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…
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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…

Make Your FALL at Home with Kids Count (LOTS of Ideas & Resources!)

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I want to go somewhere with my family. Not just tread water in the middle of life with little kids. But, sometimes I just get stuck...for long stretches of time treading the water. The start of school…

Parenting Inspiration for Real Life

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Recognize this picture? Well, I know most of you probably don't recognize my family, per se, but recognize what's going on here? This was taken several years ago, but I love it because it shows us as…
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…
10 Easter Gift Ideas

10 Easter Gifts That Will Last Longer Than a Chocolate Bunny

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My kids will get a chocolate bunny this Easter. They'll cheer. And they'll eat it in no time. And they'll look really cute with a chocolate ring around their mouths in their Easter clothes. But, we…

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…

Practical Ideas for Teaching Children to Give

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How kids learn to view and use their material possessions from early on has eternal significance in their lives. Today, I want to explore where we as parents can begin when cultivating a giving heart in…

Preparing Our Hearts for Easter: Practical Ideas for Families

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Guest Post by Emily Powell from Just As I Am. Reposted from March 2012. Growing up, Advent and Lent were seasons that not just my church but my family observed. Both were times of anticipation and waiting.…
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…

Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

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We just returned from a great 5 day trip to Breckenridge, Colorado. Even though I didn't get to ski (thank you very much, Baby 2.0), I had a good time in the mountains and spending time with good friends. This…

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…

One More Book Your Toddler Will Love

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After reading Rachel's top 10 book recommendations for toddlers, I felt as though I needed to chime in on what my daughter has been enjoying reading. She is quite the book worm but one book in particular…

Video from Rachel: Top 10 Toddler Books

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Easy Halloween Party Games

Easy and Cheap Halloween Party Game Ideas (+ Free Printable)

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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 Ideas, I put my own thinking cap on. Over…
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50+ Ways to Sneak Fruits & Vegetables into Kid Favorites

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This post contains affiliate links. Read our full disclosure policy here. I'm a big believer in offering my kids fruits and vegetables at every meal and serving my family meat that I can trust.…

Reader Question: How Do I Handle My Picky 2-Year-Old?

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A friend of mine and reader of the blog emailed me a while back with several great questions about helping her picky eater, as well as incorporating healthy foods into their family's diet. These are the…
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10 Summer Boredom Busters: Easy Kid Activities at Home

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I don't know about where you live, but it's been blistering hot in these here parts for weeks on end. Too hot to play outside for most of the day, in fact, unless water is involved.  When you have three…

Top 6 Bibles for Young Kids (+ Review of "Read Aloud Bible Stories")

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Disclosure: Some affiliate links included. When you purchase through these links, you support our blog. Thank you! If you’re a parent of young children and want to begin teaching them to love God…

How to Make Green Slime: Perfect for a Messy-Themed Party

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I've got green slime on the brain...and probably still in my hair. Last week, the team I work with was in charge of our 11th year of what we call Kids Club at our church. It's kind of like VBS on steroids.…

Cheap and Easy Activity for a Toddler: Popsicle Stick Puzzles

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I was so glad to be invited to a Busy Bag Party. I am now well equipped with quiet activities to keep a toddler busy on those days that I won't be able to keep up with…