to robotics project for kids ages 8 and up! These Brush Bot kits make for a fun learning project and can be built in an afternoon. Once the robots are built, you can race them and experiment to see how you can make them speed up, slow down, or change […]

Tween Craft – Box Lid Mazes


These box lid mazes are an awesome craft for tweens to make using some common craft materials! My kids enjoyed making these mazes, and playing with them was great for developing hand-eye coordination. I happened to have several shoe box lids on-hand, but any box lid would work well for this project. The best part […]