Family Book Club Week 2: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Family Book Club - week 2

Did you enjoy the first week of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea activities and discussion questions? M and M begged me to continue reading (and we've read this one before). I hope your kids are just as excited. Remember to chat with us in comment section or email me directly at [email protected] (The feedback helps me shape the Family Book Club series so that it's a fun and useful experience for everyone.) If you haven’t done so already pick up your copy of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, you can join the fun anytime. This is an affiliate link, but as always I encourage you to check your local library Continue Reading

Positive Parenting Solutions for a YELL FREE Home

effective parenting

What's going on at your house right now? At ours there is way too much yelling, nagging and reminding coming from me. YUCK! The worst part is I know better! Whenever I get into one of these not so great cycles I know it’s time for a reboot. Once I’m on a positive (and patient) page, the entire house seems to settle into a more cooperative and happy place. Luckily I know right were to turn… … and I’m inviting you along. On Tuesday February 3rd at 10am PST (1pm EST) I’ll be hosting a FREE Positive Parenting Solutions Webinar by Amy McCready. You and I (and a few hundred of our closest friends. ) will be sitting comfortably in our Continue Reading

6 Reading Tips for Parents to Make Reading Easy

reading is hard these reading tips for parents make it easier

Getting M and M to sit down and read independently has been a struggle from the beginning. Both of them love books. Both of them love having books read to them. Both of them "hate" reading on their own. I'll spare you the details of how badly this book loving Mom reacted to that realization! (Not my finest Mom moments.) Once I was done grieving the idea that my kids would not be bookworms, I decided it was time to make a plan. Today I've partnered with Reading Eggs to bring you these reading tips for parents that have made reading both easy and fun at our house! Reading Tips for Parents that Make Reading Easy Reading Time. This year Continue Reading

Family Book Club Week 1: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Family book club 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

It's time to start round 3 of the Family Book Club. For the next 5 weeks we will be reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea from the Classic Starts™ Series. I've had so much fun reading along with all of you, the comments and emails have been wonderful! Keep them coming. You can let us know what part of the book club you are enjoying the most, share additional questions or activities your family has come up with or just shout out "We're READING!" Leave comments on any of the Family Book Club posts or email me directly at [email protected] If you haven't done so already pick up your copy of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and get Continue Reading

Letter H Activity: Potato Stamping Hearts

Letter H activity. Heart stamping with potatoes.

I had hearts all cut out and ready to glue onto our letter H, but then I came across a sweet potato print activity that I just knew would be a perfect Letter H activity. If you are looking for more Letter of the Week Activities ... I have you covered. Letter H Activity: Potato Stamping Hearts What you need: Letter H, paper, glue, potato, knife, paint, cardboard or paper plate, paintbrush (optional). To prepare the Letter H Activity; print out the Letter H, glue it on a piece of construction paper and write the word hearts on the bottom of the paper. Carve a heart into a potato. I started by cutting the potato in half and then worked Continue Reading

Sweetheart Smores + 10 More Valentine Treats

11 adorable and fun Valentine treats. love this list!

Are you ready to start thinking about Valentine's Day?  Don't worry this post will be full of Valentine treats perfect for getting you in the sweetheart spirit. How to Make Sweet Heart Smores What you need: graham crackers, peanut butter, sliced strawberries and heart marshmallows. (affiliate link) These are so, so easy and so, so yummy. First spread a little peanut butter goodness on a graham cracker (a Home made graham cracker if you have some).  Then slice up some fresh strawberries, add a cute little heart marshmallow and pop those s'mores in the toaster until they are as brown and melty as you like. Now go ahead and enjoy all Continue Reading

5 Ways to Start Teaching Time Management for Kids

time management for kids. #3 is so important!

Please welcome Melissa from Cloud Mom. She is here to share some ideas on how to make time management for kids a part of your everyday. This topic could not have come at a better time for us. I've been working a lot on time management for me and have become very aware that Big M could use a little work on the same area. Isn't it funny how we can see ourselves so clearly in our kids sometimes? Enjoy the post and please join in the conversation in the comment section! Hello, moms and dads! I’m Melissa from and am thrilled to be guest posting today! With a new year upon us, many of us are making resolutions. Perhaps we are Continue Reading