How to Talk to Kids about the California Drought

How to talk to kids about the California drought

Today's post hits pretty close to home for me. I've lived in southern California almost all my life. We definitely enjoy beautiful weather year round but at this point all of us would love some extra rain! Right now we are in the midst of one of California's most severe droughts in history. For kids (and adults) understanding what a drought even means is tricky. Unlike other natural disasters we don't necessarily feel it because we can still turn on the faucet to wash dishes. When we want to shower the water sprinkles upon us just like always. We can't actually see the water shortage in our day to day life. Today I'm teaming up with Continue Reading

50 Fun Date Night Ideas for at Home

50 Ideas for date night at home... I LOVE #7!

Last fall I realized that it had been forEVER since Hubby and I had actually had a date night. Since having a quality marriage is important to both of us and because we also kind of like spending time together, that needed to change. We decided to make date nights a priority. What's the best way to make sure something happens around here? It has to go on the calendar. To make it a little more fun we decided to rotate who plans the dates. The rules are that we have to keep in mind what the month looks like. That means sometimes there isn't much extra money, sometimes there isn't much extra time and sometimes we don't have a babysitter. Continue Reading

Family Play Date: Setting up a Bocce Tournament

make it a family day... bocce ball tournament

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quaker Oats for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. It's no secret that we love games around here. Especially games that involve the whole family (or multiple families). One of our favorite outside games is Bocce. It's easy enough for kids and adults to be able to compete against each other. We were very excited to score a new Bocce set when Quaker Chewy sent us a Family Play Date Kit (info on what's included and how to enter to win a kit of your own at the bottom of this post). We knew just who to invite to this family play date and thanks to the play date kit we were ready to go Continue Reading

5 Perfect Preschool Playdate Ideas

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When I think of a playdate there are two things that come to mind. A chance for the kids to play with other kids AND a chance for me to chat with other Moms. That's why when I'm dreaming up playdate ideas I make sure that the plans involve a little parent/kid time but also allow plenty of time for the kids to play and explore on their own. When Avery & Austin asked if we would like to test their playdate in box (yes it includes everything you'll need for two little playmates) I jumped at the chance to host a preschool play date! Avery & Austin have made playdates super easy for busy Moms. When a playdate box arrives at the door Continue Reading

Teaching Kids How to Play Darts: Fun and Easy Dart Game

teaching kids how to play darts - fun and easy dart game for beginners

A couple of months ago hubby dug out the old dartboard from the back of the garage and made a pretty little dart cabinet for it... complete with a dry erase score board. Would you be surprised that I am the one most excited about our new dart area? Darts was one of my favorite things to play as a young adult. As life progressed, moving babies made throwing sharp objects around a bad idea. So the dartboard came down and I fell in love with more family friendly games. Well Big M is 9, Little M is 8 and we are free to resume our love of playing darts! The kids want to play too, of course. Who could blame them, playing darts Continue Reading

Letter M Activity: Marble Painting

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We have always done our marble painting in an open box. Place the paper in the bottom and drop in some paint covered marbles. Let the kids move the box around so that the marbles roll around the paper. It's a fun way to marble paint. . .but my kids have done it A LOT, so I thought I would change it up a bit for this letter M activity. Plus this version of marble painting has much less chance of becoming messy. Perfect for those days when messy painting doesn't sound like fun. Letter M Activity: Marble Painting What you need: Letter M, construction paper, marbles, paint, plastic bag and small cups. To prepare the Letter M Activity; Continue Reading

18 REALLY Funny Summer Jokes for Kids

Funny summer jokes for kids (with printables)

Summer here we come! We've prepared our summer schedule and started filling up our summer bucket list, all that's left is to finish up these last few days of school. I want to kick summer off with some laughs. We've heard the knock knock jokes WAY too many times so I decided to round up a new list of jokes for kids. Enjoy! 18 REALLY Funny Summer Jokes for Kids Print the Jokes What did the pig say on a hot summer day? - I'm bacon! Why do bananas use sunscreen? - Because they peel. Why are gulls named seagulls? - If they were by the bay, they’d be bagels. Why don't oysters share their pearls? - Because they're Continue Reading