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Friday, June 27, 2014

4 Super FUN Patriotic Ideas to Celebrate the 4th of July or Canada Day Outdoors with Your Kids!

This post first appeared on my blog on July 2013, 
I'm sharing it again today because the ideas are still full of fun and
 a perfect way to kick off your summer memory making! 


Here are 4 quick and easy (F-U-N) ideas to entertain your kids outside 
this 4th of July or to celebrate Canada Day!
I bet you already have everything you need in your house!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rachelle Doorley's NEW "TinkerLab: A Hands-On Guide For Little Inventors" Book Review and Giveaway!

Sponsored Post Disclosure: I received a free copy of the "TinkerLab" book in exchange for sharing my opinions with you. As always, all opinions are my own and truthful. 


I am very honored to be participating in the TinkerLab book launch blog tour, 
sharing Rachelle Doorley's (of TinkerLab blog) wonderful new book with all of you! 
Rachelle and I have "known" each other as colleagues and fellow bloggers for many years now, I adore the activities she sets up with her own two daughters and always love getting little glimpses into her beautiful and creative home here on the West Coast. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

NEW Art Studio Tour!

Warning: Today's post is going to have a LOT of photos and I hope I don't crash your computer, tablet, or phone!


My family has moved not once but twice in the past seven months. 
First, we moved cross-country from Northern Virginia to Central Oregon at the end of October. 
Then, we moved across town to our forever home, built by my husband 
(and next door to my own parents!) last month in May. 
Now, we are putting down roots and settling in for the long haul. 
It feels good to know we will be here for a good, long while. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Making Popsicle Stick People and a Giveaway for the NEW Book from Holly Homer and Rachel Miller: 101 Kids Activities That Are The Bestest, Funnest, Ever!

Sponsored Post Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to share my opinions with you. 
As always, all opinions are my own and truthful. 


If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen these adorable popsicle stick people
 my girls made. Both of my girls, ages 11 and 7 had a blast one afternoon making them. 
We found this super fun idea in the brand new book, 
by my colleagues and fellow bloggers, Holly Homer and Rachel Miller
the geniuses and driving forces behind The Kids Activities Blog


I was so excited when Holly and Rachel sent me a copy of their brand new book to review and get a sneak peek! You have a chance to win your own copy at the bottom of this post!
It is chock FULL of so many great ideas. It is a wonderful entertainment resource and solution for parents, grandparents, caregivers and babysitters! I handed the girls a stack of post it notes and let them mark all of the ideas they wanted to try, I think they marked 90% of the book! 


Monday, June 9, 2014

Dad-Friendly Craft: Make Garden Stepping Stones with Kids!



Before we start today's post, let me clarify that just because it says "Dad-Friendly" on the title of this project, it doesn't mean that moms, grandparents, neighbors, babysitters, and teachers can't do this craft with kids either!
I just called it "Dad-Friendly" because this was a project my husband enjoyed
making with our daughters years ago and they still talk about it to this day.
In fact, I think we need to make a new batch of stepping stones for our house here in Oregon. 

I first published this project on my blog back in August of 2009. Click here to read the original post.
Geoff and the girls spent a few days that summer having a "daddy camp" at home.
He set up fun crafts and activities for them to do together. 
They had a blast making memories to last a lifetime. It was great for mama too, to get a break 
from full-time summer vacation parenting and fit in with our budget-friendly stay-cation schedule. 
I wanted to share it with you again today in case it's something you missed 
and you'd like to make some with your own favorite kids! 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Simple Fairy Garden for Kids #playmatters #fairygarden


For those of you who have been reading my blog for many years, you know we love to make fairy gardens. 
The girls have made various gardens indoors and out over the years. 
Some have been temporary, some have lasted for a summer, some have spanned a few years.
There is something so magical about creating a tiny world or miniature garden to explore. 
We left our big fairy garden behind in our Virginia backyard when we moved to Oregon this fall, I'm hoping the new owners will love it as much as my girls did, it was time for us to make a new fairy garden here
 as we make new memories and put down roots in our new home. 


The girls wanted to start some new fairy gardens this April but I knew we would be moving again
 at the end of May, so I wanted them to be transportable. I saw this self-watering planter at our local Walmart in the garden center and thought it would be perfect for this year's Fairy Garden. You may have seen it show up on Instagram over Easter weekend when we made this years' fairy gardens. 

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