Breakfast Balls

easy to make breakfast balls

I have three boys, and they wake up hungry, very hungry. They have a mission to eat me out of house and home so I am constantly looking for meals that are filling, lots of protein, to tide them over. Breakfasts can be especially challenging as I am not perky in the morning, don’t always […]




LEGOS: 75+ Ideas, Tips and Hacks

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Are LEGOs big at your house? They are a blessing and an obsession at our house.  It is a rare day that I don’t find at least one minifigure and collection of bricks in someone’s pocket. Here are 70 Genius Hacks, Ideas, Products and Inspiration… All. About. Legos. P.S.  Post contains affiliate links . Things […]




4 Ingredient Glowing Slime Recipe

4 ingredient slime recipe

Kids love slime. They *love* it. The ewwwier the better! This slime recipe is super simple, like our library of other play recipes.  This recipe requires only 4 ingredients AND it glows in the dark! The downside, it’s slimy, and while it does not stick to hard surfaces and is easily washed off of hands, it […]




25+ Glow-in-the Dark – Hacks and Must-Haves

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Glow-in-the-dark things fascinate my kids. I bet my munchkins aren’t the only ones who love nightlights and neon bling. Here are OVER 25 things that will glow and mesmerize your kiddo! **Contains affiliate links** . Homemade Glow Bouncy Ball – These are a blast to make and a blast to chase as they bounce around the house! Enjoy some Glowing Jello at […]




Curriculum to Teach Kids How to Read

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As a homeschooling family I am asked a lot by other parents who are beginning homeschooling or who have a child who needs just-a-little help after school, what I have used to teach my kids to read. I’m one family and what works for us may not work for you and your child… so we […]




20 AWESOME Science Projects

science activities for elementary aged kids

My kiddos love to learn how the world works and without being aware, they are doing science projects!  Science experiments are among their favorite family activities. We love to make guesses or predictions about what will happen and test them.  Exploring science with kids is always an adventure! Here are 20 kid-tested and loved science experiments […]




Apple Cookies – An Easy After School Snack

an afterschool snack apple cookies and sandwiches

Are you looking for quick, easy and filling snacks for your kids to munch on while they do their homework?  I know I love snacks that both my two year old and my 8 year old can enjoy together, and that are a breeze to throw together. These apple cookies/sandwiches take mere seconds to make and are […]




{Hair Fun} How to Make a Braided Bun

how to make a braided bun

There is something about a braided bun that makes me giddy – it’s a princess style that lasts! Perfect for a dance recital, a party, or even just a pretend playdate. What to do to make your bun: First, pull the middle of your hair back into a ponytail, leaving a section of hair out […]




{10 IDEAS} How to Make Yogurt Bars

Blueberry and pistachio yogurt bars

Yogurt bars are the perfect super quick breakfast for kids.  They are super easy to make and will make school breakfast “craze” a ton easier. We drop a chunk of our yogurt bars onto a bowl of granola.  Munch and go.  It is more nutritious than cereal, full of protein and complex carbohydrates, sure to […]




17 {Terrific} Hair Styles for Little Girls

17 Hair Styles for Girls

Are your girls in the awkward hair phase? Where they have tons of whispy fly-a-ways, and a new love of style? I am guessing I am not the only one! A mom asked on our facebook wall for hairstyle inspiration – thanks to all of our readers who submitted photos of their kids! Did we […]




Locker Clips: A Middleschool Craft

locker clips a craft for middleschool kids

Middle school!  It comes too quickly.  Hard to believe another school year is starting soon.  One of my favorite 7th graders wanted some bling for her locker. We are making locker clips! They are colorful and crazy – about as goofy as middleschoolers. Making Locker Clips Supplies Needed (affiliate links): Paint Pens.  We love our […]




10 Ways to Practice Writing Your Name

10 ways to learn to write your name

Writing your name – and writing it properly is quite the accomplishment for our kids. Writing their name and labeling things as “theirs” is a big deal to kiddos. Help give them the confidence early with some of these Name Writing activities. Gel Bags. These are brilliant. Fill a giant ziplock bag with about half […]




Paper Math Games: Fractions and Multiplication

times and fractions paper games

You know those paper fortune tellers?  They were *the* rage when I was a kid.  I loved them!  And it is time to introduce my kiddos to the joy of Cootie catchers – while reviewing math lessons. We made two paper games, one to review fractions and another to review times tables. . Want to learn […]




50 Things you can do with a Card Board Box!!

50 cardboard toys for kids

We buy a TON online, especially in recent months – and this means we have TONS of boxes. Don’t throw away your cardboard – before you recycle it, play-cycle. Here are 50 things your kids will *love* to do with your excess boxes.   Card Board Toys Paper puss-n-boots.  Bring life to your carboad boxes […]




12 Activity Bag Book Ideas for Kids

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Activity Bags for kids! We first made them for Christmas a couple of years ago – instead of the traditional advent, we grabbed a stack of bags and filled them with a fun family activity that we could do together as we looked forward to the holiday season. Then I saw this portable Activity Kit , from […]




Moms Must Know: How to Charge a Car

how to jump a car

Jumping a car. It’s happened to me. I was stuck on the side of the road… with my phone dying… and a dead vehicle. Thankfully, I was able to get help. But I do not want to be helpless like that again! I am prepared now!! Jumper Cables (affiliate link) – check. Printable nifty cards […]




Fun Crayon Wands

diy crayon wands

After a summer of fun our craft cabinet is a disaster, filled with LOTS of broken ends and bits.  It was a gold mine of DIY potential!  Broken crayons get a chance for new life. To get ready for Back-to-school we melted down our old crayons and oil pastels to create crayon “wands”. Homemade, crafty and […]




How to Homeschool Preschool

How to Homeschool Preschool

The years between 2 and 5 are so formative. So much of the “foundation” of your child’s interests and temperament is being nurtured and awakened. They are also developing skills that they can use in school for years to come. We have homeschooled all of our kids for preschool – including our youngest kids who are still learning and […]




Peach Breakfast Cobbler

peach cobbler

It’s peach season here in Texas.  There are peaches every where and while we have our fill of peaches now, I know that in just a month or so we will love the taste of fruit and need the convenience of a grab-and-go breakfast. This peach breakfast cobbler is easy to make in a big batch, […]




Things Every Teacher Needs

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Getting ready for the new year was always exciting when I was teaching. A fresh new start! If you are a new teacher or returning, a ready and organized class is always welcome. Yesterday we shared some Classroom Hacks and Organization Ideas. Here are some of the products I used in my classroom – Note: […]




Classroom Hacks

organize the classroom without spending tons of money

School is just around the corner. And it is time to plan your classroom! Here are some of the best hacks, tips and ideas of ways to organize your room without breaking the bank! Ideas to add color AND storage Add some color and storage to an otherwise blank room with Plastic Milk Cartons.  Ziptie […]




DIY Clipping Toy: Road Trip Sanity with a Toddler

diy clipping toy for toddlers

Homemade toys don’t have to be fancy.  For young toddlers, sometimes the simpler the toy, the better the play. This DIY buckle, clipping toy kept my toddler (17m) entertained for hours! I was inspired to make this one morning at the park, when all the other kids were playing with the slides and the swings […]




TEN Ice Cube Combinations

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My kids love going on “dates” with mom… and as a mom to a vanful I often can’t get out of the house to a destination with one kiddo – BUT I can carve out a special moment with one child, just him and me. We made a bunch of ice cubes – every combination […]




{Must Have} Baby Products for Busy Moms

Baby products for busy moms

Babies are adorable!!  And preparing for one can be daunting!  As a mom of six it took us half a decade to figure out what we needed (food masher!) and what was useless (bottle warmer). . Here is our list of what has worked for our family.  Many of these products (affiliate links) we are […]




Very Veggie Pesto

Very Veggie Pesto for pasta

Do you try to sneak veggies into your kids food??  I do.  These veggie “hockey pucks” are a super easy way to add a little extra diversity to your kids diet.  We do.  This is our easiest way to incorporate two servings of vegetables into a meal. Our favorite meal to add them to is […]




Six One-Pot Pasta Recipes

6 one-pot pasta recipes quick and easy

Why do I love one-pot meals?? What is not to love! My kids get a one-dish meal at least 6 days of the week. It is harder for them to turn down veggies (they have to work topick them out and even then the flavor is still there). Prep is faster as everything just goes […]




Car Hacks, Tricks and Tips for Families

Collage of tips for trips in the car with kids

As a mom of many, we spend a ton of time in the car going to the various events.  We need to make the time worthwhile.  Make the time spent in your vehicle more organized, more efficient and less stressful with some of these car tricks. Help entertain your kids with a DIY travel book.  You […]




Magnetics: Magnetic Toy Review

magnetics toy review and diy case

Magnetic Toys are almost magical! We love LEGOs and have built structures with everything from tree branches and plastic cups to paper towel tubes. Two years ago a family member bought my kids a magnetic “building” toy, {Post contains affiliate links} Magnetics.  I forgot about it and it had been collecting dust in the closet… I […]




Magnetic Mud Science Experiment

DIY ferrofluid a tutorial on how to make magnetic lava tubes

In the past we have played with magnets.  We’ve made our own compasses and explored dollar bills with magnets.  Recently though we discovered magnetic mud!! Have you ever heard of ferrofluid?  Until a month or two ago I hadn’t – boy was I missing out! . Today, we broke out our test tubes and left […]




How to Tame a Dragon Play Dough

how to train a dragon playdough

There are few movies that *I* can sit and watch with my kids… call it ADD, call it a mom who blogs, call it boredom.  The movie, How to Train Your Dragon, was terrific – loved by my daughter nearly as much as my son! The main character in the movie is Toothless (that’s an affiliate […]