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how to make a candy wreath
December 14, 2012 6 comments

how to make a candy wreath

One of my favorite challenges is finding a craft that doubles both as a fun family activity and a gift–especially during this crazy busy but totally festive time of year. ...

take time to give this holiday: #blog4cause
December 9, 2012 5 comments

take time to give this holiday: #blog4cause

We’re right smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, and it’s hard to slow down at this point. I totally get that. Believe me. But it’s so important ...

advent activity calendar: fun, festive family holiday time
November 28, 2012 2 comments

advent activity calendar: fun, festive family holiday time

It’s that time of year again–time for our Advent Activity Calendar! Our Advent Activity Calendar is something we’ve been doing for the last four years, where we very simply plan ...

5 parenting tricks for the busy holiday season
November 27, 2012 12 comments

5 parenting tricks for the busy holiday season

I know I need all the parenting tricks I can carry any day of the week, let alone during the busy holiday season. Though I’m not proud to admit it, ...

#blog4cause: be inspired by the generosity of others
November 25, 2012 4 comments

#blog4cause: be inspired by the generosity of others

We’re so pleased with the results of the #blog4cause campaign, and we’re only on week three. At this point, we have talked with, tweeted with, facebooked with, pinned with, Instagrammed ...

wooden thank you trays: recycled toy love
November 21, 2012 3 comments

wooden thank you trays: recycled toy love

This year, because I know just how much time, effort, and energy goes into preparing a meal for tons of family members, I wanted to do something a little special ...

kids baking for a cause: Shot@Life #blog4cause, week 2
November 17, 2012 4 comments

kids baking for a cause: Shot@Life #blog4cause, week 2

Week three has come and gone of our #blog4cause campaign, and we couldn’t be more thrilled at our participation! We know that as we move further into the holiday season, ...

#blog4cause: family giving ideas, week 1
November 10, 2012 No Comment

#blog4cause: family giving ideas, week 1

Welcome to #blog4cause: * November & December 2012 * We’re one week into our #blog4cause, and it’s clear through the ideas already linked up and the conversations we’ve had on ...

family bucket fillers: eBooks for the Barlows
October 1, 2012 6 comments

family bucket fillers: eBooks for the Barlows

We’re really making an effort over here to do more ‘bucket filling’. After reading one of the sweetest books ever, How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids, by Tom Rath ...

target supports education: grants & programs that ROCK (+ giveaway!)
September 8, 2012 149 comments

target supports education: grants & programs that ROCK (+ giveaway!)

We all love Target. That’s nothing new, right? The sales rock. The clothes for kids–and adults!–rock. The Dollar Bins rock. The grocery items rock. Those cute brown boots I got last ...

5 easy ways to raise earth-friendly kids
April 20, 2012 20 comments

5 easy ways to raise earth-friendly kids

Really, nothing about raising kids is easy. I so know this to be true.   I think I’m pretty honest about my own on-the-job struggles, and most people I talk ...