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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 […]

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Reuse Lotion for a Smelling Sensory Activity

A sensory activity can be done with almost anything! As the simplify part of the Seventh Generation 7 day Journey to Natural Beauty, I did some spring cleaning and found an entire basket full of lotions that I haven’t touched in years probably.   Simplify My Routine: Reuse Before Throwing Out Since I don’t use […]

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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 […]

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4 Instruments for Kids to Make from Kiwi Crate

The Making Music activity kit from Kiwi Crate is full of instruments for kids to make! Time to make some music! I got this chance to review a Kiwi Crate, they offer single crates, or activity kits, to order [instead of the monthly subscription], so you can try it out to see if you like […]

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Simple Valentine Craft: Make a Vase!

We are just about Valentine’d out after all this Valentine craftiness that we’ve been doing! But we just had to do a quick bottle craft to make vases to put some flowers in for Valentine’s Day! [ahem... hint hint hubby!] These vases are super simple for the kids to make and turn out super pretty! […]

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Kids Designs for Tissue Boxes

After voting in the White Cloud Tissue Box Designs [through their Voting App] for the Children’s Miracle Network, I was so inspired to make our own tissue box designs! Henry wasn’t too excited about it until I showed him it was going to be wrapped around the tissue box. And then he got super excited and […]

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Building with Blocks & Technology

Using the iPad as a guide for building with blocks brings technology into a real hands on activity. Photos can be taken of any tower of blocks to rebuild! What’s awesome is that once you get your child started with this activity, they’ll likely want to build more towers to take photos of to use […]

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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 […]

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Foam Monster Treat Bags

  Monsters come in all shapes and sizes! That’s what’s awesome about them. They can be absolutely anything. [Perfect for little kids to make!] A square could be a face, or a flower can! It doesn’t matter at all. We made these foam monsters at Grandma’s using Creatology’s Foam Platters.   And added in googly […]

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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 […]