10 Spooky Halloween Storybooks for Kids

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If your kids are looking forward to some spooky fun this Halloween, here is a list of 10 of our favorite books with just the right amount of spookiness for plenty of festive story times celebrating ghosts, skeletons, haunted houses, and even zombies! I’ve included these books in particular because my own kids have requested […]

10 Awesome Coloring Books

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Does your child love to color? Looking for the best inspiring new coloring books to try?? Here are 10 of our all-time favorite awesome coloring books for kids of all ages! Toddler Let’s Color! (Kumon First Step Workbooks) — Both of my kids absolutely loved this coloring book for beginners when they were just starting to […]

10 Apple Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers

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We are getting ready for Fall, and that means plenty of crafts, recipes, and activities with one of my favorite fruits — Apples!! Every Fall our family looks forward to picking our own apples from the orchard. Once we return back home, we bake, cook, or craft with them! Whether you pick your own apples […]

50 Fun Everyday Activities for Preschoolers

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Today I’m sharing a list of some of the ways the kids and I spend our time together, in-between school, projects, or errands. These everyday activities are perfect for those little pockets of time when the kids still want to do something fun, but I’m short on energy, time, materials, or all of the above! […]

DIY School Supplies Kids Can Make

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Busy getting the kids ready for school? Here are some easy school supplies the kids can make and clever ways they can add some creative touches to school supplies they already own using common household items. Most of these materials can also be found at the dollar store!  1. Modern Notebooks and Matching Pencils or […]

16 Summer Outings for Kids

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Beat the Heat with these Summer Outings for Kids Surviving a heat wave with young children is no easy task! Here are 16 of our favorite Summer outings to stay cool when the weather is HOT:

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Passport to Imagination

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Early last week, I took the kids to visit Michael’s craft store for their Passport to Imagination program. It was a big hit!! Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from now until August 2nd 10am-noon, Michael’s is hosting 2 kid-friendly craft projects inspired by countries around the world for just $2 per child per visit. It’s […]

10 Ways to Stay Cool with Water Play

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If you find yourself stuck in a heat wave this Summer, it may be a good time to try some water play ideas to stay cool, and keep the kids entertained without the use of batteries or screens! Some tips to keep in mind — Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day, […]

5 Tips for a Great Sandbox All Summer Long

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One of my kids’ favorite Summer activities is to play in the sandbox. Even my nine year old can spend long periods of time playing in the sand. In fact, recently, when I added some new sand to the box, and my 4 yr old exclaimed, “It’s just what I always wanted!”. I love how […]

The BEST Outdoor Summer Toys for 2013

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Summer time means lots of active outdoor play time fun! Here are ten of our favorite outdoor toys for Summer to keep the kids entertained for long periods of time without the use of batteries or screens. Yay for creative outdoor play!! 1. Zing Air Huntress Z Bow (shown above) — New for 2013! Emily […]

2013 Unplugged Summer Pact

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I’m so excited to share that I have just signed the Unplugged Summer Pact, sponsored by our friends at Michael’s®. What I love about this pact is that instead of going completely screen-free, the pact calls for 2 hours of dedicated screen-free time every day this Summer, and 2 hours a day is definitely do-able! […]

Small Toys with BIG Play Value

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Do you live in a small or rented space? Looking for toys that don’t take up a lot of room, but still provide plenty of creative playtime fun?? Here are some of our favorite toys that are perfect for small spaces, and inspire lots of imaginative play! These toys are cleverly designed to stack, nest, […]

Free Printable Blank Comic Pages

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Do your kids like to draw comics? Need a quick and easy boredom buster for the kids this Summer? Here’s a free printable for blank comic pages the kids can use to make their own comic books at home! This is one of Emily’s favorite activities for a rainy day, or anytime she just feels […]

101 Free (or Low Cost) Things to Do with Kids this Summer

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Not sure what to do with the kids this Summer? Are you putting together a Summer bucket list? Need some fun activity ideas to do with the kids that are free or low cost? Here’s a list of over 100 FREE or cheap activity ideas to help inspire you to make the most of your […]

20 Favorite Must-Do Activities for Summer

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Are you looking forward to Summer? Need some inexpensive activities for the kids to do to help celebrate the season?? Here are 20 of our family’s favorite Summer activities that have become special traditions — without breaking the bank. 1. Kick Ball Croquet — Repurpose some old pool noodles to make your own kickball croquet […]

Spring has Sprung — the definitive guide

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Do you find it difficult to know when Spring has arrived? Do the weather patterns confuse you? Are you looking for an easy, definitive guide for knowing exactly when Spring has officially begun?? Look no further — Here are seven ways to know, without a doubt, that Spring has sprung! 1. You live in a […]

Rainy Day Fun — 7 Modern Art Projects for Kids

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Know what’s fun to do on a rainy day? Modern art! Here are seven of our all-time favorite modern art projects for kids to do using common household items or easy to find art supplies. I love how all of these projects encourage kids to create their own unique works of art! There is no […]

11 Recycled Crafts for Kids

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Happy Earth Day!! To celebrate, we’ll be planting seeds in the garden, helping to clean up a local playground, and of course crafting with our invention kit made up of recycled materials. Need some eco-friendly craft ideas to help you get started? Here are 11 inspiring crafts to make from recycled materials and other common […]