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2014 Goal Setting: November

Happy Halloween! Johnny made this cute little candy corn guy in his first grade class. I think it’s adorable! We are supposed to get one of our extremely rare rain showers today, but everyone is much too grateful for rain to complain. I kept my October goals simple, and we had a nice month. A […]

Doodle Crate Review

Kiwi Crate Crafting Fun + Doodle Crate Review!

Eight-year-old Emma still talks about the Kiwi Crate we reviewed last year, so she was very excited when I told her we would be reviewing one of their new Doodle Crates – creative kits designed for kids aged 9-16! She was thrilled to find two canvas bags, high-quality tulip brand fabric paints, yarn, and instructions […]

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Make a Difference This Holiday Season: Top-Rated Charities

I love to focus the end of my year on giving, and so I thought it would be nice to write about some top-rated charities that get great reviews on Charity Watch that I think are worth donating to this holiday season! I tried to pick charities that do really interesting, useful, and necessary things, […]

moving: helping kids adjust to a new home

Moving: Helping Kids Adjust to a New Home

Moving to a new place is a big change! It is a lot of work, and exhausting both physically and emotionally. Here are a few tips for helping kids adjust to a new home. Tell them what to expect Tell your kids what they should expect each step of the way. When will the house […]

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Toddlers and Preschoolers: Learn by Painting

This week, 20-month-old Anna painted for the first time. My other kids all started to paint at younger ages, but this past year has been very busy with getting our house ready to sell, selling the house, packing, driving across the country, unpacking (on my own with four kids, since Mike was still in Massachusetts), […]

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Family Time: After Dinner Walks

Now that daylight savings time has extended daylight hours into the evening, we’ve been taking the kids on walks after dinner. It was something we did occasionally before – with flashlights – but it’s nice to have the daylight to see where we are going and since it allows more flexibility in terms of where […]

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Fun Science: Candy Experiments

Easter typically involves candy, and we got some science experiment mileage out of it by seeing what we could do with our candy other  than eat it! First, we microwaved jelly beans and gummy bears. The jelly beans (above) developed an interesting stringy texture (photo above), while the gummy bears melted quickly into a shapeless, […]

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Activities for the very young who eat EVERYTHING

I recently received a request for activities for very young children who like to put everything (paint, bubbles, etc) in their mouths. Thankfully, Lily hasn’t put a non-food item in her mouth for several months, but here are some safe activities that have been a hit with all three kids: Tape contact paper sticky-side-up to […]

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Easy No-Sew Fleece Blanket Tutorial – Single Layer

When Anna was born, the teenage girls at church made her a very simple, single-layer fleece blanket. It was the perfect stroller blanket, as well as a great play on the floor blanket, and Anna still loves to take naps with it! I thought the design was very clever, and I hadn’t seen it before. […]

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Storytelling with Felt Boards: Felt Board Hoop

I love felt boards! Storytelling with felt boards helps kids develop their imagination and encourages them to think outside of the box. My first ever blog post was a felt board tutorial – we enjoyed that board until we left Massachusetts, when I decided to leave it behind. In between, I wrote about two travel […]