Why you should stop telling my kid to be careful

stop telling my kids to be careful

It’s a hard thing to tell a well-meaning adult to stop telling your kids to be careful. Especially when they’re a close friend or family member. But seriously, unless someone is in real danger, stop telling my kids to be careful. Let them play! I’ll admit that Turtle and Buddy play hard. They like to run, climb, slide, jump, hang … Read More

5 tips to get your kids to read more

This may come as a surprise to you but not everyone loves to read. I know, I know, it’s quite the bomb to drop. Take a moment to compose yourself. I was a reader from the start. My favorite thing in the world was to read out loud to an audience of stuffed animals. While my bears enjoyed my theatrical readings, … Read More

Sleep: the magic phrase that keeps my kids in their beds

Turtle turned 2 a few months ago. She’s still in a crib but we’ve been having issues getting her to sleep through the night recently. I know it’s normal. But that doesn’t make it any less exhausting. Picture this: a 2 year old who’s been a really great sleeper since she was about 14 months old suddenly stops sleeping through … Read More

For the train lovers: DIY funicular train

DIY funicular train

This post contains affiliate links.  Planes, trains and automobiles. It’s more than just a great movie and your average, everyday modes of transportation. For Buddy, it was life for a very long time. While his obsession with vehicles has calmed down, he’s still a big fan of anything with a motor. And when he got strep, we spent 2 solid days … Read More

Making Dinner: my thoughts on Blue Apron

This post is not sponsored. I thought you might want to know what I thought about feeding my children, cooking and grocery shopping. Dinner. It has to happen every night (or so I’m told). via GIPHY As much as I would love to have dinner delivered or to go out every night, we just can’t afford that. Plus, we have a … Read More

10 Indoor Activities for your Preschooler

indoor activities

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. But one thing I could do without is winter. I’m not a fan of cold weather. Mostly because my kids’ energy levels don’t change with the seasons. This time of year calls for indoor activities that you can do with the family. And since my energy level does change by the season (I think … Read More

How to make a {local} move easy on the kids

family move

In case you were wondering where the heck I ran off to, I’m still here. Things have been crazy the past month because we moved. We went (literally) 3 minutes up the road but it’s been the hardest move by far. I have a few things I can blame that on – kids, amount of stuff to pack (we have so … Read More

DIY Bubbles and Bubble Wands

bubbles and bubble wands

Who here loves bubbles but gets tired of paying for something that will be spilled within minutes?? My kids are big fans of bubbles but I hate buying them for 2 reasons: They always get spilled (usually by me, on me). I hate shopping and don’t need another thing to forget at the store. Never fear! You can make your own bubble … Read More

How to start a family game night

Family game night. Kind of sounds like just another thing to do, amiright? I’m gonna guess that adding another commitment, another thing to schedule is not on the top of your to-do list. On the other hand, if you’re anything like me, a schedule keeps you sane and on track. I am a list person. If I have something on a … Read More

Unplugged: 4 Ways to Reduce Family Screen Time

Unplugged. I think that’s something we all need more of. But, let’s be honest, it’s a struggle to pull ourselves away from the lure of the shiny screen. I like shiny things. The other day, I finished a long day at work and picked the kids up from school. Both were in good moods and the heat had broken out of middle-earth … Read More