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Art and Activities

Rainbow Crafts and Activities for Kids

There is something truly magical about rainbow crafts and activities for kids. Rainbows are a fun way for young kids to learn their colors. And they make a great first drawing/painting that kids can easily master. But beyond that, they are scientifically fascinating. They really are one of the most joyful things to create and […]

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Art and Activities

How To Create Beautiful Nature Chalk Art

Nature chalk art has become one of my favorite ways to create with my kids (and one of my favorite ways to create solo too). The general idea is that you draw a picture with chalk and then find flowers, leaves, rocks, and other items found in nature to further embellish and decorate the picture. […]

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Art and Activities

How to Host an Outdoor Flower Tea Party

Flower tea party, fairy stew, nature soup, witches potion, wizards brew, dinosaur punch, or turbo fuel. Whatever you call it, this simple, fun, and creative activity is one of our all-time favorites. The Setup The setup takes less than 5 minutes, it gets the kids outside, and most importantly, they stay entertained for a long […]

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Recipes

Healthy Banana Cream Pie Milkshake (Smoothie)

I have always loved a good Banana Cream Pie Milkshake! And Banana Cream Pies in general. Growing up, my mom and grandma made a delicious Banana Cream Pie with pudding and whipped cream. And then whenever we’d hit Sonic Drive in on road trips I’d order a Banana Cream Pie Milkshake. There’s something about the […]

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Art and Activities

How to Turn Children’s Artwork into Gifts for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I was thinking about how to turn children’s artwork into gifts.  We’re always experimenting with different painting, drawing, coloring, and art techniques. As a result, we end up with a lot of amazing artwork!  We have these neat gallery rails that we display artwork on. I try to regularly […]

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Reviews

PlanetBox Rover Lunchbox Review

My lunch-obsessed kids got new PlanetBox lunchboxes recently and they absolutely love them. In fact, they love them so much, I wanted to write a PlanetBox review to share some of the reasons why I highly recommend them. Whether we’re hitting up the neighborhood park or going for a hike at the lagoon, my kids […]

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Art and Activities

The Nutcracker for Kids in 2020

Watching The Nutcracker Ballet is one of my all time favorite holiday traditions. Even if you’re new to ballet, The Nutcracker for kids is a perfect introduction to the artistry, athleticism, and magic of a live performance. When I was young, my Grandma would sew beautiful dresses for me and my sisters and take us to […]

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Art and Activities

The Best Imagination Toys to Spark Creativity

When it comes to imagination toys, the most important thing is matching toys to your kids interests. For example, my little scientist is enthralled with toys that involve building, racing, space, and problem solving.  My dinosaur obsessed and creative toddler spends hours getting messy with art supplies and carrying toy dinosaurs around the house in […]

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Nonprofit

Mayan Hands Fair Trade & Handmade Gifts

Mayan Hands, is a non-profit organization that provides, “economic and educational opportunities to Mayan women so that they can bring their families out of extreme poverty as they continue to live within the culture they cherish.” (Mayan Hands website) Mayan Hands partners with women artisans in 14 communities in the Guatemalan Highlands to sell fine handmade products. These sales support artisan […]

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Art and Activities

The Best Tea Advent Calendars for 2020

My kids are advent calendar enthralled. We do a big family Christmas Countdown Calendar, chocolate advent calendars, and have a darling Very Beary Christmas calendar from when I was a kid.  In fact, my kids are so into advent calendars that during the post holiday sales last year I bought an adorable Nutcracker paper calendar, a […]