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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Family Volunteer Ideas for the Holidays

  Today we are sharing about Life Skills for Kids on the Discover & Explore linky.  Kids need to learn so many different things that will help them to grow up and become self-sufficient.  There’s some of the biggies –...
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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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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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A Great Way to Help Girls Grow to be Leaders

  Disclaimer: I am being compensated by Girl Scouts for sharing my thoughts on the #ICantWaitTo campaign as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.  As always, all opinions are my own -- I only share programs that we really l...
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Family Adventures - Tips for Picking and the Capri Sun Big Pouch Picking Contest

    We are HUGE fans of American Pickers -- I mean big!  In our house, it's a family show and we all watch to see what cool things can be found when you head out on a pick.  Needless to say I was thrilled when I was...
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Moms Fighting Hunger: Host a Neighborhood Food Drive

  Today's post is one of those that I'm both excited and sad to write -- Excited because I'm working with a group of amazing moms who are all focused on making a difference in the lives of children! But also sad because it means tha...
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Explore the Forest - Tips for Hiking with Kids

We are a big hiking family - love to explore the forest on foot.  And we've been treated to some great encounters during our family hikes -- moose in Colorado, wildlife in South Dakota and even some out-of-the-ordinary highlights clos...
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The Essential Guide for Homework Help & Afterschool Activities

  I'm always so overwhelmed once the school year gets into full swing.  I think it's coming off of those laid back summer days and then WHAM! -- it seems like there's hardly any time to relax.  One of our challenges is find...
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Camping Activities & Adventures for Families

I'm not going to lie to you -- I don't do tents!  Sorry, there's just something about a thin piece of material and the possibility of bears or snakes in the area that kinda freaks me out! But family camping doesn't always mean tents....
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Kids Love a Curse: Fun Non-fiction Stories to Engage Young Readers

Both of my kids are huge fans of non-fiction books & stories.  When they were younger, neither was interested interested in the fiction readers that came home from school.  It was a big struggle to get them to practice reading...
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Playgrounds - Invitations to Play for PARENTS

Attention Parents:  What do you do when you see something like this?   Do you send your kids over to play and explore?  Or do you pick up a mallet and make some music?...
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Amazing Ideas for Creative Backyard Play this Summer

Try these backyard games & activities for awesome summer fun this year!We love spending time outdoors during the summer.Well, I LOVE to be outside no matter what!  Our kids really enjoy it as long as there's something fun to do.&nb...
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