Kings Day Epiphany

Happy Kings Day. Feliz DĂ­a de Los Reyes. In our family, today is the final day of Christmas; and the day our kids give and receive their gifts. The star 🌟 is removed from the tree and hidden, and the children dress as the Magi or Wise Men, prepare a gift for Jesus, (often makingContinue reading “Kings Day Epiphany”

Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses

One of the most anticipated seasonal activities our family does around the holidays is graham cracker gingerbread houses. Each child (and adult!) gets: â—¦ A large, sturdy Paper Plate to build on â—¦ 1-2 sleeves of Graham Crackers â—¦ A Tub of Vanilla Frosting â—¦ An Assortment of Candy (usually M&Ms, Fruit Snacks, Twizzlers andContinue reading “Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses”

2021 Family Bucket List

It’s 2021! How did you celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of the next? To celebrate the new year, we ate a lot of yummy food (our family usually does “appetizers” for New Years Eve, and we eat all the delicious things I wouldn’t normally cook. We also worked on a “BucketContinue reading “2021 Family Bucket List”

Unit Blocks for Open-Ended Play

Good Afternoon, Mama. It’s been a rainy couple days here in the Northeast, and the kids have been playing more inside than out. Two of the toys that get the most play in our home are unit blocks and peg figures. We’ve had the unit blocks for years and years*, and my eldest son oftenContinue reading “Unit Blocks for Open-Ended Play”

Purchases and Your Values

Good Morning, Mama. It’s Cyber Monday, and we’re just past Black Friday. What are you investing in? We have been saving gift cards for awhile now, and just purchased some patio furniture and a gas fire table. In November. In New Jersey. What might seem like a waste of our precious little resources to someContinue reading “Purchases and Your Values”

Simple Traditions

Good Afternoon, Mama. One of the most beloved “traditions” in our home is our holiday books. We have a few books for each of the major holidays kept in a small tote in a closet, and we pull them out the week of the holiday. Traditions don’t have to be elaborate. Or expensive. Or evenContinue reading “Simple Traditions”

15 Minute Connection

Good Morning, Mama. It’s really true what they say, the days are long but the years are short. 4 years ago, it was her in the crib. Now she stands tall beside it. One month ago, he couldn’t pull up at all. Now he greets me proud and tall, holding onto the top rail. WhateverContinue reading “15 Minute Connection”

Why You Need to Try the 3 Marker Challenge

Hey, Mama. Want a simple, easy way to spend some quality time with your kids? We celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday yesterday—and one of the ways we celebrated was with a family style “3 Marker Challenge”. You pick a picture to color (we often like to do it around a “theme”—for this we did “Birthday”!Continue reading “Why You Need to Try the 3 Marker Challenge”

Content Where You’re At

We don’t have a huge backyard. But we sure are thankful for the little green space behind our house. We play out there daily. We planted a little garden. We drag our picnic benches back there and paint with watercolors. We search for earthworms and play card games on a blanket. It’s a small spaceContinue reading “Content Where You’re At”

Hands On Science

This is a favorite book in our home—for the kids, and for me. All the experiments use materials that we usually already have on hand, and there’s very little adult help required. It’s been great for my kids who love science to have something they can pull out whenever the urge to experiment strikes. AndContinue reading “Hands On Science”