Kids Christmas Books About Angels

To celebrate the fascination that many children (and adults) have with angels, here are 9 wonderful angel books to enjoy with your family this holiday season.

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10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Dog

Before we became parents to our son, we were proud pet parents to 3 cats and one dog. We’ve always included the pets in our holiday celebrations because they’re just as much a part of the family as we are! If you’re stumped for doggy gift ideas, we’ve got 10 presents that your dog will love to receive this Christmas. Check them out!

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Dog

Maple Cinnamon Bars - the perfect fall cookie bar

Maple Cinnamon Bars

Maple Cinnamon Bars are the perfect fall cookie.  When I think about maple, I think about leaves changing colors, a long trip through the countryside in Vermont and a picnic in the woods.  The scent of cinnamon reminds me of apple cider and baking.

Maple Cinnamon Bars - the perfect fall cookie bar

Dinosaur Bento Lunch

This dinosaur bento lunch is sure to be a big hit with your kids. With cheese, veggies and fruit, it’s a healthy and fun option for a lunch or snack.

Dinosaur Bento Lunch for Kids

child nervous about first day of preschool

How to Deal with First Day of School Jitters

How to Deal With First Day of School Jitters

When your children are ready to start school, especially if it’s preschool, you’re both going to be nervous. Starting school represents a huge milestone for your kids and it’s natural to want to be as prepared as possible. Here are a few tips for dealing with the first day of school jitters… That goes for you, too, Mom!

10 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of School

Here in Virginia, the kids are headed back to school. Even though my kiddo doesn’t start preschool until the second week of September, I’m already working on ways to make his special day a big event. Here are some easy (and fun!) ways that you can celebrate the first day of school.

10 ways to make the first day of school special

ABC Cookies for Back to School

We’re super excited about the kiddo going to preschool this year, and I’ve been looking for ways to make the first day of school special. These cookies made by one of our contributors are the perfect solution! Whip up a batch of these ABC Cookies to surprise your kids on their first day of school.
abc cookies for back to school

10 Tips for Amazing First Day of School Photos

The first day of school is a big deal and capturing your kids on this special day is pretty important, too. Not only will it capture a memory that you’ll treasure forever, but it will also be a memento for when your children are older. If you’re unsure of how to capture the perfect first day of school photos, check out some of these amazing tips.

10 Tips for Fun Back to School Photos

5 Back-to-School Supplies to Buy at Dollar Tree (and 5 to Skip)

Which school supplies should you buy at dollar tree? Which ones should you skip? Find out here!

Going back to school isn’t just an emotional time, it’s also an expensive time. You have to buy all new clothes, accessories, and school supplies. It may seem hard to believe, but Dollar Tree actually has some good quality school supplies. Below is a list of amazing back to school supplies you can purchase at Dollar Tree, and some you should avoid.

First Day of School Books for Preschoolers

Encouraging Books About the First Day of Preschool

My little guy starts preschool in the fall. Talk about a nervous mom! Will he play well with other children? Will he like his teachers? Will he he be okay without me? Honestly, I think I’m more anxious than he is. He’s just plain excited. But if your child is nervous or feeling unsure about starting school, reading these books about the first day of preschool can be a huge help. They’re sweet, encouraging and funny stories about those first day jitters.
First Day of Preschool Books

Kids books about dads

16 Fun Kids’ Books About Dads

When I was a kid, there was no one cooler than my dad. He knew everything and could do anything. I still think he’s pretty great, and I want my son to feel the same way about his dad. Here are some of our favorite kids’ books about fathers and their children.
Kids books about dads

Handprint Crafts for Mother's Day

20 Handprint Crafts for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Handprint Crafts

With each passing year, I get misty-eyed over how much my son is growing. He’s three now, and he’ll be four in a few months. When I say that it feels like yesterday that he was a little 5-lb baby in my arms, I’m not kidding. The years have flown by no matter how hard I try to slow down and savor them. That’s why handprint crafts are a favorite of mine.

7 Spring Activities and Recipes for Kids

7 Spring Activities for Kids

7 Spring Activities and Recipes for Kids

We had so many fabulous links at last week’s Get Your Shine On party that we’ve decided to feature even more of our favorites in a roundup every week. This week’s collection is spring activities for kids. It includes crafts, activities AND recipes, so you can get your kids involved with something fun no matter what the weather is. Check out these creative ideas for spring-inspired fun with the kiddos.

Rabbit Paper Bag Puppet

Bunny Paper Bag Puppet

Bunny Paper Bag Puppet for Easter

My kiddo has been obsessed with the paper bag puppets lately. He asked for the leprechaun paper bag puppet long after it had been thrown in the trash, so I decided that it was time to make one for Easter. And that’s how we arrived at this Easter Bunny paper bag puppet.

10 Easter Sensory Activities for Toddlers

10 Easter Sensory Activities for Toddlers

10 Easter Sensory Activities for Toddlers

If you’ve been following for a few months, you know I’m all about sensory bins, play dough and other sensory activities. But I’ve been short on time lately, so I haven’t been able to put my own bins together just yet. If you’re looking for some inspiration, though, you’ll find plenty in this list! Here are 10 fun and educational sensory activities for toddlers from members of the Kid Blogger Network!

Leprechaun Paper Bag Puppet for St. Patrick’s Day

One of my favorite activities to do with my son is making paper bag puppets. We used to make them when I was a kid, and he thinks they’re just as fun as I do. For St. Patrick’s Day, we made this fun leprechaun craft to put on a little skit. It’s super easy to make, and you have to admit, he’s pretty cute!

10 Easter Books for Preschoolers

10 Exciting Easter Books for Preschoolers

10 Easter Books for Preschoolers

To say that I’m a book addict would be underestimating my love for books. I have shelves full of them, and that means that my kiddo does, too. But reading stories to him has been a tremendous aid in helping him understand what the holidays are all about. Here are 10 Easter books for preschoolers that you need to check out, including some of our favorites!

St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin

Sensory Bin for St. Patrick’s Day

If you're looking for fun indoor activities for kids for St. Patrick's Day, you'll love this sensory bin. It's festive and educational!

As you know, we’re big fans of sensory bins. They can keep my little guy occupied for 30 minutes to an hour or more, and it lets him touch, smell, see and hear new things. This is a simple sensory bin using St. Patrick’s Day decorations from the Dollar Tree. Here’s how you can put your own together!

Snow Ice Cream with Peppermint Extract

Peppermint Snow Ice Cream

Here's a simple recipe for snow ice cream with a twist--it's peppermint flavored! With only three ingredients, it's a recipe that even the kids can make.

I’ll be honest–I never cared much for snow ice cream (or snow cream, as we called it) when I was a kid. My dad makes it with cream, sugar, snow and vanilla. While my brother’s loved it, I’d opt for snow slushies instead made with juice and snow. But since we recently got more than a foot of snow, I thought I’d try snow cream one more time–and I’m so glad I did. This peppermint snow ice cream is delicious and refreshing!

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