Book-inspired Halloween fun for kids - so many great ideas!

Book-Inspired Halloween Fun for Kids

Today I am joining a group of kids activities bloggers who are sharing book-inspired Halloween fun for kids! We put our new felt board to use, and I also have some free printables for your kids to color! You may notice that some of these shapes are not made out of felt. There are actually […]

Setting Monthly Goals: October 2014

Setting Monthly Goals: October 2014

September has flown past, temperatures are slowly dropping, and it even rained once this month! It’s time to set October goals, and to go over September. I did okay with my September goals – not great. Johnny’s school situation is better, but it’s not ideal. I have his IEP meeting as well as a parent […]

storytelling with felt boards

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 […]

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Managing Sick Days and Rainy Days with Kids

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 about a lot […]

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Fun Halloween Activity for Kids: Self-Inflating Ghost Balloons!

My kids LOVED this fun science-based Halloween activity that we came up with! It’s very simple, too – all you need is a water bottle, balloon, Sharpie pen, vinegar, and baking soda! Draw a ghost face on the balloon, and fill it with about 1 Tablespoon of baking soda. Fill the water bottle with about […]

perfect hard-boiled eggs

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

This year I found my favorite hard boiled egg solution so far – and it’s simple! Put the eggs in a pan of cold water, bring to a rolling boil, remove from the burner, and let sit, covered for 15 minutes. Then (and this is important, if you want them to be easy to peel), […]

Painting with kids can be a hassle to set up and a mess to clean up, but it is worth the work!

Painting with Kids is Worth the Mess

Painting with kids can be a hassle to set up and a mess to clean up, but painting with kids is worth the mess! My kids have been doing a lot of painting lately. It’s a nice, calm activity that they enjoy outside of school, and it is a fun way for them to get […]

Raising kids who get along

Raising Kids Who Get Along

One of my primary goals as a parent is raising kids who get along with one another. My three kids may all love crafts and creating, but they each have their own, distinct personality – and I’m certain that number four will be no different. And distinct personalities mean we get personality clashes! Thankfully, there […]

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Enjoying Newborn Parenting

Most parents-to-be dream of holding their newborn baby and looking after them – and most new parents find themselves more exhausted than they ever thought possible! I’ve learned the hard way that, if I’m not careful, those precious early weeks fly by in a sleep-deprived blur, so this time round I’ve worked hard to make […]

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 […]