Sweepin’ the Clouds Away

We were invited to Sesame Place for Opening Day! Here are some pictures that make me smile…. The look on Clara’s face when she watched the new Street Party Parade from Mark’s shoulders. Dancers in colorful tutus along side Zoe!! A NEW face to Sesame Place…. Murray! Super Grover!!!! Parents turned into kids again….. And […]

Zoo Inspired Crafts

This time of year we love to make several field trips to the local zoo, and get lots of mileage out of our annual family pass! Here are some zoo-inspired crafts to try: If you’re lucky enough to have a fun encounter with a peacock… … here’s an easy peacock craft using color-coding labels! Maybe […]

Sunday Snapshot – Imagination Takes Flight

This weekend we used our Makedo kits to build planes from empty diaper boxes! The girls had great fun as flying aces! Oh, the excitement!! The adventure!!! They soared so high! It was death-defying!! Check out the look on Clara’s face after coming out of a loop!! Have fun!!   More Screen-Free Fun for Kids: […]

How to Take a Mini Vacation

Looking for an inexpensive vacation?? Want to just get away from it all?? Tired of being treated like cattle at traditional airports? Then it’s time to take a mini vacation! Here’s how… in just 10 easy steps! Step 1: Pack your bags!! — This is crucial to that feeling of leaving it all behind, and […]

FREE Museum Day

In honor of FREE Museum Day, an event sponsored by Smithsonian Media with over 1300 museums from across the country participating, we took a trip to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. It was awesome, educational, and frugal!! I printed out a pass for Mark and I to have free tickets, Clara is under […]

Sunday Snapshot — At the Zoo (with Daddy)

We are still getting lots of use from our annual passes to the zoo, plus we were blessed with gorgeous weather!! We made lots of new friends this morning….. The girls had so much FUN romping around the zoo with Daddy! Mark met a new (feathered) friend………. …..and so did Clara! Emily made friends with […]

Easy Space Walk

This afternoon I made up some simple stencils for Emily to make up her own outer space scene in our driveway using sidewalk chalk — we had so much fun!! We traced some plates for planets…. … and colored everything in, and then it was time to……… ……launch into OUTER SPACE!!!! Weeeeeeeeeee!!!! Look out for […]

Trip to Paris!

Last night we packed our bags for a fun impromptu trip to Paris, France! The girls dressed up in their most colorful outfits, and fanciest …. .sunglasses..?? We left from Washington, D.C., and we didn’t have any delays, problems with airport security, or any┬áturbulence. A very smooth flight! Well…. the pilot may have taken a […]

Simple Farm Take-Along Toy

I had a bit of red and white wool felt leftover from the fold up kitchen set I made last week, which worked out perfectly to make this sweet travel farm set! It was an easy, quick and very frugal sewing project that gave the girls hours of imaginative play! The animals are the free […]

DIY: Travel Play Kitchen Set

This travel play kitchen set was super-frugal to make, and is perfect for small living spaces since the entire set folds up! I’m thinking we’ll take it with us for trips to the garden plot, visits with grandparents, or just playing outside in the backyard like we did this afternoon. I used an ordinary folding […]

Sunday Snapshot — Home again, home again!!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July holiday!!

Virtual Postcards from Vermont — Part I

Today I took my sweet ol’ time driving up to Burlington, Vermont for the Stonyfield Blogger Barnstorming Tour! A big thank you to Stonyfield and everyone who voted for me… I still cannot believe I’m really here!! I stopped several times along the way to admire the views and take lots of photos. It is […]

Packing…. and a Giveaway!

I’m busy packing for my trip to Vermont and New Hampshire for the Stonyfield Blogger Barnstorming Tour! I’ll be sending virtual postcards and tweeting from the road (@FamFunBlog), and I thought it would be fun to get answers to some of your questions about organics too! Just leave a comment on this post with anything […]

Vacation 2010 Highlights

We just returned from our favorite frugal vacation spot — a cabin we rented in beautiful Montebello, Virginia! Here are some of the highlights from our week-long trip! We enjoyed lots of fishing and swimming (well, more like splashing) in the lake. We went exploring on several nature hikes together. We had to visit the […]

Pretend Play on a Dime — Donut Shop

It rained all day today, so while Clara was napping, Emily and I had a nice pocket of time for some crafting. She worked on some adorable paper dolls, and I put this together — A Mini Pretend Donut Shop! I used tan felt to sew the donuts (and batting to stuff them), then cut […]

Sunday Snapshot — Monkey Toes

How Clara earned the nickname “Monkey Toes”….. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!

Giveaway — Personalized Tote from Babyitzyou.com

It’s time for another fun giveaway — this one is courtesy of Babyitzyou.com, an online shop specializing in CUTE custom clothing and accessories for babies and children! Each piece is handmade by owner and designer Jenn Woolf, a busy (and very talented) mom of four boys.  I am in love with these adorable personalized tote […]

Thank YOU!!!! — I’m going to Vermont!!!!!

A BIG THANK YOU to Stonyfield and to everyone who voted for me for the first ever Stonyfield Blogger Barnstorming contest — I WON!!!!! This calls for some serious jumping on the couch! I’m busy packing my bags for Vermont and New Hampshire to learn more about organic farming and share what I learn with […]