Family Time

Welcome to our Family Time page. Here you'll find all kinds of articles about the family. There's parenting tips, activities for spending time with family, and ideas to share special moments with your loved ones. Check out a few of our most popular posts here, or scroll down for the most recent projects.

I have to say Jordan, my husband, is pretty good at storytelling. He gets very animated and his silly voices come out! There’s one funny Veggie Tales book we’ve been reading to our kids for years and each character has a different sounding voice. Jordan is really good at getting each character just right… Larry, […]

We love to garden. Planting and growing is one thing my kids love to do with me that doesn’t feel like a chore. I don’t know if it’s the dirt they get to put their hands in or watching our vegetables grow, but it’s something we all can do together. I’m happy to partner with […]

Oh sweet Mamas (and crafty Papas) out in the blogosphere, am I getting too esoteric? Perhaps in my quests to get a little greener, I may forget that it really is the little things that count. So it’s back to basics. So here’s my list of three EASY things you can implement NOW to make […]

I’ve talked before about how our family participates in school lunch and how I’m happy with what my kids are being served. Well, I’m partnering up with the SNA and Tray Talk once again, an M&T sponsor, to talk about the real heroes in the lunch room. Enter our own School Lunch Superhero, Miss J! […]

The newest video by Dove, Beauty Sketches, affected me more than I thought it would. Wait until you see it and you’ll know why. I have issues with my body, my features. It’s something I’ve always thought about, worried about, looked in magazines and judged about. I’m not sure when it started, but I remember […]

Have you heard of Khan Academy? If not, you’re in for a treat. I’ve just come across it in the last few weeks and I think it’s the greatest thing that has come around for education in a long time. I think there are a lot of you out there, myself included, who have searched […]

I love office products. They scream organization, and as a mother of 3, I need one of everything to keep my life in order. So I’m happy to partner with Staples, an M&T sponsor, on a few projects for this year and they are all about organization. First up are these fabulous new Better Binders. […]

I’ve partnered up with Secret and their Mean Stinks campaign, and I couldn’t be happier to share how to help our kids keep the mean out of schools, cuz it stinks! We all want happy kids at school! Here are a few things I do to help talk to my kids about school and bullying. […]

Re-Fashion Your Fashion

by Sabrena on December 21, 2012

Hello my pretties! I am in an absolute stupor as I write — Christmas is just four days away?!?! I trust that amidst the red holly wreaths and mistletoe you’re finding new and creative ways to get a little more green in your Holiday cheer. Since Santa’s big night is just around the corner, that means that […]

Within the blogging community, my friend Victoria – Vdog, lost her nephew, Noah. He was a first grader who went to Sandy Hook Elementary. My heart goes out to her and her family. Please visit this post to find out how to support Noah’s family. For those of you who would like to donate to […]

Our Christmas tree is filled with ornaments from when my husband and I grew up. I’m not sure how old something is to be considered “vintage”, but for our letter V, I’m showcasing some of our favorite vintage-style holiday items for our Holiday ABC series. My mother-in-law, who you can visit over at Jani Serendipity, is […]

The lovely ladies of Minimalist Parenting, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest, are sharing a new series to help us through the holidays, hooray! Thanks to these 2 super smart women, co-authors of the soon to be book, we can all take a load off this holiday season with their tips and tricks. The central theme of Minimalist Parenting: you can enjoy life […]

Costuming with a Conscience

by Sabrena on October 18, 2012

We are just a few weeks out from “Decision 2012.” And with my plug last month for making sure you’re registered to vote, you may think I’ve still got the Election in my frontal lobe – and tis true, tis true my friends. But when you’ve also got a pre-schooler at home and it’s “Baby’s First […]

It’s time for another episode of Make and Takes Reading Corner for the month of October. And as Halloween is inching closer, it’s always fun to celebrate this ghoulish holiday with some spooky stories. Watch our video to see what are 4 of our favorite stories to read during the Halloween season: What fun books are […]

Create a Vacation Memory Jar

by Marie on September 18, 2012

Going on vacation is the best. And to help keep the memories alive, try creating a Vacation Memory Jar. I spotted this darling idea from MJB Loves over at the M&T Spotlight. You could make one for every trip and line them up on a decorative shelf! And for all those trips you’re going on, […]

I love this idea for a series I found over at the M&T Spotlight. It’s a Virtual Book Club for Kids from The Educators’ Spin On it, Toddler Approved and Mommy and Me Book Club. Each month they will have a new author to talk about and all the fun books they’ve written to go with. […]

Gather the kids, it’s time for Make and Takes Reading Corner. I’m starting a new monthly series where we share some of our favorite children’s books. Today it’s all about our family favorites. Watch our latest video sharing what books we picked and what each one is about. And be sure to visit Make and Takes […]

School has begun, my kids just started this week. So far, it’s all going smoothly. When the kids get home from school we talk about their day. Sometimes it’s like pulling teeth trying to get them to remember what they did all day. It’s usually a story from recess! But I always try to talk […]

I have been seeing a lot of my family and friend photos on Instagram and Facebook about their children’s first days of school. Yikes! It seems so soon! Happily, our kids still have 2 weeks left of summer. And I need to take in every last second of it! To help me with this, I’ve […]

Admittedly, I’m a wanderlust. Years spent working in aviation and moonlighting as a travel writer in my past life (ie. pre-Mom days) gave me a thirst for exploration. I’ve traveled throughout North American, across the pond to England and explored in Europe and Japan. Back in those seemingly carefree days, I still cared about the […]

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