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

Manageable House Cleaning Schedule (Even With Kids!)

love this manageable house cleaning schedule!

I am not a cleaner. Some people clean when they are upset or to help them relax. For me, cleaning is always a chore. I do, however, value a clean house... so cleaning is also always a priority. A couple of years ago I found a house cleaning schedule that changed everything. Suddenly the house always felt clean and the effort it took to keep it that way was minimal. I clean between 20 and 30 minutes a day and my house can be "company ready" super quick on ANY day! It's so much nicer than cleaning for hours one day a week (the way I used to do it) and I never get that "ugh the house is a mess feeling". Manageable House Cleaning Continue Reading

Letter G Activity: DIY Glitter Glue

Make your own glitter glue for a Letter G activity

I knew that the letter G activity was approaching in our letter activity series and quite frankly, I was dreading it. I despise glitter, okay probably not despise, but really dislike. I don't mind things that make a mess, in fact I rather enjoy a mess. . .as long as the mess can be cleaned up. Glitter sticks to everything and spills really easy and never seems to be totally gone. While I was busy trying to think of other G things that could replace glitter, I had an idea. This may be one of my better ideas. I might call this a brilliant idea.  PUT THE GLITTER INTO THE GLUE!!! Although I am not the first person to have thought of it, I feel Continue Reading

Time Management Tips for Moms FROM Moms

great time management tips for moms! #1 and #3 are great reminders... #6 is brilliant!

A couple of months ago I needed some major help. I was drowning in a sea of too much to do and not enough time to do it. My to-do list went from being a life raft to being an anchor. My normal tricks for reclaiming control weren't working and I didn't know what to do. Does that ever happen to you? Luckily I was smart enough to reach out to an incredible group of parents, all right at my fingertips. I sent this email to the 3,500 people who are signed up to receive playful parenting and kid's activity emails. This time instead of dishing out tips, I was begging for some time management help. The response was overwhelming.... and incredibly Continue Reading