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 grew up playing all kinds of board games with my family. My all time favorite is still Boggle… and I’m really good at it, not shy to say so! Here’s the trick, don’t underestimate the letter ‘s’. It will give you another point every time you use it to make a word plural. What […]

I was so happy to be a part of the Mom It Forward with Make and Takes service project held in Utah last week. Families came to craft with their kids, all to help out kids in need! We decorated a Christmas Tree at the Christmas Box House, a home for children to stay in […]

Easy Hooded Bath Towel

by Marie on March 31, 2009

I’ve made each of my kids their own bath towel hoodie when they’re born, starting with my son 6 years ago. I make them one with their name on it and one with a fun appliqued shape on the back. These towels are super easy to make, needing only limited sewing know-how. And they make […]

As winter is almost over, the ‘sick’ season is still here. My kids are now sick and every time this happens, it takes me a few days to realize I need to do something about it. So I’ve come up with a few things I should be doing on day 1, so by day 3 […]

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While at Mom 2.0, I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Katherine Center. She was a panelist, talking about her experience writing her novels, The Bright Side of Disaster and Everyone is Beautiful. I was so intrigued by her latest book’s premise, Everyone is Beautiful, that I bought a copy and started reading right […]

April, from Sweet Life in the Valley, shares some of her favorite “Sweet” things on her blog. As well as being a photographer, she’s also a Mom of 3 and home schools her tweens! Today she’s guest posting with 5 great tips to home schooling older kids. With home school you have the option to […]

Recycled Baby Food Containers

by Marie on February 26, 2009

Recycling baby food containers into snack holders is a fantastic trick I learned from my sweet sis-in-law, Lindsay. She takes her baby food containers, washes them out, and fills them up with little snacks. They fit nicely in my diaper bag and stay closed tight with their lid. I’ve usually put snacks into plastic baggies, […]

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) […]

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