Favorite Fall Recipe and.. A Giveaway!

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Last night I thought it would be fun to try something different for dinner, so I picked a new recipe from the Slow Cooker Classics from Around the World cookbook — Chardonnay Pumpkin Sausage Sauce. It was a BIG hit!! I loved it because it was quick, and very easy to make. It’s perfect for […]

50+ DIY Costume Ideas for Kids

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If you don’t plan to make costumes for your kids this Halloween, you may have second thoughts after seeing some of these lovely ideas on our Pinterest boards! Let’s begin with the wee little ones, shall we? Easy DIY Costumes for Baby — I know, right?? Can they get ANY cuter???? The baby turtle almost […]

7 Fun Ideas for Sensory Bins

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Ever since my kiddos were old enough to know not to put things in their mouths, they have LOVED playing with sensory bins. I can’t even tell you how many hours were spent pouring, measuring, sorting — sensory bins can be completely mesmerizing!! New to the idea of sensory bins, or looking for new ideas to […]

Beautiful Fall Crafts for Preschoolers

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I LOVE this time of year, don’t you?? Here’s a look back at some of our all-time favorite crafts for Fall! 1. Toddler Art — Autumn Tree Painting 2. Easy Fall Tree Suncatcher   3. Quick Craft — Leaf Wreath   4. Falling Leaves Wrapping Paper   5. Autumn Window Display Lots more ideas for […]

6 Fun Ideas to Entertain Kids at a Restaurant

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If you are a parent, you know that keeping the kids entertained while waiting at a restaurant is no small task! We rarely go out to eat, but for those special occasions when we do, it’s always nice to have a few fun ideas up my sleeve for keeping the kiddos happy while we wait. Here are […]

Back to School Round Up

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Emily had a terrific first day of 2nd grade, and we are looking forward to a great school year ahead!! In the spirit of back-to-school, I dug deep into our archives and around the web to put together this fun round up: From the Archives: 5 Easy DIY School Supplies Celebrating Education Nation with The 10! […]

10 Cheap Boredom Busters for Kids

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Looking for a few easy ways to keep the kids from getting too bored? Here are some of our favorite boredom busters that are quick, easy, cheap, and fun!! 1. Beading with cut up straws — easy, frugal, and a great way to build up important fine-motor skills.   2. Make photo puppets and put […]

10 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

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Rainy days in the forecast? Looking for a few fun ways to keep the kids entertained indoors without breaking the bank?? Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend a rainy day… 1. Suminagashi Painting — Emily can spend hours doing this, and I love that each print is unique!   2. Find […]

Around the Web — School Lunches

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Packing a school lunch can be a frugal (and many times more nutritious) alternative to bought school lunches. Here are some inspiring ideas that are sure to make your kid the envy of the lunch room!!   Learn How to Make a Kids Bento Box from AlphaMom — I love that these tips are simple […]

Reason #1,438 Why Mark is Awesome

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We were blessed with our first RED tomato… and there was much rejoicing!!! This was quickly followed by many, many, many, MANY more tomatoes — hundreds of them! Know why my hubby’s awesome?? He totally made several jars of homemade sauce! Also?? He canned them, so we can save them to enjoy well into Winter!! […]

Summer Safety Tips and Giveaway ($100 Home Depot Gift Card)

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It’s time for another FUN giveaway — this time from our newest sponsor, State Farm Insurance! Did you know that State Farm includes lots of great safety tips on their learning center website??  Seriously, there are LOADS of articles there! They have helpful tips on everything from how to properly install child safety gates to […]

Our Summer Bucket List

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I thought it would be fun to share our Summer Bucket List today — which seems to grow longer by the minute, as I keep adding things to the list! Many of these activities are either very low cost or free (yay!!), and the kiddos are really looking forward to crossing things off of the […]

Around the Web — Displaying Kids’ Art

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It’s no secret that I am a BIG proponent of displaying kids’ artwork in the home. Not only does it send the message that you value their work, but it is also super-cheap & stylish decor! Added bonus — GREAT conversation pieces, AND seeing kids art on display always makes people smile!! Our home has LOTS of […]

I’m on Pinterest!

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Exciting news!! Thanks to my lovely neighbor & friend Yelena from Chefin’ w/ Baby on the Hip, I’m on Pinterest! And I’ve been pinning away ever since! Pinterest is a FUN, easy, (and very addicting) way to catalog the things you love. Every day on my Pinterest boards, I’ll be sharing inspiring ideas for kid […]

Inspired Picnic Spaces from Around the Web

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We’ve been on a bit of a picnic kick lately, and I wanted to share some inspiring picnic ideas from around the web. So grab your favorite picnic blanket, pack up some tasty food, and enjoy some time outdoors!! Better Homes and Gardens has a great article featuring ideas for budget-friendly outdoor spaces. I love […]

Five Fabulous Bloggers

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Thanks to Trop50 for sponsoring my writing about fabulous bloggers. This year Trop50 is granting 50 Fabulous Wishes. Click here to enter for a chance to win $1,000 to celebrate a friend with a refreshing attitude about looking and feeling fabulous! Today I’d like to share with you five FUN and fabulous blogs I visit […]

10 Sanity-Saving Activities for Quiet Time

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Every kid needs a bit of down time during the day, and so do most moms. Whether you have younger children who nap, or you need a few minutes of quiet to make a phone call, quiet time can be a BIG asset! Here are ten of our all-time favorite activities for that sacred time […]

Frugal Teaching Aids

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Often times the most effective teaching aids can be the simplest ones. Here are some of our favorites! Added bonus — the kiddos had an active role in making them from very frugal materials!! The cost of workbooks can add up, especially for large families. Here’s an easy tip to reuse workbooks! Encourage early handwriting […]