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Jan Brett’s The Three Snow Bears Activity for Kids

Jan Brett’s The Three Snow Bears is one of the books I wrapped up for our Christmas Book Advent Calendar, so I thought it would be fun to create an activity to go along with it. This book is special for me, because a lot of the drawings look like photos my grandfather (that’s him […]

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Decorating Gingerbread Houses With Kids

We decorate gingerbread houses every year – sometimes we make a gingerbread house from scratch, but more often I buy a kit. I am particularly fond of IKEA’s kits – they come with the pieces of the house only, so you have to use your own candy and frosting. We used Halloween candy this year, […]

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UncommonGoods: Great Gifts for Kids and Adults

Have you heard of UncommonGoods? This socially conscious retailer specializes in creative and unique gifts, and I was lucky enough to be offered a budget to give shopping on their site a try! UncommonGoods is a B Corporation retailer, which means that they have to pay good wages, give back to their community, and reduce […]

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Using Microscopes With Young Children

I have always felt that it was a shame that young children typically don’t get much exposure to biology. People balk at using microscopes with young children, but I find that, given a good introduction on to how to use a microscope properly, the vast majority of kids aged four and older are perfectly capable […]

Everything I need to know I learned at home

Everything I Need to Know I Learned At Home

Everything I need to know I learned at home – life lessons from my childhood: Life isn’t fair and that’s okay. It also means that, the more you have, the more you should give. Eventually, doing the right thing just to do the right thing will pay off. Maybe not the way you thought it […]

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A Fun Way to Learn Letters and Spelling

My kids love using sand on trays to learn letters and spelling, and they recently discovered that chopsticks make excellent writing utensils! Eight-year-old Emma enjoys writing out her spelling words this way, while six-year-old Johnny and five-year-old Lily enjoy practicing their handwriting. Even two-year-old Anna enjoys practicing her fine motor skills with a chopstick in […]

Children need playgrounds!

Children Need Playgrounds!

One of the greatest benefits I see for our kids in our move to California is that we spend a LOT of time on playgrounds. The Bay Area’s famous weather makes it easy for kids to play outside every single day without needing to bundle up. We are also spending a lot of time at […]

Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful science and math activities ebook.

Playful Science and Math Activities eBook!

I am a HUGE fan of math and science themed activities for kids, so it is an honor to be part of a new playful math and science activities eBook (affiliate link) featuring never-before-shared activities from many of my favorite bloggers! This amazing resource features 40 ideas for children aged 3 to 8, with twenty […]

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Speech Delays and Speech Therapy Resources for Parents

Three of my four children have had speech delays that required speech therapy. My third child, Lily, was an early talker who uses words beautifully and clearly – until she is upset or stressed, when her typically articulate speech turns into an incomprehensible mumble. So speech is difficult for her as well, in a way. […]

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Kid-Friendly Smoothies {No Sugar Added}

With hot weather here, I love to make smoothies for lunch. They are a healthy treat, and a fun way to cool down – especially in homes like ours that don’t have any air conditioning! Today I’m sharing some of our favorite kid-friendly smoothie combinations, and I would love to hear yours in the comments, […]