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Summer Science Fun: S’Mores Solar Oven (Easy DIY!)

August 10 is National S'Mores Day in the U.S. Making your own s'mores solar oven is a fun, easy project - and (shh!) your kids may learn some science, too!

How To Make Your Own S’Mores Solar Oven: Looking for some summertime fun activities for your kids? S’mores always ranks at the top of my kids’ favorite summer activities list. And making solar oven s’mores is where easy kids’ crafts meets summer fun activities for kids. With supplies you already have on hand around the …

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Easy DIY Wall Mount Art Caddy

This week’s post is a follow-up to my previous post, on having a workable kids’ art table set up. If your kids have an art corner set up that’s truly functional, chances are there’s a storage caddy involved. Every kids’ art corner needs an art caddy: a place to contain markers, crayons, etc. when they’re not …

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Your Summertime Rainy Day Cheat Sheet

It’s finally here: the week you’ve set aside for a family summer vacation. But the weather forecast calls for one rainy day after another. That would sum up our vacation last week. Or for whatever other reason, you find yourself confined indoors with children who are going stir-crazy for lack of adventures. Either way, you’re …

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Why Your Kids Will Love A Tasting Garden

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 with our …

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Super-Simple Holiday Centerpiece

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, especially …

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Back-To-School Cookies

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 to …

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How We Became Chore Chart Converts

(And How To Make Your Own Chore Charts!) I used to think having a chore chart was 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 …

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

Are you and yours going stir-crazy yet from too many snow days or not enough sunlight? Wish you had some new ideas for getting through the rest of winter with your preschooler? I know your pain all too well. Here’s a list I brainstormed last winter for stuff to do when you’re all going nuts …

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Easy DIY Halloween Costumes: Bumbling Bee Costume

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, whenever you …

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DIY Halloween Costumes: Cute Little Ladybug

What could be cuter than a little ladybug at Halloween?  A little ladybug costume that you made yourself! What You’ll Need: This DIY costume takes 1-2 hours to make, depending on how you do it. You’ll need the following: Black pants A red long-sleeved shirt or onesie Black felt, fabric, or duct tape, plus scissors …

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

The first Halloween costume I ever “made” the girls was an accident. My husband and I were set to take our infant to an outdoor fall social event for his work. Since it was a few days from Halloween, I got out Kimmie’s black pants and a jack-o-lantern T-shirt. The night before the event, I …

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