5 Simple Ways to Be Kind to Your Family

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Do you know what I love?? Tiny acts of kindness that are done “just because”! Being kind to your family doesn’t have to take up hours of time or lots of money. It can be small acts of kindness that foster your family to be the very best it can be, whether you live under […]

Kid Made Thank You Cards

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Need an easy handmade gift idea that the kids can make? These simple kid made thank you cards are a great way to foster gratitude in kids, and they are perfect for mailing off to faraway friends and family! A BIG thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s crafty project! […]

Homemade Coaster Gift for a Coffee Lover

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Handmade gifts are so special to both give and receive.  We got crafty and made an upcycled coaster that would be perfect to give to any coffee lover in your life!   Coffee Coaster Supplies: 3 pages from a magazine or catalog scissors coffee mug  Step 1: Cut each catalog or magazine page into 3 […]

Photo Collage Thank You Notes

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There are so many reasons to say “Thank You” aren’t there? Thank you for: the gift, the trip, being my teacher, being my friend…and oh so many more reasons… Of course, one of the most common reasons to send a thank you note is as a thank you for a gift. After birthday parties and […]

Teach Kids Kindness Book and Craft Activity

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We are focusing on kindness in our family this year and one of our favorite books has been Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud.  It is a sweet story that teaches kids about being kind to others by doing things to “fill their buckets”. In the story McCloud talks about how we […]

50 Ways to Make a Difference This Summer

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The lazy days of summer are the perfect time to focus on making a difference and doing acts of kindness with your kids!  Here’s a list of 50 ways you can make a difference this summer if you are looking for inspiration… 1.  Wash someone’s car. 2.  Make paper fans to pass out at the […]

Sunday Snapshot — Happy Father’s Day

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Wishing all the amazing dads out there a wonderful Father’s Day!!

Free Printable Gratitude Cards for Kids

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We’ve been having such a great time with these cards all week, I’m excited to finally be able to share them with you! The Best Part of My Day Was: Making these cards for you! Today’s Top 3 Things: You saw how we used this one on Wednesday, I Am Thankful For … and last, […]

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We’ve been working on some fun printables to share with you this week! Here’s a sneak peek of one of them: I was planning to release all four of them to you today, but while I was editing photos and loading files, I caught my daughter doing this: This is a picture of her little […]

5 Tips for Scrapbooking in Small Pockets of Time

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Do you enjoy scrapbooking, but find yourself waiting until you have hours of time to sit and do it? By then, does the pile of photos with no home seem overwhelming to you? I’m back with an update on the Michaels Make Every Moment Count blogger challenge, and I thought I would share some tips […]

Make Every Moment Count

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Did you know that May is National Scrapbook Month? Scrapbooking can be a great way to showcase or catalog memories, and I am so excited to be participating in the Michaels Make Every Moment Count blogger challenge!! First, I headed to Michaels to browse for some inspiring supplies and project ideas. I have two ideas […]

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 […]

20 Easy Ways to Make Today Awesome!

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This post is dedicated to my dad, James Kraemer (Dec. 1948 – Oct. 2012), a man who lived a life dedicated to love, and taught me to do the same. In loving memory of all our good times together. Is your life in need of more awesomeness? Do you go about your day wishing for […]

Birthday Challenge: 35 Acts of Kindness. One Day.

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Last week, I turned 35 years young. And like all birthdays, I used the time as an excuse to reflect on the year before and make plans for the year ahead. But this year was unlike any other birthday. I did 35 acts of kindness. In one day. With 90 minutes to spare! Throughout the […]

20 Must-Do Favorite Activities for Fall

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Are you looking forward to Fall? Need some kid-friendly activities to help celebrate the season?? Here are 20 of our family’s favorite Fall activities that have become special traditions.  1. Go Apple Picking — This is one of my favorite family traditions for Fall! Afterwards, we bake apple pies and make homemade apple sauce with […]

Our Favorite Summer Moments

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Like every Summer, we started off the season by making a “bucket list”, but some things just could not have been planned. Here are some of our favorite Summer moments! 1. Making a Bucket List — It was so nice to have a list of things to do with the kids before the end of […]

10 Little Things That Make Me Happy

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Know what makes me smile?? Celebrating the little things in life, cultivating gratitude, and experiencing the joy of simple pleasures. Here are 10 little things that make me really happy! 1. The view from our garden plot at sunset. The tomatoes are almost ready.   2. Chatting about ideas for creative play with the lovely […]

Teaching Kids the Art of Graciousness

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With the holidays being so close, now is a great time to remind kids about the proper way to give and receive gifts. One of the most effective ways to do this, is through pretend play! 1. Without the kids seeing, wrap up a few small items from around the house. Bags and tissue paper […]