5 Reasons to Make Family Getaways a Priority

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!  Do you make family getaways a priority? . . . I am completely bad at this.  However, each time we make the effort to do so, I am reminded of the great value … [Read more...]

5 Unplugged Ways to Have Fun with Your Kids Tonight!

It's so easy in these technology-driven days to hand your kids a tablet and let them get lost in a game while you catch up on your phone or knock something off your list.  And while tech does have its place, it's not going to help you build your relationship with your child when you're both doing … [Read more...]

Free Printable Weekly Chore Chart (from an optimistic organizer)

  Last summer, my house was a finely-oiled machine.  We did our chores daily, commissions were paid weekly and my house was decently ready for company at most moments. Then school started . . . and dance . . . and piano . . . and Bible club . . . and next will be basketball.  With the … [Read more...]

Showing Kindness with a Doorstep Hot Chocolate Basket

Hop out of the car.  Put it on the front porch.  Ring the doorbell and RUN! These were the instructions I gave my kids when we delivered this hot chocolate basket to our friends' front porch.  I had backed my car into their drive for a quick getaway.  However, the execution of our plan wasn't … [Read more...]

Fun at LEGO KidsFest: 5 Things Not to Miss

The biggest pile of LEGO® bricks you've ever seen. . . Numerous building stations and places to test your creations. . . Life-size LEGO structures of Friends, Star Wars characters, Superheroes and more. What else could a LEGO-lover want in the course of one evening? Last night, we spent … [Read more...]

From Kleenex Box to Ballot Box: Election DIY

All year, I have been wanting to throw an Election Party.  But truth be told, I just can't do it given this particular election.  So even though there will be no official party in my house, there is still a great opportunity to teach my children about our election process and the importance of … [Read more...]

Win LEGO KidsFest Tickets in Cleveland!!

Calling all LEGO® lovers!!  The award-winning LEGO KidsFest is returning to Cleveland on November 4-6, 2016 at the IX Center!  Would you like two tickets for the Friday night event?  If so, read on! Next month, we are so excited to be heading to the LEGO KidsFest, a traveling LEGO extravaganza … [Read more...]

Win these Sweet Preschool Books for Kinder, Braver Kids

If you have preschool kids or know someone who does, check out this giveaway!  I have a set of three preschool books by Danielle R. Linder to share with one lucky reader.  The books are sweet as can be, filled with rhyming stories and cute, bright illustrations.   They are great conversation … [Read more...]

7 Things We Did to Make Our Simple Treehouse Awesome

Adventure in the woods.  Treetop games.  Climbing and swinging.  Imaginative play.  Active fun.  All things I wanted in a treehouse.  Now if you have watched Treehouse Masters, you know the possibilities are endless when it comes to treehouses.  And I think one of those spectacular structures would … [Read more...]

31 Helpful Ark Encounter Tips To Know Before You Go

  Spectacular! That is the most fitting way to describe our visit to Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY.  The 511-foot-long gorgeous, timber structure is awe-inspiring from the moment you arrive and step off the shuttle.  It is incredible to walk through the decks seeing how Noah, his family … [Read more...]