Judge me if you will, but I have finally given in to the pressure of Owen and Cora.
I've held up for quite a while, though, and for that I'm proud.
Every, single year when I bragged about creating fun, super-cool candy-free Valentines for the kids to make for their classmates, they sighed.
Puh-leaaaase, Mom. We just want to give our friends candy Valentines. That's all kids want.
Can we just get the Valentines from the store that everyone loves? The ones that have a lollipop or Nerds … Read More...
Over the years, many readers and friends have asked me the about the must-read books for kids.
Every few weeks, I get asked the million dollar questions:
What books should my kids read?
What are the best books for 5-year-olds?
Which books will my 12-year-old love to read?
Please tell me how to spend my book money--which are the must-have books for kids?
We're heading to the library. Which books should I pick up?
I've had the conversation over and over and over again.
So … Read More...
Four years ago was the very first year we volunteered as a family to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.
But it will not be the last.
Already, we're looking for other ways we can give back to our community this year to celebrate the life of this great man.
Family volunteering on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is easy, thanks to a handful of really awesome organizations designed to make finding volunteer opportunities the easy part.
Not even kidding.
It takes five … Read More...
It's New Year's Interview time! (I can hardly believe it!)
This year, we made some minor adjustments to our traditional New Year's Family Interview because as the kids get older, I'm more interested in their thoughts and reflections than on their favorite color or best friend.
So after our late-afternoon fondue dinner, we busted out with the biggie ice-cream sundae fixings.
We made monster sundaes, got all crazy on sugar, and then got to work on our interviews--a fun and easy family … Read More...
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...