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Math Books Kids Will Love

One of the easiest ways to raise kids who love math is to have great math resources at home. I shared some of our favorite math games earlier this week, and today I am writing about math books for kids that we love! These are books that kids will enjoy picking up and looking through, […]

The ultimate guide to flying with children - from a mom who has been on over forty flights with babies and toddlers!

Tips for Flying With Children

We returned this past Saturday from a wonderful trip to Boston, Massachusetts! Mike worked at his old job while the kids and I visited my sister and friends. I was thinking on the flight home that I have now been on more than forty flights with small children – flying with baby and toddler siblings […]

the very best math games for kids

Math Games for Kids of All Ages

Math can be a lot of fun, and the younger kids learn this, the better their chances of doing well in math throughout their school career! Here are some of our absolute favorite math games. I hope you will share some of yours! The Very Best Math Games for Kids This post includes affiliate links, […]

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Orange-flavored Applesauce

  My kids love making applesauce with their dad! This time they got fancy, with orange-flavored applesauce! This was three-year-old Lily’s first time slicing the apples (with a butter knife) – and she thought that was amazing! Making applesauce is very simple: peel the apples, slice them into chunks, and bring them to a boil […]

Toddler shorts

I made these shorts for Johnny using my tried-and-true method of “take an existing article of clothing that fits and use that as a pattern”. In this case, I used his swim shorts as a pattern. I think they turned out great, but I’m not sure Johnny agrees. I realized that, apart from his swim […]

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love cookies that taste delicious but have some nutritional benefit as well. These chewing banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are pretty healthy – as far as cookies go – and my entire family loves them! They make a great on-the-go treat for the kids. Here is our recipe: Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 […]

beautiful teacher thank you cards for kids to make

Teacher Thank You Cards for Kids to Make

My kids have been very lucky to have teachers at school who enjoy teaching and do their best to reach every student. I always want my children to see the work that their teachers go to, and every year we sit down to make thank you cards. This year I found a card making solution […]

burlap tablecloth tutorial

Burlap Tablecloth Tutorial

When we moved from Massachusetts to California, we traded our 1/2-acre yard (which bordered who knows how much conservation land) in for this little patio – and we were incredibly lucky to get that! I have struggled a little bit with ways to make it look more cheerful without incurring the wrath of our homeowner’s […]

Star Wars Family Fun

Star Wars Family Fun for May 4th

Celebrating May the 4th Be With You Day as a Family Happy May the 4th Be With You Day! I’m not sure when Star Wars fans first discovered this play on words, but it has become quite the Star Wars holiday over the years. This year Mike and Johnny put together a cute Star Wars […]

burlap birthday banner tutorial

Burlap Birthday Banner Tutorial

I made this fun Happy Birthday banner for Emma’s ninth birthday party using a banner (three, actually – they are tied together) that was already cut with a laminated backing that came in a package of burlap for me to play with from The letters were cut out of scraps that were left over […]

frustration free pattern block play

Frustration Free Pattern Block Play

I adore pattern blocks, but they can sometimes be frustrating to kids – particularly kids who don’t have a lot of experience using them. You get something all set up, and then you (or, worse, someone else) accidentally knocks your creation and everything falls apart! This is, of course, a great opportunity for kids to […]