This weekend Clara turned three! We celebrated with a small family party at her demand … I mean request. She had the absolute time of her life and is now fully stocked with a lifetime supply of wands, bright plastic jewelry and tutus. I’ll share my tiny budget with you and how I didn’t buy… Read More How to save money on birthday parties
A few weeks ago I deleted all our Roku kid channels but two — PBS Kids and National Geographic Kids. There are several reasons that led me to this decision and have me considering a tv-free summer. Is that possible!? My kids watched way too much tv during our move. It allowed Marcello and I to… Read More Is a no-tv summer possible?
Summer is around the corner. Some moms are filled to the brim with excitement, others of us break out into a cold sweat thinking about it! But fear not, my new 20-page planner has got us covered. 20 pages! I’ve got activities, bucket lists, charts and even a schedule to start the summer off right.… Read More The ultimate kids planner
My third child is two and a half. She’s killing me today. Over the last couple days she has climbed up the washing machine to get in the medicine cabinet, colored her entire face with a purple marker, destroyed all my makeup as she got “boodeefull,” walked out the front door without a word, refuses… Read More 11 things to do when Mom can’t take any more
Anybody else like seeing what other parents pack for their kids? I’ll show you what I’m sticking in the lunchbox as of late and how I do it. I’ve got an easy, yummy pinwheel recipe (you might eat it before it makes it to the lunchbox!) and a printable lunchbox idea list. Luca has been… Read More Easy kid lunchbox ideas
I love building Christmas family traditions as my kids get older. I’ve slowly been gathering things, maybe one a year, that we can add on to our list. Today I’m sharing my list of favorite gifts for kids and Christmas traditions. These are special things the kids will pull out each year and remember. Friday starts… Read More Gift guide: Christmas traditions with kids
Exactly one year ago I was telling my friend Ashby that I need to do something to teach my kids to be grateful. She suggested purposely doing something kind once a month. Yes! So for the last year we have committed to focus on being grateful and kind. It has noticeably changed my kids’ hearts,… Read More The grateful project: A year of teaching my kids kindness
Noise with dirt on it. That is exactly the definition I think of when it comes to six year old boys! They’ve got all the energy we wish we could harness, an unmatched lung capacity and an a wild imagination. Luca turned six this year and these are our favorite toy picks. Fake mustaches are… Read More Gift ideas for a 6-year-old boy
I often describe the troubling times I have with my children on this blog (like here, here and here), but today I had some clarity. As I sit here in a rare moment of being completely alone on a rainy morning, I’m thinking of the ways the kids have enriched my life and character. Yes,… Read More Have your kids changed your character?