DIY Valentine’s Day Bookmarks

In a house of readers, bookmarks always seem to be in short supply and high demand.  In a pinch, I have used everything from a napkin to a gum wrapper to mark my page.  My most recent markers being, a love note from my oldest and a Christmas card. As a young reader I had … Continue reading DIY Valentine’s Day Bookmarks

Valentine’s Sensory Bin

I know it's time to switch up my daughter's sensory bin when I notice that it's been sitting untouched.  Her last sensory bin, Jingle Bells and Snowballs, was a huge success.  However, all good things must come to an end.  Enter: Valentine's Sensory Bin.  I realize that it's not quite Valentine's Day yet, but it is … Continue reading Valentine’s Sensory Bin

New Years Eve Party with Kids

10, 9, get the champagne ready, 8, 7, am I near the person I want to ring the new year in with?, 6, 5, this champagne really does go to your head, 4, 3, oh wait, snap back to reality...we have kids now.  No crazy New Years parties for us anymore! The first few years … Continue reading New Years Eve Party with Kids

Balloon Pop Activity

Do you remember playing 'What Time is it Mr. Fox?' in school as a kid?  This activity reminds me of that game, only because once we start I hear, 'What time is it now mom?,' on repeat until all the balloons are popped.  I'm not complaining, I'm delighted when they enjoy an activity I spent … Continue reading Balloon Pop Activity

Christmas Eve Box Tradition

Our Christmas Eve Box tradition is one that has evolved with time.  It didn't use to be a box.  I know what you're thinking, another gift?  Is that really necessary?  Do they really need something else to unwrap?  The answer at our house is yes, and here's why. It's tradition, and traditions are important.  They … Continue reading Christmas Eve Box Tradition

Jingle Bells and Snowballs: Winter Sensory Bin

Burr, it's getting cold outside here in Minnesota!  I'm missing the days that we could pop up to the park for an hour to get out some energy, or simply run around in the backyard for some fresh air.  While we still get out there for little bits of time here and there, there have … Continue reading Jingle Bells and Snowballs: Winter Sensory Bin

15 Stocking Stuffers Ideas for Men

After all the creative gift ideas I've come up with for our family and friends I'm often left with my husbands stocking looming at me from my list, and no ideas what so ever.  It's a well known fact at our house that Santa does not bring gifts or stuff stockings for the adults, just … Continue reading 15 Stocking Stuffers Ideas for Men

Freezing Cookie Dough – Making Cookie Trays Like a Boss this Christmas

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is catching up with friends and family.  Christmas is the prefect time to host an ugly sweater party, a Christmas movie viewing shindig, a cookie decorating contest, a white elephant soiree, and of course to make sure you have some quality time scheduled with your family … Continue reading Freezing Cookie Dough – Making Cookie Trays Like a Boss this Christmas

Kris Kringle Cookies

Yay, we finally got some snow last night that appears to be sticking around for a while!  It made a mess of the roads for drivers this morning, but in my opinion was greatly needed.  What's winter in Minnesota without some snow?! I'm also looking forward to seeing all the snow creations my older kids … Continue reading Kris Kringle Cookies

Reindeer Food

Hello December 1st!  Christmas is such a magical and exciting time of year.  Especially when you get to see it through the eyes of children.  Their wonder and delight in all the little things is contagious. We started this tradition of sprinkling reindeer food back in 2014 when our oldest was 5.  She was so … Continue reading Reindeer Food