Family Fun and Activities - Celebrating Family

Monster Jam 2016

Most recent Monster Jam post here. I remember going to watch monster trucks battle it out when I was a kid. It was some real rip-roaring excitement and was always fun. Today I enjoy taking my family out to Monster Jam events, too. Monster Jam is coming to the Phoenix area where I live, but […]

Eight Classic Road Trip Games (Free Printable)

My family took a lot of road trips when I was growing up and we did not have portable DVD players, mobile phones, or handheld video games to keep us busy. My mom had to be creative to keep me and my sisters from destroying each other and annoying her for countless highway hours. Like […]

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 […]