How to Make a Giant Decoding Disk

Do your kids like secret codes? A couple months ago, my son started making paper decoding disks to write secret messages.  The idea was inspired by this cool book for boys (affiliate links included in post).  Since then, we have been writing messages for each other and even before school ended, … [Read more...]

How to Get my New eBook for FREE

Did you know that there are hundreds of holidays that don’t make it onto the calendar each year?  I’m talking crazy, bizarre and just plain silly.  And while I’m not mentally nor physically prepared to start celebrating Marooned Without A Compass day, there are many celebrations that do deserve a … [Read more...]

How to Make Simple, Yet Gorgeous Dollar Tree Luminaries

(This post contains my affiliate links.) Oh friends, when my eyes caught a glance of these decorative glass bottles, I knew I had to do something fun!  And with a quick little addition, for a whopping total of 2 bucks, I made Dollar Tree Luminaries. Not only are the luminaries ultra easy to … [Read more...]

19 Ways to Savor Summer

I was sitting down with a couple of moms the other day, talking about all the excitement of summer.  One of them mentioned that as quickly as summer will soon start, it will fade just as fast.  I immediately knew what she meant. As summer begins, there is a twang of grief deep inside because I … [Read more...]

The One Thing We Do After Every Movie

There is something we do after every movie we see - whether we are at home or at the movie theater.  It is a game we play and we do it all the time.  It is something so utterly simple, you can do it too. Will it create fun with your kids?   You bet. Will it annoy your teenagers? Quite … [Read more...]

Celebrate with this Springtime Scavenger Hunt (free printable)

Oh friends, how I wanted the above picture to be taken out among the daffodils to inspire you and your kids to dash outside and enjoy spring.  However, the new construction mud pit that we live in and the fact that we got 4 inches of snow in the second week of April prevented me from doing so. … [Read more...]

How to Amaze Your Kids With Blooming Paper Flowers

It isn't quite warm enough in Northeast Ohio to be planting a garden, but we can grow these blooming paper flowers any time at all!  And the best part?  Your kids will be amazed how you can make these simple flowers out of paper and they will actually bloom. What You'll Need for a Garden of … [Read more...]

9 Fun Ways to Spend your Time at Castaway Bay

Thank you to Castaway Bay for hosting my family in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own. Don't miss the giveaway below!  After nearly two weeks of being cooped up with illness, my family needed a fun getaway.  A chance to break out of the house, explore, laugh and grow … [Read more...]

25 LEGOLAND Florida Tips to Make Your Trip Awesome!

A whole park devoted to LEGOS?  Yes, please! As my son has become more and more interested in LEGOS over the last several years and now my daughter as well, we knew that our next trip to Florida would have to include a visit to LEGOLAND.  And friends, let me tell you, we had so much fun! We … [Read more...]

Join the Rebellion with these Star Wars Snacks

Is your family jumping on the bandwagon as far as Star Wars is concerned?  We are loving all things Star Wars but we're a little behind the rest of the world.  My son just saw the original movies (Episodes 4-6) at the beginning of this year.  We had our own movie marathon and it was a blast. My … [Read more...]