Four Corners Preschool Game about Colors

This perfectly simple preschool game about colors requires no prep, gets kids moving, and helps them practice colors and counting skills. This perfectly simple preschool game about colors requires no prep, gets kids moving, and helps them practice colors and counting skills. “Necessity is the mother of invention”…so said Plato. I’m inclined to agree, as some of my most successful ideas for learning activities to do with my kids have come when I’m desperate for something to keep us all busy at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. At least, that’s how this one started.
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State Fair Funnel Cakes

Mix together just a few simple ingredients to create this easy recipe for state fair-style funnel cakes that will make any ordinary weekend special for the whole family.Mix together just a few simple ingredients to create this easy recipe for state fair-style funnel cakes that will make any ordinary weekend special for the whole family.It’s state fair time here in Utah. I grew up in California, and if we had a state fair, I certainly didn’t know about it and it wasn’t anywhere near where I lived. But, now that I live near Utah’s capital, the state fair is only a 20 minute drive away, and we’ve gone for the past several years.

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The life-changing solution to boys who put holes in their jeans…

Are you tired of buying new jeans only to have your boys wear holes in the knees within a week? If so, take a peek at this simple money-saving tip that is the solution to your holey jean woes.Are you tired of buying new jeans only to have your boys wear holes in the knees within a week? If so, take a peek at this simple money-saving tip that is the solution to your holey jean woes.I’m super excited to share a life-changing tip with you today. One of my favorite things about having a blog is being able to share information that has made my life better with anyone who happens to find my little corner of the Internet.

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Our Newest Little Joy: Birth Story

Every birth story is so unique, and I find it fascinating to hear the details of how people bring their babies into the world. Here’s the story of how we welcomed our newest little joy.

I’ve been absent around here for the past week, but that’s because big things have been happening at home…or one big little thing, I suppose. Much to my surprise, we welcomed our newest son into the world on Tuesday afternoon, a week and a half before his due date. We’re all healthy and recovering well at home now, so I thought I would share our whirlwind story with you all. Feel free to skip it if personal details and squishy baby pictures aren’t your thing.  Continue reading

Unconventional baby shower gifts for the mom who already has the basics

Have you ever gone shopping for a baby shower and wondered if the mom-to-be REALLY needs another cute onesie? This gift guide is full of unconventional and creative baby shower gifts that go beyond the basic bottles and blankets.Have you ever gone shopping for a baby shower and wondered if the mom-to-be REALLY needs another cute onesie? This gift guide is full of unconventional and creative baby shower gifts that go beyond the basic bottles and blankets.

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Having a new baby is a big deal–and along with the baby itself comes all the stuff you need for a baby. Now, I’m not one to buy every fancy product on the market. I’ve never owned a wipe warmer…or even a changing table for that matter. I’m kind of a bare bones girl when it comes to a lot of baby stuff. We bought a basic car seat, stroller, and pack-n-play, and they’ve served us well through two kids. Continue reading

When you wonder if you’re a good mom…

If you’ve ever questioned whether you are a good mom, remember this one simple piece of advice I was given recently by an experienced mom…If you've ever questioned whether you are a "good" mom, remember this one simple piece of advice I was given recently by an experienced mom...Do you ever question yourself in motherhood? Do you ever wonder if you were really, truly cut out for this task?

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Omelette Waffles + Ideas for easy, protein-packed breakfasts

Busy school mornings require quick and hearty breakfasts. These protein-packed omelette waffles are so easy to make, and they will give your kids the fuel they need for a great day of learning.Busy school mornings require quick and hearty breakfasts. These protein-packed omelette waffles are so easy to make, and they will give your kids the fuel they need for a great day of learning. It’s just two weeks until I send Little Man off to kindergarten for the first time. I can’t believe I’m a mom of a school-aged kid! When did I get old? Continue reading

8 Fantastic DIY Birthday Cakes for Boys

Have a birthday boy in your house and need some inspiration? These eight totally-doable DIY birthday cakes for boys have got you covered.Have a birthday boy in your house and need some inspiration? These eight totally-doable DIY birthday cakes for boys have got you covered.

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The day that naptime died: transitioning to quiet time

Naptime is precious time for moms…but eventually kids outgrow it. Here’s how we’ve transitioned to quiet time instead and saved everyone’s sanity. Naptime is precious time for moms...but eventually kids outgrow it. Here's how we've transitioned to quiet time instead and saved everyone's sanity.

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It was ten o’clock on a Sunday night. My husband and I had been struggling for TWO hours to get our boys (ages 3 and 5) to go to sleep, and we were both at our wits’ end. Sadly, this wasn’t a rare occurrence in our house at the time. For the past month and a half, this had been the story more evenings than not, and we had reached a breaking point.  Continue reading

Freezer Meals 101: tips, recipes + free printable freezer inventory

Whether you’re preparing for a new baby or just trying to manage the after-school rush, these 23 recipes for freezer meals that actually taste good (along with my free printable freezer inventory) will help make your busy days just a little more manageable.Whether you're preparing for a new baby or just trying to manage the after-school rush, these 23 recipes for freezer meals that actually taste good (along with my free printable freezer inventory) will help make your busy days just a little more manageable.

35 weeks and counting. This baby of ours is going to be here in just over a month, and–let me tell you–I can feel it. By the time I get my toddler’s shoes on and get the kids in the car, I’m already winded! Whew. It’s kind of ridiculous, but I suppose that’s what happens when a little person is pushing on your diaphragm and limiting your lung capacity. Continue reading