For Kids
  • DIY Flavored Marshmallows

    During the cold, cabin fever-y days of January, we're always looking for little ways to brighten our day! Making these fun marshmallows is just what we need some days!

    This is the most simple way I've found to make cute flavored marshmallows. Get a container of whipped topping and let it thaw out a bit.

    Then spread it out in a pan.

    Next add some sprinkles or crushed peppermints, even mini chocolate chips or flavored extracts would be fun too! I haven't tried food coloring but that's on my list to try as well.

    And fold it in.

    Put the pan in the freezer and let freeze until it gets nice and hard.

    Once hard, break out your favorite cookie cutter shapes.

    When cutting through, wiggle it a bit so that the filling stays in the cutter and you can just pop in on top of your cocoa with your finger. My kids usually put the cutters in and I do the wiggling it out.

    Add these to your favorite hot drink for some extra flavor and cuteness!

    My kids also enjoyed just scooping it out by the spoonful and adding extra sprinkles. 

    Here's to surviving the winter days! 

  • Simple Ways to Include Your Kids in Everyday Tasks

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    One thing I've really worked on this past year is including my boys in what I'm doing at home. Whether it's laundry, dishes, cleaning or cooking. There never seem to be enough hours in the day so including them in the things I do gives us that time to talk and feel connected. 

    It also teaches me patiences like none other. ;)

    And I feel like including them in cooking requires the most patience. But they really love to be included. So I set aside times that I plan to include them. And I mentally prepare for it to take much longer than expected. :)

    I also pick something that doesn't require too many steps to include them in.

    Muffins are a good example.

     With cooking, getting this customized 'sous chef' apron from Minted just filled my 5 year old's little cup and added that 'extra special' factor for the times he helps me in the kitchen.

    pssst here's where you can grab one for the little sous chef in your life! Only $28 with free personalization!

    Other simple ways to include your kids in everyday tasks:

    (Note: My kids are 5 and 3 so that's the skill level I'm working with)


    Dusting: put socks on their hands and assign them an area that doesn't have anything breakable

    Dishwasher: let them be the one to put away the silverware

    Dinnertime: let them set the table for you

    Laundry: have them match up all the socks

    Sweeping: let them hold the dustpan

    Groceries: let them help you carry lighter things in and put things away

    Picking up: make them responsible for their own toys

    Is there something you do to include your kids that you find helpful? Share in the comments!

  • Printable Advent Calendar

    Advent is upon us. The season of anticipation, of waiting, for the Hope of the world to come.
    That's why I get behind Advent calendars so much. Because I think there's much to be said about really soaking in the anticipation. Counting down the days until we celebrate the day the weary world did rejoice and gets to again and again. 
    I started dreaming up this design last year because I knew the boys would be at good ages to
    participate. So our days alternate between a Scripture reading and a Christmas activity. 
    What I love about it is that you can totally make it your own. Write down whatever traditions are important for your family!
    I had fun thinking up ideas to write down but the Scriptures are so important to me too. 
    Every year my kids are able to soak in the real meaning of Christmas more and more and
    that makes my heart so excited!
     Since this Advent Calendar is really for the boys, I like to put it right int he heart of their playroom.
    Last year I gave them their own little tree if you will. 
    String them together like a banner, washi tape them to the wall like a tree, or just keep them in a little basket at the breakfast table! Sky's the limit with these cards!
    This calendar is available for purcahse through my shop!
    And here are some more ideas if you're drawing a blank for what to write on them:
    Wrap Christmas Presents
    Make Special Cocoa
    Get Cocoa and Go See Christmas Lights
    Put on a Christmas record and Dance
    Dinner by Fireside
    Watch a Christmas Movie 
    Give an unexpected Gift
    Read a Christmas Book 
    Give an unexpected gift to someone in Need
    Bake Christmas Cookies
    Give Cookies to the Neighbors
    Sing your Favorite Carol
    Kiss Under the Mistletoe
    Smile at a Stranger and Say Merry Christmas
    You can also tape little gifts or candy to them if you like to add in that sort of thing!
    Tag me on Instagram if you post yours, I love to see what other people do!
    I love what @stephandtheboys did
    And here's mine from this year:
  • Toddler Boy Gift Guide

    I tell ya what, now that both of my boys are toddler/preschool age they are so fun to shop for!
    I've teamed up with Baby Cubby* to bring you a Toddler Boy Gift Guide!
    And this isn't just for Christmas, you can come back and refer to this anytime!
    My Grady has those Little Mr. suspenders (1) and they are SO cute. Such great quality and he always gets complements when he wears them! I'd definitely pair them with a holiday flannel and a cute beanie like this Jack and Winn (2) one!
    I love the idea of more advanced books shortened for this age, like the story of Huckleberry Finn (3), that's right up my boys' alley. And the Wildlife Primer would be one I know they would read over and over as well (4).
    Specifically for my 4 year old, I chose this Magnatab letter board (5). It'd be perfect for his preschool practice and looks lots of fun too! Speaking of preschool, I can't believe he'll be in school next year. He'll definitely need a cute backpack like this adorable Skip Hop raccoon (6) one!
    I found these perfect stocking stuffers for my boys - this Mini Low Rider (7) is only $5 and would be the perfect thing for my racing boys! Also these Meri Meri Dinosaur Tatoos (8) at only $2! They love to put them on and flex their muscles!
    Always wanting to be like daddy, this Fix It Tool Box (9) would be something they could take with them to pretend play and work along side him! 
    And since I'm forever looking for new bath toys, I thought these Boon Bath Water Pipes (10) would be something that would keep them entertained for quite awhile!
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