raising children - have you said yes today?

Raising Children: Have you said yes today?

A few months ago, Anna started getting upset when her older siblings pulled out their DIY doll houses to play with. Anna had her own set of peg dolls, and the kids were happy to share their houses with her, but she did not like that idea much! We were able to find the same […]

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Appreciating Diversity: Beautiful Rainbow World

The world is an incredible place, and I would love to travel it with my four kids. I know that living outside of the United States helped me develop a deeper appreciation for diversity. Mike’s job isn’t one that is likely to lead to us living in foreign countries, and our budget doesn’t have a […]

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Gourmet Brewed Hot Chocolate

Have you heard of brewed hot chocolate? It’s a lot like coffee, but you use roasted and ground cocoa beans instead of roasted and ground coffee beans. It’s a delicious treat for chocolate lovers, with the added bonus that this drink has four times as many antioxidants than coffee. It’s healthiest if you drink it […]

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Homemade Pasta Sauce Recipe and Photo Tutorial

Growing up, my mom made incredible pasta sauce! After a lot of trial and error, I’ve come up with a pasta sauce my family loves, all from fresh ingredients! Here’s a photo recipe, for anyone who wants to give a homemade pasta sauce recipe a try! Ingredients: 4 cups diced tomatoes 1 chopped onion 1 […]

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Creating a Family-Friendly Living Space

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 to our little ranch […]

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Painting With Kids

I got a few questions about painting with kids after writing my recent post about painting with toddlers and preschoolers, so I thought I would write about how painting works at our house. I find that even kids who stay away from most crafting tend to enjoy paint. Painting is a wonderful sensory experience, involving […]

easy giraffe sewing pattern and giraffe coloring page

Easy Giraffe Sewing Pattern and Giraffe Coloring Page

Felt stuffies are wonderful first sewing sewing projects for kids! Needles slide through felt very easily and felt does not unravel, so kids can focus on making small enough stitches that are close enough together – no small task for beginners! I put together an easy giraffe sewing pattern, and Johnny was able to sew […]

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Cake Decorating for Kids

Mike’s been gone all week (he gets back tonight). Emma is a HUGE Daddy’s Girl, and to get her out of mourning mode I suggested that we bake and decorate a cake. I originally intended to make and decorate a cake similar to her last birthday cake, which Emma also helped me make (incidentally also […]

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Raising Imaginative Kids: Lily Writes a Story

Four-year-old Lily has always had an incredible imagination, developing complex plots for her characters. Most of the time, I catch snippets of conversations as she moves her little people or animals around, or as she and Emma and Johnny role play. She had scribbled in this notebook for weeks, but one day I realized that […]

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Where Are You From?

The question, “Where Are You From?” is a difficult one for me to answer as someone who lived a third culture childhood. Today I’m trying to give a complete answer. I was born in a small farming town in Utah, and spent much of my childhood like the photo above. I didn’t go to school, […]