We do this every advent season.
And the kids love it.
I actually contemplated switching things this year--finding another advent activity calendar that would get our family into the holiday spirit, but I decided against it.
Because in this quickly-changing world, sometimes I think it's nice to keep things consistent.
Here's the skinny. . .
Advent Activity Calendar for Kids and Family--2016:
I print out a copy of the calendar to keep on hand for myself, and then I cut each of … Read More...
Our family loves food.
We love food.
We love to make food, talk about food, celebrate with food, and eat food.
My kids are food adventurous, and we are basically always up for trying a new things.
But we're busy.
We're juggling work and school and homework and activities and lessons and church. So finding time for creating healthy meals for our family is not always easy.
Add the holidays looming, and life is nuts.
Enter: Blue Apron.
We had a chance to give Blue Apron … Read More...
I love the idea of printing photos, but sometimes it's hard.
It's hard to sit down and print the photos that are stuck on your computer or phone.
It's almost impossible to find time to head to TargetPhoto.com or Tiny Prints to order photos. I get it.
So when I saw the HP Sprocket, I literally danced.
But first? I must admit that I was a little confused.
I had no idea what the HP Sprocket was.
And then I brought it to Thanksgiving with my little familia, and I … Read More...
The more ways that we can teach our kids that holiday time should be a time for giving, the better.
I mean, when it comes down to it, don't our kids have a lot already? I know mine do.
They have a pretty good life.
They're in school.
They have the clothes they need.
They have a warm bed and food to eat.
They enjoy hobbies and play sports and bang on the iPad and rock their musical instruments.
They travel and celebrate holidays and read and play and learn. They have it … Read More...
I'm so totally psyched about the holidays this year, and I'm even more excited to share with you my favorite picks for the season.
Teach mama's 12 days of smart gifts for kids and family is underway!
Today's pick is super cool.
It's great to use as a family gift, a grandparent gift, a coach gift, or even a classroom gift.
Do you vacation with the same family each year? Treat 'em to the personalized beach version of Monopoly.
Have a teacher who loves words? Go with a … Read More...
This is an insane magazine deal, one that I have totally jumped on for my family.
It ends today, so you have to act mega-quickly.
Like crazy, super-mega quickly. Like Tuesday, November 29, 2016 8 am EST.
You can score:
3 magazine subscriptions for $12
5 magazine subscriptions for $18
10 magazine subscriptions for $30
Magazines for the whole family from Discount Mags.
Talk about a fabulous way to get your whole family reading--together.
Here's the skinny. . .
Cyber … Read More...
This week is the big week for us--lots of travel, lots of family, lots of friends, and lots of food!
Officially, the fun winter holiday season is upon us, and from here until January 2nd, it's a wild ride.
But often that wild ride means that our kids tend to be kicked off of their normal schedules.
They get tired.
We get tired.
They get cranky.
We get cranky.
And they need some down time.
We need some down time.
So we've gathered a few of our favorite Thanksgiving … Read More...
Today's weather--rainy, grey, and cloudy mirrors the way that many of us are feeling the day after the 2016 election.
What do we tell our kids today?
How do we answer their questions?
Very honestly, friends.
Though inside I felt shattered, here's what I told my kids:
What I Told My Children the Day After the Election:
Like many families, our mornings are pretty chaotic.
We allow for just enough time to get up and dressed, brush teeth, eat breakfast, get … Read More...
Originally published September 1, 2010, but republished today because, well, friends, everyone could use a lift.
Last week, we ran into a verrrry blue Thursday morning. Everyone was cranky, everyone was bickering, and everyone was down in the dumps.
Maybe our summertime later-night schedule was finally taking a toll on us; maybe we were anxious about the upcoming change of schedule. Whatever it was, we needed a lift.
I remembered my pal Jessica's recent post about 'Doing Good … Read More...
For some reason--maybe it was where I was in my life or just how strongly I felt about our country's need for Barack Obama to be president--I was pretty active in the 2008 election.
I should clarify: I was more active in the 2008 election than I had been in any other prior and any other in my life. I went to the phone banks. I made calls. I sent postcards. I participated in fundraisers. I met with local Obama supporters.
This election has been different for me. I have almost felt that it … Read More...