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DIY Memory Box Display

August 12, 2015 in All Posts, DIY, Sponsored Posts

We just returned from one of our summer vacations and oh how much we will miss the good times together. To capture our memories, one of the things we do is a bedtime ritual called, “Review the Holiday,” where we recount the highlights of our vacation. A hands-on way to cement our happy memories is with […]

{Virtual Book Club for Kids} Bill Martin Jr. Inspired All About Me Activity

September 9, 2013 in All Posts, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Literacy, Preschool, Preschool Literacy, Toddler Activities, Toddler Literacy

We took a short break from the Virtual Book Club for Kids, but we’re back for the start of the school year. I hope you’ll be joining us as we explore a new author each month! This September we’re reading books by author Bill Martin Jr. (All book links, including images, are Amazon affiliate links). Inspired by Panda […]

Do You Like to Play with Your Kids?

April 1, 2013 in All Posts, Parenting, Play

I just read a really interesting article in Redbook Magazine – yes, I realize how old that makes me sound, but I find it even more aging to pretend I’m not an almost 40-year old mom – about a mom who confesses that she hates playing with her kids and has mommy guilt about not being […]

{Craft} Our New Gallery Wall

January 5, 2012 in All Posts, DIY

For years, I have been obsessed with living in a grand New York apartment with a wall full of beautifully colorful frames like Ingrid Bergman’s in the film Indiscreet (one of my favorites): Source: google.com via Corley on Pinterest I’ve given up that dream, but still have an itch to create some kind of frame-decorated wall. Like this heart-shaped gallery […]

{Live} The Holiday Card We Would Send If We Were Honest People

December 17, 2011 in All Posts, Laugh

We weren’t a holiday card family growing up.  But Hubby is a big time card guy.  He takes pride in being the first card of the season and it’s the primary way he keeps in touch with many of his relatives overseas. I always wonder, though – especially in times like these – what goes […]

{Celebrate} Homemade For The Holidays | Menorah Handprints

December 8, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate, Play, Toddler Activities

Here’s a super easy Hannukah gift that your child can make in just a few minutes.  Jane made them as teacher’s gifts.   Materials Blue and yellow paint (or any other colors you wish) Paper Step 1 Using the blue paint, have your toddler make a handprint with each of her hands, with the thumbs […]

{Celebrate} Homemade For The Holidays | Fifteen Easy Ornament Ideas

December 2, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate, DIY, Toddler Activities

This holiday season we’re focusing more on being together with family and friends than on the commercial aspect of the month, which is our usual tradition.  A lot of the gifts we’re giving are homemade and as fun to put together as they are to bestow on our loved ones.  Every year we normally buy exquisite […]

{Play} Twenty Four Family Holiday Activity Ideas

December 1, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

It’s December 1st, can you believe it?!  Starting today, you can find one awesome activity for your family to do each day until December 25th on the Creative Christmas Countdown hosted by the fabulous Alissa of Creative With Kids! It’s called the Creative Christmas Countdown, but you definitely do not need to celebrate Christmas to enjoy these activities with your children and […]

{Bake} Caramelized Upside Down Pear Tarte Tatin

November 29, 2011 in All Posts, Bake

Thank you to California Grown for encouraging me to connect with California growers and encouraging California consumers to “Choose California Grown” when they can. Thanksgiving was extra special for us this year since Hubby’s parents were experiencing their first Thanksgiving ever, so of course, we went all out with an extravagant tablescape, traditional menu, and simple-yet-sensational […]

{Live} Mindful Living | What I Scored On Black Friday And What I’m Buying This Cyber Monday

November 28, 2011 in All Posts, Parenting

You could say we experienced the antithesis of Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving.Instead of mauling other shoppers for a discounted Christmas sweater, we spent three quiet hours at a local wat and emerged with the equivalent of five shopping bags less of unnecessary mental, emotional and spiritual garbage than the worthless material goods we would have […]