things to do with pumpkins other than carve them

If you have small children, you may be looking for things to do with pumpkins other than carve them, this fall. This is a great list!

October means most of us are all over fall activities, choosing our outfits for fall pictures, leaf crafts, taking pictures of Halloween costumes, and pumpkin carving!  We love carving pumpkins, but it’s definitely a procedure with small children.  Especially since everyone needs their own pumpkin in this house.  You can’t imagine how long it takes to “prep” 4 pumpkins for carving while 4 kids sit impatiently waiting for their turn.  Of course, it does get easier … read on–>

easy nerf gun party

This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast!

Once upon a time, we only had one or two kids.  They were young and weren’t involved in sports, and our time was plentiful.  Then we had a couple more kids, and they all kept growing, and became more involved in extra curricular activities, and they started having homework.  Once all of this went down, I started dropping the ball with birthday parties.  We just don’t have the time or money to do anything extravagant. … read on–>

creative easter basket ideas

I can't believe how many cool ideas there are here. I love putting stuff in my kids' Easter baskets that aren't candy!

Stuffing Easter baskets is one of my favorite things to do.  It’s so much fun finding little creative things to fill them with.  Candy is definitely one filler we use, but we don’t tend to go crazy with it.  I would rather find things that the kids could enjoy for more than a couple of days.  It’s also a good time for me to replenish outdoor, and summer toys!  Plus, you don’t even have to … read on–>

New Year’s Resolutions for my kids

I've got a few suggestions for New Year's resolutions for my kids.

I’m all for a good self-improvement resolution.  I may not always stick to them, but I love having goals for myself.  This year, as I sit with my bored children over Christmas break, I have a few suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions them.  I’m not saying they have to do every one of them, but I would be more than a little happy if they would each pick one or two. 20+ New Year’s Resolutions … read on–>

New Year’s Eve Photo booth

adding a photo booth to the new year's eve party sounds like so much fun!!

Can you believe 2016 is almost over??  I can’t.  I mean, I seriously cannot. This year for NYE I am sure we will be in bed long before midnight, watching the ball drop underneath the warm covers.  We don’t even try to pretend we aren’t lame.  But we may have a little bit of fun before that happens- which will probably include a hockey game, and some nachos.  We are pulling out all the stops … read on–>

Reasons cutting down a Christmas tree is the way to go

We always get a real Christmas tree because we love them, and it is a great family tradition.

If you haven’t noticed yet, we are all about traditions around here, and one of our favorites is cutting down a Christmas tree.  Most of our traditions include spending time together.  Here’s the deal, B and I both work- a lot.  It’s the life of a business owner.  It’s not like you get to shut down at 5pm, or on the weekends.  No matter how much I try to clock out at a certain time, … read on–>

gingerbread houses + toddlers= fun?

gingerbread houses can be super fun to make with kids--and frustrating. if you're thinking about making one, you're definitely going to want to read this!

Years ago, before the birth of wild thing #3, I found a haunted gingerbread house.  It was insanely easy, and we had a blast with it.  Two years ago, I thought it would be fun to make another one. This is what it looked like (by the way, if you don’t follow me on instagram, you should!  😉 ).. Needless to say, we skipped making one last year. This year, wild thing #4 was given … read on–>

How to take pictures of the Christmas tree with your iphone


This time of year, everyone is taking pictures of their Christmas tree.  Some of us are using a DSLR.  Others are using their smartphones.  You may think it’s not possible to get a really great picture of your tree with your iphone, but I am here to tell you- you CAN!!  There are some things you can do to turn those phone pictures into something you are super proud of, and might even choose to … read on–>

DIY Christmas party photo booth

Photo booths are so much fun! You can easily make your own and add even more fun to your Christmas party!

***********This shop, DIY Christmas photo booth, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CreateWithCommand #CollectiveBias This time of year is my favorite!  I love all the hustle and bustle, and the get-togethers.  There really isn’t anything better than being surrounded by the people you love.  This year when you plan your Christmas party, add a little more fun to your party with a diy photo booth.  It … read on–>

Star from afar

Looking for a fun way to teach your children the meaning of Christmas? This is such a beautiful nativity set, and it is perfect for reminding the kids everyday the real meaning of Christmas

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we have really started thinking about Christmas.  There is always talk about Santa, and the gifts we will be buying for everyone.  Of course, the kids always have a list.  We are always reminding the kids of the reason for the season.  This year, I am so excited to start a new tradition with them.  And, I am super excited to offer one lucky reader a surprise (be sure … read on–>

31 random acts of kindness for kids

This is a great list of random acts of kindness for any month. We are totally doing this for the month of December.

One of the most important attributes I wish for my kids is kindness.  They are certainly not perfect, and they have their moments (don’t we all??) but they are generally, kind people.  I want them to remember what is important and that kindness always matters.  Enter these random acts of kindness for kids. Last year, while shopping for a gift for his brother, wild thing #1 came across a dollar bill taped to a shelf … read on–>

5 photo valentine’s day card ideas


Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and some of us (myself included) might have dropped the ball again, and are currently scrambling to come up with some cute Valentine’s Day card ideas to make in just a few days.  If you opt for store bought valentine’s day cards that cost $2 for 20, there is no shame there.  I may not be able to get my *you know what* together in the next few … read on–>