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 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 […]

Erin from 5 Dollar Dinners has just come out with a new cookbook that is a must have for feeding your family on a budget. I was given a copy of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook to read and review, and I love it. Easy and yummy meals for just $5 each! To make all […]

Christmas is a time for giving, decorating, baking, and celebrating. For many, Christmas is a time to reflect on the birth of Jesus. Here’s a few activities and crafts I’ve gathered from around the web that are showcasing the Nativity and Jesus’s birth. Nativity Play Download by Make and Takes Christ-Centered Traditions by The Mother […]

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street, I’m sharing a few of my favorite classic TV memories. Here’s my tribute to 40 years of Sesame Street! What’s your favorite memory?

Michelle Lamar, a dear friend and fabulously funny blogger, sent me her book to review, The White Trash Mom Handbook: Embrace Your Inner Trailerpark, Forget Perfection, Resist Assimilation into the PTA, Stay Sane, and Keep Your Sense of Humor. I mean, it says it all in that title. Michelle is not really “trashy”. In fact, […]

I am currently experiencing two issues with my daughter that I’m sure many parents can relate to. #1: She HATES going grocery shopping with me. This is pretty annoying seeing as how she HAS to go grocery shopping with me, unless leaving a 4-year-old home alone is kosher nowadays? I didn’t think so. #2: She […]

Guest Post by Andrea Garen of Meals Matter. Children who eat nutritious foods do better in school, but coming up with healthy back-to-school lunch ideas that children will actually eat can be a challenge for many parents. The key is to balance nutrition with your children’s personal taste by getting them involved in the back-to-school […]

Prepping for a family Disneyland trip can be quite a task. If you want to have a truly magical time, there are a few things you can do that will help make it perfect. Here’s 8 Must Haves for making your Disneyland trip go smoothly. 1 – Good shoes. Bring a good pair of walking […]

Tips for Journaling with Kids

by Marie on September 10, 2009

Guest Post by Carrie of This Mama Makes Stuff Journaling is such a great activity to do with kids. I love it because I am able to preserve a little piece of who my children are at a particular moment in time.  And like we all say, they grow up way too fast.  I also […]

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