Surviving the Sidelines: portable games for kids

Connect with your kids: The Waiting Game

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

Connect with your kids: A trip to the art museum

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 break out of our normal routine and we find this really helps us to focus on our time together. [...]

Introducing exotic flavors to kids

Introducing kids to new flavors

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!

10 great ways to countdown to the new year with your kids | Melissa & Doug Playtime Press

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 [...]

Holiday baking with kids: 7 tips for having fun and keeping your sanity!

Holiday baking

Holiday baking time! This might be my most favorite time in the kitchen of the whole year. My girls and I are drawn to the seasonal displays of ingredients at the grocery store like moths to the flame. We stock up on all flavors of chips and sprinkles and nuts for baking cookies and treats. [...]

5 recipes for little hands

5 recipes for little hands

My four year old loves to be my baking buddy. She comes to me with those big blue eyes and asks, “Mommy, when can we ‘make’ together?” How could I possibly turn down that request? When it comes to baking with preschoolers, not all recipes are created equal! So many of my personal favorites are [...]

Keeping family dinner slow when life gets fast

Mom-tested, kid-approved slow cooker recipes to keep you fed for 4 weeks.

Anyone else out there a Soccer Mom?? (Or Football Mom, or Basketball Mom, or Dance Mom, or Fill In the Blank our Life is Just Plain Crazy Mom??) Juggling your family’s schedule and making sure everyone gets fed at the end of a long day has to be one of the most universal challenges in [...]

Baking with kids: Crack an egg like a pro!

Baking with kids: How to crack an egg!

Spending time with kids in the kitchen is one of the most entertaining opportunities for sharing life skills. My girls have always enjoyed baking with me but this summer my 7 year old expressed an interest in upping the ante when it comes to helping out. I knew the time had come to start teaching her [...]

3 ways to sneak in fitness time

Sneaking in time for fitness

I had the best of intentions for exercising three times a week this summer. I had a plan to go to the YMCA on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, drop the kids off at the play center and get a 2 mile run in. Oh the foolish plans of a mom with kids still in school. Once [...]