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Icicle Watercolor Painting

  It’s been chilly and snowy lately and I noticed a bunch of icicles hanging from the eaves. The girls desperately wanted to play with them, but I didn’t want them licking them or stabbing each other, so I surveyed my craft area and tried to figure out what we could do with them. WATERCOLORS!!! No water required, because the... read more

Product Review: The Lammily Doll

Oh, Lammily. I wanted to like you so badly. But, unfortunately, you are probably doomed to a life at the bottom of the doll bin since neither I, nor my daughters, want to play with you. If you haven’t heard of Lammily, she is the latest doll to challenge the “Barbie” scene. The Lammily fashion doll has been manufactured using standard human body proportions–an average bust, waist,... read more

Easy Perler Bead Christmas Ornaments

I recently saw this pin for “Perler Ornaments” and knew I had to try them out because I have this ridiculously huge tub of Perler beads from IKEA. This is an ornament craft that is REALLY fast, REALLY easy, and kids enjoy, so I say it’s a win all around. Granted, they may not be as cute as salt dough ornaments, or smell as nice as the applesauce and cinnamon ones, but... read more

Make a Kid Quote Book Using Shutterfly

A couple years ago, I was excited to find a 50% off sale on a fabulous children’s quote book through a company called Paper Coterie. Part photo album, part journal, the spiral-bound volume was the perfect place to record all those giggle-worthy things my young daughter said. The front cover has thick plastic covering the image and the inner pages are very thick paper. I’ve enjoyed using it to... read more

Where are the female superheroes and action figures?

My daughters, like many kids, are really into superheroes right now. Our dress-up closet is stuffed with Captain America, Batman, Robin, Superman, and Wonder Woman garb. An Aquaman action figure often brandishes his trident at dinosaurs when they play. I love superheroes and the concept of coming into one’s powers and abilities and using them for good. During the past few months, I’ve noticed... read more

Life Without Alarm Clocks; Or, Why I’m Homeschooling

You’re warm and snuggly in your bed. Cozy. Dreaming. Beep, Beep, Beep, Beeeeeeep!!! Your peaceful reverie is interrupted by the shrill insistence of the alarm clock. If you’re lucky, the ones with the soft beep work for you. If not, you may have one of those awful ringing contraptions that causes you to levitate off the bed when it wakens you. I really, really don’t like waking to alarm... read more

Christmas Gift Ideas for Ages 3-6

So here’s the deal–it seems like everyone, and I mean everyone, is talking about scaling back this Christmas. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read about the importance of “presence vs presents.” And I get that. I’ve been making a concerted effort to purge toys that the kids haven’t played with and our playroom is the cleanest and most streamlined that... read more

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

As I attempt to plan out my first year of homeschool, I am hyper-aware that, at only 4 years old, my daughter is a little young for kindergarten. I want to be sure to strike a balance and not turn her off of school. I want this to be a fun learning experience. For that reason, my husband and I created a schedule that provides plenty of play time and still has some structure for organized learning. I am not... read more

Our Kindergarten Homeschool Schedule

Even though one of the reasons we chose to give homeschooling a go is the flexible scheduling, I still want to start out with some semblance of a schedule so that I can try to hit all the key areas during the day. Important to note that I plan to get out of the house at least once a day. I think that’s important for mommy as well as for the kids and their social development. Here... read more

Our 10 Favorite Preschool Ipad Apps

I will preface this by saying these are not necessarily MY favorite preschool apps (I still have high hopes they’ll grow into SlateMath and Space Aliens), but these are the ones that my children, ages 2.5 yrs and 4 yrs, enjoy the most and are also Mom and Dad approved for being educational.  You may notice that I have more mathematical concept apps than language... read more

Hating the Word “Hate”

I am well-aware of my helicopter parenting. I am anal retentive to a fault. Perhaps one parenting aspect that others find extreme is the unwritten list of forbidden words in my house. And I’m not talking about swear words. We don’t say “butt.” We don’t say “fat.” We don’t say “stupid.” And we never say “hate.” In my... read more

Family Room Redo

I promised some before and after pics–after all, I’m a huge HGTV junkie too!–so here is the first post. I’ve started with the family room because it’s the largest room and really shows off how just some paint, carpet, and cleaning can make a huge impact on the appearnce of a space. Here is a “before” picture. It shows off the huge windows,... read more

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