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’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 […]

I’m sure we could all use a few tips and tricks when it comes to taking our kids grocery shopping. I’ve just discovered this darling Grocery Shopping Book from over at Spotlight. She Wears Flowers created this perfect little felt book for her daughter to take with her to the store and help “pick” out […]

We’ve collected a lot of toys over the last 8 years of having children and our playroom was at it’s limit with clutter. We decided it was time to make some big decisions and clean it out, I mean really clean it out. After deciding what toys the kids haven’t played with in a long […]

Guess How Much I Love You

by Marie on March 4, 2011

This cute little storybook, Guess How Much I Love You, is one of our family’s favorites. I’ve written about it before and how we love to come up with new ways to say I love you. “I love you to the rocks and back”. “I love you to the stars and back”. And so on […]

I recently wrote an article over at Momformation about the guilt you might feel about keeping or tossing out your child’s artwork, part of their Guilt-Free Week series. I want to expand on a few more thoughts, sharing what I do to manage the school work, projects, and crafts that my kids produce. At our […]

As a mother of 5, it’s inevitable that I will have at least ONE picky eater. And, I do. It’s bad. Bad, as in:  hates chicken nuggets, hamburgers, pizza, cheese, fruit, veggies, ketchup, mustard, pretty much everything. Really, everything. Yes, I accept hugs from strangers. I was browsing Redbook, the other day, and read about […]

I don’t know about your kids, but mine come home hungry from school. School can be a long day, lots of sitting, playing, and learning. So when they come home, they are ready for a snack. But I like to be careful not to feed them too much, as dinner is just around the corner. […]

Need a way to make spelling fun? Play this game of Snow Mitten Letter Scramble I’m sharing over at PBS Parents. This is a fun and engaging way to help your kids get excited about letters, sounds, and spelling. It’s the perfect activity for almost any age. My 5 year old is finding small words […]

Here are a few places I’ve been hanging out, crafting, chatting, and getting excited about the upcoming winter holidays. We’re having more fun with Santa over at the BabyCenter’s Momformation with this Santa Paper Cone. Fill this with goodies for a ho ho ho-liday gift! Stitch up this darling paper stocking, ready to be filled […]

On this Veteran’s Day, I asked a couple of M&T readers to share a fun crafty collage about someone who they are celebrating today. They created these collages with items that their loved ones enjoy. This is a great activity anyone can do when they want to honor, remember, and celebrate a loved one. From […]

Let’s face it, life can be hectic. Sometimes you don’t have time to put on a show-stopping birthday party. Admit it, sometimes we want to impress other parents with our amazing parties! I know I do! I love some good bloggy eye-candy, but the truth is, with three boys who aren’t even in grade school […]

Are you like me and need to get into a better routine for brushing your children’s teeth or their teeth are going to fall out? I admit, I’m a horrible parent, I have a hard time remembering to brush my kid’s pearly whites. So to help me see the bigger picture on the survival of […]

If you haven’t yet heard of the Volunteer Spot and you have school age children, then get yourself over to check them out. They are a fabulous website sharing all kinds of help for parents with kids in school. I’ve teamed up with Volunteer Spot to help write their latest free downloadable e-book, The Room […]

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