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Allergy Friendly

The Best, Healthy Unicorn Milkshake (Smoothie)

Today, I want to share one of my family’s all-time favorite beverages. Introducing…the Unicorn Milkshake!  Okay, it’s really a smoothie. But it is so sweet, creamy, and yummy, it actually tastes like a milkshake.  Plus, it’s packed with healthy ingredients (even kale or spinach!). So, I feel good about serving it as a special treat. […]

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Books

Reading Activities to Inspire a Love of Reading

Books are a big deal in our family. If you’re a parent, then you already know that the benefits of reading with children are profound. In addition to developing a child’s language acquisition and literacy skills, reading impacts a child’s behavior and attention, helps develop empathy, and offers “windows and mirrors” into experiences similar and different from a child’s own.  […]

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Art and Activities

The Best Fall Activities for Toddlers and Kids in 2020

Fall is upon us! My family lives in San Diego, so it’s only slightly perceptible. But the shadows are changing, it’s getting dark earlier and you can feel the energy start to shift.  The seasonal change brings a burst of creativity. And with it, lots of ideas for fall activities for toddlers and kids. My […]

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Garden

How to Make a Whimsical Dinosaur Garden with Kids

My kids have become dinosaur kids. They were somewhat interested in dinosaurs and then we started watching the PBS Kids show, Dinosaur Train. Now, they correct me when I pronounce michelinoceras wrong (I was pronouncing it mich-elino-sarus, oops!). Despite my mispronunciations, I really enjoy learning along with them and marveling at the magnificence of dinosaurs. […]

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Art and Activities Cardboard Creations

How to Make a Cardboard Train Track

The San Diego Botanic Garden is a stunningly beautiful place. With 37 acres of plants, numerous different gardens, flowers, water features, wildlife, magical children’s spaces, and a view of the ocean, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this wonderful spot. My kids have grown up at the San Diego Botanic Garden and we […]

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Art and Activities

Summer Popsicle Stick Crafts

We love playing with popsicle sticks and making popsicle stick crafts! And we love popsicles so much that there’s currently an entire shelf in our freezer dedicated to them. There’s something extra special about Good Pops. I’m especially fond of the Orange N’ Cream, but they are all delicious. Plus, they are dairy free and […]

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Art and Activities

Imaginative and Easy Chalk Art Ideas

My kids love to play and create with chalk! And so do I. It’s an easy, imaginative, affordable, and colorful medium. And there are so many creative ways to use it. So, what can you make with chalk? We do a lot of basic drawing: race courses, cars, kitty cats, numbers, and letters. And we […]

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Nature

How to Make a Nature Solar System

My kids are absolutely infatuated with the solar system and all things celestial. I remember taking astronomy in college and loving it (and even considered making it my major). It’s been a fun journey to re-learn and discover all the marvels of our solar system, space, and the cosmos.  The nature solar system project came […]

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Art and Activities Cardboard Creations

How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom

My oldest recently had an opportunity to weave on a loom and thought it was a very fun experience. I looked up looms for kids online, and while there are many options, wasn’t ready to invest in one. The good news is that you can make one out of cardboard for FREE! Weaving is one […]

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Art and Activities Cardboard Creations

How to Make a Toy Ice Cream Cart out of a Cardboard Box

Have you seen the cute little Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Cart toy? Some friends have it and it was a huge hit with our kids the last time we went over to play. So much so, that our oldest kept asking when we could go over and play with it again. Well, the pandemic […]