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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Simple Ways to Keep Germs At Bay

Simple Ways to Keep Germs At Bay

My daughter came home from school today talking about two guys, Bac and Rus and singing a little tune about washing her hands. Turns out Bac is short for Bacteria and Rus, for Virus. They watched a video at school explaining how germs enter the […]

How to get started riding bikes as a family

How to get started riding bikes as a family

Today’s post is sponsored by Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep KSW going. Care to try it? Use this coupon on your next purchase of Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator. I’ve dreamed of having a family that rode bikes together […]

11 Ways to Encourage Young Writers

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 […]

Summer in Your Own Backyard: The Power of Staying Home

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 […]

10 Mindfulness Exercises to Do With Your Kids

10 Mindfulness Exercises to Do With Your Kids

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 […]

Life Lessons Learned Through Tinkering

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 […]