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20 Alternatives to Candy for Halloween Treats

Ideas for non candy & alternative Halloween treats!

Let me tell you about the year I handed out pretzels -- It's a HUGE family joke so I'm sure I've mentioned it before.

To my defense, they were pumpkin & bat shaped pretzels in these cute little Halloween-themed bags ....

BUT that did not seem to impress MY kids at all. 

All I heard was "What if my friends stop by?  They'll think you don't like Halloween?" 

Well that's totally not true given some of the fun ways we hand out candy and the cool Halloween decorations we have at our house!

But I wasn't going to waiver -- I was going with pretzels that year! 

Every other house would hand out candy so there would be more than enough of that to go around, right?

Then came Halloween night ...

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12 Perfect Pumpkin Books for Kids

A dozen pumpkin books for kids that are perfect for Fall!

Every Fall, we love to look at beautiful leaves, enjoy the cool weather and read books about PUMPKINS!

The pumpkin patches in our area open this week and like many families, my kids are excited to hunt down the perfect orange orb. 

And today's Discover & Explore linky will feature all kinds of pumpkin fun!

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15 Free Father's Day Cards & Activities {printables}

15 Free Father's Day Cards & Activities {printables}

Father's Day is coming soon so I thought we would round-up some printable Father's Day cards & activities the kids can print and personalize for Dad. 

These aren't regular boring old run-of-the-mill cards either -- we've found ideas for techie greetings, funny fill-ins and some unique ones that are sure to make Dad smile.

I hope these make life a little easier as you get ready to celebrate with 'The Best Dad in the World'!

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Valentine's Day Activities {free printable!}

Valentine's Day Activities {free printable!}

Enjoy these no-candy, free printable Valentine's Day activities that your kids will LOVE!

So here's my thing with Valentine's Day (well, actually two things)...

First, the store-bought, pre-packaged card sets that have 24 valentines to a box -- It. Drives. Me. Nuts!

Why?

Well, my kids haven't had 24 kids in their class EVER.  So every year, I'm stuck buying two boxes in order to accomodate the 26 or so friends in the class.

And second, I'm not a fan of yet another candy holiday -- I mean, I just got my family back on the eating-healthier bus after Christmas (and believe me, it's not always easy to get them back on track if you know what I mean ;)

So today, I'm going to solve BOTH of these problems with this FREE printable Valentine Volcano activity & card set!

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10 Groundhog Day Activities & Books

10 Groundhog Day Activities & Books

Try these Groundhog Day activities & books that explore shadows, weather and more seasonal fun!

February 2nd is Groundhog's Day - the halfway point of winter. 

If you've got kids, you know that there's some quirky draw to that furry, little creature who pops his head out to see if it will be a longer winter. 

Too bad he didn't predict snow days too ;)

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23 Jingle Bell Craft Ideas & STEM Activities for Kids

23 Jingle Bell Craft Ideas & STEM Activities for Kids

These jingle bell crafts ideas and learning activities are easy, fun and perfect to use year-round!

There's just something magical about the sound of a jingle bell.

Honestly, I think they are one of my favorite musical instruments -- not too loud, easy for everyone to use and perfect for most of those Christmas songs.

You may remember that we hunt for jingle bells every December, a unique family tradition that I've done with our kids. And we love to use them for crafting and activities too so today we're sharing a great list of ways to put those jingly guys to use!

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Christmas Around the World Activity {with free printable game!}

Christmas Around the World Activity {with free printable game!}

Christmas is a wonderful time to introduce your kids to traditions and cultures from around the world!

If you think about many of the holiday traditions you have in your family, I'll bet they were handed down through generations and have some type of connection to your heritage.  For example, our Christmas Eve menu and activities are part of my Italian heritage.  And many of the decorations we use in our home can be connected to different countries around the world.

Today's activity is a fun way to inspire some learning this holiday season and perfect if you're celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas!

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12 Days of Christmas Activities {with printables!}

12 Days of Christmas Activities {with printables!}

Is life too busy for the holiday traditions you love?

I know, December can just get SO crazy so fast and before you know it, the month will be gone. 

But if you're like me, enjoying those special moments and activities with family is what MAKES the season so special. 

Especially those small holiday moments the kids love so much!

So if all you want for Christmas is some time to relax with your family – we've got just what you need this year.  And the best part -- you can do the activities before or AFTER Christmas! 

No trying to squeeze in MORE stuff before the holiday if life is already too busy -- because spending time with your kids should be enjoyable and not stressful, right?!

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100+ Printable Advent Calendar Ideas & Christmas Countdown Activities

TONS of ideas and activities for your Advent calendar or Christmas countdown that help you focus on making memories this year!
 
Every year, I promise myself that I won't get overwhelmed with the busyness of the season.
 

The week before Thanksgiving, I start intentionally thinking about what I want for our family  -- peaceful evenings, time each week to connect and enjoy traditions together -- not to appear to be a frazzled, hurried Mom who's trying to buzz through story time because there are gifts to wrap or cookies to bake.

There's always SO much more on our plates during the holidays which is why I LOVE our Advent Calendar Activities -- they keep me grounded and help me to enjoy what we love most about the holidays.

 

October Special:

Order by November 1st and get all the

Get Ready for the Holidays BONUS activities!

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Kids Books about Voting, Elections & Washington DC

Kids Books about Voting, Elections & Washington DC

This week's book list is a collection of great reads for kids about voting, service to our country and our capital city, Washington DC.

Every four years, we have the opportunity to introduce our kids to how the political system works in our country. And while I'm not at all thrilled with any of the candidates this year, I still feel that it's important for the next generation to understand the how's and why's of Election Day.

This can easily be done without actually discussing politics too -- Books are the perfect way to kick-start a discussion and introduce ideas such as voting, the party system, the various layers of our government and how it all fits together.

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44 Fun Fall Activities for Kids (& Families!)

44 Fun Fall Activities for Kids (& Families!)

An awesome list of things to do this Fall -- favorite autumn activities for families!

It's Fall! 

Time for all those great outdoor & indoor activities the kids love to do in Autumn -- and it's also a great opportunity to enjoy some time together as a family too!

With such a great mix of nice weather, holidays, seasonal day trips and changes in nature, we always like to pull together an ULTIMATE list of Fall crafts & activities each year -- some traditional things that our kids LOVE to do along with new ideas for outings or projects that might just become your next favorite family tradition!

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Easter Egg Hunt Clues {with free printable!}

Set up your own DIY Easter Egg Hunt with free printable clues that can be used in any home!

When I was younger, Easter was a big family holiday for us -- lots of people over to the house, a HUGE family dinner and new Easter outfits.

But my favorite part of the whole day was the Easter egg hunt!  I looked forward to it more than the cool stuff in my Easter basket!

My mom would round up a handful of pennies, nickels and dimes (+ one quarter) from my father and distribute the money into a dozen or so plastic eggs. 

Then she would hide them around the house and let my sister, brother & I know they were hidden.

That was all it took -- we would hunt and search like crazy! 

Oh, to find the egg with the quarter (that was a lot of money for a kid way back when ;) 

Now we live far away from our family so Easter is more of a quiet holiday -- no big meal and it's  just our immediate family but every year, I do an egg hunt for our kids.  

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14 Creative DIY Valentine Boxes

Fun ideas for DIY Valentine Boxes that are the perfect way to collect all those love notes!

Sometimes I think it's the minor holidays that might put me under as a Mom!

Take February for example, either I'm trying to find 100 items for the kids to bring for the 100th day of school or I'm wondering how it is that EVERY set of boxed valentines includes 24 cards when my kids ALWAYS have 26 kids in their class.

I solved that last challenge by finding a great selection of Free Valentine Cards that you can print yourself -- as many as you'll need :)

Now for the next challenge -- coming up with a great idea for the Valentine Box! 

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14 Valentine's Day Ideas You'll LOVE!

Creative Valentine's Day Ideas that make great gifts for kids!

If you have kids, come February 1st you'll hear a lot of talk about 'cool' Valentine's Day ideas! 

Those school parties are so exciting and the thought of getting cards from all of your friends gets kids a little bonkers (if you know what I mean ;)

The challenge:  finding something unique to give to friends and family -- and something "not mushy" as my kids tell me.

So we've rounded up some fun ideas of the no-candy variety for all the 'Loves' in your life!

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Holiday Science Experiment for Kids

Holiday Science Experiment for Kids

There's nothing like the holidays to get you in the mood to do some science experiments, right?! 

Actually, it's those long winter break days when the kids need some creative things to do that usually spur some of these ideas.  And although today's science experiment is Christmas-themed, it can be done year round and was a very popular one during our science series a few years ago.

So have the kids gather up these common holiday items, print off the free worksheet and experiment with a litte physics over their winter break!

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