May 302017
 

On the second to last day of school, Bubbles brought home some paperwork on local kids summer reading programs.  I knew about some of the national ones – we’ve participated in those for a few years – but had no idea they did them at the local level.

Keep kids entertained and engaged this summer with these 5 Fun and FREE Kids Summer Reading Programs

I’m fortunate that Bubbles loves to read and needs no encouragement to do so.  But I know not all kids feel the same and the fun and rewards from these free kids summer reading programs may be just the ticket to entice them into a break from screen time. Continue reading »

May 242016
 

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Austin has requested a cookie cake for his birthday for as long as I can remember.  So when he returned home from paratrooper school just in time to celebrate his 20th, I knew I wanted to make my cookie cake recipe for him.

Perfectly Patriotic M&M's® Cookie Cake Recipe

Birthdays aren’t the only time of year when a cookie cake is requested.  Every once in awhile I’ll get a text that says, “Hey, if you’re not busy, could you make me…”  And along with a savory dish of some kind (homemade chicken nuggets or white cheddar mac & cheese) will be a cookie cake. Continue reading »

Feb 012018
 

I was sorting through Bubbles’ books the other day, pulling out each of the titles appropriate for Valentine’s Day so we’d be sure to read them before the holiday passed us by. I try to keep all the holiday books grouped together on one shelf, but sometimes they get mixed in with the others.

10 Kids Valentines Day Books + 2 Bonus Book Ideas!

She’s outgrown a lot of our Valentine’s Day books for preschoolers, so I’m setting some of those aside to pass down to her younger cousins. For this year, we’ve picked up a few kids Valentines Day books that are geared a little more towards older kids. Continue reading »

Jan 172018
 

It’s one of my favorite days of the year, when my friends at Disney send us the new Disney movies 2018 lineup! Disney movies have been and will always be near and dear to my heart, so I love finding out what dates to circle on my calendar.

New Disney Movies 2018

I know many of you love Disney movies, also, so of course I’m sharing them with you!  There’s lots to be excited about, with everything from the long-anticipated Incredibles 2 to high-octane Marvel titles to some amazing live-action movies like A Wrinkle In Time. Continue reading »

Nov 282017
 

Last year I shared with you my partnership with PackageFromSanta.com where we unboxed a very special treat sent from the North Pole directly to Bubbles. It was truly one of the highlights of the holiday season for her – one she stills talks about to this day.

Kids can receive a Package From Santa surprise - a personalized package from Santa full of Christmas magic mailed directly to them!

As we removed each Package From Santa item, I watched her excitement grow. There was everything you could imagine: a cookie from Mrs. Claus, reindeer food, hot cocoa, a swatch from Santa’s suit, and a letter from the big man himself. We still have a bit of the reindeer food left, and Bubbles is looking forward to spreading it again this year. Continue reading »

Nov 172017
 

If your kiddos are a fan of PBS KIDS shows, then be sure to bookmark or pin this post. I have the 2017 PBS KIDS Christmas Programming schedule for you!

2017 PBS Kids Christmas Programming

Bubbles is excited about many of these shows, but especially the Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas. While she’s always loved anything to do with animals, this year she’s really ramped up her interest in the Wild Kratts show, so we’re glad to see it’s back again this year. Continue reading »

Oct 242017
 

Carving pumpkins has been a family tradition since Bubbles was just little. She loves to look through pumpkin carving stencils and choosing just the right design for that year’s pumpkin. She cleaned out all the seeds and pulp, then hubs and I would do the transfer and carving.

Family Pumpkin Carving Party + Pumpkin Carving StencilsThis post contains affiliate links.

This year my sister-in-law, Kate, invited us all up for a family pumpkin carving party. Bubbles thought long and hard about her pumpkin carving stencils choices and finally decided on a dinosaur.  Or as she constantly reminds me – “Mama, it’s not just a dinosaur, it’s a velociraptor.” Certain things are very important when you’re six. Continue reading »