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

Easy DIY Calm Down Bottles

calm down bottle

Ever heard of a calm down bottle, calming bottle, sensory bottle or timeout bottle? Well, they’re all basically the same thing and shockingly easy to make. Buddy, Pap (my dad) and I decided to give it a shot and made two using corn syrup and the third using baby oil. (Heads’ up! This post contains affiliate links.) Calm Down Bottle Backstory … Read More

One more [car activity] for the road!

This past month was full of road trips for our family! I’m happy to report we successfully entertained both kids for the big trips with some toys and games. But I have one more car activity (and road trip) for ya! The kids have one more 3.5 hour drive to look forward to on Friday night. After this, we’re done traveling for a while. … Read More