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 [...]

How to decorate for Back to School

Back to School Feast: How to set an adorable table for the celebration

What special family traditions do you have for celebrating the Back to School season? Is a Family Feast on the calendar? Today I’m sharing some quick and easy (and adorable!) ideas for setting a festive table over on Peanut Blossom but I wanted to share this super easy trick for painting little red apple placemats [...]

Back to School Lunches: Mom edition!

30 Days of Lunches

It’s Lunch Time! Yes, friends. The time of year is upon us when every mom everywhere groans as she tries to figure out what to pack in those empty little cooler bags at a far too early a time in the morning. Last year we suggested “30 Days of Lunches: No Repeats!” and the response [...]

Forbidden Fruit: Is the “Healthy Food” in Your Home Just for the Kids?

Forbidden Fruits: Making sure mom has enough healthy produce in her diet!

Summer is the perfect time of year to be gathering fresh fruit. Eating healthfully is never easier than during this peak time for produce. Farmer’s markets and road side stands are overflowing with ripe and juicy fruits and fresh and crispy veggies. But for however much of that produce you’re buying, how much of it [...]