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8 Ways to Get Kids Involved in the Kitchen

By the time I was eight years old, I was cooking bacon and eggs in the kitchen by myself. I burned myself a few times, but ultimately it made me more independent in the kitchen. And I’ll nevr forget my mom trusting me to do it and giving me the space to make mistakes (and […]

DIY Natural Play Dough

I love making homemade play dough with my kids. They really enjoy measuring all the ingredients and working with their hands to make the dough. We had some leftover artificial food dye (we stopped using it for baking years ago and just use it for art projects now) so we used a bit of it […]

DIY Terrariums in a Jar Tutorial

I’ve always loved terrariums. It must the the miniature plants and their arrangement that makes you want to shrink down to ant-size and explore the contained little world. It doesn’t take much to make a terrarium — it can be done with plants found around your garden and jars saved in your house. The only […]

5 Cheap and Free Family Fun Night Ideas

Now that my kids are back in school, I feel a bit wistful of our carefree summer days. We went to the beach, chased butterflies in the backyard, and visited to every park in a 5-mile radius to our house. My kids, on the other hand, love the fall. They like the shorter days and […]

DIY Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

While on our two-month trip in Hawaii, my 7-year-old son and I really got into making friendship bracelets. In fact, I’m still wearing mine and we’ve been back for over a month. I bought a kit from Michael’s, but I admit it was overly complicated for me. But the ONE method I did understand was […]

DIY Dinosaur Fossil Craft

I got the idea to do a dinosaur fossil craft when I browsed on Pinterest and saw this homemade holiday ornament craft from Homemade Grits. My kids loved seeing how dinosaur fossils were made. We happened to have a velociraptor and stegosaurus bone toys, but you could use just a regular dinosaur toy to get the […]

How to Recycle Broken Crayons – DIY Recycled Crayons

We have a ton of broken crayons – I blame the huge coffee can we use to store our crayons. The boys just end up throwing them in. So I separated the whole crayons into a smaller pencil box, and then took all the broken crayons and prepped them for recycling. I’ve been seeing DIY […]