DIY Frankenstein Halloween Costume for Kids

Stiff body, arms reaching straight out, head held high. I watched my toddler carefully, as he pretended to be the scary Frankenstein he was so fond of ever since he spotted an old Halloween prop in his grandparent's garage. That Halloween, he had changed his mind about 10 times when contemplating what he wanted to dress up as. Yes, kids will do this to you...even after you've purchased a costume or two. But after this impressive reenactment (which he picked up on from marathon-watching Alvin & the Chipmunks Movie featuring Frankenstein) I knew Frankenstein was the perfect … [Read more...]

Sanity-Saving Morning Routine Hack for Back-to-School

With a preschooler, toddler and baby in our home, mornings are a bit hectic. This an understatement of course. Mornings are simply TOTAL CHAOS. Especially back-to-school mornings. After begging my kids to get up each day (on school days of course!), they manage to reluctantly make it down to the kitchen, after about 20-30 minutes of coaxing. Crying baby in one arm, 2 year-old tugging at pajama pants whining for milk and cereal with ONLY the Elmo spoon and dinosaur bowl and 4 year-old pretending to be a jungle cat closing in on its prey (aka little brother). As the whining turns into … [Read more...]

Winter Art: Tape-Resist Snowflake Painting

If you've been stuck indoors for the last few weeks due to frigid temperatures or sicknesses that run prevalent this time of year, you'll love this easy winter art craft for the kids. It makes a beautiful wintery wonderland painting to add to your list of indoor activities when you just can't get outside. Related: Winter Activities for Toddlers This post may contain affiliate links. We loved creating a super easy icicle craft and snow sensory bin, and knew this snowflake art craft a friend mentioned was a must to add to our list! Tape-Resist Winter Painting for … [Read more...]

Icicle Craft: Easy Winter Activity for Toddlers

My 3 year-old is always looking for an excuse to dump glitter or salt all over the table. It must be the excited rush he gets from doing what he's forbidden, like making a mess to see mommy's reaction. What can I say, he knows how to push my buttons. But with the cold winter keeping us indoors more and more these days, I thought I would give him the chance to dump as much glitter as he desires with a fun icicle craft. We had so much fun exploring snow with our winter sensory bin, that I figured it was only fitting to continue the pattern. This post contains affiliate links. Simple … [Read more...]

Flower Lollipops for Valentine’s Day

When you're short on time and in need of an easy DIY Valentines for the kids class party, there's nothing better than these homemade flower lollipops. Just grab a few supplies from your arts and crafts box and they'll be good to go in no time! I know Valentine's Day is still over a month away, but the day will be here before we know it. Sure you can always run to the store and pick up some ready-to-go Valentines, but it's so much more fun and personable to create your own at home with the kids. I saw the prettiest heart-shaped pops from Pottery Barn and knew we had to create our … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Popcorn: Melt Your Heart Sweet & Salty Snack Recipe

You love sweet. He loves salty. If only there were an easy Valentine's snack recipe to please you both... Oh wait there is ;)! It's called a delicious Melt Your Heart Valentine's Popcorn recipe that combines both sweet and salty flavors for a romantically delicious treat you can both enjoy while you snuggle up to view your favorite movie. Of course kids will LOVE this too! Just be sure they don't hog the whole bowl :). This post may contain affiliate links. Valentine's Day Popcorn Recipe To make this easy snack you'll need 3 ingredients only: Freshly popped … [Read more...]

Delicious Holiday Mocktail & Smoothie Drink for Pregnant Moms

What do you do when you're pregnant and mingling with friends and family at the latest holiday party, admiring all the festive holiday cocktails adorned with candy canes and red, white and green liqueur? You raise a glass and toast with your holiday mocktail (alcohol-free), that's what you do! Trust me, I know the feeling. I've been pregnant during the holidays 3 times so knew I had to find a way to safely join in the fun. So today, I'm bringing you a delicious recipe for a smoothie mocktail that will leave you feeling energized and ready to celebrate with bells on! This … [Read more...]

Easy Charlie Brown Suncatcher Ornaments

With Christmas just a few weeks away, Charlie Brown always comes to mind in the timeless classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. Families everywhere gather to watch this movie based on the Peanuts comic strip, which has such a great message about the true meaning of Christmas. It's family-favorite for sure! We've been watching Charlie Brown and the gang throughout the holiday season and were inspired to make this easy Charlie Brown Suncatcher Ornament for Christmas. It is a quick and easy way for kids to practice fine-mother skills and color identification (focusing on one color at a … [Read more...]

12 Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments for Kids

I love looking at all the beautiful glass and glittery ornaments that decorate the Christmas tree every year. But what i really love are the homemade decorations and kid-made ornaments that add that special touch to the holidays and home. Those are the ornaments you can look back on each year and remember what Christmas is all about. Spending time with family and loved ones making memories. With that in mind, I was inspired to make some salt dough ornaments myself this year with the kids. It was messy fun and also allowed me to get a little keepsake ornament to use every Christmas moving … [Read more...]

Fingerprint Christmas Tree & Salt Dough Ornament

Salt dough ornaments are such a cute and festive way to get the house in gear for Christmas. They add a special personal touch to your brightly-lit Christmas tree. But let's face reality: getting the kids involved in the decorating process, especially when it involves flour and kitchen utensils, isn't always as easy as it looks. In fact it can be stress-inducing once you picture the aftermath in the kitchen! So how do you create a beautiful keepsake with little ones, and make the process less stressful for everyone involved? A little prep work...and Christmas tree cookie … [Read more...]