Want to add a little spice to preschool play time? Try making this super easy pumpkin spice play dough recipe with your kids. It’s a perfect fall activity and will leave your hands smelling wonderful!
We’ve been busy around here working our way through our fall family bucket list. Last night we carved pumpkins and made homemade root beer. The boys loved it, and I was cracking up at Little Man’s cackles as he watched the bubbling pot of root beer as the dry ice did its work. We may have ended up with a little spit in our soda from the boys taking turns blowing the “smoke” away, but it was worth it.
Before we got to actually carving pumpkins, though, we did some practice with play dough. I had seen Continue reading
What do you get the child who already has way too many toys? This gift guide for young kids will help you pick a gift that will be worth buying and won’t get lost in the depths of the toy box within a week.Disclaimer: This post is unsponsored (just sharing things I love); it does include affiliate links to the products mentioned. As always, feel free to shop around for the best deal! See my disclosure for more info.
I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a parent say, “Gee, I wish we had more toys.” The fact of the matter is that most of us have far more toys in our houses than we need–or want. Because of this, I’m pretty careful about what toys I buy for my kids. If I’m going to spend money on it and let it take up space in my house and my life, it better be something that’s not going to be forgotten in the depths of the toy closet.
The problem though, is that my kids still love getting presents for birthdays and Christmas. I try not to go crazy with presents Continue reading
I’ve gained a lot of skills in my first year blogging, but the most important thing that I’ve learned has nothing to do with pageviews.
Today is my one year blogiversary. (Cue the confetti!) Exactly one year ago I pushed publish on my very first post and sent it out into the void with NO idea of the avalanche of blogging that would follow. It’s been a marvelous, challenging, tear-stricken, hilarious, frustrating, and amazing ride.
Learning to blog has a seriously steep learning curve, and I felt like an idiot a lot of the time. I can write, I can take pictures that look pretty good, but the technical and marketing side of things? Whoa, Nelly. I had no idea. Continue reading
If you have a little train-lover in your house, this DIY train costume is a great trash-to-treasure creation. Your little engineer will love choo-chooing around the neighborhood in this costume!
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Can you believe it’s almost Halloween? Are you knee-deep in homemade Halloween costumes, or did you just shop on Amazon this year? Or, maybe you haven’t even gotten that far yet.
My boys have been talking about Halloween for a month now. They like to practice trick-or-treating at their bedroom doors and giving each other Continue reading
If your child ever got separated from you, would they know your name and phone number to give to a trusted adult? These simple activities will give your kids a key tool to keep them safe in case of such an emergency.Did you know that this week is Fire Prevention Week?
Little Man is four now, and I figured it would be a good idea to start teaching him some basic emergency skills, especially knowing a phone number to give a trusted adult if he ever got lost or separated from us in an emergency situation. I suppose it’s not exactly fire safety, but it’s essential information for kids to know.
We’ve used some time during our home preschool over the past several weeks to talk about the different helpers in our community (firemen, police men, doctors, etc.) and what we need to know for emergencies when we might talk to those helpers.
We talked about three things he might need to tell a grown up helper: Continue reading
There are some experiences that change you forever. Here are some of the lessons I learned through my experience with miscarriage.
Today, I would have been 12 weeks pregnant. I would have been announcing it to my family and friends. Instead, I have a different story to tell.
Three weeks ago I walked into my midwife’s appointment for my first pregnancy check up. Two hours and three ultrasounds later, I got the news I had begun to suspect was coming, but I was still hoping not to hear. Continue reading
This simplified version of the classic game of “match” (or memory) is a fun activity for young toddlers that will help to develop vocabulary and increase concentration.Do your little ones love playing board games and card games as much as mine? Thankfully, we’re past the stage where Little Man wanted to play Candy Land 15 times a day (no joke). We’ve introduced some much needed variety into our game-playing repertoire, but the fact remains that my boys love playing games.
Little Brother loves to get in on the gaming action, too, but most of the games are too complex for him to play on his own. Continue reading
This cozy chicken and dumpling soup is a great, easy meal on a cloudy day when you need some good, healthy comfort food.
One of the best things about fall is that I get to whip out my big pots and make soups again. I LOVE making homemade soup. Chicken soup with homemade noodles, tomato basil, minestrone, super loaded baked potato, cauliflower chower. Mmmm. Don’t talk to me about canned soup…I don’t consider that to be real food. Besides, soup is such an easy meal to make from scratch, and it just fills my house with happy thoughts on a gloomy day.
In a world that seems to make our little ones grow up so quickly and pushes all of us to be high-achievers, my kids are a constant reminder to me to remain childlike regardless of my age.
“Grow up, already!” I sometimes plead inside my head to my children on a long, hard day.
I don’t really want my kids to grow up yet…at least not all the way. But sometimes it seems like it would be nice to have them grow up just a little…just enough to be able to tie their own shoes and get their own drinks of water without leaving puddles on my kitchen floor.
Other times–when I’m not too sleep-deprived or exhausted from refereeing sibling rivalry wars all day–I see my children for more than the messes, the fights, and the constant need of something from me. In those moments, I see them for Continue reading
These silly (not spooky) Halloween preschool songs are a great way to get your kids excited for fall. Do the learning activities connected to each one to turn a funny song into an engaging educational opportunity.Happy October! We’re gearing up for the Halloween season as the weather cools down around here, and I’m trying to figure out how to make a Percy the train costume that my two-year-old can actually walk in. Wish me luck!
To capitalize on my boys’ love of Halloween (and holidays in general), our mommy school activities this month are going to have a lot to do with pumpkins, scarecrows, owls, and silly monsters. Continue reading