One of my favorite bloggers posted instructions for these Mother's Day memory boxes, and the boys and I made them for the grandmas for Mother's Day. We found "fabric paper" and cardboard recipe boxes at Hobby Lobby and printed out Cathe's ready-to-use cards. I cut the fabric papers and did the exacto-knife cutting, but the boys sanded, … [Read more...] about DIY Memory Boxes For Mother’s Day
My kids create lots and lots of artwork, and I love to display it throughout the house. We have kid-made art in almost every room--some pieces are never taken down, and others rotate or change. (On the console, a bowl of felted Alpaca fiber soap and an Eric Carle-inspired painting.) I found a neat frame at Target that opens on a hinge so you can … [Read more...] about Displaying Kids’ Artwork
While traveling to visit family last weekend, the kids were getting squirrely after riding "forever," so we invented a game on the fly. When everyone is cooped up in the car for several hours, some ingenuity is required! Guess the State All the grown-ups in the car pooled our quarters and I picked out all the "state" ones. I would cover … [Read more...] about Keeping Kids Entertained While Traveling
A Homemade Guitar: Guitar Shop 101 The guys' two-year guitar-making project is finally finished! Learning Table Dad is a weekend woodworker, and he has made some beautiful things, but the biggest so far has been the guitar he and the boys worked on together. It began with a large block of wood (which turned into a second block of wood when … [Read more...] about Guitar Shop 101
Recycled Scrapbooks We've done this project several times so the boys can create their own scrapbooks and chronicle some of their interests and adventures. These easy and inexpensive scrapbooks are a great way to document field trips, vacations, family reunions, sports, and hobbies. It's amazing what kids (of all ages) come up with using things … [Read more...] about Craft: Upcycled/Recycled Scrapbooks
If your kids ask why we celebrate Valentine’s Day, you can tell them that there is more to it than chocolates and roses. In fact, the rose is not really the official flower of Valentine’s Day. Saint Valentine One of our favorite Valentine's Day books, Saint Valentine, presents the origin of Valentine’s Day by telling the story of the “humble … [Read more...] about Happy Valentine’s Day
Our Homemade Christmas This year, inspired by our study of pioneer times and reading the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the boys made a log cabin "gingerbread" house. They used cookie icing, which get hard when it dries and sticks like glue to hold it all together. The logs are pretzel rods and the roof is made from gingerbread … [Read more...] about Homemade Christmas
I made this advent calendar for my boys a few years ago, and it has become our countdown tradition. It has 25 little drawers ready to fill. One year, I filled them with candy, one year I filled them with tiny plastic birds, one year was tiny ornaments, and last year was little strips of paper with activities written on them. I'm down to the wire … [Read more...] about Frugal Traditions: Christmas Countdown
Our Christmas Wish List What is your holiday wish for your family? Our wish is for everyone to be healthy and happy. It sounds cliche, but it is true, and really, what more could anyone want? What is your Christmas morning tradition? Learning Table Dad is usually the first "kid" up and starts making noise so a real kid will get up and start the … [Read more...] about Christmas Traditions
School's Out for a Snow Day! An unexpected snow day calls for spontaneous fun: Enough ice for closing the roads for ideal sledding conditions. Not enough ice to make the power go out! Inches of powdery, packable flakes for snowman building. Beckoning us outside with the promise of hot chocolate to warm us. If your kids are like ours, … [Read more...] about Snow Day!
Traveling on the Polar Express What a crazy surprise! We took the boys to ride the Polar Express over the weekend, and woke up the next morning to the beginning of a blizzard. We traveled to Bryson City, North Carolina for a magical train ride, and a visit to this quaint little mountain town. Not only was the train ride a memory of a lifetime, but … [Read more...] about All Aboard the Polar Express, and SNOW!
Homemade Ornaments for the Kid's Ornament Swap We are participating in a handmade ornament swap with The Crafty Crow. The challenge is to create 5-8 ornaments the fit into the "Winter Wonderland" theme, "including trees, snowmen, mittens, pine cones, birds, deer, ice skating, squirrels, rabbits, snowflakes, berries, leaves, the moon, stars, … [Read more...] about Kid’s Ornament Swap
One of the Best Parts of a Small-Town Christmas Our town has a Christmas parade every year. We walk down to the main street with our blankets and chairs, while the kids eagerly anticipate the next float or band to pass by. We nearly froze our fannies off at our town's Christmas parade Sunday, but now we all feel like Christmas is officially on … [Read more...] about Celebrating Community: Christmas Parade