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Handprint Painting Craft for Ice Cream Day!

This ice cream-inspired, handprint painting craft is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. I remember when letting my toddler use paints gave me the shivers! Now we happily embrace the mess of paints to create all sorts of pictures and crafts. I love to have my boys paint outside, because the mess […]

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 […]

Free Printable Book for Kids: Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!

Summer is in full-swing, temperatures outside are rising, and those vacationing kids are looking for new ways to enjoy their days away from school. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring you this special mini-mag of free printables for kids: “Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!” This 8-page free printable book […]

Mess-Free Glitter and a Weekend at the Lake

This post about Mess-Free Glitter fun with friends is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Is everyone enjoying their summer? Our family sure is! Over the 4th of July we invited some of our closest friends up to our lake cabin to spend the weekend. The truth is, we […]

Teddy Bear Picnic: A Soft & Cuddly Play Date!

It’s the perfect season for a special picnic . . . and today is Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Pack up what you’ll need for your teddy bear picnic: a yummy lunch (or colorful play food treats), picnic basket, comfy blanket, and your camera. (This will be a day for special memories!) Have each person in […]

Taking a Family Timeout: Family Night

This Connecting with your Kids post is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Life sure has been busy lately. Running the kids here and there, rushing in the morning to get to work on time, preparing meals, doing the laundry – life just never seems to slow down. And I’ve come […]

Free 4th of July Printables!

Get the kids ready to celebrate Independence Day, with these free 4th of July printables: a word search and a coloring page! We’re sharing two 4th of July printables, to help kids be part of the excitement of Independence Day! Print out these pages, then let your little ones add their own creativity and favorite […]

Celebrate with Paper Patriotic Crafts

This patriotic crafts post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. With three patriotic holidays in a bit more than a month (Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Fourth of July), the boys and I have been decorating the house with a few red, white, and blue crafts! Celebrating with paper patriotic […]

Connecting With Kids By *Ignoring* Their Interests

This post on connecting with kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. Today’s tip for connecting with kids is a bit… unconventional. So often as parents we are told to encourage our children’s interests. I agree […]