Chase away the dreary days with tropical grill recipes that make you smile

Though we are in the middle of comfort food & casseroles season, I love mixing things up and using our grill in the middle of fall and winter. When we’ve had too many chilly, drizzly, grey days in a row, our family likes to fire up the grill and make something spicy and tropical to […]

Travel time: questions to ask your kids in the car

As parents, we spend countless hours taxiing our kids from one activity to another: birthday parties, school, sports, piano, lessons and tutoring of all kinds. And while during the hectic busyness of our over packed schedules it is tempting to just turn on the radio or allow a little screen time with headphones for the […]

Camping-themed reading picnic for kids

Reading together is one of the most obvious, healthy, and successful ways to connect with your kids. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard that message loud and clear from everyone from your pediatrician, your child’s teachers, friends and family, and every family expert source everywhere. But reading together doesn’t have to mean just the standard bedtime […]

Family vacation tips: Keep the peace and connect with your kids!

Family vacations are one of my very favorite ways to connect with our kids. Getting away from the everyday routine and exploring new places together creates the most vivid memories. With a husband who travels for work and keeps crazy hours, our time with him is precious. When we head out on an adventure, my […]

First day of summer celebration: kick start the funnest season ever!

The last day of school, the first day of summer. Whatever you nameĀ that day, it is a major highlight on the calendar for kids everywhere. Want to really connect with your kids? Show them you realize how much this moment means to them with the easiest celebration ideas ever! Our family has a few festive […]

Surviving the Sidelines: portable games for kids

How much time would you guess your average mom spends waiting on her kids? We wait: in line at carpool at the bus stop in the office at the pediatrician at the dentist’s office at sports practice at dance class at gymnastics during piano lessons I don’t know about you, but I’ve mastered the art […]

Fashion themed art prompts for kids

Finding time to really connect with your kids can be difficult in the busy day-to-day hustle of school and activities. Our family likes to make a habit of special one on one dates with the kids to breakĀ out of our normal routine and we find this really helps us to focus on our time together. […]

Introducing exotic flavors to kids

Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, grilled cheese. Repeat. Does that sound familiar? I know that if I put my kids in charge of meal planning, that is pretty much what our weeks would look like. Every Single Week. Thankfully, they’re not the ones in charge but knowing full well their preferences it can be all […]

Great ways to ring in the new year with kids!

Anyone else feeling a little shocked by how quickly this year seems to have disappeared?! At this point in the holiday game, my mind and schedule are so focused on getting ready for Christmas that New Year’s Eve sneaks up on me even more quickly. I end up feeling completely unprepared to celebrate the last […]