what to do with all those apples you just picked! Apple activities!

Apple Activities: What to do with all those apples you just picked!

Thank goodness for apple activities — from baking to science to crafts to fun — to get through all those apples you just picked! Read on for ideas of what to do with your apples!

Fall family fun – 2020 style

Fall family fun — a great chance to get outside and enjoy the crisp, cool weather before it gets too cold. Here’s a list of activities, and a funny take on how to get them all done to get your fall on no matter how busy you are.

teaching kindness

Can kindness be taught?

  Can kindness be taught?  I’m not sure, but I’m sure trying to find out. “Use your manners!” I call out with a sing-songy voice, checking the box on doing the right thing to raise my kids to be good human beings. But is that enough?  I don’t think so. Sometimes, no matter how great …

Bedazzled? Sure, why not? 5 simple ways to decorate pumpkins

Pumpkin spice latte, warm scarves, harvest-themed decorations, scented candles, mums, yada yada all the stuff we go crazy about during fall.  As excited as I was about my new fall themed throw pillows, though, my kids didn’t seem to care.  How dare they! Oh yeah — the kids.  They want some fun this fall, too, …

all you need for the best family vacation

All you need for the best family vacation

Another summer, another family vacation.  We head to Cape Cod every year and stay at the same place, with the same friends.  It’s tradition.  And I love it.  The kids have been there enough times now that they feel comfortable and confident walking around the resort, and they get so excited at the thought of …

Simple Resolutions Even a Busy Mom Can Keep (updated!)

I originally published the post below on December 2017, and decided it was time to review it and see how I did.  I’m certainly a busy mom (I think parenting is busy no matter what!), so I wanted to see if I was actually able to keep up with my resolutions.  Read the below, and …

EASY, FAST DIY Cardboard Box Halloween Costumes

Halloween is fast-approaching, and you haven’t finalized the kids’ costume plans yet?  NO WORRIES!  I haven’t either.  We’re right now having the yearly battle over whether they can be something ridiculously scary or not (I say NO), or whether they should dress up as something creative and fun.  Whatever they decide, I know they’re starting …

simple summer camp lunch ideas

UGH. Another deli sandwich, Mom? 10 simple summer camp lunch ideas to the rescue

  It’s officially summer, when my kids seem to excel at the game “How many water bottles and pair of goggles can you lose?” and “Where did that tube of sunscreen go?”  I’m a working mom who works through the summer, which means fun summer camps (with a hefty side of working mom guilt) for …

gardening with kids

Gardening with Kids: Simple steps to summer fun

“We seasoned our dinner with herbs from our garden, and topped off our salad with our homegrown tomatoes,” the  neighbors said.  Not us!  Steak on the grill and frozen french fries over here!  I tend to think I don’t have the skill — or the time — for a fancy, productive garden, though I do …

Easy Father's Day Gifts

20 Easy Father’s Day Gifts he’ll love

You know when you buy Dad a tie as a Father’s Day gift, but he rarely dresses up?  Or you get your husband a coupon book for various golf courses, and he never uses it because it turns out there are limitations on days and times, and none are convenient?  Yeah, let’s avoid that, right?  …