Did you know that today is Giving Tuesday?
It's a really simple concept: give.
Any way you are able, to anyone. Give.
The concept of giving is especially important at this time of the year, and lucky for us, many organizations have made it super easy--and so meaningful!--to give at holiday time.
Looking at my kids' bedrooms and our playroom, I see we need very little.
So I'm encouraging all of our family members to do something this year that packs a bit more of a punch: buying … 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 28, 2017 at 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. . … 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--2017:
I print out a copy of the calendar to keep on hand for myself, and then I cut each of … Read More...
We visited Nintendo US Headquarters in Seattle, Washington last week.
You guys, it was awesome.
Our family was invited by the great people at Nintendo to check out the HQ and to learn about what Nintendo has in store for the upcoming holiday season.
Actually, even though I really, truly enjoyed the experience, I think I may have scored some really huge mom-points with Maddy and Owen. And as they move quickly into their teen years, I will … 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...
We had the amazing opportunity to catch a screening of Wonder the movie last week, and it totally lived up to all of our expectations.
Maddy, Owen, Cora and I loved it.
We talked about it for days after we saw it, and all three kids declared that it's one movie "we must buy when it comes out on DVD". At this point in time, friends, there aren't many movies that we want to watch over and over and over, but this is indeed one of them.
I thought, since it is a movie--and book--rich … Read More...
Have you heard of the Highlights State of the Kid Report?
You can find the 2017 State of the Kid Report on the Highlights for Children website. The report was released today, on World Kindness Day!
Each year, Highlights interviews thousands of children ages 6-12, and each year, parents and educators learn exactly what children think and feel about important topics.
In the 2017 SOTK report, the findings centered on kindness, caring, and empathy. These are totally hot topics right … Read More...
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 giving--opened up for us.
BOO'ing is all the craze, it seems, though (boo-hooo!) we haven't fallen victim to BOO'ing quite like this--ever.
What I love about BOO'ing is that it actually adds an element of sneaky, fun, giving to this candy-saturated holiday. Maddy, Owen, and Cora were actually thinking … Read More...
We have long been fans of Rick Riordan, ever since we fell hard for Percy Jackson way back when.
So when my friends from Disney books asked if we wanted to join the #ShipoftheDead Book Tour, you better believe we jumped at the chance.
The Ship of the Dead is the latest book--and the last book--in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.
The coolest thing about this event, though, was that Maddy, Owen, and I had 10 minutes with Mr. Riordan--10 minutes to talk to him, chat with … Read More...
Originally published on Dec 15, 2012 in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School but republished today because it's a message many need to hear.
Today, my heart is heavy with the news of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and though I am not at all close to the area and though I do not have friends or family directly affected by the tragedy, I am having a hard time knowing what to do--as a mother, as a person, and together as a family.
I really want to ball up in … Read More...