Learn With Play - a new book full of wonderful activities for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten aged children.

Learn With Play!

I firmly believe that children learn best through play, so I am thrilled to share the new Learn With Play book! Full of activities for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten aged children, this book features over 150 favorite activities from over 90 kid’s activities bloggers – including yours truly. We have released the book in […]

Reviewing the new K'NEX Might Makers STEM toy line for girls.

Review: The New K’NEX Mighty Makers Line

It has been a while since I saw a STEM toy marketed to girls that really caught my eye, so I am thrilled to tell you that the new K’NEX Mighty Makers line makes the cut! Even the small set we were sent to review has real engineering components (a windmill that spins) and takes […]

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Setting Goals Month by Month: July 2015

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 some deadlines, and […]

Fun Christmas Crafts!

Merry Christmas! I thought I would highlight my favorites of some of the fun Christmas crafts my kids brought home this year! They were all made by Johnny (6 years old) or Lily (4 years old). The nativity scene above is one Lily made with her very wonderful Sunday School teachers! Apparently she was offered […]

Nature Crafts for Kids

The kids used some of their free time over their winter break to tinker. Inspired by the movie Tinker Bell, which they saw during the break for the first time, they went outdoors to gather their materials. Some of their materials turned out to be a bit too large to bring inside, but most fit […]

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Setting Goals Month by Month in 2015

Happy New Year! 2014 was a year of finding peace for my family – adjusting to living in a new place and learning to make a new career for Mike work for our family. For 2015, I have something a little more fun planned as my word of the year: In 2015, I want to […]

Window shopping is an important skill that canl help your kids throughout their lives. Here are simple ways to teach kids to admire, not buy.

Life Skills for Kids: Window Shopping

Do your kids know how to window shop? I mean real window shopping, where they can wander through a store full of things they want, admire things in the store, and leave without asking for anything? Since first world countries surround people – including children – with ads telling them they need, need, need, I […]

Activities to help kids calm down and stay calm.

Activities to Help Kids Calm Down and Stay Calm

Knowing how to cope with stress is a critical life skill. If our kids can learn how to calm down and think clearly while under stress, they will have a much better chance of leading successful and happy lives. Here are some things I am doing to teach my kids how to calm down and […]

no-sew superhero capes kids can make

Stuffed Animal Superhero Capes: Crafts Kids Can Make

We finally got around to watching Big Hero 6* this past weekend, and we all loved it. I highly recommend seeing it! I take forever to watch movies, because we usually wait until it comes out on DVD and we make it off the library wait list. Big Hero 6 got the kids thinking about […]

kids and chores

Kids and Chores

Do your kids have chores? My house is never as clean as I would like, and I’m working on getting closer to my ideal by getting my kids more involved with day-to-day cleaning. It’s more work for me in the short run, but will hopefully help in the long run – both by raising kids […]

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Family Walks: Let the Kids Lead

I have written before about how much we enjoy after dinner walks as a family, but family walks at any time of day are a wonderful chance to slow down and enjoy time together as a family! We recently decided to let the kids lead some of our family walks, and we find that it […]