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.

Last week, my husband asked me, “What are the hardest things about being a mom?”  No, he wasn’t trying to get some action.  Nor, did he just get some.  He was asked to speak in church on Mother’s Day, and was hard at work, preparing his talk.  Reasons aside, I’ll always jump at the chance […]

I grew up hating yard work. Being raised in a family with three sisters and NO brothers meant that “women’s work” definitely extended outside. I still joke with my parents about having us mow the lawn as 10 year olds — seems insane to me now. Today I love growing veggies and reaping the harvest […]

Being a busy-body is in my blood.  Growing up, my parents put a lot of effort into teaching their children to be hard workers… a lot of effort.  When I was 13, my dad had us up every single morning at 5:00 to complete our paper route before school started.  We ran the streets of […]

Our family loves a good hike. Whether it’s in the woods, desert, beach, or canyons, there’s so much to explore on a hike. In Seattle, there are plenty of great hikes and many are just the right fit for kids. I’ve got a few tips for you to make your hike with children more enjoyable, […]

The title of the Grateful Dead’s greatest hits album seems appropriate at the moment: “What a Long Strange Trip it’s been.”  For me, it’s hard to believe an entire year has passed since I started this official journey of sustainable living with Make & Takes. But then I look outside – delighting in daffodils and […]

I am amazed at the technological advances we have today. Yes, sometimes they can be a total time suck (did someone say “scramble with friends”?), but ultimately they are tools that can help us stay in touch with those we love. Especially since my family recently moved to Seattle, we’re no longer a quick car ride to […]

Our mornings tend to be slow going, I’m not much of a morning person :) The kids are usually waking me up, coming in for a snuggle. We talk about our day and then it’s up and at’em to get ready for school. We are usually up in plenty of time to head out the […]

My little boys are shaking in their boots.  Come April Fool’s Day, mom is getting some serious revenge.  I literally cannot tell you HOW many times I have drenched my clothes, because they put a rubber band around the kitchen sink sprayer.  Those little terds are constantly scouring the internet for prank ideas to do […]

A Greener Cleaner

by Sabrena on March 15, 2012

“We are an awesome team,” Holden my three year exclaimed. “Like ninjas!” He told me proudly. I had just thanked him for his help with mopping our hard wood floors. And yes, he really does help. He squirts the Method wood floor cleaner, and I wipe it down. It’s a really great system. And I […]

The 14th has come and gone, but it’s still the Month of Love. Unfortunately for my husband, I’ve got Baby on the mind. (Our little Zoë was born December 7th). So it seemed fitting to explore a few keys areas on being green with baby. Not surprising, we’ll focus on what occupies a newborn’s time: namely […]

I’m taking the next few weeks to spotlight my amazing contributors. Next up on the list is Sabrena of The Suite Spots who contributes once a month to our Family Time page. Sabrena is one of my oldest and dearest friends. I’ve known her since our trampoline slumber party days when we were 11, living only 2 houses […]

“What’s the next holiday coming up??” is the question I’m asked, without fail, the day after EVERY holiday.  My kids super-love holidays.  And, you’ve probably figured out by now, that I love traditions…SO, why not delve right into the next holiday, St. Patrick’s Day? Do y’all know who St. Patrick is?  A while back, I […]

Our family has been on the healthy eating train for almost 2 months, hooray! I’ve been trying really hard to make dinner with vegetables or a salad, helping get in our greens. After talking to a friend of mine about how she helps her kids eat healthier food, she shared a super cool tip with […]

The kitchen – seriously how much of a Mom’s time is spent here? For me, it’s where my three year old’s education primarily takes place. Eg. “We need six cups of flour, count with me: one, two, three…” Or there’s learning the colors with fruits and veggies: “What color is the banana? And the avocado? […]

I have such mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day.  I love boxes of candy.  I love roses.  I love the pink and red combo.  I love cards.  I love cute, homemade stuff.  I love my kids.  I love my husband.  I should love Valentine’s Day, right?  Well, I do.  Really, I do.  But, I don’t really […]

It used to be that every Christmas, we spent more time away from home, than at home.  The minute we were done opening presents, we rushed off to visit family.  Soon enough, we were off to visit even more family.  Finally, at the end of the day, we would come home, crash, moan about how […]

Happy Thanksgiving 2011

by Marie on November 24, 2011

Another Thanksgiving is upon us, a time to reflect on all the things we’re thankful for. Here’s my little list of being thankful. What are you thankful for today? my husband, Jordan, even with his crazy Movember moustache my kids and their sweetness, creativity, and energy my blog, I’m thankful to all you readers who […]

Thanksgiving is just a week away. And while the holidays often seem choc full of consumerism and wastefulness, Turkey Day is one holiday with plenty of easy and accessible ways to Go Green. I know it sounds crazy – the gluttony, the consumption (oh my the consumption!); but the traditional Thanksgiving meal is in itself […]

Family Zig-Zag Thankful Book

by Marie on November 11, 2011

I’ve come up with a fun way to display what my family is thankful for with this zig-zag thankful book. We sat down as a family and talked about what we are thankful for. I love how Thanksgiving helps give us a time to talk about what things we are really thankful for. And I […]

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. Congrats to #85 Carrie. You are going to be crossing of something fun on your bucket list! Jordan and I, along with our kids, have started to talk more about our “bucket list” and what things we want to do during our life. We’ve been […]

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