Quick and Easy After School Snacks

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These quick and easy after school snacks are a great way to pack in nutrition in a short amount of time — perfect for busy family schedules! A big thank you to Capri Sun for sponsoring today’s after school snack ideas! I like to have Capri Sun Juice Drinks on-hand for a portable and convenient […]

Simple Patriotic Treats!

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Need a super quick and festive patriotic treat for Memorial Day weekend or 4th of July?? These simple patriotic treats are very easy to make! They don’t require any baking, and they use only a few ingredients, so it’s a great way to keep things simple. These are so much fun to make with the […]

Easy Treats Kids Can Make

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These easy treats kids can make are a simple way to add some fun to your day! Since they are so quick to make and use only three ingredients, these marshmallow treats are great for a special after-school treat or party favor to share with friends. Even young kids can make these with very little […]

No Cook Chocolate Scented Playdough Recipe

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I wish you could have smelled my kitchen after making this no cook chocolate scented playdough! My kids absolutely loved this invitation to play pretend Valentine chocolate shop! If the kids are old enough to know not to put play dough into their mouths, you can make your own no cook chocolate scented playdough with […]

Your Guide to Amazing Recipes for PLAY!

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Need a few creative ideas to keep the kids entertained? Here are some of our favorite EASY recipes for play that are sure to inspire plenty of imaginative playtime fun! Did you know that you can make your own paint, sidewalk chalk, bubble solution, and more? I love that so many of these recipes call […]

Quick Craft – Fluffy Snow Paint Recipe

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My kids love to paint, so this quick craft and fluffy snow paint recipe was such a big hit with them! I love how something so simple can keep them happy entertained for such a long time. This is a great activity to try with a wide variety of ages too! My oldest painted portraits […]

Let’s Have an Indoor Picnic!

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Last week, my 5 year old came running over to me and excitedly declared, “MOMMY! We should put a blanket on the floor! In the living room! And have a picnic! *gasp* INdoors!!!!” She didn’t have to twist *my* arm.  It really was as easy as she described. She spread the blanket on the living […]

Homemade Grape-Scented Galaxy Play Dough

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Need a quick boredom buster that will keep the kids entertained for a good long while? Try making a batch of homemade grape scented play dough, then add some glitter for “galaxy dough”!! Clara adores anything shiny and sparkly, so this was a HUGE hit for her!  I hardly ever use glitter in crafts (it gets EVERYWHERE), […]

Potato Soup Mix In a Jar

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Looking for an idea to keep the kids busy AND have a finished useful gift they can make?? This potato soup mix is an easy homemade gift the kids can make, and it is delicious! It’s a great way to teach kids how to measure properly, and uses ingredients you probably already have on-hand in […]

12 Recipes for Paint

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Make your own paint using common household items with the help of these recipes from the lovely Rachel of KidsActivitiesBlog.com (Thank you, Rachel!) If you haven’t already seen her site, it is loaded with plenty of inspiring crafts and activities for kids! Favorite Kids Craft Ideas Egg paint Fizzing sidewalk Paint – this paint is […]

No-Bake Winter Forest Treats

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Do your kids like to decorate cookies, cupcakes, and other treats? Are you tired of all that baking? Need a kid-friendly activity that is super quick and easy?? Then these no-bake Winter treats are for you! I liked that this was easy to set up, kept the kids happily entertained for a long time, and […]

Make Your Own Paint!

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Kids Craft: Make your own paint using eggs and chalk with the help of this guest post from the lovely Rachel of KidsActivitiesBlog.com (Thank you, Rachel!) If you haven’t already seen her site, it is loaded with plenty of inspiring crafts and activities for kids! Yup. Raw egg and the leftover bits from your chalk […]

Festive Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches

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These frozen Greek yogurt sandwiches were a totally spontaneous treat we whipped up this afternoon, and they were a big hit around here! I thought maybe you would like to make some of your own too. After all, why choose between cookies and frozen Greek yogurt, if you can have them both in a delicious […]

Giveaway — 3 Months of eMeals Menu Planning Service

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Know what I love?? Tools that make my life easier. That’s why I was so excited do a trial membership of eMeals, an online menu planning service. Not only does eMeals save me a BUNCH of time, but it also saves our family money by providing accompanying shopping lists (taking advantage of weekly grocery specials) […]

Father’s Day Gift Kids Can Make — BBQ Sauce

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Looking for an easy Father’s Day gift idea that the kids can make?? The girls and I have been hard at work making and canning batches of homemade BBQ sauce for a gift to Mark this Father’s Day! ((Shhhhhhh… it’s a surprise!)) Mark loves to cook on the grill. I’m pretty sure this is because […]

Ice Cream in a Bag

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Making your own ice cream in a bag is definitely a great activity to include on your list of What To Do With The Kids This Summer!! It’s super quick (takes about 5 minutes) and it’s VERY easy to do! Also? Super FUN!!! And the smiles totally made my day! Then there was the taste […]

Cloud Dough Recipe & Ice Cream Shop

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Have you tried playing with cloud dough yet?? It is totally awesome! We made two big batches of it for a cloud dough ice cream shop — LOTS of pretend play FUN! I’m not exaggerating when I say that the girls played with this stuff for hours, and it was another great use for our […]

Super Quick Donuts

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For a fun treat, Mark and I whipped up this batch of delicious donuts with the kiddos, and they haven’t stopped smiling ever since! I have never made donuts before, and these are very quick and super-simple to make! The recipe can be found here. Have fun!!