Gift Guide for Kids Who Love Cars and Trucks

For the child in your life who loves all things that go, this gift guide will give you plenty of ideas for car and truck gifts that are sure to be a hit.

For the child in your life who loves all things that go, this gift guide for kids who love cars and trucks will give you plenty of ideas that are sure to be a hit.

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a mom of boys (okay, there are a lot of things, but this one is way up at the top), it’s that the attraction to cars and trucks is completely inborn. I’ve always been a big proponent of encouraging boys and girls to be interested in whatever they want rather than being beholden to gender stereotypes. However, without any encouragement from me, my boys have all gravitated toward playing with cars and trucks.  Continue reading

16 Not-Too-Scary Halloween Books Kids Will Love

These 16 Halloween books are festive, fun, and just spooky enough to keep kids on the edge of their seats…but not enough to keep them up at night. just spooky enough to keep kids on the edge of their seats, but not enough to keep them up at night.

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Confession: I don’t really like Halloween. It’s my least favorite holiday of the year. I just don’t understand the fascination some people have for scary, undead, and/or gory things. I have far too vivid an imagination to be able to deal with anything frightening; even as an adult, I still get nightmares if I watch scary movies. Continue reading

How to Decorate Fun Halloween Treats in Five Minutes or Less

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Ready for Halloween? These festive Halloween treats can be made in less than five minutes, and they’re perfect for class parties, neighbor gifts, or trick-or-treaters!Ready for Halloween? These festive Halloween treats can be made in less than five minutes, and they're perfect for class parties, neighbor gifts, or trick-or-treaters!

It’s just about a week away from Halloween! Are you ready? I have one costume done (because I borrowed it), one partially done (because I have to get the parts I couldn’t borrow), and one not yet started. I guess I better get busy. Continue reading

The Great Pumpkin Race: A Halloween preschool activity

Help your preschooler learn to count using this simple printable preschool game. Race to fill up your pumpkin patch before Halloween arrives, and then race again to sell your crop.Help your preschooler learn to count using this simple printable preschool game. Race to fill up your pumpkin patch before Halloween arrives, and then race again to sell your crop.This game was inspired by a random impulse buy in Target’s dollar spot. I was there a couple of weeks ago with my two younger boys (mama NEEDED to get out of the house and Little Brother needed jeans for winter) when I was lured into the dollar spot by the promise of cute, inexpensive Halloween decor. Oh, Target…you’re a dangerous place.

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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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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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One of my favorite parts about my kids’ birthdays is getting to make their cakes. I think it’s so fun to get crafty in the kitchen and create something that really reflects their personalities and interests. Continue reading

Simple learning: playground obstacle course

You don’t have to climb through tiny tunnels to play with your child at the park. This simple playground obstacle course is a great way to connect with your child and encourage them to get moving and learning in a playful way!You don't have to climb through tiny tunnels to play with your child at the park. This simple playground obstacle course is a great way to connect with your child and encourage them to get moving and learning in a playful way! I want to play with my kids. Really, I do. Or at least, I want to want to play with them. (did you follow that?) But sometimes, I’m just so tired…burned out from a day of mommy duty…and I just want to sit and relax or do whatever I want to do. Continue reading

Traveling with Kids: What to Do in Sunriver, Oregon

Looking for a great location for a family vacation or reunion? Check out Sunriver, Oregon! Here are 10+ family-friendly activities to do when traveling with kids in and around Sunriver!Looking for a great location for a family vacation or reunion? Check out Sunriver, Oregon! Here are 10+ family-friendly activities to do when traveling with kids in and around Sunriver!

I’ve been absent from the blog for a week, but it’s with good reason. We’ve been traveling again…this time to a family reunion in Sunriver, Oregon! Despite how much work it is to get everything ready when traveling with kids, I love a good adventure. Plus, this reunion was with my parents, my siblings, and their families, so I was highly motivated to make it happen.

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Summer Bucket List BINGO

Plan a fun-filled summer for your family with this free printable summer bingo game. Use my version, or customize it with your own bucket list to keep track of all your summer adventures!Plan a fun-filled summer for your family with this free printable summer bingo game. Use my version, or customize it with your own bucket list to keep track of all your summer adventures!Happy summer! Okay, I know that technically summer starts June 20th, but the de facto start of summer is definitely whenever school gets out. So, here we are! Yesterday we started our first “mommy school” theme for the summer–learning all about the sun! Continue reading

Awesome summer reading charts for kids

Summer break means lots of free play time, but we also want our kids to keep learning. These free printable reading charts will help keep your kids motivated to learn all summer long.Summer break means lots of free play time, but we also want our kids to keep learning. These free printable reading charts will help keep your kids motivated to learn all summer long.

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Today is Little Man’s last day of preschool. What??? He’s going to Kindergarten in the fall, and I can hardly believe we’ve both survived (and often enjoyed) five whole years. I have lots of plans for fun in the sun this summer, but I also want to make sure that he is prepared academically for Kindergarten in the fall…so I’ve been looking for ideas of how we can incorporate some learning activities into our summer plans.

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