Elf Bootcamp!

It was the first day of Winter break, and I had a to do list that was a mile long. There were gifts to be wrapped, goodies to bake, and lots of decorating to be done. Inspired by the lovely Katherine Marie, I planned our own version of Elf Bootcamp and the kids were excited […]

How to Make Giant Craft Stick Snowflakes

Here is a quick guide for how to make giant craft stick snowflakes. These large snowflakes would be so festive and fun on display in your home! They are quick and very easy to make. This would be a great project for teens or tweens to try over the Winter break. My kids enjoyed making […]

Holiday Fun – Rudolph Robots!

The kids thought these Rudolph Robots were so much fun to make and they use simple materials you either already have on-hand or can probably find at your local dollar store! We made several of these together during our recent “Elf Bootcamp” for the holiday break. This would be a great project for teens or […]

Handmade Holidays eBundle!

Here are some of our favorite holiday ebooks now available as a convenient bundle — get 3 inspiring printable resources to help you plan for your Winter break with the kids for one low price! The Handmade Holidays eBundle is full of inspring project ideas to keep the kids entertained while they are home from […]

Letters to Santa!

Writing letters to Santa is such a fun Christmas tradition, and there are plenty of opportunities for learning too! For the past couple of years, I have picked one day in early December for the kids to write their letters to Santa as one of our first advent activities. I love surprising them with this […]

Mess-Free Hanukkah Crafts

This Mess-Free Glitter Menorah and Dreidel Kit is perfect for kids to create beautiful sparkly decorations for your home — without the mess! The dreidel would be a great activity to keep the kids entertained while hosting guests, and the menorah would look beautiful on display. The best part is that “lighting” this flame-free menorah is as […]

Handmade Christmas – Mess Free!

The following post is sponsored by Melissa & Doug. All opinions are my own. Crafting handmade Christmas gifts with the kids doesn’t have to be messy! These Mess-Free Glitter Christmas kits were a big hit with my kids (they are designed for ages 5 and up) and their finished projects were perfect for gift tags, […]

Leaf Maze!

Need a fun and quick activity to keep the kids busy this Fall while they burn off some extra energy? Do you have a yard full of leaves? If so, a leaf maze can turn an ordinary yard full of leaves into an instant Autumn obstacle course! Emily (age 11) created this leaf maze as a […]

Acts of Kindness — Halloween Edition!

This post is sponsored by our friends at Socialstars and Minute Maid as part of the #doingood #minutemaid campaign. All opinions are my own. A few years ago, during the week of Halloween, I missed attending one of my kid’s costume parades at school. It felt like a huge parenting fail. I had planned to […]

Fall Treasure Hunt Printable

Going on a Fall Treasure Hunt is a great way to enjoy quality time outdoors while observing the beauty of the season. A few years ago, I started to take my kids on these adventures and it has become a favorite family tradition ever since! Every year when the leaves start to change colors, we […]

Netflix Halloween Family Movie Night

If you are considering a Netflix Streaming subscription, I highly recommend it as an excellent ad-free alternative to cable television. The most difficult aspect of Netflix Streaming is deciding which of the many movies or television series to watch because there are so many different options! Having instant access to such a large library of films […]

Summer Math Practice

This idea for Summer Math practice is quick and easy to set up. The best part is that the kids can enjoy a bit of water play while practicing Math! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative learning activity. I set this up as an open invitation […]

Safari Crafts and Activities

Safari crafts and activities are a great way to keep the kids entertained this Summer while learning lots of new things about animals and wildlife. A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring our wild adventures while we celebrated “Safari Week” here at home! These safari crafts and activities are […]

10 Places to Visit in the USA in 10 Years

Is your family planning an upcoming travel adventure? Looking for some inspiring places to visit in the USA? I have written before about how my own adventures in travel when I was a kid have shaped me into who I am today. You can read more about that here. In this series of posts sponsored […]

Camp Playful — Week 2 of 5

The response to the Camp Playful FREE 5 part video series has been amazing! Have you registered yet? If not, click here to register now for instant access to detailed video tutorials for week 1’s projects. Join thousands from around the world as we play and craft together this Summer! Camp Playful projects are designed for […]

Free Summer Math Program for Kids

If you are looking for an easy and free way to keep kids engaged in Math during the Summer months, you will want to check out the TenMarks app by Amazon. Summer can be a challenging month to reverse learning loss in Math, but with the TenMarks Summer Math program for kids, it is easy […]

10 Beginning Chapter Book Series for Kids

This year my oldest son began venturing to a new section of the library because he now has the ability to read and enjoy chapter books independently. Watching him read on the couch, on his bed, or in the car is a beautiful, beautiful thing! I can’t help but smile when he suddenly giggles or sounds […]

Awesome Summer Activities with Camp Playful!

Are you looking for awesome Summer activities? Wondering how to make the most of your time with the kids? Exciting news! I have teamed up with creative vloggers Maggy at Red Ted Art and Ana at Babble Dabble Do to produce an inspiring 5 part video series called Camp Playful. You won’t want to miss it! […]