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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Easy Patriotic Treats


Holiday celebrations are so much fun! I know my kids love the freedom to play, run, and snack with friends and family. My youngest son would happily eat his share (and more!) of chips, hot dogs, and cole-slaw, so preparing easy, appealing, and healthy snacks is important. State and county fairs caught on long ago…ALL food is […]

Marble Nail Polish Craft


This marble nail polish craft would be a fun weekend project for older kids. These painted tile coasters would be lovely handmade gifts for Mother’s or Father’s Day. I love how each tile is unique! This marble nail polish craft is a great way to use up the last bits of leftover nail polishes you […]

Awesome Easter Baskets


Are your kids crazy about Skylanders?? With Easter right around the corner, here are a few ways to bring a bit of Skylanders fun into some awesome Easter baskets that are quick and easy to put together. A big thank you to our friends at MomTrends for sponsoring today’s creative Easter basket ideas! Skylanders Trap Team was just […]

St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids


These St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids are a festive way to inspire plenty of imaginative play time fun with leprechauns, rainbows, and more! They all use common household items you probably already have on-hand. We even have a few free printables to make these St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids super EASY to do! Yay […]

Leprechaun Treasure Hunt Clues


Leprechaun treasure hunt clues are a great way to encourage lots of imaginative play time fun! I have put together a free printable with these leprechaun treasure hunt clues to make it super easy to do this fun St. Patrick’s Day activity at home. A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug […]

St. Patrick’s Day Role Play


This idea for St. Patrick’s Day role play is festive and fun! Added bonus, you can easily sneak in some Math practice too. Welcome to the Clover Café! We serve the luckiest lunches you ever did see. With just a few items from the dollar store and a few of our favorite stuffed animal friends, […]

St. Patrick’s Day Treats — Rainbow Fruit Pizza!


Here are some St. Patrick’s Day treats that kids are sure to love!  This dye-free Rainbow Fruit Pizza is part cookie, part short bread, part fruit salad, and all yummy. It is the perfect non-candy treat for St. Patrick’s day or, well, any day!  This Rainbow Fruit Pizza is a great way to encourage kids to […]

How to Make a Paper Hat


Want to learn how to make a paper hat? The kids and I had so much fun making these! You will not believe how EASY these paper hats are to make, and you probably have everything you need to make a paper hat in your home right now. The best part is, you can make and decorate […]

Weekend Reads — The Artful Year


If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen that I recently listed The Artful Year by Jean Van’t Hul as one of my favorite things. It is chock full of inspiring crafts, recipes, and activities to do with kids to help you celebrate the seasons and make the most out of your time […]

Dr. Seuss Snacks!


These Dr. Seuss snacks are super easy to prepare and are candy-free! We are celebrating all things Dr. Seuss this week in anticipation of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss Day (March 2nd). Here are some simple ways to make snack time a little more fun and festive — Dr. Seuss style! Some of […]

Chinese New Year Crafts and Activities


These Chinese New Year crafts and activities are simple to set up and fun to do together with the kids! My kids (ages 6 and 10) share a fascination with China, so these activities were a big hit with them! Who knows? These festive crafts may even bring you a bit of good luck! Chinese Character […]

Last Minute Valentine Ideas for Kids


These last minute Valentine ideas for kids are simple and easy to put together, but they are BIG on love! I love to use things we already have on-hand like wrapping paper, felt, heart cookie cutters, and brown paper bags to make fun Valentine activities for us to enjoy together. Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t have […]

Simple Valentine Treats for Kids


These simple Valentine treats for kids are easy enough to be made in the last minute. These would be perfect for an impromptu celebration or Valentine’s Day party! If the kids are old enough, these would be great to prepare together for a mini life skills lesson and festive fun rolled into one! Treat #1: Valentine […]

Favorite Books for Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is a great reason to celebrate friends and loved ones. What better way to celebrate than to have a Valentine-themed story time together? These stories are some of our absolute favorite Valentine books and have been read many times! Grab a blanket and settle in for some good reads. Here are some of our […]