Even though our lives have changed quite a bit since I started this blog seven years ago, one thing has remained the same: we love to rock it out for holidays.
Even big kids like to rock it out for the holidays.
So this year, I decided to kick up our traditional St. Patty's Day Scavenger Hunt just a wee bit.
My kids are quick, and they're smart. So our Scavenger Hunt needs to be tricky and engaging to keep them interested--or at least to stretch our hunt a bit … Read More...
March is the time to really celebrate reading, my friends!
Especially this year, now that I'm back in the classroom, I have been eating, sleeping, and breathing reading. And I'm ready to bring you into the mix, too. So buckle up.
The more we talk about reading, think about reading, and get excited about reading, the better. Believe me, the more reading we do as parents and educators, the more our kids will want to read. Promise.
So this year, I've teamed up with my sweet and … Read More...
Cards have been updated to reflect dates for the 2017 Lenten season. Enjoy!
We're one week into Lent this year, and I feel like we kind of struggled for the first week.
Our parish priest stressed to us the importance of 'not giving up chocolate' again and instead challenged us to really make this Lent count.
So we agreed.
We wouldn't give up chocolate.
But honestly, after so many years of doing just that--giving up sweets--for Lent, it felt strange not to.
And we all … Read More...
I love any reason to get kids reading--that's no secret.
And I love a good joke.
That's really no secret, either.
So I made these Valentine's Day joke notes to put on plain-Jane water bottles, over the label.
I love them.
Valentine's Day water bottle labels will not only give your kids--or students--something refreshing to drink, but it'll give them something to laugh about as well.
Here's the skinny. . .
Valentine's Day Water Bottle Labels -- Get Your Kids Reading … Read More...
We're in the home stretch for Valentine's Day, so I wanted to hit you with a few ideas that you could use today or tomorrow to make this day of loooove memorable for your loved ones.
Right now, these posts are all a buzz over on the blog:
Minute to Win It Games for Kids & Family
How to Throw A Rock-Star Valentine's Day Class Party
Musical Hearts: Reading, Moving, and Crazy-Fun Kid Game
Valentine's Day Class Party Ideas, 2.0
And in the last few days, thousands and … Read More...
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...