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Have a Happy Halloween

by Marie on October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween from Thor, a bumble bee, and a ladybug! *Check out how I made my a few last minute trick-or-treat bags over at Babble’s New Home Ec.

We’ve been on a writing-kick lately, for homeschool.  Remember my A Fun Way to Encourage Handwriting post??  I’ve also raved about how great journals are for kids.  Yep, I’m still on one.  And, with Halloween coming up, my thoughts turned grim…well, gruesome.  My kids LOVE scary stories.  I think they’ve inherited my twisted mind.  So, […]

Remember the ‘cool house’ that gave out full-size candy bars on Hallow’s Eve? I do, and once I got married I was determined to be “that house.” My husband thought it was ridiculous we were spending so much money on Trick-or-Treaters, but I hit up Costco and rationalized it was only one time a year.  […]

One of the many subjects my kids do for homeschool is Handwriting, a class that my husband clearly slept through in his elementary years.  I have to tease him about it all the time.  But, then when we’re put in situations where we’re signing documents/checks/whatever, and it takes him 1 second to scribble his “name” […]

It’s only day 5 of school and I’m already running out of ideas for my kids lunches. I know, seems silly, but I want to try to give them something other than PB&J everyday. So I’ve been doing a little research on what to make and I’ve found a lot of great ideas. Here are […]

School has begun! I have a 3rd grader, 1st grader, and my little 3 year old just started preschool. It was a big jump going from everyone at home for the summer to now the house is really really quiet. It’s a good quiet. I miss my kids, but it’s nice to have them in […]

It’s birthday season around my house.  In between the poopie diapers, bills, and laundry, I’ve got birthdays on what’s left of my mind:  What to do for the party?  Should I make a fancy or lazy cake?  What gifts should I buy?  Can I handle this??  Needless to say, I’m checking them off, one by […]

Some of my wedding anniversaries have been fancy and romantic, some have been pretty low key.  We’ve taken fun trips, but we’ve also just gone out to eat and exchanged little gifts.  But, no matter how we’ve celebrated our marriage, I’ve always felt that it would be fun to involve the kids, on at least […]

Did you ever watch Fraggle Rock? Sunday nights at the Suite household made the close of the weekend bearable because of Jim Henson’s zany creations. How could we be upset at the prospect of an inevitable Monday, when metwith the spunk of Red, the angst of Weebly and the wisdom of Madame Trash Heap? Sunday […]

We tend to get off our regular routine once the summer starts. Our mornings are slower and our nights are longer. But it’s still important for kids to keep some sort of structure each day. We’re still brushing our teeth, trying to get dressed before noon (me included), and I like to have my kids […]

Our Big Move to Seattle

by Marie on June 13, 2011

Yes, it’s true. Our family has moved to Seattle, Washington. My husband, Jordan, got a new job at the headquarters at REI, located in Seattle. So this past week, we loaded up the moving truck and headed for grayer skies. We lived in Utah for over 10 years and it was hard to say goodbye, […]

One of my most favorite things about being a mother is coming up with new traditions for my family.  Traditions are a great way to create memories and give the family something to look forward to.  However, if I have one piece of unsolicited advice on this subject, it’s to be flexible.  If the fun […]

I’ve got dirty fingernails. I’m sorry, I know we just met. Is that too much information? But seriously, this time of year my nails seem to be in constant need of some face-time with a manicurist. But I don’t really consider it a problem; it’s more of a blessing. Because this time of year is […]

My kids are always itching to do something fun.  I don’t blame them, so am I.  Bike rides, theme parks, bowling, laser tag, you name it.  Fun is great.  But, sometimes Mom and Dad are lacking in the energy department.  One of the easiest, most non-energy-needing ways to perk up my gloomy kids is to […]

Guest Post by Melissa of Imagination Soup. Want to get your kids addicted to reading all summer?  Sometimes it just takes finding the right book or series of books. I’ve rounded-up my favorite books, ideas beyond Harry Potter. Many are in a series; many just recently published. These are so good, you’ll want to read […]

Table manners?? What are those? The man-of-the-house is all for America adopting the burping is a “compliment to the chef” cultural tradition. The kids would like to add wrestling, fork stabbing, and feet-in-the-face to that. Now, there’s something to be said for having fun and goofing around as a family, I’m all about a good […]

Sustainable You!

by Sabrena on April 21, 2011

I want to welcome M&T’s newest regular contributor, Sabrena. She’s a long time friend, an amazing writer, and passionate about our world around us. She’s going to be here once a month sharing how she’s trying to live a more sustainable life and offering up a challenge to us all, something small, where we too […]

The sky has been falling on a regular basis, in my home… “This cut will NEVER heal!” “I will NEVER figure out these Math problems!” “I CAN’T eat at that restaurant, they won’t have anything I like!” Oh, puh-lease, right?  I know.  In my mind, I imagine saying, “you have NO idea how hard life […]

Frosting Cookies with Kids

by Marie on April 12, 2011

The first time you frost cookies with kids, you will come to learn that licking the knife is an inevitable reflex for those little ones. They just can’t help themselves! Who can blame them, we’ve all done it. But when we’re in a setting where you’re sharing with friends or classmates, you don’t want children […]

My girls love to dress up. On a typical afternoon, they’ve managed to change outfits 4-5 times. There seems to be a dress-up for every occasion, tea time, walking their toy dogs, or reading stories. With all these dress ups, I’ve come up with a way to store them, keeping them organized and easy to […]

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