10 Tips for Keeping Family Road Trips Stress-Free

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This stress-free family road trip post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Let me ask, how many of you will be traveling in the next few weeks over the holidays? We find ourselves in the car quite a bit during the holiday season, and this year at the [...]

5 Crafty Gift Tags Kids Can Make!

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This crafty gift tags post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. 5 Gift Tags as Gifts Wrapping gifts can certainly put you in a festive mood. You found just the right gift for those on your list or maybe you took some extra time and made something with the recipient in mind. Wrapping these special treasures [...]

Five Quiet Activities for Sick Day Distractions

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This Sick Day Distractions post was created by Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. It’s the season of sweaters, colorful leaves and warm apple cider. This time of year also brings with it runny noses and fevers. Sick days are synonymous with the return to school in our house but not all sicknesses have the kids sleeping in [...]

Benefits to Kids Keeping Journals

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This Benefits to Kids Keeping Journals post was created by Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Over the summer the kids have enjoyed their letter-writing project. As they receive replies I hope they continue writing throughout the year. Unlike letter writing, journals aren’t reliant on a recipient and can contain ideas and thoughts that your child doesn’t necessarily [...]

6 Community Invitations to Play + Build Collaborative Skills

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Below you’ll find five invitations to play! These creativity building tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. As a parent, I honestly believe that our children will reside in a world where knowledge is simply not enough to succeed. How do we prepare our children for [...]

Going to Grandma Camp

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Today’s post is brought to us by Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com If you’re a grandparent or caregiver during these carefree summer months, you likely are just waiting for those dreaded words: “I’m bored!” Here’s an alternative to kids wandering aimlessly about the house like so many pinballs bumping into each other… Grandma Camp! (Or Auntie Camp, etc!). [...]

Week 2 of Summer Fun is Here!

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Here it is ~ Week 2 of your fun Summer Calendar! Each Monday we’ll bring you another exciting week of our Summer Calendar! You’ll find June packed with game ideas, indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, family-friendly tips for traveling with the kids, and special features dedicated to “Taking Care of You”! You can download and print this week’s interactive [...]

Painting with Kids: Still Life, Landscapes, and Portraits

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Most times when my kids pull out the paint it is to create creatures, scenes, and images from their imagination. This is a great way to explore their creativity but painting to recreate something they see can also open a new way [...]

Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids

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Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids by Kim Vij This gardening post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Spring has a way of magically inviting our families outdoors to stop and enjoy nature and all the transformations that are occurring. One special thing to do as [...]