It’s not about Creating Perfect, It’s about Creating Memories

  I learned a long time ago that the memories our kids have of the holidays are not those picture perfect ideals that you see in magazines and movies.  In fact, some of their fondest memories of Christmases past are ones...
Continue reading
11227 Hits

8 Christmas Learning Activities Kids will LOVE

  It's always fun to link the holidays to some learning activities and we found quite a few at this week's Discover & Explore December Holiday Fun!  Squeeze a few of these great activities into the season to keep the kids thin...
Continue reading
18511 Hits

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...
Continue reading
68952 Hits

Easy Handmade Ornaments: Christmas Shadow Box

Do your kids love to make handmade ornaments for Christmas? Then you will go CRAZY over today's activity - Handmade Shadow Box ornaments!We are joining 50+ bloggers who are each sharing a wonderful idea for ornaments kids can make this...
46473 Hits

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.  ...
Continue reading
11268 Hits

Candy Cane Play Dough and Play in Grandma's Kitchen

Do you ever remember playing in the kitchen while your mom or grandmother were baking?  The wonderful smells and the fun conversations not to mention the amazing treats that came out of the oven!  I know that technology and mode...
Continue reading
25949 Hits

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 ...
Continue reading
13618 Hits

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...
Continue reading
16936 Hits

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...
Continue reading
24118 Hits

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...
Continue reading
17236 Hits

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...
22007 Hits

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...
Continue reading
39199 Hits

A Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods Birthday Party

My daughter is a HUGE fan of the Percy Jackson books.  She began reading them two years ago and has continued to be fascinated with Greek Gods and mythology ever since.  So for her 10th birthday party, she wanted to plan a Percy ...
Continue reading
70012 Hits

Plan Your Own Under the Sea Party

What a fun week we had with our Discover & Explore Oceans linky!  There was such a wonderful variety of activities and ideas shared that I thought I would put together a planning kit for your own Under the Sea Party!...
Continue reading
42052 Hits

5 Fun Firework Activities for Any Time of the Year

  I know most people associate firecrackers with the 4th of July but kids love to see fireworks no matter the time of year!  We had some really fun ideas for easy crafts and activities shared on our Discover & Explore Patrio...
Continue reading
14043 Hits