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Children’s Book Week

This week, May 4-10, is Children’s Book Week.  In honor of its 96th anniversary, I thought it would be fitting to share this list of some of my favorite children’s books. I posted this list a few years ago, but I think it is worth sharing again. Later this week I will be introducing a children’s book author with […]

Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron: Coloring Sheets Your Kids Will Love

The U.S. premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is next week and I am so very excited. We have been on Avengers overload in my house. I think we have watched just about every iteration of Avengers available on Netflix and wherever else we find it.  While we all patiently wait together, print out these awesome Avengers: Age […]

40 Things to Do If You Are Bored

Last summer my kids really started zoning out on technology and before I knew it they had one serious bad habit on their hands. So I took action by giving each kiddo a screen time punch card.  I also posted  40 Things to Do If You Are Bored on my refrigerator and when they got bored […]

Screen Time Punch Card (Free Printables)

Even though we have computers, a TV, and cell phones, I consider my home a low media home. We do not have a game system, satellite TV, or a DVD player in our car. I know. We are so old school. However, even though our devices are limited, we still face the same dilemma many […]

Why You Should Take Your Kiddos to a Working Farm

Many of my fondest childhood memories revolve around visiting my grandma’s house in Tennessee. She raised animals and had a huge garden and my sisters and I loved helping out by picking our dinner from the vine and keeping the animals entertained. I have  my own children now and I try to keep them in touch […]

Be Prepared! Family Boating Tips to Improve Your Day on the Water

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sea Tow. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. I grew up going to the lake on a regular basis. I loved going to the lake, even though I was afraid of the boat for most of my childhood. Maybe […]

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science

I was provided the opportunity to visit the Arizona Science Center and Lost Egypt exhibit through a campaign with Blended Extended. All opinions are my own. My family and I were recently invited to preview the Lost Egypt exhibit that is currently at the Arizona Science Center. The exhibit travels among the member museums of the […]

5 Things You Can Do Today That Will Make a Difference to Your Children

There is a lot of pressure on moms these days.  Maybe there always has been. But it seems that social media makes it so much harder to be a mom, or at least it can make a mom feel like she just isn’t good enough. We question our methods, our instincts, our decisions. Are we […]

Benefits of the Family Dinner #SharetheTable

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own. Dinnertime is family time in my home. There is a certain magic to it. A rhythm that flows through our evening together as a family. The sounds and smells of dinnertime create an energy that binds us all […]

S’mores Trail Mix (and Campfire Safety Tips)

My son’s Cub Scout Den was recently learning about fire safety and they built a beautiful pretend fire. It was quite impressive and quite a shame we couldn’t really light it up (we were indoors at a location that does not allow fires). I knew the boys would be excited about making any kind of […]

Big Surf Waterpark – An Arizona Tradition

Summer gets unbearably hot in the Arizona desert. Even swimming doesn’t beat the heat but it sure makes in a little easier to take. I grew up hearing my mom’s stories about Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe, Arizona and loved it when we got to visit the waterpark ourselves. Big Surf has changed a lot since […]

Six Classic Live Action Disney Movies Your Family Will Love

I am a sucker for the classics, in both literature and on the silver screen. I love the feel of older movies and love sharing them with my children. Sometimes the movies I remember loving as a kid fall flat with my kiddos. However, many of my favorites have made their way into my children’s […]