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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 […]

Quiz: What Kind of Dreamer is Your Child?

  The kids and I just got done taking a super fun quiz in celebration of the Disney movie Tomorrowland that helped us to reveal what kind of dreamers they are and what career fields they may be interested in pursuing! The quiz is designed by a child psychologist expert for kids, ages 6-11, and […]

Activities for Unwinding After School

For many kids, a long hard day at school can be stressful and tiring. These activities for unwinding after school take very little time to set up, and can be an effective way to relax and recharge energy levels. Just 10 minutes to unwind after school can make a difference in study habits, homework skills, and […]

Get More Sleep! Like a Boss.

Are you tired? Do you wish you had a better night’s sleep? Do you fantasize about all the things you could accomplish with a good night’s rest? You are not alone! The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults have between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, and yet 20% of American adults report […]

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 […]

Tree Nature Study

This time of year is like magic.  Trees are changing fast and every day there seems to be something new to learn about the process of being a tree.  Below are a few easy activities to do with your kids and recommended books to explore how trees live and grow for a simple tree nature study! In […]

DIY Get Well Soon Package

It is flu season, and unfortunately we know several friends who have fallen sick. Here is a simple idea for a get well soon package that you can make yourself to help brighten a loved one’s day. Kids can help put these packages together, and they may want to include a piece of their artwork […]

Autumn Nature Activity – Leaf Detectives!

This Autumn nature activity is a great way to keep the kids engaged in outdoor play this season, and you may be able to do this right in your own backyard! My kids loved pretending to be “leaf detectives” to explore which leaves come from which trees. They went on several top secret missions to […]

5 Tips for Hosting a Pumpkin Painting Party

Every year (but one) for the past five years we have held a Paint your own Pumpkin Party.  It’s a fun, non-birthday, reason for us to gather together with our friends during our favorite season.  We hold the party outside and enjoy the crunch of leaves under our feet and the cool autumn breezes.  It’s […]

Halloween Craft for Kids

This Halloween craft for kids is simple and very easy to do! It would be a great Halloween party activity, and only minimal setup is required. These finished cards would be wonderful for mailing to faraway family and friends to let them know you’re thinking of them! To make these pumpkin patch cards, you will need: […]

Homeschooling with Toddlers — Sensory Bins

Moving on to the next item in our Montessori inspired classroom with toddlers in mind.  This one takes a little bit of discipline for the child and a little patience for the homeschooling mama because it can be messy until they understand the rules.  Homeschooling with toddlers in tow can be the biggest challenge we face […]

Homeschooling with Toddlers – Magnet Board

Homeschooling with a toddler in tow can be the biggest homeschooling challenge we face day to day.  Trying to find things for kids too young for school but far too awake to be quiet (or if they are, it is cause for alarm and not peace) is a huge challenge.  In this series I will […]

Apple Cinnamon Stick Bubble Wands

Last fall, one of the most popular crafts shared on my blog, Fireflies and Mud Pies, were the Halloween Bubble Wands my children and I created from wire, cookie cutters, and cinnamon sticks. I thought it would be fun to recreate that craft for the apple harvest season. Shared below is how my boys and I […]

Corn Chowder

Fresh corn is one of the essential ingredients of summer, without it, summer just wouldn’t be the same.  There are tried and true recipes and ways to cook corn that have been passed down through generations; corn on the cob and corn bread immediately come to mind.  We have jazzed up old ideas with new, […]

Five Amazing Hikes to Take With Kids

These five amazing hikes to take with kids weren’t a conscious thing at first… it just started with a walk in the woods, which then turned into a weekly walk in the woods, which then turned into a hike with friends out beyond the confines of cellphone reception and into the world of “leave only footprints, take […]

10 Simple Ways to Make Road Trips Special

School is out and summer vacation is here which also means road trips! Road trips take careful planning, right?  How will you get there, what time to leave, pack lunch or grab it on the road?  Whatever you are doing you always want to be prepared so that the road trip goes as smoothly as […]

Johnny Appleseed Recipes and Crafts

One of America’s greatest folk legends is Johnny Appleseed. March 11th marks Johnny Appleseed Day and you can use the recipes and crafts that follow to introduce your kids to John Chapman. Chapman’s tale is one of industry and determination. He traveled throughout the Midwest introducing apple trees to the environment and even setting up […]

Toy Fair 2014!

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Toy Fair 2014 in New York City with Amy from Teach Mama and my friends from Melissa and Doug! We had so much fun, and I cannot wait to share some of the new and exciting toys Melissa and Doug are planning to release later this Fall! […]