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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 ...

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 ...

welcome, shoplocket: easy selling of anything, anywhere
November 9, 2012 7 comments

welcome, shoplocket: easy selling of anything, anywhere

This New For Us Friday, I’ve got a few things going on, and I’m betting that it will put a twinkle in the eye of many a crafty, creative reader. ...

notes for mom (or dad) -- because we ALL need them
November 7, 2012 6 comments

notes for mom (or dad) — because we ALL need them

Ever have one of those days when you need a serious pat on the back? A hug? A gold star? Ever wish that at the end of the day that ...

Hidden Pictures: lunchbox notes
November 1, 2012 9 comments

Hidden Pictures: lunchbox notes

Halloween is over, so our joke notes are pushed to the wayside. Our wordless riddles are taking a break, and the troops are ready for some serious lunchtime fun before ...

halloween giving: how to BOO! your friends (on a budget)
October 24, 2012 7 comments

halloween giving: how to BOO! your friends (on a budget)

I’ve said it before–spooky Halloween is not my thing. So this weekend, when our family was officially BOO’ed for the first time, a whole new chapter of Halloween fun–and Halloween ...

keeping kids' teeth clean during a candy-filled month
October 7, 2012 6 comments

keeping kids’ teeth clean during a candy-filled month

I am admittedly not a flosser. I rarely floss my own teeth, and I rarely floss my kids’ teeth. There. I said it. And though I am past the point ...

morning and evening reminders for kids: easy reader style
October 3, 2012 8 comments

morning and evening reminders for kids: easy reader style

Every day is a little bit different in our house—and everyone’s house. But deep down, we all thrive on consistency, on patterns, on schedules. I’ve always been a big fan ...

wordless riddles: silly lunchbox notes
August 29, 2012 16 comments

wordless riddles: silly lunchbox notes

When I asked Maddy, Owen, and Cora what they liked best for their lunchbox notes, I got three different answers. From Maddy: I want more jokes–not joke, jokes like knock-knocks ...

our super-special Kindergarten lunchbox love notes
August 27, 2012 4 comments

our super-special Kindergarten lunchbox love notes

One of my first, most distinct happy, happy memories was when I was six years old. I was eating my very first lunch out of my very first lunchbox, in ...

daniel tiger's neighborhood: quality programming for preschoolers
August 24, 2012 79 comments

daniel tiger’s neighborhood: quality programming for preschoolers

When something seems bad, turn it around. . .                           . . . and find something good. I like it. And I know my kids would love it too–and even ...