Healthy Dog Treats is the perfect gift for furry friends and their owners on Valentine's Day or any day!

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats: A Gift for Furry Friends

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My mom "stole" my 8-year-old daughter one snowy day recently and baked up a surprise for their doggie, Gracie, and some other pooch friends. What a fun project to do with kids for a Valentine's Day…

Boredom Buster: Paint a Box!

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We've been cooped up way too long. Between yucky weather, fevers and snow days, my kids were getting major cabin fever. I needed something... stat. As of late, my three year old has taken to painting…

Easy Easter Craft -- Painting Eggs with Pom Poms

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I had no idea what a hit this easy Easter craft with my preschool and toddler would be. Using pom poms, clothes pins and paint, we decorated eggs! Before you even get started with the painting, you'll…

Paper Plate Pumpkin Halloween Craft

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This is a simple and easy Halloween craft that your preschooler will love. Paper Plate Pumpkins are potentially a little messy on the front end, but your little one will love what they create. Note: We…

Hand Print Fourth of July Shirts

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I love hand print crafts. Love them. They give you a tangible snapshot of time when your little one's hands where THAT small and remind you of how quickly they grow. In light of my intense love…
diy scented soap bars

DIY Scented Soap Bars

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by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author A recent school family project assignment had my daughters and I wondering what to conquer. "Let's make soap!" one of them suggested. What?! Jessica…

Easter Craft Idea: Little Bunnies

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I mean, how you can you not even chuckle a little when you see this? Every time my husband and I walk past this Easter craft we have a little laugh. My two year old was more than delighted to see herself…
Indoor Snow Day Activities

7 Indoor Snow Day Activities for Kids

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Guest post by Rachel Johnson These cold winter days can feel long and dreary for everyone, especially our little ones. Although snow days can be fun, they can be disappointing when it is too cold to actually…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Make a Scientist Kit as Take Home Gift

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As I've been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, we had so much fun at my son's 7th Science Birthday Party. In this post, I'll share about our Take-Home gift. Move over…
valentine's day scavenger hunt for kids

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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A couple I work with have been doing a Valentine's Scavenger Hunt for their kids as long as I've known them. It began when their kids were very young, but, now that all of them are teenagers, it still…

Indoor Snow Play (for REALLY Cold Snow Days)

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Does your weather look anything like this today? Folks, I live in Missouri, not Alaska. We don't really know what to do with ourselves. We cancel school. My neighborhood streets are barren. Everyone…

Alphabet Train: Toddler Learning Activity

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I'm always looking for creative learning games that my toddler will engage in. Here is a fun one that helps toddlers with letter recognition that we have been doing as of late. I saw it on Toddler Approved…

Game Night: Make Your Own "Apples to Apples"

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It's no secret. I LOVE games. Especially ones that make a group laugh and make memories together, like the Rate Your Mate Game or The Question Game. Today, I've got another DIY oldie but goodie that…

The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

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Here's a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family…
Family Devotional Cootie Catcher

Easy Family Devotional Activity: Make a "Verse Catcher"

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You know you have a great babysitter when you come home and she's playing "Psalm Catcher" with the kids. Remember those paper thingy-ma-bobbers that we made in grade school called "Cootie Catchers"?…

Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe (+ FREE Printable Recipe Card)

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A printable recipe for playdough is available at the bottom of this post! I have such fond memories of making playdough with my mom and siblings. We'd watch in anticipation as my mom stirred up the mixture…
Easy Halloween Party Games

3 Easy Halloween Game Ideas: Perfect for School Parties!

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Reposted from October 2012 I love thinking of and running games for kids...really people of any age. So, when I saw Katie's awesome post at Kitchen Stewardship about Easy School Halloween Party…
craft idea for toddlers

Easy Craft Idea for Toddlers

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Looking for a cheap and easy craft idea to do with the kiddos? Here is one that even a non-crafty person can easily do. Simply use painters tape to create a shape or word and then let your kiddo…
How to Make a Chore Chart

How to Make a Chore Chart (a.k.a. Swift Kick in the Pants Chart)

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You're probably not like me. You probably don't sweep your kitchen mostly just when you notice the ants beneath the kids' stools nibbling on crumbs. You probably don't check off everything else on your…

Make Your Summer at Home with Kids Count (+ LOTS of Practical Ideas!!)

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Read my much more updated post called "Make Your Summer at Home Count with Kids" here. With my kindergartener finishing school TOMORROW, plus a 2-year-old and 4-old-year old at home already, I've been…

Helping the Homeless: On-the-Go Bags

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I once had coffee with a homeless man. It wasn't planned or anything. It just happened when he sat uncomfortably close to me at a Starbucks in Chicago. Here I was sitting in Starbucks with my caramel…
Snow Ice Cream Recipe (or Snow Frappacino)

Snow Ice Cream Recipe (or Snow Frappuccino!)

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Who doesn't love those sugar-filled icy cups of frappy goodness at Starbucks, really? But, at nearly $4 a pop and a whopping 50 grams of sugar and 240 calories in each one (that's the plain coffee ones--I'm…

Why I Won't Throw My Kid a Pinterest Birthday Party

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I have a confession to make. My son just turned 6 this week. And...I dropped the ball, so to speak, on planning a big basketball birthday party like he had originally asked for. There are so many moms…

The Action Bible: Almost 6-Year-Old Boy's Review

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"Wow, Mom, I have to tell you how exciting that was! It was scary and exciting. It's my favorite book." (*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services…