Print Your Own Baby Bullet Activity Page!

My 4-year-old son just finished his first year of preschool, with one more to go before kindergarten (sigh). In the first year, they focus on letter recognition, one of the first major building blocks of reading and writing. He can recognize his name and most uppercase letters in the alphabet, but he can only write a […]

The MacGyver Parent: How We Learned to Always Be Prepared

My daughter Elle is approaching her 2nd birthday and is full of energy. She absolutely loves to play outside and explore. Since my husband and I work from home, we’ll tag team watching her, while the other works. After reading books, playing with puzzles, eating snacks, and watching an occasional Sprout program, she soon starts pointing at […]

Make Your Own Aromatherapy Dough for Kids

My kids are hitting the Play-Doh phase really hard right now. I completely understand the appeal of Play-Doh for kids, and it really is such a good way to incorporate imagination and fine motor/gross motor skills into daily play; however, the artificial dyes are non-toxic, yes, but not exactly healthy, AND the stuff dries out […]

DIY Bubble Solution

Bubbles are a big deal in our house. Though, to be honest, they should be a big deal in any house with toddlers and preschoolers. Last year, we rented an awesome bubble machine for their birthday party and I realized we could probably buy one for just as cheap. So we did, and, instead of paying […]

Why Family Outings Can Actually Be a Great Thing

Yes, it’s the dreaded outing. I start to get nervous the moment I put my daughter Elle in her car seat. She hates it. We get 5 minutes down the road and she starts crying and screaming. I try everything. The only thing that seems to work is when the dog travels with us. Whether it’s […]

Herbarium Project for Kids

As an English teacher, it should come as no surprise that many of my personal interests and passions are rooted in literature. For example, I became deeply and profoundly interested in studying natural and herbal medicine after reading Hamlet in high school. Poor Ophelia’s herb-infused meltdown ignited one of my lifelong joys. In this same […]

Reading is the Bomb.com

As every new parent (hopefully) knows, it’s important to read to your kids as early as possible. Even while your baby is in the womb, reading out loud can help them recognize your voice. As soon as they’re born, start reading to them out loud and often. They say babies can actually retain words and […]

Are You Spoiling Your Little One?

As a new parent, I want the best things for my little baby girl. I love making sure she eats organic, plays with safe toys, and uses eco-friendly products. She’s my first child and I hear it all changes with the second. And I think as they get older, we as parents change, as well. It […]

Homemade Paper Valentine’s Cards

This year for my son’s first ever Valentine’s Day exchange, I wanted to do Valentine’s the way I made them as a kid. None of those store-bought, tear-apart cards that are basically just advertisements for cartoon characters – I’m talking the real deal! It’s a fun activity for the kids, and even a fun, therapeutic […]

The Magic of Muddy Feet

The weather in New England has been unusually warm this winter, which is both wonderful and eerie, depending on how you look at it. While I love the snow and all the sledding and snowshoeing that accompanies it, my son is EXTREMELY sensitive to the cold weather and pretty much hibernates from December until March, […]