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Crafts: Ten Minute, Ten Cent Bookmarks

Crafts: Ten Minute, Ten Cent Bookmarks

Guys. You won’t believe this, but I did the math and these super-cute bookmarks are less than TEN CENTS EACH to make. And yes, just ten minutes. (Okay, maybe a smidge more if you get picky with things, but still. They’re so fast to make. […]

Home: My Top Three Snow Day Activities

Home: My Top Three Snow Day Activities

Are you Team Yay or Team Nay when it comes to snow days? We’re Team Yay around here, which shouldn’t be a surprise since we’re the biggest bunch of homebodies ever. It’s also not lost on me that I have the luxury of being a […]

Travel: Capsule Wardrobes for Families

Travel: Capsule Wardrobes for Families

Have you heard of capsule wardrobes? They’re kind of hard to ignore these days. In a way, I’ve kind of had a capsule wardrobe for most of my adult life because I prefer quality over quantity, and because I usually have the smallest closets in […]

Home: Big Kid Bookshelves

Home: Big Kid Bookshelves

About 100 years ago, my husband and I installed bookshelves in a lonely upstairs hallway. Uneven plaster walls were not our friend, and I think we blew a dozen crater-sized holes in our wall before we found the best process for anchoring the shelves to […]

Travel: Boyne Mountain Resort – Our First Ski Trip Ever!

Travel: Boyne Mountain Resort – Our First Ski Trip Ever!

True story. Somehow, someway, we’ve lived in Michigan most of our life and have never skied. It’s been on my list of things our family needs to try, so a few weekends ago we hit the road and spent a weekend at Boyne Mountain Resort. […]

Popsicle Stick Sleds

Popsicle Stick Sleds

  Need a quick and easy teacher gift? Kid craft? Grandparent gift? I’ve got you covered. You’ll need: Eight popsicle sticks Mini clothespins (if you want to make gift card holders) Acrylic paint in the color of your choice Paintbrushes Mod Podge (optional) String, yarn, […]

One Day (One Dollar!) Craft Challenge

One Day (One Dollar!) Craft Challenge

Are you ever stuck with analysis paralysis? That is me daily. Today I challenged myself to make something – anything – in just one day. I was determined to finish it despite children underfoot, washing machines buzzing, and all the cyber-everything emails taunting me. (We […]

Travel: A Day Trip to Chicago & The Science Behind Pixar

Travel: A Day Trip to Chicago & The Science Behind Pixar

Guys. We’re home from a quick day trip to Chicago and it was just THE BEST. A few months ago I saw an ad for The Science Behind Pixar, a new exhibit at Museum of Science and Industry. Our family loves art, especially drawing. My son spends […]

Travel: 10 Unexpected Items I Always Pack

Travel: 10 Unexpected Items I Always Pack

Traveling with kids comes with its own set of joys and challenges. Being prepared helps ease the tricky, painful moments immensely. Beyond the basic snacks, wipes, and spare changes of clothes, here are ten unexpected items I always pack for a trip. Extra luggage tags […]

Our First Aid Kit

Our First Aid Kit

Our first aid kit has seen lots and lots of use, and not just by our family. Over the years it’s helped friends and fellow travelers all across the globe. It’s the first thing I reach for when packing and I never leave without it. […]