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Colorful Afternoon Ideas for Kids

Colorful Afternoon Ideas for Kids

My girls love crafting, creating things and color. Here are some fun kid-friendly crafts and activities for creative afternoons and independent play time, featuring butterfly sun catchers, Lottie Dolls, and more!

5 Creative Outdoor Activities for Kids

5 Creative Outdoor Activities for Kids

All stay-at-home moms know it can be challenging to entertain kids during summer free time or after school hours. Here are a few simple kids activities to encourage imaginative play and artistic creation!

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Without a Machine

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Without a Machine

Did you know you can make ice cream without using an ice cream maker? My kids love doing craft projects and helping cook in the kitchen, so of course they love making homemade ice cream too! We tried out an ice cream mix from the Curious Creamery that allows you to make all kinds of ice cream combinations using mix-ins you have in your kitchen!

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Teach Toddlers New Skills Through Play

Teach Toddlers New Skills Through Play

Pom poms are a fun, basic toy for kids to play and learn with. No matter what age your child is, pom poms can be used for many fun interactive and educational activities!

Beach Faves & Homemade Body Sugaring

Beach Faves & Homemade Body Sugaring

Hitting the beach this summer? It’s important to take care of your summer skin and keep track of your stuff while traveling and playing. Every mom will love these skin care tips and stylish Krafty Chix bags!

Easy Shopping for Everything Baby Needs

Easy Shopping for Everything Baby Needs

Do you have a hard time leaving the house with the kids, even to just run a quick errand or pick up a gift? Me too. This is why online shopping has become a big deal at our house. I can purchase exactly what I need and many companies offer free shipping over a certain amount AND I can browse all the details of my purchases while baby naps in the next room. The Baby Cubby is a unique resource that offers many of my favorite brands within a very user-friendly interface. You can even create abu gift registry to share with your friends!
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Boba, Backyard Scrabble & Kids’ Sunshine Party!

Boba, Backyard Scrabble & Kids’ Sunshine Party!

Wanting to spice up your summer days? Kids will love making these fun bubble tea drinks with Boba, playing Backyard Scrabble as a family and inviting friends to a summer Sunshine Party!

Trendy Essentials for Little Girls

Trendy Essentials for Little Girls

Summer is a perfect time for doing crafts to fill the hot afternoons, having movie parties, and sporting fabulous summer fashion! While you’re watching the new movie Trolls for the 10th time, make a cute DIY Princess Poppy flower headband or cuddle up for a family reading party.

Feather Hair Accessories & Essential Oil Skincare

Feather Hair Accessories & Essential Oil Skincare

Where do you enjoy going on vacation? Our summer family travels took us to the California coast where we enjoyed camping along the beach in our RV motor home. We found so many great spots to go on family hikes and enjoy the sunny warm weather. Of course, summer weather comes with bugs, and hiking with kids comes with scraped knees. I’m excited to share some natural solutions to both of these problems, as well as our fun DIY feather embellished hair accessories!

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10 San Francisco Family Activities

10 San Francisco Family Activities

We found plenty of San Francisco family activities during our summer trip down the West Coast. We enjoyed visiting the Exploratorium and strolling down Pier 39; just a few of our top picks for experiencing San Francisco with kids.

Simple Kids’ Style Tips

Simple Kids’ Style Tips

During the summer my girls beat the heat with cool tank tops and fun twirly summer dresses! Here are some of my daily tips for keeping my girls’ hair tangle free and kids’ clothes and shoes fresh, clean and ready for playtime.

8 Budget-Friendly Pacific NW Family Travel Destinations

8 Budget-Friendly Pacific NW Family Travel Destinations

This summer we took a trip down the West Coast with our young family. We choose budget-friendly destinations that would be interesting and feasible for young kids to enjoy. We enjoyed forest hikes and picnic lunches, walked along fern-lined canyons and deserted beaches, and visited several gorgeous vineyards. Here are some of our favorite stops in Washington and Oregon that were fun, inexpensive, and memorable for us to visit with kids.

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Mount St. Helens Ape Cave & Lava Tubes Family Visit

Mount St. Helens Ape Cave & Lava Tubes Family Visit

We love exploring new places with our kids. I’m excited to share the highlights from our family visit to Mount St. Helens lava tubes and Ape Cave in Washington State.

DIY Candy Sushi & Brilliant Summer Treats

DIY Candy Sushi & Brilliant Summer Treats

I love coming up with creative ideas for kids’ parties and dinner with friends. Unique treats are a fun creative outlet for a mom that friends and kids will enjoy. This easy candy sushi is easy to make using fruit roll-ups, marshmallows, and assorted gummy candy!

Mermaid-Inspired Crafts & Activities

Mermaid-Inspired Crafts & Activities

Girls love pretending to be mermaids. I know because when I was a child I loved the idea of mysterious mermaids with shimmery tails and under-the-sea hairstyles. The last few years mermaids have been trending in the form of dolls, mermaid tail blankets, room decor and even cookies! My daughter had a mermaid-inspired birthday party and decorated her room with mermaid pennant banners and pillows. Here are some fun ideas for all girls who love mermaids!

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Classic Fun From American Girl

Classic Fun From American Girl

Trends come and go but some brands are timeless. I loved playing with American Girl dolls as a child and my girls love playing with them now. I’m excited to introduce the 2017 BeForever doll Felicity Merriman and some other new characters as well!

Cloth Diapering on a Budget

Cloth Diapering on a Budget

It’s no secret that cloth diapering is the cheaper route in the long run for the average family, but initial start-up cost can be a little overwhelming. Thankfully, cloth diapering on a budget is possible. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.

Summer Fun, Family Camping & Snacks

Summer Fun, Family Camping & Snacks

There is beauty in simplicity. I am ALL about keeping life simple when cooking, cleaning, shopping, and playing. Life with kids doesn’t have to be complicated! I have discovered a beautifully uncomplicated way to shop for kids’ clothes online and choose clothing styles that are perfect for our family adventures.

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Liquid Sensory Glitter Slime (No Borax)

Liquid Sensory Glitter Slime (No Borax)

Easily make this fun no borax liquid slime as a fun afternoon activity for kids! You can make sensory glitter slime in all colors and themes.

Gorgeous DIY Accessories & Swedish Fashion

Gorgeous DIY Accessories & Swedish Fashion

I recently discovered a gorgeous clothing line, Gudrun Sjödén which offers many tunics, dresses and accessories that are comfy and stylish. Don’t miss our DIY accessory ideas too!

Sensory Glitter Cloud Dough Kids’ Activity

Sensory Glitter Cloud Dough Kids’ Activity

Kids love sensory activities. This glitter cloud dough is squishy and fun to stretch and mold. It’s not salty like play dough so it won’t dry out little kids’ hands. We made fun sparkly homemade dough with just 3 main ingredients!

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Interactive Kids Yard Activities

Interactive Kids Yard Activities

My kids can’t wait to go outside as soon as the weather gets warmer. Playing with water beads, blowing bubbles, and making cloud dough entertains my kids, helps them burn off energy and encourages their motor skill development!

Best DIY Pencil Cup Ideas

Best DIY Pencil Cup Ideas

These super creative DIY pencil cups take desk accessories to an entirely new level, made from soup cans, mason jars, crayons, license plates and felt!

Fun Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Fun Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is all about celebrating dad and it’s fun to treat your dad to a few surprises too! Even if your dad seems to have it all, you can always find a special way to celebrate all he does for you! Here are a few Father’s Day gift ideas he will love.

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Super Creative Kids’ Party Treats

Super Creative Kids’ Party Treats

Are you planning a party? You don’t have to break the bank to host a memorable party. All you need is a few creative ideas and an open afternoon to whip up some fun party treats!

Toy Organization Tips & Tricks

Toy Organization Tips & Tricks

Do you have mountains of toys at your house? I often feel like my kids have more toys than they can possibly play with. These ideas will help streamline your playroom and organize your kids’ toys.

Tips For Ring Bearers + Flower Girl Fashion

Tips For Ring Bearers + Flower Girl Fashion

Wedding season is in full bloom! Whether you need some flower girl fashion inspiration or you’re wondering how to get a mischievous little boy to carry the ring down the aisle, here are a few tips and tricks we used for helping our adorable flower girls and ring bearers to walk down the aisle successfully.
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Get Your Body Back In Time For Summer

Get Your Body Back In Time For Summer

I love summer but I do not look forward to sporting a swimsuit. Having a baby changes a lot and it’s hard to find time to get back into shape. Here are a few products to help you prepare for summer fun and regain your pre-baby self-confidence.

10 Ingenious Dress Up Ideas

10 Ingenious Dress Up Ideas

My girls love to dress up which often results in clothes all over the floor. I try to train them to pick up their clothes but it’s also helpful to implement easy storage solutions in my girls’ room. Here are some awesome ideas for storing […]

Gorgeously Simple Dinner Party Ideas

Gorgeously Simple Dinner Party Ideas

My husband and I love hosting dinner parties, BBQs, game nights, you name it. We’ve somewhat slowed down in our hosting efforts since having kids but we really want to get back into a regular routine of having people over. My husband’s whole family loves making good food and I love decorating and making pretty treats. Hosting dinner parties is a great way to teach kids how to be generous with your home and serve others too! Here are some simple tips to host a gorgeous dinner party without spending lots of time or money.

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Mealtime Tips for Picky Eaters

Mealtime Tips for Picky Eaters

Do you have a picky eater? Sometimes it’s about all a mom can handle to get a child to eat their lunch. When kids go through stages of picky eating, parents can use simple strategies to encourage their kids to eat healthy food.

Homemade Natural Fabric Softener And Mommy Friendly Fashion

Homemade Natural Fabric Softener And Mommy Friendly Fashion

As a busy mom of littles it’s hard to find time to shop or keep up with fashion trends but recently I found an easy and affordable way to stay fashionable.

5 Delicious Meal Ideas & Leftover Storage

5 Delicious Meal Ideas & Leftover Storage

Stumped for dinner? Here are some easy meals using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. I like keeping chicken and ground beef around so I don’t have to do as much daily meal planning. Let’s be honest — with 3 young kids, meal planning at our house rarely happens! These dinner ideas are simple to whip up and kid-friendly too!

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Creative Ways to Encourage Kids’ Hygiene

Creative Ways to Encourage Kids’ Hygiene

Teach kids to practice good hygiene by making it fun! Create tutu toothbrushes and a discovery soap dispenser to encourage kids to brush their teeth, wash their hands, and develop healthy hygiene habits.

Strawberry Custard Tarts For Any Party

Strawberry Custard Tarts For Any Party

These yummy custard tarts are perfect to serve at any party! You can enjoy them with fresh berries on top of the fresh homemade custard.

Tips to Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Tips to Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Busy moms have so many daily activities but that doesn’t change the fact that we all want to feel healthy and empowered to meet our goals. It’s easy for moms to allow personal health to slip through the cracks, especially when caring for kids and acting as the family chauffeur. These simple tips are easy enough to implement into your weekly routine. It definitely takes commitment to make it to the gym for a weekly workout or to plan well-balanced meals but the healthy benefits are worth it!
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Have a Spa Day Everyday

Have a Spa Day Everyday

Transform your morning routine into a luxurious Spa Day with a few easy tips. I get so excited when I find convenient ways to solve problems in my life and even boost my self-confidence.

Fun Toys for Busy Boys

Fun Toys for Busy Boys

Boys need toys they can use to crash together, build tall towers, and explore their world. Here are some of our favorite toys and activities that are especially interesting for little boys!

How to Teach Your Kids to Be Good Friends

How to Teach Your Kids to Be Good Friends

It can be tricky for households with young kids to get along, especially as the dynamics change as kids get older or a family brings home a new baby. It’s important to teach kids hands-on values for life as they interact with each other throughout the day. Learning to be cheerful and generous during playtime will benefit kids later in life too!
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5 Newborn Essentials for Every Mom

5 Newborn Essentials for Every Mom

Who would have thought a cute little baby could need so many things? Here are some of my proven basics that helped me in the early days with a newborn baby.

Kids’ Summer Hair Tips

Kids’ Summer Hair Tips

Keep your kids’ hair moisturized and frizz-free with a few easy tips. The summer sunny rays can often bleach your hair, frizz your locks, and give you split ends.

On-the-Go Essentials for Family Fun

On-the-Go Essentials for Family Fun

Summer is just around the bend and with warmer weather comes fun family adventures! Outings, excursions and vacations fill up our family’s calendar as we rush to make the best of the beautiful warm weather. I don’t know about you, but I always have a bit of dread at the beginning of each adventure as I ask myself “did I forget something?” and try to jog my memory of what I might need for my son during our day (or week) out.  As moms, we have to be prepared for anything. If you have any day trips or vacations planned this summer, you may want to add a few more things to your list of kids’ travel essentials to prepare for anything.
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Earth Day Activities and Eco-Friendly Kid Fashion

Earth Day Activities and Eco-Friendly Kid Fashion

Teach your kids about the earth with fun activities and projects to let them observe nature. Plant a tree, collect some worms, and learn how to care for our beautiful planet!

Spring Cleaning & Organizing Tips

Spring Cleaning & Organizing Tips

Changing seasons is the perfect time to do a bit of cleaning and refresh your home and daily routines. Here are the projects I’m working on to get organized for warmer weather!

Irresistible Baby Girl Finds

Irresistible Baby Girl Finds

I was so excited when I found out I was having my first daughter. I knew I would be hopelessly in love with her from the start and I was also excited to shop for tutus, hair bows and adorable baby shoes. Now I’ve been around the block a few times and I have two girls and one boy. Here are my top picks for baby girls; perfect for baby showers, birthdays, or just pampering your little princess.

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Vancouver Aquarium Family Trip Destination

Vancouver Aquarium Family Trip Destination

This spring we had a chance to visit the Vancouver Aquarium in Canada. My kids had a lot of fun learning about many different sea creatures and observing a wide variety of fish and marines animals up close!

5 Potty Training Tips for Toddlers

5 Potty Training Tips for Toddlers

Ideas to make potty training fun! Potty training can be tricky but kids are easy to motivate with rewards, and healthy habits can be taught through regular routines.

5 Kids’ Wardrobe Basics – Cut the Clothing Clutter!

5 Kids’ Wardrobe Basics – Cut the Clothing Clutter!

With 3 kids in my home, I can tell you the clothing can pile up quickly. Now that the kids can “almost” dress themselves and undress just as quickly, clothing ends up everywhere. Here are some of the basics our family uses to minimize clothing clutter so the kids only have access to the clothes that they need.

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Easy Ways to Stay Healthy

Easy Ways to Stay Healthy

Keep your family healthy with these easy DIY ideas. With spring weather just around the corner, I’m sure we are all ready to enjoy some sunny outdoor fun and leave behind the winter sniffles. You can easily practice these healthy habits every day with your own family.

Simple Tips for Healthy Skin

Simple Tips for Healthy Skin

It’s easy to take care of your skin with a simple and healthy routine. Moisturize in winter and protect your skin from the sun in summer. I’m excited to share my trusty skincare regimen for all seasons!

DIY Baby Sensory Bin & Helpful Essentials

DIY Baby Sensory Bin & Helpful Essentials

I can’t believe my little guy is already 14 months old! Time flies the first year plus a few months. After three kids, 120 weeks of pregnancy, and lots of kid-filled routines and diaper changes, I’ve curated my own collection of life saving essentials that can make any mom and dad’s life a whole lot easier. I mean, what in the world do you do with a baby when they want to get around but can’t? How do you read to a baby who only wants to throw books on the floor?

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5 Activities for Little Mermaids

5 Activities for Little Mermaids

Design your own interactive mermaid game with cute game pieces, enjoy mermaid sea-inspired snacks, and host a mermaid themed play date.

Interactive Activities for Kids

Interactive Activities for Kids

Make homemade sparkle play dough, design and color paper character puppets, and explore fun textures with themed sensory bins.

How to Plan Easy Kids’ Birthday Parties

How to Plan Easy Kids’ Birthday Parties

Do your kids love birthday parties? My daughter starts talking about her birthday party theme months in advance. She loves parties and I love hosting them, planning the party details, and creating a fun theme to celebrate a special occasion. I tend to keep things pretty budget friendly but a party can still be creative with paper, craft supplies, and cute party foods. What’s the first thing you do when planning a birthday party? Order party invitations of course! I’m excited to share with you my tips for planning kids’ birthday parties to maximize the fun and minimize the cost and stress of party planning.

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Healthy Kids’ Lunches & Eating Habits

Healthy Kids’ Lunches & Eating Habits

Make lunch fun for kids! Create food shapes, have a lunch time tea party, or practice kitchen skills and let your kids make their own lunch!

Smart Snack Ideas for Kids

Smart Snack Ideas for Kids

Keep a variety of healthy and quick snacks on hand such as fresh fruit and whole grain chips so it’s easy to make smart snack time choices throughout the day.

How to Make Healthy Gummy Bears

How to Make Healthy Gummy Bears

Gummy bears are super fun to eat but I never thought about trying to make them until just the other day. It turns out, homemade gummy bears are very easy to make and you can infuse them with healthy juices, honey, and fresh squeezed citrus! My kids love gummy bears but I we limit the kids’ sugar intake each day to help those little immunities. These DIY gummy bears are made with orange juice and sweetened with honey! I don’t mind if my kids snack on these relatively healthy gummy bears and it’s fun to customize the flavors.
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Healthy Handwashing Tips For Children

Healthy Handwashing Tips For Children

Practicing good hand washing is one of the simplest ways to avoid sicknesses and prevent contamination in your home. Here’s a few pointers for how to make hand washing fun and easy for little kids.

Fun Spring Activities for Kids

Fun Spring Activities for Kids

Turn the backyard into a wonderland with an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt! Encourage your kids to come up with their own games, play “keep away”, and make soup with good old garden materials.

Family Adventures with Joovy

Family Adventures with Joovy

Traveling with young kids or even going shopping can be tricky. As soon as we had our 3rd child, we knew we needed to figure out some creative ways to escape the house with 3 kids. I wasn’t eager to leave the house with a newborn and two toddlers, so for a few months I only did errands if my husband could watch at least one child. Slowly I got used to the idea and now it’s a lot easier to take all three kids with me but I’ve still experienced some near-impossible events of having to corral the kids through the parking lot or chase them down while holding my purse and a baby. I’ve found the most effective way to keep track of my two toddlers is to trap them in the stroller, or let my more responsible daughter walk and trap my 2-year-old and 1-year-old in the stroller. I absolutely love our Joovy Caboose Ultralight. It has everything; seats, platforms, secure restraints, pockets, pouches, storage areas, and it easily folds up to fit in the trunk of my Civic. It feels just as streamlined as a regular stroller except that it fits two kids! I’m excited to share why I love this stroller, a basic essential for any family who enjoys getting out with young kids!
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Best RV Trip Planning Resources

Best RV Trip Planning Resources

Planning a cross country RV trip involves choosing destinations, routes, stops and activities. I’m excited to share some of the best resources I found for RV trip planning as well as some of my personal trip planning tips!

10 Reasons to Dehydrate Food

10 Reasons to Dehydrate Food

Does your family like dried fruit as easy go-to snacks? Preserving foods by drying is a great way to ensure foods don’t go bad for long trips or during warm weather.

5 Ways to Simplify Your Morning Routine

5 Ways to Simplify Your Morning Routine

An organized life is often a happier life. It’s easy to take simple steps towards structuring your day for success, starting with when you first wake up! This year I’m reducing the clutter in our home, identifying ways we can stay more organized, and minimizing the habits that create stress in our family. I’m a mom of 3 young kids and I have to keep my morning routine fairly simple while also completing the tasks to get ready for the day! Here are my tips for simplifying my morning routine even with kids underfoot.

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Shamrock Kid’s Party & Treats

Shamrock Kid’s Party & Treats

Everyone loves a party! St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate by hosting a cute kid’s party and play date with friends! I love hosting friends especially when it allows my kids to play with their friends too. St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a […]

How to Fix Scuffed Kids’ Sparkle Shoes

How to Fix Scuffed Kids’ Sparkle Shoes

Easily fix up scuffed kids’ shoes with a bit of fabric paint and matching nail polish. My daughter was thrilled to have her favorite shoes made sparkly again!

Cute Food Shapes & Lunch Ideas for Kids

Cute Food Shapes & Lunch Ideas for Kids

Kids thrive from a regular routine and at our house the routine includes creative activities, snack time, independent play, lunch, and quiet time so the kids have a chance to rest. It’s easy to make snack time fun and healthy with a little creativity. It can be tempting to feed your kids crackers and fruit snacks every day and my kids often enjoy those as well, but I’ve also been encouraged to assist my kids’ immunities with healthier treats, natural sugars, and snacks that are free of high fructose corn syrup. I’ve also started giving my kids a probiotic supplement to help their little growing bodies stay healthy and strong. These easy snack ideas are simple to implement and make snack time creative and fun!
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