Why Your Kids Will Love A Tasting Garden

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Share this: Does your family have a Tasting Garden yet? If not, and you have a little chunk of ground (or even a large pot and a sunny spot), you need one. Our Tasting Garden is the girls’ favorite spot in the front yard, and Essie especially loves to sample its goodies and share them… Continue reading Why Your Kids Will Love A Tasting Garden




Super-Simple Holiday Centerpiece

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Share this:I admit, I’m addicted to home-decor magazines. I’m a sucker when I find myself waiting in doctor’s offices or checkout lines; next thing I know, I’m reading them cover to cover. I usually find their ideas for things like room makeovers and holiday centerpiece creations drool-worthy. But drool-worthy is one thing; realistic to replicate,… Continue reading Super-Simple Holiday Centerpiece




Paper Clip Angels: Sweet, Easy Holiday Craft for Kids

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Share this:I first saw paper clip angels a few years ago at our church’s holiday bazaar and thought, “Oh, how sweet!” There must be a gazillion versions of paper clip angels on Pinterest, but every time I do this craft, it’s new to everyone who sees it. The girls made these last year for Christmas… Continue reading Paper Clip Angels: Sweet, Easy Holiday Craft for Kids




How To Make A Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)

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Share this:When does your family start thinking about Halloween? Me, I start hounding my kids for costume ideas over the summer. I love DIY costumes; having them take forever to make, not so much. Hence I was thrilled this past August when Essie announced she’d be a ghost for Halloween. How hard can it be to make… Continue reading How To Make A Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)




Back-To-School Cookies

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Share this:Last weekend my mom came for a visit. And since my energy is not up to par these days, she did some fun back-to-school things with the girls. Including making Back-To-School Cookies. What? You’ve never heard of Back-To-School Cookies? Well, I hadn’t either. Until my girls dreamed up this idea as a great excuse… Continue reading Back-To-School Cookies




Thank You Notes for Teachers

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Share this:Has your family done thank you notes for teachers yet? With the school year drawing to a close, now’s the perfect time to say thanks. Why bother? Believe me, nothing means more to teachers than handwritten thank-you notes, whether from students or their parents. It doesn’t have to be long, or fancy; so long… Continue reading Thank You Notes for Teachers




How We Became Chore Chart Converts

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Share this:I used to think chore charts were silly. My mother never used them, so why should I? Now, we’re a family of converts. What happened? Summer. And with it, a complete breakdown of most of our normal routines. Does this sound familiar? Despite my periodic kvetching to the contrary, my children are usually pretty… Continue reading How We Became Chore Chart Converts




Top Ten Things to Do with a Preschooler in the Dead of Winter

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Share this:Are you and yours going stir-crazy yet from too many snow days or not enough sunlight? Here’s a list I brainstormed last winter for stuff to do when you’re all going nuts inside: 10. Clear that driveway Does your driveway need clearing? If so, rather than shoveling, clear your driveway by rolling a family… Continue reading Top Ten Things to Do with a Preschooler in the Dead of Winter




DIY Halloween Costumes: Bumbling Bee

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Share this: The summer when she was two, Kimmie became obsessed with bees.  My in-laws brought her a book about bees when they came to visit, and that was it: Kimmie announced then and there, in early August, that she was going to be a bee for Halloween that year.  From then until October 31st,… Continue reading DIY Halloween Costumes: Bumbling Bee




DIY Halloween Costumes: Cute Little Ladybug

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Share this:What could be cuter than a little ladybug?  A little ladybug that you made yourself! This DIY costume takes 1-2 hours to make, depending on how you do it. You’ll need black pants, a red long-sleeved shirt or onesie, and black felt, fabric, or duct tape, plus scissors and a pencil or pen.  A… Continue reading DIY Halloween Costumes: Cute Little Ladybug




DIY Halloween Costumes: Easy-Peasy Jack-o-Lantern

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All you need to make a jack-o-lantern Halloween costume is an orange long-sleeve Tshirt, some black pants, black felt or tape, and scissors; the green ribbon collar and hand-crocheted hat are optional.

Share this:When I was a kid, my mother always made Halloween costumes for my brother and me. Elaborate affairs that took weeks at the sewing machine. We’re talking E.T., Rick the Raccoon from Shirt Tales, a witch with a gorgeous fringed cape, an incredible Dutch doll with a hand-knotted yarn wig. This is the same… Continue reading DIY Halloween Costumes: Easy-Peasy Jack-o-Lantern