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 […]

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 […]

How About a Road Trip?

Okay, bags are packed and it’s time to double check the packing list. Toothbrush, check. Snacks for the baby, check. Diapers, check. Wipes, check. It’s inevitable that the car is going to get messy—we’ll be crammed in there for 5-6 hours. So, back to the list. Toys, check. Plush animals, check. Crayons, check. Shoes, check. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Baby’s First Flight

Call us brave, I don’t know, but we survived our first flight from Los Angeles to New York with a toddler and a 7-month-old. I tried reading up on all the different tips beforehand and we settled on keeping our load lighter, rather than over-preparing for every possible scenario. We checked 3 bags and carried […]

Hand-Painted Letters for Christmas

These hand-painted letters are a meaningful and affordable gift that you can make for children and adults alike! Easy to make, beautiful, and totally personalized, they’re an easy way to cross every gift off your holiday present list. These particular letters were painted for a set of twins turning three. I asked what their favorite […]

It Figures: Ideas for Making Fabulous Stuff With Figurines

If your kids are anything like mine, they have loads of tiny cars, dolls, party favors, and figurines that they love for a about a week, then these collectibles accumulate in every bin in the house, ultimately collecting nothing but dust. Whenever I decide I am going to clean-house and get rid of the buggers, […]