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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 […]

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Creative Art Gifts for Kids

Some of the best gifts are those that provide experiences, offer connection, learning, and are screen free. Art supplies meet all of those criteria and so much more! Art supplies make great gifts for kids because they are fun, colorful, exciting, and provide endless opportunities to create. And when you give a kid the gift […]

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How to Make a Cardboard Gingerbread House

One of my favorite holiday traditions growing up was making a gingerbread house. We had a heavy duty cast iron mold that my mom baked gingerbread in. My dad always assembled the house, and my sisters and I would decorate it with candy (and eat a ton in the process). It was a fun, creative, […]

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The Best Way to Create Holiday Magic with Kids

It seems like the winter solstice/Christmas/holiday season arrives earlier every year. And while I usually resist busting out the holiday decorations too early, like most people, this year I’m giving in. I mean, we put up our Halloween décor mid-September, so it’s time. Plus, everyone is searching for the little things that bring fun and […]

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12 Amazing Cardboard Box Crafts for Kids

The cardboard box is one of the most perfect art materials for kids. It’s sturdy, free with all those online purchases, great to paint on, and is an ideal material for building amazing things. You can use it as a canvas, create collages with it, weave on it, build cardboard houses out of it, and […]

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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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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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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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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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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 […]