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Chuck E. Cheese is 40! Celebrates with new look, same great family fun

Chuck E. Cheese is 40! Celebrates with new look, same great family fun

Chuck E. Cheese is 40!!! And they are updating their restaurants to celebrate I remember going to Chuck E. Cheese as far back as first grade. I have always loved them. The pizza, the games, the parties, the prizes! What’s not to love about the […]

Save your sanity with a magical blanket fort kit

Save your sanity with a magical blanket fort kit

Guys, I have a confession to make. Something I have been feeling awful about all week. My kids get out of school for the summer next Thursday and for the first time ever … I am not super excited about it. I know. Awful mom […]

Host your own Field Day party at home!

Host your own Field Day party at home!

Our friends at Birch Lane Kids asked us if we could throw a party full of classic kid moments. We literally jumped at the chance. Take a look at all the fun we had planning this field day inspired party at home. Do you remember field day? Oh […]

Baking With Kids: Easy Coconut Macaroon Nests

Baking With Kids: Easy Coconut Macaroon Nests

Easter is a magical time at our house. It has the same religious significance to us as Christmas, but without all the crazy commercialism to go along with it. It’s a chance for our family to do some much needed reflection, and it’s also a […]

8 Secrets to Raising Confident Kids

8 Secrets to Raising Confident Kids

My daughter has always been painfully shy around children her own age. That’s why my mouth fell open when she told me she was going to sing in her school’s talent show! Watching my formerly insecure seven year old take the stage in front of […]

Heart Shaped Pizza Minis

Heart Shaped Pizza Minis

I’m sharing one of my family’s favorite ways to celebrate Valentines Day, Heart Shaped Pizza Minis!! Pizza and lazy man’s fondue … that’s been our Valentines Day menu for years. We are not fancy, I just chop up some fruit and melt some chocolate and […]

third quarter brownies, a family game day tradition

third quarter brownies, a family game day tradition

What is your favorite season? The long, warm days of summer or the cozy and cold winter months? My most favorite season – the season that does it for me more than nay other time of year – is football season. When we talk about […]

Sisterhood of the traveling hearts

Sisterhood of the traveling hearts

I thought we’d try something a little different today. I’d like to take you on a year-long journey of how simple Valentines ideas, a little bit of love and a whole lot of kindness can evolve and grow into something truly beautiful. We’ll begin about […]

Cultivating the Next Generation of Animators

Cultivating the Next Generation of Animators

My daughter’s birthday is coming up. We’ve entered that period where just buying more toys to be buying more toys doesn’t make sense any more. Our home is bursting with the toys of three children, yet only the neighbor kids play with them. Instead of […]

9 healthy habits for families who want to be more active

9 healthy habits for families who want to be more active

I get it, being healthy is hard – but during the holidays especially? Forget it! There are three months of the year dedicated to delicious pies, homemade candy and sweets and tasty cakes. Let’s not even mention all of the extra carbs and holiday food. […]