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Setting Goals Month by Month: July 2015

Thanks for sharing! The kids and I took off on a last-minute road trip at the end of June! I had been wanting to visit my grandmothers for a while, and it became clear that Mike was not going to get the time off work to come with us. He was also stressing about meeting […]

pets for kids: fish

Pets for Kids: Fish

Thanks for sharing! My kids have always wanted a pet, but Mike has pretty intense allergies. We have been raising silk worms (currently waiting for eggs to hatch), and at the end of the year Emma’s third grade teacher asked if we would like to take care of the class goldfish and minnow for the […]

10 easy ways to raise globally conscious kids

10 Easy Ways to Raise Globally Conscious Children {W is for World}

Thanks for sharing! I was raised in five different countries on three continents, and that growing up experience transformed my life. Mike’s job keeps us mostly in the United States, and so I am always looking for ways to raise globally conscious children without being able to travel the world Luckily, the internet, books, and […]

Royal velvet

Thanks for sharing! These crowns may not really be made from velvet, but my kids think they are awesome and they were very simple to make. Johnny’s crown used four pipe cleaners, two of each color. Emma’s crown used an extra pink pipe cleaner for the tiara effect, and I kept the blue pipe cleaners […]

Emma, Johnny, and Lily Quotes: How Did The Dirt Get There?

Thanks for sharing! At the dinner table: Dada: Tomorrow there might be a snow storm, and then I’ll have to work from home. Emma: But if I run in the room, I’ll climb on you! Talking about animal sounds: Mama: Lily, what do cows say? Lily: “Cow”. Lily, holding a LEGO horse several days later: […]

bionic blox - now rebranded as Brackitz. A great STEM toy for kids!

Quality Construction Toys: Bionic Blox (Now called Brackitz)!

Thanks for sharing! I’m a huge fan of quality educational toys, so I was thrilled when Bionic Blox (now called Brackitz) reached out to see if I was interested in a review! They sent us their wonderful Architect kit, and all of my kids are smitten with this fantastic STEM construction toy! I love this toy, […]

Picture Book advent calendar

Fun Christmas Countdown: Picture Book Advent Calendar

Thanks for sharing! I have wanted to make a picture book advent calendar to use as a fun Christmas countdown for several years; this year I finally got organized enough to put it together! We had quite a few Christmas and winter themed Christmas books already, and I bought a few more used on Amazon […]

Kid quotes! Overheard moments and conversations that make me smile.

Kid Quotes: Overheard Moments and Conversations

Thanks for sharing! Exuberance after setting up an elaborate play scape: Emma (8 years old): Ready, set, play! Eight-year-old Emma talking to six-year-old Johnny Emma: I’m going to check the mail and then we need to work out a plan to save the universe. Johnny: Why do we need to save the universe? Emma: Because […]


Creating a Family-Friendly Living Space

Thanks for sharing! Silicon Valley has one of the world’s highest costs of living. So, when we moved here, we jumped at the chance to get into a (much more affordable than other options) condo owned by Mike’s employer. We didn’t even see it before agreeing to live there, but it had MORE square footage […]

seventh birthday party

Seventh Birthday Party for a Boy

Thanks for sharing! Johnny turned seven in December, and I really enjoyed planning his seventh birthday party! This party had a vague soccer theme, because Johnny enjoys playing soccer. He also enjoys basketball, but soccer is an easier theme to work with. Eight-year-old Emma made his birthday party sign. We have very simple and easy […]

rainy days with kids

Managing Sick Days and Rainy Days with Kids

Thanks for sharing! School has started, and while the kids seem healthy enough I’ve been sick. Which means it’s a good time to pull out the emergency craft supplies – things I keep on hand to make sick days and rainy days with kids a happier experience. Of course, this is a topic I think […]