Holiday Kindness Calendar

Some people call it an Advent Calendar.  Some call it a Christmas Countdown. It’s that thing that hangs on the wall or sits on a shelf.  Each day holds a surprise until the Big Day. This year we are doing a Kindness Calendar. We all need to practice a little more kindness all year round, not just kids and not just at Christmas. If nothing else, I want my son to be kind.  He already has a big heart and big emotions. But, like most 4-year-olds, he’s a bit egocentric. That’s fine and normal.  Empathy is a skill that needs to be taught. Kindness beginsRead More →

  The dinosaurs are coming!  It’s almost Dinovember and I’m so excited.  I’ve been wracking my brain to come up with some new ideas for our mischief making dinosaurs. Here are 30 ideas to keep you going all month long. What is Dinovember? Have you heard of Dinovember? It was started by Refe and Susan Tuma a few years ago.  In this high tech and skeptical world today, it is important for kids to have a sense of magic.  Why is that so important?  Because it sparks the imagination and allows children to believe that anything is possible.  That spark could leads to innovation inRead More →

Journey to Japan

Last week’s Venezuela Night was so much fun, that I couldn’t wait to do it again.  I’m going to try to do International Night every week, if possible.  This week, we went took a Journey to Japan. Japan has such a rich and diverse culture that there it was difficult to decide where to focus.  There are so many recipes, movies, books, crafts that it was a little tricky to narrow down things down.  Whereas I had to dig a little to find things to incorporate into our Venezuela Night, Japan was the opposite problem.  Too much to choose from.  But, unlike last week whereRead More →

International Night: Venezuela

My husband and I are trying to eat out less.  We were eating out 2-3 times a week.  Sometimes more.  As you can imagine, this had a serious impact on our budget (and our waistlines).  However, the prospect of cooking the same things night in and night out was … well … it was boring.  And, I miss going out to restaurants and trying new things.  So, I decided to institute International Night. Our first stop was Venezuela. Why Venezuela? I could give you a big long b.s. explanation, but really it was because my husband was being a wise ass.  I asked him whatRead More →

My little man turned 4 last week.  So, of course we had to have a party.  I love planning his birthday parties. It’s a lot of work, but it’s so much fun and he (for the most part) appreciates it.  I understand that it can be daunting for some, so I decided to do a little tutorial, How to Host a Ninja Party (or really any party).  I promise it really is easier than it looks. First thing I want to say is that I try to keep our parties fairly simple and budget friendly. Step 1 – Choose a Theme A few months beforeRead More →

Back to School time is here.  Help your littlest scholars excel with these fun free printables for Preschool and Pre-K, including an exclusive printable from Education.com. The Summer has flown by.  I can’t be believe it is almost September and my baby will be in Pre-K!   Like a lot of you, my town doesn’t have a public Pre-K program. My son goes to a small, private Preschool a few mornings a week.  It is a very traditional, old-fashioned school that is very focused on learning through play.  I love it, however it is only for three mornings a week, so I know my son willRead More →

So, it’s mid-July. Its hot outside.  Your kids are tired of everything.  You are totally out of ideas. Have you tried setting up a Stem Lab?  It’s so easy and (with minimal supervision) can entertain your kids for an entire morning. My son loves doing “science kit.”  He is always asking to do experiments.  As much as I love to encourage his love of science, I don’t always have the time or energy to do experiments with him.  And, most of the activities we do require some adult guidance (he’s not even 4, yet after all). A few weeks ago, my son was bored and IRead More →

I don’t know about you, but I just have lost all motivation this week.  Maybe it’s the holiday weekend that just passed, throwing everything off schedule. Maybe it’s the dreary weather that we’ve been dealing with since, I don’t know, April?  Or maybe it’s because I’m jacked up on fertility meds and have no energy or patience anymore. Whatever the reason, I’m having trouble getting these posts out to you.  For that, I’m sorry.  It also doesn’t help that my son has had no interest in doing any activities with me lately.  He just wants to play outside. Can’t blame him for that.  So, thisRead More →

This week’s post was inspired by one of the coolest cats I know. We were introduced to “Pete the Cat” earlier this year.  He was our first Scholastic Book order.  Do you remember the Scholastic Book Club?  I loved it.  I would pour over that thin little catalog every time and circle at least 10 books each month.  My parents rarely refused to buy us books, so most times they let me get at least one. And, then, a few weeks later, after I had forgotten all about it, my teacher would hand out the books at the end of class.  It was the greatestRead More →

Cinco de Mayo is a fun day to celebrate.  There’s lots of colors, flavors, and activities to explore surrounding it.  Truth be told, it is another of those “holidays” that I never game much thought to before I became a mom.  I don’t drink and hate crowds, so I usually tried to avoid going out that day or the weekend surrounding it.  But, kids make everything fun. I actually have a dilemma every year.  Do I celebrate Cinco de Mayo or Star Wars Day (May 4)?  Two years ago, I hosted a big Star Wars Day playdate for all my mom friends and their littleRead More →