Give children the ultimate gift -- a love of writing by incorporating these tips into your home life

11 Ways to Encourage Young Writers

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. In my mind, I never believed I had what it took. I wasn’t smart enough. Funny enough. Dedicated enough. My handwriting is awful. I lack the confidence to put it all out there for others to see. I just don’t have what it takes. At least that’s what […]

Great example of the right way to do a tricep dip, this post has lots of other exercise moves you can do on the go as well

Playground Workout for Moms: 8 Exercises You Can Do While They Play

So excited to introduce you to personal trainer and pro photographer Stephanie Smith for today’s total body playground workout, she’s about to rock your world. As a mom of young kids, it is so tough to find time to work out. Let me tell you, I have been there. With three kids under the age of […]

18 simple activities you can do in your own backyard that will make this an amazing summer

Summer in Your Own Backyard: The Power of Staying Home

I made a promise to myself at the beginning of last summer, much like the promises I’ve made dozens of times before. This summer, while all three of my kids are home, I will be more present. We will do less, but enjoy more. We will spend more time together as a family, and darn it — […]

Great ideas for simple activities for kids during playdates

Simple Tips for Hosting the Perfect Playdate

*Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post! (Ends June 12th) My playdate days are sadly drawing to a close. My baby graduated kindergarten this year and my oldest is almost 10! I have no idea where the time went, but I have hosted my fair share of playdates and would consider myself […]

Great tips on how to reduce allergen in your home

10 Ways to Help Your Family Fight Allergy Symptoms

More than 50 million Americans* suffer from allergies and the numbers are steadily increasing. Children are experiencing symptoms earlier and earlier and doctors predict this year’s allergy season will be a particularly long and intense one. If you’re family is already suffering or feeling the impact from the great outdoors, don’t despair. There are easy things […]

These would make great gifts or kids party activity, make rainbow necklaces out of sculpting clay

Stuff Kids Love: Rainbow Necklace Craft

You know how the mere mention of ice cream brings huge smiles and jumps of joy from kids?   At least that’s what happens at my house.  Well, sculpey polymer clay is kind of like that in art form.  Kids love it so much that whenever I need to recharge my art class battery, I […]

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Easiest Halloween Costume EVER! WildStyle from the LEGO Movie

The Easiest (WyldStyle) Wildstyle Lego Movie Costume Ever!

This costume really couldn’t get any easier! All you need to make your own WildStyle (WyldStyle) LEGO Movie Costume is a pen and some paper, a black sweat suit, some bright pink and blue duck tape, scissors, and some hair chalk. To Make Your Own WildStyle (WyldStyle) LEGO Movie Costume Start, by sketching out the […]

Unbloxing creativity with GoldieBlox

A Short Story: Unbloxing Creativity and Making Friends

 but as clever as she was with gadgets and gears, she had trouble being herself around other girls. When friends came over to play, they would usually raid her untouched dress-up bin or redecorate her doll house while she sat close by building cities out of legos or geared up to save endangered stuffed animal […]

Love these leggings!!!

How to Make Graffiti Leggings

If you’ve hung out here for any length of time at all, you know my daughter is a 7-year-old creative force to be reckoned with. She sings her own tune and marches to the beat of some super cool drum I only wish I could hear. She is by and far the coolest girl I […]

Back to school looks for boys from Tea Collection

Back to School with Tea Collection

I can’t believe we are lacing up our shoes and getting ready to go back to school next week. Seriously, I need a few more days, weeks, months to soak up these tiny people before they sprout on me all over again. Over the summer, they have surely grown half a foot. We had to […]

A supermoon rises over the trees in Spencer, New York, on Aug. 10, 2014. (Photo: Tom Pennington, Getty Images)

5 Cool Facts About The Supermoon

1. The name Supermoon is not an actual term in astronomy. The scientific name for these seemingly larger than life full moons is Perigee Full Moon. The phrase Supermoon was first coined by Richard Nolle, an astronomer in 1979. The term has gained popularity only over the last few year’s thanks to all the news […]

An Encyclopedia of Boredom Busters.

101 Kids Activities to Keep Your Children Entertained

Do you have any little makers in your house? Kids that constantly need to be making or building something or taking something apart to see how it works. I have three of those kids, plus a handful of neighborhood kids who are always looking for something fun to do. We go through TONS of books […]

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Yum! Paloma's are my favorite drink in the summertime. Crisp, refreshing and delicious

Try This: Paloma Cocktail Recipe with Honey Simple Syrup

I had my first Paloma cocktail dining al fresco on the riverwalk several years ago. It felt like the quintessential San Antonio experience, so it feels only right for me to pass this feeling on to you. I have worked out a simple way to make a large quantity of these in a jiffy. I’ll […]

Mmmmm, a peanut butter and banana chocolate shake - sounds heavenly!

Try This: Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Shake

Our friends from Tillamook are dropping by this afternoon to share one of those recipes that sounds like a match made in heaven, peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate. What could be better?! Blend it all up and top with some whipped cream and sprinkles and it’s sure to make your day or at the very least […]

2 ingredient homemade magic shell

You’ll love this magic shell recipe w/ just 2 ingredients!

I almost feel as if I should start this post with an apology. Because once you find out how easy this recipe is and how delicious it is–you’ll probably blame me for the fact that you’re going to need to stock up on ice cream, STAT. Not to mention crack down on that exercise routine, […]

This gluten-free raspberry coffee cake has a lemon cream cheese filling! One piece is not enough ...

Gluten-Free Raspberry Coffee Cake inspired by the Artful Year

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post! I don’t think she knows it, but Jean Van’t Hul is pretty much the reason I started blogging. I found her site, a long with a couple others in 2008. I was home with two young kids, still active duty stationed overseas and desperately needing […]

Who wants pancakes? Lots of great pancake recipes here

Pancake Recipes So Good, They’ll Make Your Whole Weekend

Pancakes. Piping hot, fluffy, good old-fashioned melt in your mouth pancakes. That’s the stuff childhood memories are made of and the kind of thing that can transport you right back to your grandma’s house when you were little with just one syrup-y bite. Mmmm, I love pancakes. Who doesn’t, right? I mean they are basically […]

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