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.

My son’s always asking me if he can pour his own cereal and milk and I’m still so hesitant to let him. He’s 6 and big enough, I’m just not in the mood to clean up a mess if it were to happen. BUT how is my son ever going to learn and get better […]

I love this baby bottle tray and bottle brush for cleaning, drying, and storing my baby bottles, by Munchkin. We have a dishwasher, but I like to clean my bottles by hand too. Cleaning: The bottle brush is fabulous, coming complete with a nipple brush built in. This tray is also great as it folds […]

I’m happy to be guest posting today over at Mom it Forward! These gals are always passing on the love, hence the name, Mom it Forward! Whether it’s through their #gno Twitter Parties, Service Projects, or Tweetups around town, there’s something for everyone at Mom it Forward. Their theme for the upcoming month is Relationships […]

Going Potty for Pennies

by Marie on January 22, 2009

We’ve tried lots of things to help my 3 year old daughter stay motivated to go potty on the toilet. She’s been trained for a while now, but was having accidents at least once a day, getting distracted by playing or just plain stubbornness! Well, I came up with this “Going Potty for Pennies” jar […]

My son turned 6 last week and we celebrated with a Star Wars party.  He eats, sleeps, and plays Star Wars, so it was no surprise he chose this as the party theme. I’m sharing details of the party, games we played and food we ate, because if you have a son, chances are high […]

I’m so happy to share the photography knowledge and skills of Jessica of Mom Shots! Her blog has great tips and tricks for taking photos of kids, something I need major help with. My kids can’t sit still, I have to take 500 shots just to get the one good one! So I’ve asked Jessica […]

I first wrote about “The Purpose of Play” and kid’s creativity when I was a guest mom at Design Mom last April. I feel it’s so important and am a huge advocate for children and enhancing their creativity, that I’m re-posting this video by Sir Ken Robinson (first seen at Bella Dia). It’s a little […]

With 3 little kiddies and long lines at the grocery store, I’ve been getting pretty good at coming up with quick games to help pass the time. Something fun to keep their attention before they get too restless. These games also work great for long car rides or even while waiting for dinner to come […]

Picture Perfect Puzzles

by Marie on December 30, 2008

Here’s a perfect activity to do over the School Holiday Break… PUZZLES! We’re loving this Disney puzzle. If you know the characters then you know where every piece goes! My kids are great at helping me find the matching colors. My daughter loved finding all the pink ones for Sleeping Beauty and all the yellow […]

When my son turned 3 years old, I couldn’t wait to throw him a party. We invited 5 friends, scheduled 2 hours of time, and had a cake baked and ready to go. Well, I learned 5 minutes into the party that I had planned way too much for a group of 3 year olds! […]

Traveling with Kids in the Car

by Marie on September 8, 2008

If we weren’t headed to the beach or on our way to Disneyland, I probably would never travel far with kids. It can be stressful and overwhelming, but with a little planning, car rides can be fun. Here’s a few tips to ease your traveling woes. Snacks – In the past we’ve hit the gas […]

Back From the Beach

by Marie on September 5, 2008

We’re back from the beach, but still cleaning out sand from our ears. That stuff creeps into everything and we’ll be finding sand in places 6 months from now. We had a great time away getting some much needed r&r. Here’s a few pictures from our trip to Aptos, California (just south of Santa Cruz) […]

Care Bear Birthday

by Marie on August 26, 2008

For birthday’s, I love to pick party themes and play games and eat cake all centered around a theme. My little girl just turned 3 and for her birthday she chose to have a Care Bear Party. We celebrated with hearts, rainbows, and bears – Cheer Bear is her favorite. And I have to say […]

First Day of School Fairy

by Marie on August 25, 2008

I can’t remember where I saw this great idea, (if it’s yours, let me know) but a special fairy came to the home and left goodies in the good little child’s backpack on the first day of school. Well, I caught up with that same fairy and she made it to our house this year […]

Organizing Puzzles

by Marie on August 14, 2008

Keeping your children’s puzzles organized can be a frustrating task. When half the puzzle pieces are missing, no one wants to play with them. Who here has a drawer filled with the missing pieces just waiting to find their homes? Here’s a couple things I do to keep my puzzles organized. Buy 1 or 2 […]

Backpack Date

by Marie on August 12, 2008

This idea for a Backpack Date came from my friend Heather. Each child that goes into Kindergarten gets to go with Grandma to the store and pick out a backpack, then they go to lunch. I thought this was such a fun tradition, I decided to do it myself. Since my son is starting Kindergarten […]

Kids Crafty Play Date

by Marie on August 5, 2008

It’s time for another local Kids Crafty Play Date. With the new school year on it’s way, I thought it would be fun to get out to the park one more time before summers over. We’ll be keeping it in Make and Takes fashion again, by making crafts with the kids and letting them play […]

Job jars are just what I needed to help my kids have some sort of routine this summer. I got this great idea from a friend’s blog. Megan has 4 cute girlies and they’re getting chores done with these great Job Jars. With 6 sticks for both my kids, I wrote a specific job on […]

Baby Pics and Diaper Bags

by Marie on June 27, 2008

***Update: Thanks for all the advice. I picked up a Skip Hop bag from Target. It fits the budget and my style, I like a basic black! Hello again! I’m having fun with my new baby. She doesn’t do much but eat, sleep, and poop – a lot. She loves to stare off into space. […]

The Baby is Here

by Jordan on June 20, 2008

This is just a quick post to let you all know that Marie had the baby! Our little baby girl was born Wednesday evening and both mom and baby are doing great. Marie was amazing before, during, and after the birth. I’d also like to give a big shout out to Steph, Marie’s sister, who […]

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