A New Year’s Resolution Idea That Will Make You Feel Better About Yourself

a new new years resolution

The new year is right around the corner. Will you spend the next month trying to decide how to be better? Wishing for a change that will surely make you a happier, healthier, more focused person? Mapping out New Year's resolutions and hoping you'll be able to stick to them? I've done that in the past - haven't we all? Well this year I want to do it differently. This year I want to spend January remembering what I've done right and what I love about myself. This year I want to resolve to strengthen what is already strong. To focus on the best parts of my today and hope for more of those in the future. Want to join me? A NEW New Year's Continue Reading

A Wish for Others: A Simple Thoughtfulness Activity

A simple activity that inspires the kids to think of others at Christmas.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Christmas is such an exciting time for kids (and adults) It's easy to get swept up in wish list writing and countdown calendars. I want M and M to think about all the things they hope to do and receive this Christmas. I want them to be excited about the idea of Santa bringing a new toy and eagerly await driving around to look at Christmas lights. But that's not all I want for them. I want for them to think of others too. I want them buy (or make) gifts for the people that they love. I want them to consider what other people want and need. I Continue Reading

Family Book Club Week 2: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time

family book club (week 2) A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time

We're back with week 2 of the second Family Book Club. This book is rather short, so we'll be wrapping up next week. I would love for you to leave book recommendations for a third Family Book Club in the comments (or email me at [email protected]). Once we are into the new year I will get it scheduled. Reading Goal This week read chapters 5 -8. A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time Discussion Questions & Activities At our house the kids are close in age (9 and 7) but I know that's not true for a lot of you. I try to mix the discussion questions with some for younger kids and some for older kids. I recommend you simplify any Continue Reading

Letter E Activity: Gluing Eggshells

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Today's letter activity is for the Letter E. For this activity a really fun material. EGGSHELLS! Oh. . . I love eggshells!  I got a really weird look from my Hubby when I asked where the egg shells were from his fritata.   Is he really still surprised with my material selections? Letter E Activity: Gluing Eggshells What you need: Letter E, eggshells, glue, construction paper Print out the letter E, cut it out and glue it to construction paper.  I like the contrast of black construction paper for this one, but you can use what ever you have.  Use eggshells that have been washed out, and dried (but don't crunch them!!!) This activity Continue Reading

12 Days of Christmas for Kids: Activities & Crafts

On the first day of Christmas... learn a new song. Today's Christmas activity is to learn a new song. Maybe it's a song you sang as a kid but have yet to introduce to your little ones. Maybe you go in search of one online or at the library. I'll give you two of our fave Christmas songs. If you have a favorite song that we may not have heard leave the lyrics in the comments. Happy singing!

Looking for simple Christmas Activities and Christmas Crafts for kids? You've come to the right place. Below you'll find 12 days of Christmas for kids! Easy and fun Christmas activities and crafts you and the kids can enjoy together. A short supply list will help you be prepared, but almost everything can be easily tweaked using materials you have at home. (You may have to get a little creative, but I know you can handle that! :) ) 12 Days of Christmas Supply List Paper. Copy paper, construction paper, newspaper OR magazines. Candy canes. Large paper. Markers. Christmas books. We love these Christmas books but I'm sure that Continue Reading

12 Unique Christmas Gifts for Grandparents

grandparent Christmas gifts - #4 is adorable!

This post is sponsored by VTech and contains affiliate links. All opinions are mine. Creating Christmas gift guides full of unique and inspiring gifts has been a blast! After sharing the practical (and fun) stocking stuffer ideas for kids I realized that I am not the only one who values gifts that will actually be used. Today we're not talking about gifts for kids though, this Christmas gift guide is specially designed for Grandparents. Read though the list and then add your gift ideas in the comment section! 4 Homemade Christmas Gifts for Grandparents Decorated Mug - I've tried the Sharpie mug technique before and it didn't work Continue Reading

Pretend Play Elf Workshop

Santa's Village

This pretend play elf workshop is a part of the Big and Little Pretend Play series. Make sure to check out all of the pretend play ideas (we had some really fun ones!) When the kids were younger I used to spend hours setting up fun areas with special details, now M and M have taken over the planning. While pretend play at our house has NOT slowed down... my involvement isn't what it used to be. Their pretend play props pop up while their playing, and creating the space themselves has become part of the fun. So I had to step back a little. Posts like this one (first published in 2012) are a great way for me to look back and see how much the Continue Reading