Melted Crayon Tree Art

  We must have a BAZILLION old crayons in the house!  I kid you not -- old crayons from previous school years, the small packs the kids get when we eat out somewhere, crayons that we've received in treat bags at birthday parti...
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10 Things to do When the Kids have Cabin Fever

Creative indoor activities for kids to stave off cabin fever! Winter is here and that means more time inside -- which usually means kids don't get nearly as much exercise as they really need.  I don't know about you but 'jumping on t...
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25 Ways to Simplify Christmas & Enjoy the Holidays

Enjoy time with family this year with these simple activities that make Christmas memorable! I'm sure that right now, you're in the midst of holiday craziness -- is your mind going a mile a minute?  When do I need to mail the gifts?&nb...
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Holiday Kids Book Give-away

How would you like to win some amazing books for the kids?  And just in time for the holidays, right!  Welcome to the Kid Lit Giveaway Holiday Hop sponsored by Youth Literature Reviews and Mother Daughter Book Reviews.  ...
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Give Your Child the Gift of Reading this Holiday

We have a wonderful gift idea for the kids this year – their very own online library!  Yes, I’m totally serious.  There’s a wonderful website called Bookboard that boasts more than 400 kids books in their digital library ...
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7 Life Skills to Teach the Kids for the Holidays

Wouldn't it be great if the kids were able to do more for themselves during the holidays?!  I know, most parents think it would be great if the kids could do more for themselves all the time but I think it's extra nice if it happens...
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20 Great Stocking Stuffers for Kids

I will admit when I first had kids and started helping Santa with the stockings, I needed to learn a thing or two.  Like the fact that the kids were MUCH more excited about their stockings that I had anticipated. There is an art to f...
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9 Fun Ideas for Cooking with Kids

There are so many benefits to getting kids more involved in the kitchen -- kids are more likely to try new foods, more likely to eat a wider variety of foods and less likely to complain about what's being made for dinner :) But what to...
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7 Gratitude Activities for Kids

These creative hands-on gratitude activities for kids are perfect for November! We've been discussing the idea of gratitude this month -- what we are thankful for and how we can show appreciation for our blessings. While we enjoy reading ...
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Cooking with Kids - Sharing Family Recipes

  We have a running conversation in our house about why the kids will come back to visit us once they're grown -- they tell me it's for my lasagna and pizzelle cookies ;) In fact, the whole family was all smiles this week when I told...
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New Christmas Books that Will Inspire Kids this Holiday

I love reading new books, especially new Christmas books that I can share with the kids!Now don't get me wrong, we certainly have our favorites at this time of the year -- you can see many of them on the 30 Books about Your Favorite Christm...
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Tips for Creating Your Own Playscape + a Great Giveaway

I'm sure your kids love to pretend just like mine -- sometimes they dress up for pretend play and other times they employ the use of toys to create their own little worlds. My daughter really enjoys playing with the small figurines in th...
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101 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Kansas City

  As I'm sure you've heard (with all the store displays and multiple notes coming home from school about upcoming events) -- the holidays are coming! To help with your planning, we've pulled together a list of all the holiday events an...
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15 Ideas for Raising a Scientist

Last week, we explored one of my favorite topics on the Discover & Explore linky -- SCIENCE! I love introducing kid to science - the easy, everyday questions that lead to those amazing discussions when you can see those wheels turning ...
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Teaching Kids about Helping Others with #SimpleGiving

During November, we will be sharing a number of ways that kids can learn about gratitude and giving to others.  I'm thrilled to be part of the #SimpleGiving Champions for Kids campaign sponsored through Collective Bias® and share my i...
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