birthday-party-activities-f

10 Low-Key Birthday Party Activities for Kids

Birthday party activities don’t have to be stressful! It’s Melissa & Doug’s Birthday Bash and they’re throwing the Ultimate Birthday Bash. They’re sponsoring how I do my birthday parties and keep them low-key, aka less stress for me. I am not a huge Birthday party thrower. We keep it pretty low-key. Although I’m always a […]

How-to-do-Activities-with-a-Toddler-AND-Big-Kids-4

7 Tips for Toddler Activities While You’re Busy With the Big Kids

Today is an exciting day! Today, we’re bringing the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Pinterest to our blogs. I am super thrilled to have Alissa of Creative with Kids sharing with you today. She is the guru of solving problems, especially when doing activities with kids. And today, she’s sharing how to do activities with both […]

kindergarten-readiness-chil

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Henry’s heading to Kindergarten next year… and thankfully I didn’t have to think about whether or not he is ready. I know he is, and this just confirms it for me. As I did for preschool, I’ll be prepping Henry the same way again for Kindergarten. When I was pregnant with George, he was due […]

2013 Pictures

The Latest Portraits of the Kids!

This post brought to you by Picture People. All opinions are 100% mine. I absolutely dread getting family portraits, or even just the kids portraits, taken. I don’t know why… maybe its just trying to figure out what to wear… or getting everyone to smile. It just drains me. Last weekend, the whole family headed to […]

ABCs of Being a Hands on Mom

ABC Guide to be a Hands on Mom

We’re going to walk through what it means to be a hands on mom, from A to Z. I’ve talked previously on how to become a hands on mom by overcoming some common hurdles, or excuses, that we make for ourselves. But there’s more to it than that. In fact, I’ve put together an entire […]

10 easy tips to keep messy play - CLEAN!

10 Tips to Keep Messy Play Clean

Some tips for keeping it clean while having lots of messy play fun from Growing a Jeweled Rose. A messy way to play in the new year! Hello, my name is Crystal, writer and creator of the play based website Growing A Jeweled Rose. We share lots of sensory and messy play activities on Growing A […]

wish-moms

What I Wish Moms Would Say: Parenting Is…

If you could go back to when you had your first baby, what would you tell yourself? Summing it all up and quoting my husband, I’d tell myself to… Read everything you can on being a parent… and then adjust to fit ‘shop conditions’. I’ll elaborate on my husband’s quote from my “mom” point of […]

12 Things to Do Before Baby Arrives

12 Things I Gotta Do Before the Baby Arrives!

I’m finally to the point of counting down the weeks left in this third pregnancy. 5 weeks and counting. [Take a stab at guessing when the baby will get here!] And reality kind of hit over the weekend that I’m not at all prepared for the baby to actually be here. My husband was diligently […]

Excuses (and how to overcome them) for NOT doing activities with your kids

How to Become Hands On With Your Kids

I’ve been in conversation with my sister-in-law lately about being a hands on mom. She’s just at the beginning stages of truly being able to do activities with her oldest [2 years old]. As we’ve been talking, it has opened my eyes to common excuses, or hurdles, that a lot of moms have when it […]

8 ways to prepare your child for preschool

8 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Preschool

Welcome to Katie of Mommy with Selective Memory and Susan of Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers.With school starting just around the corner, they’re sharing some ways to prep your child for preschool! Perfect timing for Henry! Mommy’s Dilemma My daughter is a social little girl. She is always on the prowl for new […]