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How To Salt Paint

How To Salt Paint

This is a fun, easy craft for all ages. You may even have all the materials in your house already. If not, they’re pretty inexpensive and available at most big stores. You’ll need: Elmer’s glue Salt (table salt, not sea salt) Acrylic paint Paintbrushes A…

A Family Guide to Sleeping Bear Dunes & Glen Arbor, MI

A Family Guide to Sleeping Bear Dunes & Glen Arbor, MI

Like many Michiganders, I have been going up north my entire life. How you define “up north” is up for debate, but for me, it’s anything past Clare. We had a family cottage in Lewiston. It was a tiny thing – one bedroom, one bathroom,…

A Weekend at Crystal Mountain

A Weekend at Crystal Mountain

2020 has been a tough year. I think we can all agree on that. When friends asked us if we wanted to join them for a weekend at Crystal Mountain, we thought long and hard about it. Of course we wanted to go, but what…

A Simple, Easy Lake Michigan Beach Day

A Simple, Easy Lake Michigan Beach Day

We went out wandering the other day, traveling in our little bubble as life these days requires. We found a perfect little day trip through Saugatuck, Douglas, and nearby Lake Michigan beaches. We’re definitely going to make this trip part of our summer rotation. Here…

Favorite Printables for Kids

Favorite Printables for Kids

Printables often save the day around here. Or at least an hour. Fine, maybe a few minutes. But I’ll take it. Here’s a roundup of my favorite free printables. Hanna Andersson coloring pages. Whimsical drawings of animals, plants, and snacks. And school buses. 🙂 Disney Family.…

My Best Homeschool Tips, Free Resources, and Simple Schedule

My Best Homeschool Tips, Free Resources, and Simple Schedule

Well, guys. Here we are. What a crazy, unprecedented time. Lots of schools are closed and parents are scrambling for a plan. We homeschooled for a year from 2018 – 2019, and I fell back into that routine last Monday. I’d like to note right…

My Favorite Play Dough Recipe

My Favorite Play Dough Recipe

Let’s get right to the point – here’s my favorite homemade play dough recipe. I’ve tweaked it over the years to make sure it’s not too sticky, not too dry, has enough color, and is no-cook. This will save the day when your kids are…

Team Clean: Good Chores for Kids

Team Clean: Good Chores for Kids

Learn more about Team Clean, a fun way to tackle household chores as a family and teach kids valuable life skills.

The Cutest (and almost free!) Acorn Necklaces

The Cutest (and almost free!) Acorn Necklaces

Last week I volunteered to host a party for my daughter’s fourth grade class. Sometimes I say these things without thinking them through. Well, that’s not true. I have big ideas, say them out loud (and with gusto!) and then sigh when I have to…

National Park Service Junior Ranger Program

National Park Service Junior Ranger Program

Did you know that almost all national parks have a Junior Ranger program? Anyone from the ages of 4 – 110 (my kids think that’s so funny) can participate, and it’s totally free. Junior Rangers are charged with the mission to “Explore, Learn, and Protect!”…