Traveling with kids: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks

If you’re going to Southern Utah, check out these ideas for fun, family-friendly things to do while traveling with kids in the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

If you're going to Southern Utah, check out these ideas for fun, family-friendly things to do while traveling with kids in the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. I love to travel. I have long dreamed of taking off on a grand European tour, I think going on an African Safari sounds like an awesome adventure, and I could stare for hours at pictures of far-off, exotic places. However, with two little boys taking up much of my time and energy these days, some of those dreams are not going to be fulfilled in my immediate future (although I am going to Europe this summer, sans kiddos!…more on that later).  Continue reading

The BEST homemade playdough recipe

There are tons of homemade playdough recipes out there, but this one is truly the BEST playdough recipe. Just like store-bought and it lasts forever. Make it today!
There are tons of homemade playdough recipes out there, but this one is truly the BEST playdough recipe. Just like store-bought and it lasts forever. Make it today! Truth: I have never bought playdough for my kids…and yet, it’s one of their favorite toys. How is that even possible? It’s because I have an awesome homemade playdough recipe that is just as good (or better) than the name brand stuff at the store and about a gazillion times cheaper.  Continue reading

Consider the lilies…what I’m learning from a plant

Sometimes, important realizations come from simple life experiences. Here’s what I learned from a plant about seeking out the sunshine in life.Sometimes, important realizations come from simple life experiences. Here's what I learned from a plant about seeking out the sunshine in life.

It’s springtime! I love this time of year, when the sunshine actually means it’s probably warm outside and all the plants come back to life. There is something magical about watching those little buds unfurl into beautiful flowers of all sizes and colors. Continue reading

How to entertain kids when you’re exhausted or sick + why I’ve been BOTH lately

Whether it’s morning sickness, the flu, or a hangover from being up all night with a needy baby, these low-energy ideas will help you entertain kids when you’re exhausted. Whether it's morning sickness, the flu, or a hangover from being up all night with a needy baby, these low-energy ideas will help you entertain kids when you're sick...or tired...or both.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen that our little family shared some fun news over the weekend: Little Man and Little Brother are going to be getting a NEW little sibling in September of this year! Continue reading

What I learned about priorities from getting locked out of my house

Getting locked out reminded me that some things matter more than others, and there are consequences when our priorities get out of focus.

Getting locked out reminded me that some things matter more than others, and there are consequences when we put our focus in the wrong place.Last weekend my neighbors held their annual March Madness chocolate chip cookie tournament. We all brought our best cookies to the table, and through a complex dance of tasting and head-to-head competition, a winner was chosen by popular choice. It’s all very epic. I like this tournament way better than the real thing. Anything that involves dessert is a good idea in my book. Continue reading

Easter egg surprise popcorn balls

Although it’s a simple recipe, there is more to these Easter egg-shaped popcorn balls than meets the eye. Kids will be thrilled with the surprise awaiting them inside this fun Easter dessert!
Although it's a simple recipe, there is more to these Easter egg-shaped popcorn balls than meets the eye. Kids will be thrilled with the surprise awaiting them inside this fun Easter dessert!

Have you ever had a kinder egg? They were clearly created by someone who understands the appeal that cheap trinkets have for children. Basically, it’s a chocolate egg with a plastic toy inside. At least it’s pretty good European chocolate rather than the super waxy cheap American stuff that shall remain nameless. Continue reading

How to entertain your child with a business card: meet Chompy!

Next time you’re waiting at the doctor’s office, a restaurant, or the bank, grab a business card off the counter nearby and entertain your child with this simple trick.

Next time you're waiting at the doctor's office, a restaurant, or the bank, grab a business card off the counter nearby and entertain your child with this simple trick.When I was a kid, we had a VHS (yep, those were the good ol’ days!) called “101 Things for Kids to Do.” It featured Sheri Lewis and Lamb Chop. Remember that horribly unforgettable song that never ends?…Sorry if it just resurfaced in your mind after being buried for a decade. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, consider yourself lucky and take my advice: DON’T go look it up. Continue reading

A meal with NO dishes: a perfect last-minute birthday gift for moms

Need a quick last-minute birthday gift for a mom friend? This simple “meal with no dishes” kit is a perfect way to say happy birthday to a mom around you who just needs a little break for her birthday. And…really…don’t we all?
Need a quick last-minute birthday gift for a mom friend? This simple "meal with no dishes" kit is a perfect way to say happy birthday to a mom around you who just needs a little break for her birthday. And...really...don't we all?We all know that birthdays as a mom tend to be much less exciting than they were when we were kids. We don’t usually throw big parties with our friends, our class doesn’t sing happy birthday, we don’t get a special birthday badge to wear. We still have to make lunches, do the laundry, and keep up on the day to day tasks of life. That’s not necessarily bad…it’s just the reality of adulthood and mom life.

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30 awesome popsicle stick crafts and activities for kids

These 30 creative and fun popsicle stick crafts & activities are enough to keep your kiddos busy for a whole month!These 30 creative and fun popsicle stick crafts & activities are enough to keep your kiddos busy for a whole month!

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Popsicle sticks have got to be one of the most basic, unassuming craft materials on the planet, but they offer a WORLD of possibilities where kids are concerned. Continue reading

What my four-year-old taught me about making friends

Somewhere between age three and thirty, we complicate the process of making friends. Here’s what my four-year-old is teaching me about reaching out to others.
Somewhere between age three and thirty, we complicate the process of making friends. Here's what my four-year-old is teaching me about reaching out to others.

This morning I was at the park with my two little boys. It was one of the first really warm, sunny days of the year, and I was thrilled. So we packed up a picnic, and headed to the park for lunch. Continue reading