5 Best Free Kids Books for 9-12 Year Olds

We are coming into the last lazy days of summer before school starts back which means I'm hearing a lot of "Moooom... I'm BORED." from my 9 year old son. He is exhausted when he gets home from summer camp and just wants to veg out on the couch, so I let him do just that most nights. The Kindle app on the iPad has been a lifesaver because it's a way to keep him occupied that doesn't include mindless hours of playing Roblox or watching tv. Thankfully he is an avid reader, so I started … [Read more...]

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Garden Updates and Summer Projects for Kids

Tomorrow is the first day of summer!   I'm so excited summertime is here again so we can get outside and soak up some Vitamin D the all-natural way. We have been taking full advantage of the outdoors this year before it gets too hot to move. How 'bout you? My backyard raised garden beds turned one year old this month and still holding up great.  The cedar has weathered out a little bit, but otherwise they are fine. I'm planning on painting the back deck soon if the … [Read more...]

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30+ Halloween Crafts for Kids

  With less than two weeks until Halloween, I'm on the search for some cute crafts for the kids that are not too hard to create.  I thought you guys might want to see what all I've found along the way, so here's a quick little roundup of 30+ Halloween Crafts for Kids... Kid's DIY from dreamalittlebigger.com DIY Halloween Treat Bags With Duck Tape from thecountrychiccottage.net DIY Silly Ghost Balloons from studiodiy.com 12 Fun And Creative DIY Masks For Kids from … [Read more...]

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Simple School Lunches for Normal People

School is in full swing here, which means I have spent a lot of minutes staring blankly into my pantry with a puzzled look on my face, trying to figure out what I should be putting in my son's lunchbox. If I'm being honest, with everything that's been going on in our lives lately, I filled up his lunchroom credit card with cash and let him buy anything he wants from the cafeteria, which is usually a cheeseburger, Doritos and an ice cream sandwich.  :/ Not good. Finally I decided to … [Read more...]

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Caroline’s Berry Sweet First Birthday Party

Caroline turned one last week, and we celebrated this weekend with a berry sweet strawberry themed birthday party!  It's so hard to believe that my little baby girl is already ONE. My goodness, time needs to slow down. I'll have a source list at the end of this post in case you are looking for any of these strawberry themed birthday decorations. I setup a little gift table in front of the fireplace, and decorated it with strawberries and flowers. I scored that sweet little green … [Read more...]

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Late Summer Boredom Busters

Five Ways to Keep Kids Entertained in the Home Stretch Until School Starts Back Last week my facebook feed began filling up with everyone's First Day of School pics. Yours too? Yep, friends, it's already that time of year! Garrett still has a few more days before his school starts, so we are savoring every minute of this last lazy weekend before the alarm starts buzzing at 6 am.  But, this is also the time when I start hearing "I'm soooo bored!"  Summer vacation is great in the beginning. … [Read more...]

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Host a Neighborhood Outdoor Movie Night + Free Printable Invitation

This post contains affiliate links. School is out and we are raring to go for a summer of fun around here! First order of business? Hosting an outdoor movie night for the neighborhood! When we moved into this new house, I volunteered to be the Special Events Coordinator for the entire neighborhood (I know, I know…I couldn’t help myself). One of the summertime bucket list things I’ve always wanted to do is host an summer movie night.  I intended to do it last summer but I was like 40 … [Read more...]

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The Grand Bugapest Hotel + Crafting with Nature Book Giveaway!

When I was a kid my mom would take me to the library at the beginning of summer where I would check out all the books I could find on nature crafts. Then for a few weeks I would take my books outside and try out all the projects that caught my eye. When my friend Amy at A Nest for All Seasons told me she was writing a book called Crafting with Nature it was like she was writing it just for the little girl in me. So, today I'm excited to offer you a Crafting with Nature book giveaway along … [Read more...]

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15 Quick & Easy Back to School Lunch Ideas

Looking for some simple Back-to-School lunch ideas? Here's 15 of my favorites from around the web. I'm trying to find some good recipes for Garrett's school lunches, and I thought you might like some of these ideas, too! I love the idea of a "bento box" lunch- which basically means all the food is divided up in little containers so it doesn't touch. Some of these are a little too fancy for his taste, but I know I could adapt them to work for his lunchbox. 2 Hamburger Steaks & … [Read more...]

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Share the Love: Free Minecraft valentine Printable at C.R.A.F.T

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing these free printable Minecraft Valentines over at C.R.A.F.T.  (I like to call them “Valenmines”)  Garrett called my mom his “best Minecraft buddy” so the first Valentine’s goes out to her. They build all sorts of worlds on their iPads together when he visits her.  It won’t be long before she gets the hang of the XBox controller and we don’t see them again for the rest of the year. If your kid or mom loves Minecraft as much as mine do, be sure to head over to … [Read more...]

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