Holly Homer - Dallas Mom Blogger

Holly Homer is a mom blogger who lives in the suburbs of Dallas. She is married and raising three elementary aged boys while partially homeschooling them. She writes about parenting, family, motherhood and things to do with kids.

Holly

About Holly

Kids Activities Blog is Holly's blogging home.

She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

She can also be found at Business 2 Blogger, on Twitter as @QuirkyMommaSite or @Texasholly, but her favorite place to hang out is on Google +.

Parenting Lesson: It’s Okay To Say Yes

Parenting Lesson: It's Okay To Say Yes

When you’re a kid, you say no to drugs. When you’re a parent, you say no to tugs, hugs, slugs, and bugs–and any other manner of verbal or physical assault designed to persuade you to purchase an ICEE/let them stay up late/invite 14 other Kindergartners over for a sleepover/all three. It’s okay to say no. […]


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Oooo! Win BIG for Back to School!

Stock up for back to school

We are so excited about this because I KNOW it is something that YOU CAN USE!   Can you believe it’s almost time to think about back-to-school? I’ve teamed up with a group of amazing bloggers to bring you this giveaway — one of our lucky readers will win a $500 Amazon gift card! Think […]


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Melted Ice Cream Play Dough for Kids

Melted Ice Cream Play Dough - feels like a solid and acts like a liquid - Kids Activities Blog

I love ice cream. I really love ice cream. I thought it would be fun to create a play dough recipe that smells like ice cream.  I had visions of scoop-like balls of play dough covered with colored dough sprinkles.  It was all very cute and ice cream parlor-ish in my mind. To make the […]


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Easy Teeth Whitening

teeth whitening before and after

OK, I know this is Kids Activities Blog, but we do provide resources for parents and this is one of my new favorites – easy teeth whitening! I love easy and this is among the easiest I have ever tried.  Affiliate & consultant links in this post.   One Step to Whiter Teeth 1.  Brush […]


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How Do I Get My Child To Stop Thumb Sucking?

Thumb Sucking Solutions

Thumb sucking. It is something that everyone seems to have an opinion on whether kids should or shouldn’t suck their thumbs, but in my experience it really isn’t up to the parents!  You can encourage the use of a pacifier, but as I soon found out…it isn’t a sure thing! Pacifier vs. Thumb My oldest […]


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Is Your Child Sleep Deprived?

Is Your Child Sleep Deprived?

Children today have busy schedules.  School starts bright and early (a little too early if you ask me!).  Kids rush home from school just to run off to their many after school activities like soccer practice, dance lessons, or scout activities.  Then it’s dinner, homework, clean up, baths, and eventually they crawl into bed in […]


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Dealing With Jealous Kids {Because Of The Neighbors}

kids jealous of the neighbors

Dealing with jealous kids can be tough. We all want the absolute best for our children, so when they see neighbors getting exciting new toys and games to play outside, it’s rough to explain why they can’t always have the same.  Teaching kids to be grateful is a life long battle. If we’re honest most adults […]


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The Secret Tip for Flying With A Toddler

The Secret Tip for Flying With A Toddler

With spring break and summer approaching, airline tickets are reserved with thoughts of pleasant vacations dancing in our heads. And then the thought occurs… Crap! I am flying with a toddler. *insert ominous music here* Traveling with a toddler can be like buying a lottery ticket. Rolling the dice on toddler behavior can cause even the […]


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Helping your Child Pay Attention

Helping your Child Pay Attention

Teachers and parents often tell children to “pay attention” because they realize that students will not remember information unless they stay focused on the task at hand. The ability to focus your attention may seem simple to you, but paying attention is a skill and, like all skills, it may be learned. Many students have never learned […]


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What Do I Do About A Picky Eater?

picky eater

Dealing with a picky eater can be very difficult.  I know!  I have had issues with each of my kids in this area.  As a mom, I want them to have a balanced diet and be able to sit at a dinner table without needing a separate menu. But when pickiness is extreme to one […]


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Sugar Cookies 101

Sugar Cookies 101

There are a lot of mommy skills that I thought would come naturally the moment I birthed my first child. I figured I would instantly know how to change a diaper in under 27 seconds. I thought I would be able to cook dinner, clean the house, play with the baby and hit the gym […]


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Printable Journal

Free Printable Journal - Kids Activities Blog

As parents we want to support tweens & teens positive self-expression.  It is easy to fall into a pattern of correction especially on those particularly difficult days! This idea for encouraging teen confidence was inspired by our sponsor, Invisalign Teen® clear aligners, who recently completed a survey on the subject. Printable Journal for Tweens & Teens A […]


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We are Giving Away $500 Apple Gift Card!

apple gift card

It’s Summer! Yay! I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite blogs to bring one lucky reader the must have techy item of 2015 – the new Apple Watch! Sure you have a smart phone, and you might not justify a need to buy the new Apple watch, so that’s why it would be so […]


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Make a Pyramid Kite

How to Make a Pyramid Kite

I am so excited about this pyramid kite!  It is a tetrahedral kite that is surprisingly easy to make.  It is a craft that turns into an afternoon of fun sparked by imagination. We were inspired (and sponsored) by Michaels’ Passport to Imagination crafting series inspired by Gymboree.  I adore how they are encouraging moms […]


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Time Saving Kitchen Tips

20 Ways to Save Time in the Kitchen - Kids Activities Blog

Making dinner for a family can be a challenge even on the best of days, but throw in a little “life” and some days it may feel impossible.  We thought it would be fun to collect a few time saving tips for the kitchen. We have been having some fun organizing the house, organizing the […]


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Your Boredom is NOT My Problem…

your boredom is not my problem feature

Dear Kids, Your summertime boredom is not my problem, it is my solution. I know it may seem like cruel to have hours ahead of you with no plans, but it is the depravation of summer free-time that is punishment.  It is my goal to bore you into your own creative fun. Don’t think I […]


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Mango Chicken Wraps

mango chicken wraps

Along with this Pot Roast Recipe, this delicious recipe for Mango Chicken Wraps is hands down my one of my very favorite recipes. It’s super easy, healthy and uses ingredients like jicama that I rarely know what to do with. Best of all – it requires ZERO COOKING! Mango Chicken Wrap Recipe YOU WILL NEED: 1 large […]


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How To Get Your Child To Stop Lying

kid lying

 At some point in every child’s life they figure out how to lie. From there on out it is a struggle to teach them the importance of telling the truth and get them to stop lying. We asked a question on our Facebook page, to see how other parents handled lying in their homes. Here are some of our […]


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How To Deal With Step Parent Jealousy

Jealous-step-parents

Divorce is hard on any family, but then what happens when step parents enter the equation? It’s so hard not to feel step parent jealousy because of the new man or woman in your child’s life. Finding the balance as both families change and grow can be a difficult task. We talked to our Facebook […]


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Pancake Sandwiches

pancake sandwiches

In our house, a breakfast favorite is pancake sandwiches! We are totally in love with pancakes in every way, but these are some of our favorite! My son was so proud that “he made breakfast”.  He loves cooking, and helping in any way!  His favorite part is mixing the batter! We used some of the batter […]


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5 Conversations to Increase Confidence in Teens

teen confidence

Whew.  Being a teenager is complicated.  You are stuck between kid-dom and adulthood…and sometimes that isn’t the most comfortable of places! These ideas for teen confidence were inspired by our sponsor, Invisalign Teen® clear aligners, who recently completed a survey on the subject.  They are sharing what they learned by launching a Teen Confidence Campaign […]


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How to Build a Volcano

How to Build a Volcano

My boys have been obsessed with volcanoes for awhile. I think it all started on our road trips between Dallas and Colorado several times a year. Just off the highway in Capulin, NM is a volcano. Capulin, NM is interesting because it is the only “hill” for MILES and MILES.  It is in the middle […]


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Easy Homemade Applesauce

Easy Homemade Applesauce

This recipe for easy homemade applesauce is super simple, yummy and requires very little effort.  There is a bonus to making applesauce from scratch – the amazing smell that will waft through every room in the house. Almost any apple will do except red delicious.  They are good for eating and not so good for […]


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12 Preschool Activities to Keep Little Hands Busy

12 Preschool Activities to Keep Little Hands Busy

Today we are featuring a dozen preschool activities that will get little hands INVOLVED.  These activities for preschoolers will spark curiosity and maintain little attention spans! Kids Activities Blog is so excited to have featured Teach Preschool earlier today as a best blog pick.  Now we are highlighting some of our favorite preschool activities from […]


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Watermelon Counting Game from Smart School House Crafts for Kids

Watermelon Counting Game - Smart School House Crafts for Kids

We are giddy over this new book from our super sweet friend over at Smart School House!  Kelly Dixon has outdone herself with gorgeously simple and unique crafts for kids with Smart School House Crafts for Kids (affiliate link). The book is filled with all sorts of fun.  I handed it to my 9 year […]


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The Ultimate Soccer Mom Surprise & BIG Giveaway!

Mothers Day 2015 for US Womens National Team

I just adore a great surprise…especially one that is happy-tear inducing! Kids Activities Blog is working with Fox Sports to bring you this lovely Mother’s Day event in honor of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Psst…keep reading below for your chance to win a cash surprise! US Women’s National Team Mother’s Day Surprise It was […]


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Sculpting with Cornstarch Clay

Make Cornstarch Clay Main

Want a cheap, unique art project for your kids?  Using cornstarch to create a clay is a new twist! WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE CORNSTARCH CLAY: 1/2 cup baking soda 1/2 cup cornstarch 2/3 cup salt HOW TO MAKE CORNSTARCH CLAY: **In a small saucepan, mix the baking soda & salt with 1/3 cup water and […]


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My Baby Is Refusing Bottles. What Do I Do?

baby refuses bottle

Sometimes you end up away from your kids. A line at the store takes longer than it should, a car breaks down. Things happen, and it’s nice to know that your baby is getting fed while you’re gone. But, when your baby is refusing bottles, this adds even more stress! Post by quirkymomma.com. We asked our […]


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Outside Bingo Printable Inspired by The Garden Classroom

Play Outdoor Bingo

We are super excited that our dear friend, Cathy James, has a lovely new book out!  It is called The Garden Classroom (affiliate link). It is full of math, science, literacy and art hands-on outdoor activities.  Today we are playing with one of the activities from the book and making a fun outdoor game. The Garden […]


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The Monthly Teddy Picture

Monthly Teddy Feature

I have a confession.  My oldest child {who is now 14 years old} has 6 different scrapbooks and photo books that span just his first year of life. No joke. It was a bit obsessive on my part.  I took pictures every day.  A lot of pictures.  In the days before digital.  Stacks and stacks […]


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