Nature Crafts and Activities for Kids You Will Want To Do RIGHT Now

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Nature crafts and activities are a great way to enjoy the outdoors with kids, promote sustainability, and encourage little ones to conserve. Added bonus — many times nature provides us with free art materials! Here are some of our favorite simple, beautiful projects from FFFB and around the web that will make you want to […]

DIY Paint with Water Pages

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Remember those “paint with water” books from when you were the kid?? Weren’t they the best? We had lots of fun with a set of watercolor pencils this afternoon, and Clara loved making her own “paint with water” pages!! If you don’t already have a set of watercolor pencils, Crayola makes a good set, and we […]

Apple Taste-Test Activity!

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Do you have a hard time deciding which kind of apple to buy at the grocery store or farmer’s market?? Then it’s time for an apple taste-test! We put four popular organic varieties to the test, and it was SO much FUN!! First, visit your local farmer’s market or grocery store and choose one or […]

Adventures in Bird Watching!

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Recently, I took Clara on an educational (and frugal) field trip to Hawk Mountain, a wildlife sanctuary open to the public year-round. It was a fantastic way to spend a beautiful Autumn afternoon! There is a modest trail fee, which is totally worth it, but Clara was free since she falls into the 3 years […]

Blick Madness!

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Know what makes me really happy??? Watching kids create colorful and unique pieces of art!! ((Insert Happy Dance Here.)) There was a LOT of painting and swirling — hundreds of beautiful prints were made! And plenty of “ooh’s and ahh’s” today! **bliss** A BIG thank you to Blick Art Materials for hosting such a FUN […]

I’m at Blick Art Materials!

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Looking for something FUN & FREE to do with the kids?? I’ll be at Blick Art Materials in Allentown, PA Thursday, September 22nd 1-4pm for a Suminagashi paper marbling demo & the kiddos can bring their masterpieces home with them! ((Moms & Dads should give it a try too — it’s so much fun!)) There […]

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! […]

Around the Web — 10 Quick Crafts for Busy Moms

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Last night I put the girls to bed early, and Mark went out for a fantasy football draft, leaving me with some precious “mommy crafting time”. Many times with my own crafting, I’ve found that it’s not a matter of finding the time to craft, but making the time. I still had dirty dishes in […]

Twitter Party!

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“With parenting, the days are long, but the years are very short.” For many of us with young children, saving for college can seem like something that is very far away. We are so busy trying to keep up with everything from toilet training, back-to-school schedules, and even what to put on the table for […]

Printable Play Space

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I made up some cute play spaces from a sheet of card stock paper, and our peg dolls have made themselves right at home. The girls are having a great time with these, and I love how something as simple as a sheet of paper can make their faces light up!! There were lots of […]

Wordless Wednesday — The Happy Dance

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10 Cheap Ways to Beat the Heat

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Like much of the US, we are stuck in a “heat dome” which means it’s time to find creative ways to keep cool! Some tips to keep in mind — Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day, stay in shaded areas, drink plenty of water, and be sure to offer kids lots […]

Calorie-Free S’Mores for Pretend Play

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Want all the fun of making s’mores, but without the sugar-high afterwards?? These pretend play s’mores are SO easy to make, and they are calorie-free so the kiddos can make (and pretend to eat) as many s’mores as they could possibly want!! First, make up your pretend campfire — arrange stones in a circle and […]

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 […]

Giveaway — Stonyfield Party Prize Pack

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I am SO excited to be hosting this super-fun giveaway from my friends at Stonyfield!!! Did you know that they have NEW organic frozen yogurt novelty bars?? They are dipped in dark chocolate, are cheaper than going out for ice cream, and they’re organic! So, no high fructose corn syrup, no synthetic growth hormones, and […]

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 […]

How to Seduce a Man Using Bacon

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Ten years ago today, I shamelessly seduced my husband Mark and tricked him into marrying me. Here’s how I did it using items I already had on-hand (super-frugal) in my tiny dorm room in college. Step 1: Cook bacon. Don’t let the man of your dreams get away. Be sure to keep a never-ending supply […]

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 […]