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.

Are your kids ready for back to school? Are YOU ready for back to school?! Well, here are a few quick tips for getting back into the swing of things! From clothes and backpacks to books and snacks. I’m posting my 5 tips for back to school over at Snackpicks. What is your family most […]

I’m guest posting over at the ever wonderful Marta Writes today. She’s posting a series of How To’s and I’m happy to be one of the bloggers sharing a fun tutorial. I’m sharing how to host a children’s birthday party, as they can get a little hectic trying to plan and you want to cover […]

We’re a family who has a “time out” stool in our home. It’s a place where we send our kids when they need a little time out. It might be time out from their siblings, friends, or an activity, most often times when they’ve done something bad. It helps them, and me, calm down. Here’s […]

We recently took a trip to Southern California, part 2 of my Summer Bucket List, as we wanted to play to the beach and hit up a few amusement parks that you’ll hear a little bit more about later. On the road, we were able to test drive an Acadia thanks to GMC. It was […]

I love all the tips, tricks, and helpful advice given from these Rookie Moms. There are activities for kids and for mom, helping you figure this whole parenting thing out! They’ve even come out with a Rookie Mom’s Handbook. Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned with us!

Even though our playroom is a pretty fun place to play, my kids still like to be right where I am. If I’m in the kitchen, they’re running around me in circles. If I’m on the couch, they’re climbing all over me. You might know what I’m talking about. But as summer is ever approaching, […]

I’m thrilled and honored to have found out that Make and Takes is a finalist in the Scholastic Parent and Child Blogger Awards! Voting has just opened and I’d love if you took a minute to head over and vote. You don’t have to sign up, just click “vote”, super easy! You have until June […]

An early present for all you Moms, Mommies, and Mamas out there – Happy Mother’s Day! Can you relate to that clip as much as I can? It’s Stewie from the Family Guy doing exactly what I hear all day every day from my own cute little munchkin! Here’s my almost 2 year old saying […]

I have a big place in my heart for kids and any type of organization that can help them succeed is amazing in my eyes. So when I first saw this commercial about the Members Project helping the Harlem Children’s Zone weeks ago, I was really impressed with how a credit card company was giving […]

In today’s economy, saving a dollar is something that we all need to do. With the ease of credit cards, we can sometimes fall into spending traps. So it’s time to get back to the fundamentals of saving, helping teach our children to save as well, preparing them for their future. As my son is […]

I’ve got a couple of friends doing some amazing charity work and wanted to help them spread the word about each of their service events. Service Soapbox – Teddy Bear Den: “In April, the Service Soapbox bloggers are a group of over 70 women (and counting), who’ve put together a series of events designed to […]

I’m contributing over at Snackpicks again today, sharing two fun birthday party ideas. We’re making Alphabet Letter party bags, a fun activity for the guests to make, and putting a twist on a classic game, Pin the Hat on the Birthday Girl!

Guest post by Steph of Problem Solving Mom After hearing myself say the phrase, “Did you hear me?!” followed by “Are you listening?” for what felt like the hundredth time the other day, I came to the realization that a strategy change was in order.  What I was doing (expecting my 3 year old to […]

As a former Kindergarten teacher, I get asked a lot of questions from family and friends about their young school aged children. One of the most common questions is regarding if/when a child is ready to start Kindergarten. Is she ready? Is she big enough? Should he be the youngest in the class or the […]

My poor hands. Living in Utah is great, but with the dry Winter weather here, my hands suffer. I’ve been applying all kinds of moisturizer and thought I’d share what’s been working for me. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream: I like this, but really only for everyday use. It’s not as hard core as I want it […]

I love this name tracing activity. I still have memories of doing this myself when I was in 4th grade. It’s a great way to reinforce letter recognition, using a capital at the beginning of a name, and tracing lines. Supplies for Name Tracing Activity: paper colored pencils or crayons Start by writing your name […]

Guest post by Tiffany of Simply Modern Mom I know we haven’t met yet, but can I make a confession? My husband Nathan and I haven’t been taking time to enrich our marriage ever since our oldest was born… three and a half years ago. You know how it goes. Kids seem to take over […]

Guest Post by Heidi of Budget Wise Home When your child’s artwork starts overtaking the refrigerator, it’s time for a better display system. With so much artwork coming in every day, figuring out where to put it all can get overwhelming. The first thing you need to do is create a “zone” for the artwork. […]

If you’re looking to help donate to the relief effort in Haiti, check out the Craft Hope for Haiti etsy shop. Our Etsy shop will benefit Doctors Without Borders, with 100% of the proceeds going to them. The medical need in Haiti right now is acute. The Doctors Without Borders existing facilities are so badly […]

Laptime Songs for Mommies

by Marie on January 15, 2010

Amber of Because Babies Grow Up, has written a fabulous ebook called Laptime Songs for Mommies. If you’ve been looking for ways to share a love of music with your child, then this is the perfect music companion for you. For Amber, it was born out of wanting to enhance the library music time she […]

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