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Make a Gratitude Jar for Thanksgiving

3 years ago we started filling up a gratitude jar. I fell in love with the idea of teaching kids to be grateful and at the same time I found it a great reminder to myself to be thankful for… Continue Reading →

School Pictures Scrapbook Page Printable

School pictures just came home this week with my girls. And they’re adorable. Even if my kindergartner still has wet hair in her picture. We left the house in a hurry that morning. How could I have known the kindergartners… Continue Reading →

Inspire a Lifelong Love of Reading

Reading is such an important activity to do with babies, toddlers, and school age children! No matter what age a child is, their life should be surrounded by books, books, and more books. So many things can be learned, shared,… Continue Reading →

Magnetic Felt Frames with Photo Pockets

We love making homemade gifts, but don’t always have the time for elaborate crafts as Christmas approaches. However, these magnetic felt frames with photo pockets are quick to make and oh, so cute! The color possibilities are endless, and there… Continue Reading →

Creating a Family Cheese Board

Our family has recently become a cheese family. Over the last few months, we’ve been having so much fun tasting and trying new cheeses. It all started with the movie The Boxtrolls. Have you seen it? It’s such a fun flick. There’s… Continue Reading →

Poppy Flower Craft

In honor of Remembrance Day I wanted to come up with an easy poppy flower craft to try with the kids. The poppy flower is a flower connected to remembrance.This craft can also be used for Veterans Day. Both holidays are… Continue Reading →

Tissue Paper Tree Ornament

I love making homemade ornaments, as you can probably tell by the number of Christmas decoration projects on my page. Adorn your Christmas tree with beautiful handmade ornaments made by you and your loved ones. Hang our easy-to-make ornament on… Continue Reading →

Pop-up Autumn Leaf Place Cards

My kids have been making holiday meal place cards since they were tiny. It’s such a fun and creative way for them to contribute to a special meal. We’ve been brainstorming place card ideas for Thanksgiving, and these pop-up autumn… Continue Reading →

10 Tips for Family-Friendly Disneyland Travel

Last month I had the chance to fly with Alaska Airlines to vacation with my darling daughter to Disneyland! I can’t tell you how fun it was to go on a trip with just one child and have that special… Continue Reading →

Reinvent Snacking & Make it Fun

A few weeks back I was invited to attend an event with The Laughing Cow® here in Seattle all about how to reinvent snacking. Instead of the same old, same old snacks we’re giving our families, they shared lots of great ways to… Continue Reading →

How to Raise Rockstar Readers

If you’re a parent with children ready to read, then you’ll LOVE this amazing new book for Raising a Rock-Star Reader, in stores November 10th. This is a parents’ must-have guide for raising a lifelong reader and learner. There are… Continue Reading →

25 DIY Family Halloween Costumes

Looking for a few fun family themed Halloween costumes? Here is just what you’re looking for – 25 DIY Family Halloween Costumes. I’m sharing all these fabulous ideas over at Family Crafts channel. Speaking of cute costumes for kids…… Continue Reading →

Unstoppable Family Geocaching Adventure

Hi, Lucy here! I’m excited to be writing all about our recent family outing. My family and I love to go geocaching. We always love trading trinkets in the geocaching boxes, also the fun of finding them. When Ford gave us… Continue Reading →

Prepping for a Geocaching Adventure with Kids

We’re headed on an unstoppable family adventure and exploring the world of geocaching with help from Ford Explorer. Have you ever been out treasure hunting like this before? I’ve posted about geocaching with my kids before, walking around our neighborhood finding spots…. Continue Reading →

Count Down to Halloween – a printable!

Christmas isn’t the only holiday that gets an advent calendar anymore! Here is a great printable countdown for Halloween. If your kids are like mine, they get very excited about Halloween. We’re already counting down and it’s still September. They’ll… Continue Reading →

Help End Hunger with the Hunger Is Campaign

When I think about the need to feed children, children who are going hungry, I don’t think of my own town as having this problem. But hunger is happening right here, right now. Children in America are suffering, and there’s something… Continue Reading →

Make a Glitter Test Tube Tornado

We’re having fun being scientists as we make a glitter tornado craft. My daughter loves to wear anything that makes her work more efficiently, so we grabbed a pair of goggles, our science notebook, and got to work on a… Continue Reading →

3 Family Games to Play with Candy

We’re having a little fun playing games with some sweet treats. We’re turning wrapped candy into game pieces as we play a few simple games before we get to eat the prize! We’ve partnered with Hi-Chew candies for today’s family game time. Are… Continue Reading →

Apple Cider Float Bar

Even though our weather is still decidedly summery, I’m heading into autumn-mode anyway. Last year, we made apple cider floats for the first time, and they were such a hit with the whole family that they became our official drink… Continue Reading →

Easy Lunchbox Idea: Turkey Pesto Roll-Ups

I’m always on the lookout for easy lunchbox ideas, something different from the same-old, same-old… you know who you are, pbj! In comes these yummy turkey pesto roll-ups. These are so quick to put together in the morning to add to… Continue Reading →

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