Summer in Your Own Backyard: The Power of Staying Home

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

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 — […]

Simple Tips for Hosting the Perfect Playdate

Great ideas for simple activities for kids during playdates

*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 […]

Stuff Kids Love: Rainbow Necklace Craft

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

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 […]

10 Mindfulness Exercises to Do With Your Kids

A great post with lots of exercises and activities you can do at home with your kids to help you BOTH live more in the moment - LOVE!

A few mornings ago, as we stepped outside in the chill of the early morning air, my six-year-old son stopped in his tracks and said— “Smell that! Take a deep breath.” “It’s so fresh,” his brother followed up. And my heart stretched a little on both sides. Maybe my subtle efforts to live mindfully with my […]

Life Lessons Learned Through Tinkering


My daughter opened up a GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survivor Kit a few days ago and her eyes lit up instantly. It’s no secret she loves to build and create or that she’s a huge fan of Goldie and an actual Master Builder so this new toy set was right up her alley. She quickly […]

Whimsical Easter Printables from Smallful, plus a giveaway!


Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post! Easter decorations so lovely you’ll want to leave them up all year! Yep, that’s right. These wall size dress up bunnies from Smallful are just about the prettiest thing I’ve seen all spring. We’re going to display ours for Easter, but with four different outfits […]

See the World Through Every Color of the Rainbow With These DIY Glasses

make your own rainbow glasses

Sure you could see the world through rose colored glasses, but why settle for rose? Instead, see the world through all the colors of the rainbow! Here’s how… Make your own Rainbow Glasses You’ll need: Printable pdf Sheets of colored plastic (also available on Amazon) Scissors or craft knife Glue sticks 1. Print out the pdf. […]

A colorful way to display all those LEGO minifigures!

Clever Upcycling Project! $3 Goodwill find turns colorful Lego Friends display storage / dollhouse

You’ll love this kid-approved afternoon craft project from Design Improvised,  such a sweet way to store and display all those LEGO minifigures! Do you have a LEGO obsessed kiddo at home? Or maybe one that has figurines of their favorite characters all over the house? Then I have the perfect kid-approved project for you! This […]

22 Kid-Approved Acts of Kindness You Can Do THIS Week

22 Acts of Kindness You Can Do THIS Week | Love the idea of helping our children develop compassion and empathy by starting with simple kindness! And a lot of these don't require any prep work!

Has anyone else noticed how crazy easy it is to get overwhelmed with all of the things we want to teach and work on with our kids? We see their struggles and insecurities, and we want to take each one head on. But for me at least, wanting to do everything usually leaves me doing a dozen […]

Printable Rainbow Heart Spinner Valentines


Rainbows spinning on a heart! The perfect childhood combination of awesome. As a kid, I’d spend hours decorating my room with arrows and conversation hearts. Construction paper hearts in pink and red still have a soft spot for me.  I have a feeling that this DIY/parenting blogger gig is just the right job for me. […]