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

Easy tips for reducing sugar in your family’s diet

You don’t have to sacrifice your favorite dessert to cut down on sugar intake. Try these seven easy-to-swallow ideas for reducing sugar in your family’s diet without throwing out the ice cream.

You don't have to sacrifice your favorite dessert to cut down on sugar intake. Try these seven easy-to-swallow ideas for reducing sugar in your family's diet without throwing out the ice cream.Note: This post includes affiliate links. See my disclosure to learn more.

Let me start by saying two things:

  1. I’m not one to jump on every healthy eating bandwagon that rolls into town. I am not a dietitian, doctor, or other health professional. I’m just a mom trying to feed her family good food.
  2. Our family will probably certainly never be a sugar-free one. My husband has a strong love of ice cream, and I enjoy a good dessert as much as the next person.

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The Sneaky Leprechaun: A St. Patrick’s Day Game for Preschoolers

This St. Patrick’s Day game is a simple way to help your preschooler practice colors, counting, and develop critical thinking skills in a sneaky way. This St. Patrick's Day game is a simple way to help your preschooler practice colors, counting, and develop critical thinking skills in a sneaky way. March comes in like a lion, so they say. For us here in Utah, that certainly seems like it’s going to be the case. It snowed again today, and I’m starting to lose patience with winter. I’m so DONE with surprise blizzards, and I’m aching to get my boys outside to play more often! But in the meantime, at least we’ve got fun preschool activities to keep us busy…and the hope that March means it will officially be spring in a few weeks, no matter what the weatherman may say. Continue reading

Mini Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

These mini toffee chocolate chip cookies are the perfect bite-size treat–crispy edges, chewy middle, and a perfect recipe for freezing ahead of time to use whenever the need for chocolate strikes. These mini toffee chocolate chip cookies are the perfect bite-size treat--crispy edges, chewy middle, and a perfect recipe for freezing ahead of time to use whenever the need for chocolate strikes.

A few weeks ago I left all my boys at home while I flew to my parents’ house in California for the weekend. It was a great little getaway to see siblings, parents, and old high school friends. I had way too much fun…and stayed up way past my bedtime. Ugh, there is a reason I don’t stay up past midnight anymore.

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