Now that we’re officially in summer, the you-pick (or U-Pick) farms are open for the season! Some already have peaches, strawberries, and blueberries available, while others offer a variety of cherries and other fruits later in the season. Though every farm has its own rules, there are some universal tips for taking the family out for a day of fruit picking. Before you head out for a basket of berries, keep reading. Read more
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This time of year is always busy but since we’re expecting baby number three any day now, it feels especially hectic around here. With all the nesting projects, doctors appointments and overtime work to make up for baby leave, my husband and I wanted to really focus on family time with our kiddos and have that be the main theme for Christmas this year . . . so we’re giving the gift of quality time! Read more
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For some, Spring Break means more sleep, family vacation or kids camp. For me, it means figuring out how to entertain my 1-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter while building my business, working on deadlines and attempting to not let the mom guilt consume me because the work seems never-ending (but I also do all of the jobs for this website and Navigating Postpartum, so there’s that). I was all set to sign Savannah up for a 4-day camp to get a little bit more time during her 2-week break from school when she protested, saying how much she hates camp. Ugh. I don’t know if it was the mom guilt or how much I love to save money . . . but I let her stay home. The good news? I learned some more reasons I’m thankful for the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids tablet loaded with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited and that it’s OK for her to miss camp! Here are some ways the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids tablet has helped us during the break so far, and why I’m OK with S not being at camp. Read more
This post was sponsored by Amazon, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This time of year is stressful. If you’re not in a time crunch with different parts of your life all demanding something at the same time, it could be that this time of year stirs up sad feelings or that you get anxiety around large crowds and it seems like your town suddenly has twice as many people everywhere you go. Everyone has something different that pulls on them a little bit this time of year, so why let the holidays be even more stressful? Instead, keep reading for a few tips on how to cut down your family’s holiday stress so you can all actually enjoy the festivities together. Read more
School started months and months ago, but we’re still adjusting to the new schedule. My kiddo went from 3-hour school days just three days a week at a child-led Montessori school to full-day Kindergarten classes five days a week at an achievement-centered elementary school with strict rules. S reminds me a lot of myself at her age. She needs a sense of control and understanding in her own world. She needs to participate in choices that affect her and be a part of decision making. So allowing her unstructured time to decompress and unwind after school has been pretty important for us. Here, I’m sharing 3 tips for creating fun unstructured time in your own home to ease the transition for your own kiddo. Read more
Star Wars: The Force Awakens set a new all-time record with a 5-day international debut of $517 million globally! Keep the fun going with this action-filled activity pack. From coloring sheets to memory games it’s sure to get the family ready for seeing the new movie (or keep them entertained once it’s over and they’re not quite ready to leave the Jedi life yet). Click on the giant Activity Pack image below for the activity pack PDF download then click on the movie’s poster for a full-size download of the poster! May The Force be with you. Read more
Whether your family enjoys waking up and spending entire days in jammies during holiday vacation or follows a Christmas Eve kids PJ gift giving tradition like my family, pajamas are sort of a MUST during the holidays. So why not get in the “holiday spirit” with festive PJs? From whales wearing Winter scarves and Santa hats to Christmas lights and even Star Wars pajamas, this post has all the cutest jam jams for kids in one spot. They’re adorable! Enjoy the scroll through and click on your favorite PJs in the pics below for more info. Read more
Have a major Star Wars fan in the family? Check out some of these classy, yet fan-worthy Star Wars pajamas that are sure to brighten your kiddo’s day. Whether Santa brings them on Christmas Eve, or the kiddo simply needs a new pair of PJs they’ll actually wear, this list of cute nighttime wear is sure to be a hit! Read more
Not sure what to get the kids, or grandkids? It can be tough when they want everything in every single commercial on TV. Here’s a simple list of items that could be great for ages 3 and up to get you started! Read more
It isn’t always easy figuring out ways to entertain the kiddos on a rainy day after school — especially if they have a friend over — but these free Inside Out downloads are sure to have you set. From the recipes for themed snacks to activity and coloring sheets, there’s enough fun to keep the kids busy for a few hours, or even to plan an Inside Out themed family night or birthday party! Click on the images in each download section to be directed to a PDF you can save to your computer. Read more