a list of picture books with ninjas

Picture Books with Ninjas

There’s nothing like a ninja character to guarantee an exciting read! We’ve been reading picture books with Ninjas, and these are our favorites. See what Pooky and I think of each one and then decide which one to check out from your local library. Or click on the picture to […]


ways to entertain house guests

Twelve Ways to Entertain House Guests 6

Do you have guests coming to stay for the holiday? Are you worried about how to entertain those house guests? Have no fear, I’ve got you covered with this list of Twelve Ways to Entertain House Guests. This post was originally written for Smart Mom at Home for Christmas, but many […]


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Feed the Monster Color Sort Activity

This Feed the Monster Color Sort activity doesn’t take long to put together, and it’s pretty easy to get your hands on the materials needed to make it. (Upcycle those Starbucks cups.) And the silly monsters make color sorting much more fun. Here’s what I used to make this activity. […]


toddler mixing pom poms for pretend play pumpkin soup

Pom Pom Pumpkin Soup Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

If you are looking for a simple pom pom activity or a pumpkin themed activity to do with your toddlers or preschoolers, try this one. You don’t need much in the way of materials, and it doesn’t require much hands-on involvement from the grown-ups. The big fun element of this […]


tips for a crafting playdate

Tips for Hosting a Crafting Playdate for young Kids 5

Each year I like to host a crafting playdate for Pooky.  Usually I arrange it around Christmas time, but sometimes I do it for Valentine’s Day.  I’ve learned a lot over the last few years about how to make them successful, so I want to share with you my best […]


teach kids life skills

Fun Ways to Teach Kids Life Skills

Today I’m excited to bring you a guest post on an important parenting topic from mom blogger, Jackie Nunes. In this post, Jackie explains why it is important to be teaching our kids life skills starting when they’re young all the way through those teen years, and she gives us […]


acts of kindness

Encouraging Acts of Kindness

It seems like negativity is everywhere these days. When we experience or witness someone doing something kind, it’s like a breath of fresh air. You and your kiddos can be that breath of fresh air for someone by encouraging acts of kindness.   If we want our kids to be kind, […]


easy monster puppet craft

Easy Monster Puppet Craft

Pooky and I have been reading a lot of Monster theme picture books recently. (See the link at the bottom of this page for a list of favorite monster picture books.) Of course I usually like to connect an activity to our books whenever inspiration strikes.  This time it did in […]


Crayon Resist Watercolor Card

My daughter and I recently read Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs by Susan Bernardo as part of #ReadYourWorld for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018. This lovely picture book that tells about loved ones far away sending their love uses a lot of X’s and O’s in the illustrations. We were inspired […]


by Susan Bernardo

Sun Kisses Moon Hugs Review for MCCBD 2018 1

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs by Susan Schaefer Bernardo to review for this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day. This lovely picture book explores a theme all children can relate to, that love is still present even if loved ones are far away. […]