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 […]

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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. […]

Angel Ornament Christmas Craft

Pooky and I are going full steam ahead with all things Christmas! We’ve been having a lot of fun with all of our advent calendar activities. One such activity was to make a homemade ornament for the Christmas tree. I suggested making an angel using a wine cork; it’s a craft […]

make traveling with kids enjoyable

Make Traveling with Kids Enjoyable, Do This One Thing

Traveling in general can be an ordeal.  Add kids to the mix and it can become a huge headache. But there is a way to make it better, and even enjoyable. It’s all about your perspective. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash One of the biggest problems parents face when traveling with kids […]

Blueberries for Sal counting game

Blueberries for Sal Counting Game

Have you ever picked your own blueberries? I think it’s one of the best experiences for kids. They get to see where berries come from. They get some fresh air and time with nature, and there’s even a snack provided! We no longer live in a place with access to […]

free family fun in chicago

Free Family Fun in Chicago

Chicago is one of the most exciting cities in the United States.  It is a lot of fun to visit, but it can be expensive too. To lessen the cost of your next visit, Pooky and I have come up with a list of suggestions for some Free Family Fun […]