Mini Fruit Pizza Tarts

These mini fruit pizza tarts are a fun twist on the traditional summertime dessert. They are simple–yet impressive–and perfect for a patriotic celebration or backyard party!These mini fruit pizza tarts are a fun twist on the traditional fruit pizza that is a summertime dessert staple. They would be a great addition to your patriotic celebrations this year!Three days left until the Fourth of July. I’m not sure I can contain Little Man’s excitement any longer. We got an ad in the mail for one of the firework stands in the area, and he was pouring over it like it was a Christmas toy catalog. In fact, I threw it away during naptime, and he was so distraught when he woke up and couldn’t find it that we had to dig it back out. Suffice it to say, we will be buying fireworks this weekend.  Continue reading

Fourth of July Craft: Firecracker Parade Wand

If you’re headed to a parade this holiday (or if you just want to march around your living room), this firecracker parade wand is a fun preschool Fourth of July craft that will add some oomph to your celebration. If you're headed to a parade this holiday (or if you just want to march around your living room), this firecracker parade wand is a fun preschool Fourth of July craft that will add some oomph to your celebration.Happy Independence Day!

The Fourth of July is just around the corner and we’re getting excited.

Little Man LOVES the Fourth of July (okay, he loves every holiday). For the past week, whenever he sees a firework stand while we’re driving in the car, he tells me, “Mom, do you know why I think there are firework stands right now?” Continue reading

Motherhood is like running

Have you ever thought about how each day of motherhood is like a morning training run? 
Have you ever thought about how each day of motherhood is like a morning run? Here's what I realized while running.

Let me start by saying that I am NOT a runner.

I will never forget my first week at college when I thought it was a good idea to go running with my new dorm friends. I’m in shape, I thought. I can keep up. Considering that one of the three girls ran cross country and track at our university (which happens to often win the national championship in cross country) I was a little lot out of my league. Not to mention the fact that the previous week I had been living at about 300 feet above sea level, and now I was attempting to run at 4000 feet. Oops. Continue reading

The Best Campfire Dessert EVER: Campfire Eclairs

This easy-to-make dessert is one of my favorite camping recipes from my childhood. It’s fun to make and is guaranteed to be a highlight of your next camping trip.

This easy-to-make dessert is one of my favorite camping recipes from my childhood. It's fun to make and is guaranteed to be a highlight of your next camping trip.

I grew up camping every summer. With five kids, there weren’t a lot of other vacation destinations that were in the budget, but that was fine with me. I loved spending my summers hiking, learning to fish, building sandcastles on the shores of Hume Lake, and exploring the giant tree stumps at Princess Campground.

In fact, my husband laughs at me a little for how nostalgic I get every time we see a tent trailer. But, really, tent trailers are awesome! Am I right? The smell of sun-baked plastic and the scratchy seats. Ahhh…memories. Continue reading

Silly Songs Your Preschooler Will Love (and you won’t hate)

Music is a great way to help kids develop language, motor, and memory skills. Here are eight silly preschool songs that kids are sure to enjoy, and that will make you giggle right along with them.

Music is a great way to help kids develop language, motor, and memory skills. Here are eight silly songs that your preschooler is sure to enjoy, and that will make you giggle right along with them.We love music at our house. My boys may think I’m crazy when I’m rocking out to Disney songs or randomly burst into song while folding laundry, but they love a good song as much as I do. Little Man actually has a funny little tradition at bedtime of asking me to make up songs about the books we read. A lot of them are pretty lame, but he loves it. Continue reading

Favorite Banana Chocolate Chip Bran Muffins

These mini banana chocolate chip bran muffins are the perfect breakfast or morning snack food. They’re full of good-for-you ingredients and still taste delicious!Mini Banana Chocolate Chip Bran Muffins copy

Hi all. It’s Friday again. I was planning to have a fun campfire recipe to share with you all today, but I have a sick toddler who thwarted my campfire plans. Look forward to it soon though, because it’s a good one!

The good news though, is that now I get to share these amazing muffins with you today. It’s no secret that we love a good muffin around here. I’ve shared our favorite blueberry muffins before, and we regularly make these applesauce oat muffins, too. We keep a supply of homemade muffins in the freezer that we can pull out and thaw for a snack (with yogurt is our favorite combination) several times a week. Continue reading

5 things dads do best

Dads can be a powerful influence for good in their families. In honor of Father’s Day, here are five things that dads do best.Dads can be a powerful influence for good in their families. Here are five things that dads do best, in honor of Father’s Day.I have a pet peeve. I hate it when TV shows, commercials, and movies portray dads as bumbling idiots. I watched my fair share of Home Improvement growing up and loved it, but as a wife and mother now, the show makes me cringe. Continue reading

Travel felt board: “Under the Sea” play set (free printable templates)

Travel felt boards are a great activity for kids stuck on a plane or in a car. This fun “Under the Sea” play set is a summery addition to the original felt board I shared previously. Enjoy!If you're traveling with kids, this travel felt board is a quick DIY craft that makes a great activity for kids stuck on a plane or in a car. It costs less than five dollars, takes less than an hour to make, and will save your sanity when you're on the go with little ones this summer!

Last month, I shared with you all a fun DIY project that’s perfect for traveling with kids this summer (or for restaurants, church, and any other time that you need your kiddos to be occupied and quiet). If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read more here. Continue reading

Healthy Coconut Cashew Granola

This homemade coconut cashew granola is a perfect blend of crunchy and not-too-sweet that is delicious on its own or as a topping for your favorite yogurt and fruit parfait!
This homemade coconut cashew granola is a perfect blend of crunchy and not-too-sweet that is delicious on its own or as a topping for your favorite yogurt and fruit parfait!Happy Friday, All! Summer weather has sure shown up in our neck of the woods; how about yours? It’s been over 90 degrees most of this week, so we’ve been looking for ways to cool off. Of course, even the heat couldn’t stop me from making today’s recipe to share with you all! I may be crazy to turn on the oven in the summer, but this granola was totally worth it. Continue reading

Travel with kids: Florida Keys & the Everglades

If you’re going to Florida, check out these ideas for fun, family-friendly things to do with kids in The Florida Keys & The Everglades.

If you’re going to Florida, check out these ideas for fun, family-friendly things to do with kids in The Florida Keys & The Everglades.

If you’ve been reading along lately, you know that my family recently took an epic vacation to Florida. I’ve already written about the fun things we did in Tampa, but that was only the first half of our trip. The second half was spent down south in the Florida Keys and the Everglades. Today I’m sharing our favorite things we did with our kids during that part of our trip. Continue reading