April 18, 2014

DIY String Art


Turns out something does not need to be complicated to yield fantastic results. Don't tell my mother I said that, she will wonder what happened to her daughter. I love crafting, drawing, and cooking and I have an uncanny ability to overcomplicate all of those things. The first time I did an oil painting I painted a portrait of my sister and her husband. Talk about ambition, and going a little … [Read more...]

Winter Birdseed Ornaments

Birdseed Ornament

by Contributing Writer, Tonya Ferguson We live where  it gets pretty cold and miserable this time of year.  And of course, we feel so sorry for our furry and feathered outdoor friends!    A few weeks ago, when temperatures dipped to -6 with windchill, we built the cats a fire in our outbuilding's wood stove, and brought our Australian Shepherd in the house for the first time ever. … [Read more...]

GameStop Gift Card Giveaway!


Recently I was invited to GameStop to learn more about what's going on in the video game world, parental controls that are available, and how families can spend more time playing games together using certain systems. (Ever played Fruit Ninja with your kids?  Hilarious!)  And as a mom of eight boys who play a few video games here and there, I jumped at the opportunity! I'm so glad I went … [Read more...]

Christmas Gifts You Can Make With Kids


By contributing writer, Debra I always love crafting for Christmas gifts. This year, I really want to keep it simple, and I want to include the kids. As nice as it is in theory though, sometimes crafting with kids can get a little stressful for me. It takes time to get supplies, set up for a craft, and make something. I want something simple, that results in low mess and yet a nice gift. A … [Read more...]

Winter Brick Activities eBook {and a Giveaway!}

winter bricks

  Have you met Stef from Educating Laytons yet?  If not, go tell her hello and that I sent you.  She is a homeschooling mom to boys who love Legos, so we have a lot in common.  I once tried to schedule a visit with her when we were passing through her state vacationing, but we ran out of time. Next time, Stef!  And our boys can build with Legos to their hearts' content! Well, Stef … [Read more...]

Including the Kids on Thanksgiving Day

Including the Kids on Thanksgiving Day

    By Contributing Writer, Kelly Wiggains   Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love its simplicity - we come together with the people we love to share a meal and give thanks for our blessings. Thanksgiving could be a "boring" holiday for kids. Think about it. You have to watch football all day long. You can't go outside because it's too cold. You … [Read more...]

Personalized Night Before Christmas Books for Kids


Thanks to MyChronicleBooks for sponsoring today's discussion. I can hardly believe it's almost that time of year again!  We're pulling out the Christmas decorations this week, and I just can't wait! I have special memories of my mom reading me Christmas stories when I was little, and I've carried on the tradition in our family, too, including, of course, the classic The Night Before … [Read more...]

Cheap Car Ride Entertainment

Cheap Car Ride Entertainment for Kids

By Contributing Writer, Stef Layton Traveling by car is a fun idea until you've passed the thirty minute mark and some little voice calls from the backseat, "how much longer? I'm bored!!!".  Just like you would plan your trip itinerary, do not forget to plan some cheap car ride entertainment for kids! We make a crazy road trip from central Florida to western New York every Christmas (21 … [Read more...]

Packing for Vacation

Packing for Vacation

In less than 24 hours, our family departs on an adventurous road trip to Disneyworld!  Which means, of course, that we've been at work finding, washing, drying and folding 50+ outfits for the ten of us. Obviously, since we will be gone longer than five days, we will need to do laundry at some point during our vacation.  And honestly, that's really okay with me.  I would rather do that than … [Read more...]

Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits

Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits | TheMarathonMom.com

These are such a fun little treat! So yummy AND nutritious, they can be served as breakfast, snack, or even dessert! All you need is your favorite yogurt, favorite fruit, and maybe some local honey, to add a little sweetness. Most often, I like to buy organic vanilla yogurt, just because it tastes so good, but I've been trying to buy plain Greek yogurt more.  That's where the honey comes … [Read more...]