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Apple Book and Kids Craft

One of my very favorite fall themed books is Apples by Gail Gibbons.  It is jam packed full of apple information and filled with appealing illustrations.  There are many different apple themed crafts you can do after reading like this cute apple suncatcher. These tissue paper suncatchers are so simple that even toddlers can make […]

10 Apple Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers

We are getting ready for Fall, and that means plenty of crafts, recipes, and activities with one of my favorite fruits — Apples!! Every Fall our family looks forward to picking our own apples from the orchard. Once we return back home, we bake, cook, or craft with them! Whether you pick your own apples […]

Water Fun with a Marble Run

Using water as a learning tool in the summertime serves a dual purpose; kids learn and stay cool! Below is a list of three things that kids can learn about water through water fun with a marble run. 1. Water drips in drops. Due to surface tension, when water is slowly dripping off the marble […]

A Day in NYC with Celine’s Dolls — Part 2

Continuing on with our fun-filled adventure in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY with the lovely Celine from Celine’s Dolls (to read part 1, click here) and her husband Fabien, we went to the Renegade Craft Fair!! This is held in Brooklyn just two times a year — once in Winter, and again in Summer, and in other […]

Fossil Hunting at the Creek

Summer is hot and the water in the creek is cold! We had fun cooling our toes while hunting for fossils! The rocks in the creek we visited were predominantly shale and limestone. Mixed into the bunch were some incredible fossils! I explained to the boys that fossils were impressions of the remains of creatures […]

Kid Poll: Make A Difference Right Now

We asked some of our favorite little people what they thought they could do to make a difference today. The responses were heart-warming: “If I see someone hurt, I ask what happened and if they’re OK.” Will, age 7, from Not Just Cute “Having a lemonade stand to raise money for people with cancer.” Emily, age 9, […]

5 Tips for a Great Sandbox All Summer Long

One of my kids’ favorite Summer activities is to play in the sandbox. Even my nine year old can spend long periods of time playing in the sand. In fact, recently, when I added some new sand to the box, and my 4 yr old exclaimed, “It’s just what I always wanted!”. I love how […]

5 Ways to Learn with Chalk

Truth? I have never intentionally planned a “learning activity” for my children using chalk (bad blogger mom Melissa!). To me, chalk is simply an inexpensive medium used to create driveway art or something to occupy the boys’ hands and minds while I page a magazine and chat with an old friend on the phone. However, […]

How to Buy Organic on a Budget

When making food for our family, we want the best possible ingredients that we can get.  Sometimes, eating a healthy, organic diet while also staying within a budget can be a real challenge.  Here are some practical tips that have helped me master those grocery aisles for the healthiest foods I can feed my family […]

Exploring Nature with Books

 The best part about summer for me is getting outside with my children!  I love watching their eyes light up when they pop a wild berry into their mouths or find a snail along a forest trail.  We spend hours and hours outside each day, sometimes doing more formal learning such as species identification and […]

Planting a Three Sisters Garden

Short on space but still want a garden?  Try planting a Three Sisters Garden with your kids this year!  With a few modifications this Native American technique can even be adapted to grow in a pot and you can enjoy all the benefits of these plants that help each other grow in even the smallest […]

Developing Handwriting Skills to Boost Reading Skills

One of the ways to boost your child’s reading skills is by teaching him to write his letters!  Handwriting skills and reading skills are very closely interlinked.  While reading seems like primarily a mental activity, developing handwriting skills can help kids hurdle many of the ‘normal’ reading pitfalls before they even begin to learn their […]

Gardening with Kids — Make Your Own Seed Tape

Making your own seed tape is a great way to ensure ideal spacing between seedlings, and it’s a fun project for the kids to do. My garden carrots are my kid’s favorite each and every year. Since they are so prized, I have set myself to learning the new tricks of making my own seed […]

Inspiration All Around!

It’s been so much fun getting to know everyone and reading your stories on how & where your children are inspired to create. I’ve noticed a common trend in all of our children being inspired by the simplest of things, and nature in particular. It really is quite fascinating. We had a lively discussion on […]

5 Simple Tips to Try with a Picky Eater

Once upon a time, I gave birth to two very healthy bouncing baby boys.  They were pretty good eaters and meals/menus never produced an argument regardless of what was being served.  They ate a lot of amazing foods and it wasn’t abnormal to hear my oldest order salmon and broccoli when we were out to […]

Hanging Shape Bird Feeders

Spruce up your yard, help the birds, and get your kids involved! This simple project will have you cooking up some fun and creative bird feeders with your kids.  Even though winter still has its hold on the temperature, spring has started to show here in the Pacific NW and I am LOVING it!  Yesterday […]

The Learning Tower Review – Kids in the Kitchen

There’s a new fun house in my kitchen – it’s a cross between a mini tree house, a ladder, and a lookout tower yet it helps me to be able to safely cook with the kids! We are having so much fun with our Learning Tower from the Little Partners. I have been eyeing this […]

Toy Fair NY 2013!

Toy Fair is one of the biggest toy events in the world, and this year they celebrated their 110th birthday at the Javits Center in NYC! Toy Fair is not open to the public — only those directly involved in the toy industry are permitted to attend. Want to see all the latest and greatest […]