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In honor of earth day this month, I thought it appropriate to share one of our family’s favorite TED talk videos: How to use one paper towel. The concept and talk comes from Joe Smith, a man on a mission to help reduce the use of paper towels we use in the bathroom. I have […]

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Earth Day is on it’s way April 22nd. In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing 22 ways in which we can help improve our earth by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Along with the help of Make and Takes “green” contributor Sabrena, we’ve gathered 22 ways to celebrate and recycle for Earth Day! *Make sure to get the […]

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I’ve been realizing lately how fast my kids are growing up. Our life is busy and it’s all flying by too fast, but I’m trying to make every moment count. I know how important it is to make sure my kids know I love them, so I’m been adding little bits of love everywhere I […]

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I’m thrilled to officially introduce you to my superhero son, Matt. He’s been part of this blog since it’s beginning with kids crafts, and a craft video as well. He’s my little bookworm and I’m happy to have him sharing reviews each month for some of his favorite books. I’m going to let him take […]

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Whether you’re off on a winter ski trip or just making snowmen in the backyard, I’ve got a few tips to help make your experience a little easier on everyone. Being a big snow sport family, we’ve learned a trick or two for keeping kids happy throughout the snow day. Here are 4 tips to […]

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Whether or not you’ve been a stickler for your Resolutions, have already fallen off the band wagon or are holding out to kick them off in February, I’ve found three little changes that can make a HUGE impact for your home and the planet. Interested in adding these to your New Year’s Intentions? 1. Get […]

Is it just me or did 2013 go by too fast?! Maybe it was all the fun we had with DIY during the year. Here are just a few things we whipped up this past year with crafts, food, family and fun! January: Tortilla Snowflakes – perfect for an after school snack February: Despicable Me […]

The hustle and bustle of the season is in full effect! At this time of year, it seems especially odd to think of raising kids in a time when parents worried about children “getting enough stimulation.” With a two year old that is more-than-comfortable with a smart phone and a four year old who already battles […]

Got Pets? This month we’re talking about gifts for man’s best friend – that’s right, getting the home a little more eco-friendly for Fido. “Greening your pet is a great idea for him or her, for the planet, and for all family members, “ authors Alexandra Zissu and Jeffery Hollander, Seventh Generation Co-founder write in […]

Like I’ve mentioned before, we love hiking. We try to get outdoors at least once a month to explore some new part of our pretty Washington State! It’s such a great way to discover new things, have great conversations, and get some exercise to boot! Because it’s something very important for our family, I hope […]

We’re all ready to go on our hiking adventure with our scavenger hunt. We packed up the car, printed out our Hiking Scavenger Hunt printable, and headed out for an outdoor adventure. Happily, I’m partnering with Subaru once again as we go out exploring with the kids. Watch our fun family video of our scavenger hunt hike. (There […]

I have a lot of things to be thankful for during this Thanksgiving holiday and I’d love to share a few of them with you. 1. My fun little family. A darling mom, and random stranger, took this photo of my family the other night as we were watching the sunset. If you know Seattle, […]

I’ve recently signed up with Ebay to start gathering super cool items for a gift guide collection. Today I’m featuring some of the books I’ve collected in one handy place for your little bookworm. Be sure to check it out and follow my collection. So many are my favorites. Classics, must-haves, and books for kid-friendly fun! […]

Turn Down Your Thermostat. Yes, you read that right. See every year I scour the web for new ideas on greening up Thanksgiving. There’s the old reliables: Plan for leftovers: I even wrote and article about it. Buy local! We’ve talked about it, but so has everyone else! Go organic: too many to name but […]

We are an outdoor family. We love to discover new places. Even in the rainy city of Seattle, you’ll see us out and about on some sort of exploration. I’ve recently found a new area for another family hike about 30 minutes away and I’m excited to take the kids. Getting us where we need […]

The Dish on Fish

by Sabrena on October 17, 2013

In a moment of what is best described as “parental weakness,” I made the mistake of promising my precocious four year old that once he had his shots he could go to Red Lobster. Seduced by the cartoonish bright logo lobster, those claws had sunk deep into the marketing savvy yet impressionable mind of my […]

It’s true. One of the greatest discoveries I made as a parent was when I unlocked the power and precision of “fast food”. As Moms, we’re expected to pack 36 hours worth of activity into 24 hours. We need a “Time Turner” more than Hermione Granger. Before my kids were born, too often I’d settle […]

September is National Yoga Month and it’s time to celebrate! We’ve talked about the benefits of yoga for the entire family and know it can be especially helpful for children. From Yoga Cards, videos and games to a plethora of books, yoga really is accessible no matter where you live – you don’t have to be enrolled in […]

Looking for ways to make your Back to School transition a little more Mother Earth friendly? Here are 4 ideas you can make happen at your home: Gettin’ on the Lunchbox-Love Bandwagon. Let’s leave the brown paper sacks to the Fandango Puppets. Think about investing in goods for lunches you can use and reuse: from thermoses […]

The quaint little town of Long Beach in Washington has become one of our family’s favorites to vacation since moving to the Northwest. It’s super close for us to travel, just under 4 hours from Seattle, making it the perfect spot for a beach weekend. It started with our drive out to the coast from […]

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