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Category Archives: Kids

Appreciate the Changing Seasons with a Nature Scavenger Hunt

nature scavenger hunt kiwi crate

There are affiliate links in this post. If you buy something from Kiwi Crate after clicking on one, they’ll send me some cash. Just so you know. The girl got Kiwi Crates for a full year (and I actually just resubscribed after almost a year to get the super-cute time traveler series they’re doing right now) but I found we ... Read More »

5 Classic Books/Series Your Kids Should Know About

5 great classic books/series your kids should know

Last night the girl knew just what she wanted to read at bedtime. She ran out to the living room to dig in her book basket and came back with a copy of Make Way for Ducklings (which we’ll talk more about in a minute). As we were reading, she asked why the drawings weren’t in color. I said “because ... Read More »

How to Raise a Smart Kid, Part One: Read a Lot

encouraging kids to read

As a brand ambassador for Better Beginnings, I am being compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own. My daughter started at her new school during the summer, and one day I walked in to pick her up and the teachers were kind of laughing. “She’s teaching me now,” one of the teachers said, going on to explain ... Read More »

Make a Kid’s Birthday Party Space More Colorful with PartyPail

birthday party fun

PartyPail.com allowed me to pick out some great stuff for the girl’s birthday party in exchange for writing a post. All opinions are my own (and the girl’s, mostly). For about six months the girl knew exactly what she wanted for her fifth birthday: a party at Gynmastics Joe’s, a local gymnastics studio that’s open for play (they have trampolines ... Read More »

Zen and the Art of Mothering

girl mud

We all know that our time with our kids is much too fleeting. Even though we seem to always be wishing for the roads to thaw or the summer to end, we know we need to hang on to these precious moments while we can have them. The passage of time seems ever-more prominent at this time of year, when ... Read More »

Better Beginnings: Your Arkansas Child Care Solution

child care facilities fayetteville ar

I’ve been selected as an ambassador for Better Beginnings for the next year. About once a month I’ll write about early childhood education and other issues, which I’m super passionate about. This is a compensated post, but all opinions are my own. I work from home, and part of the idea when I started working from home (before I was ... Read More »

Go Back to Basics When You’re Busy

making paper flowers

You might have noticed a distinct lack of posting lately, and I’m going to let you know right up front that’s going to be the norm for the next six weeks or so. The book is due Sept. 1, and there’s still a lot to do. All my creativity is going to it rather than coming up with fun things ... Read More »

An Easy Way to Play: Wooden Pieces

building with wood pieces

The girl’s old preschool closed because her teacher retired. We’re really sad to be away from the only school she had known and friends she’s had for two years, but one good thing about this change is that we got to inherit a bunch of craft supplies and other fun things from the school. One of the things I knew ... Read More »

Painting Leaves {Kid Craft}

printing with leaves

The girl and I went to the park on Saturday, and while she was stalling about leaving she was checking out these big, pretty leaves on one of the plants by the creek. She picked a couple and I said, “when we get home we can paint those.” I said it to try to get her moving and because occasionally ... Read More »

7 Tips for Creating with Kids

making art with kids

Most of the time when we have projects for our kids or they are coloring or painting, they’re doing it by themselves. But the girl loves to involve one or both of her parents in making something with her from time to time (and it was pretty much all she wanted to do on Saturday) so I thought it was ... Read More »

Start Saving for College with a 529 Plan

learn more about 529 plans

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you might have noticed a surge in activity on Wednesday. I was invited to join a group of bloggers at P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home in central Arkansas for a tour of the grounds and the home (more on that soon) and a lunch hosted by #AR529. We learned all about what ... Read More »