Scented Baked Cotton Balls from the NEW book 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids!

As always, affiliate links included for your convenience in this review. A few months ago, I had the chance to preview and help proofread a beautiful new book from my friend Asia (from called 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids. The truth of the matter is that I contributed little to the writing process. However, by reading and re-reading every […]

Treats that aren’t sweets: 11 Halloween candy alternatives for trick or treaters.

My (barely) four-year-old has officially started a countdown for Halloween. Not that she REALLY remembers Halloween from last year–she just has some vague notion of fun costumes, getting to play games at the library because it’s a holiday (huh?), and ridiculous amounts of candy. We do sweets in moderation, but there’s nothing moderate about the amount […]

Melted Crayon Pumpkins: No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating with Kids!

Melted crayons on pumpkins is not a new no-carve pumpkin decorating idea, but this year is the first time we’ve tried it at our house. Thanks to my dad (the pumpkin farmer) we have a lot of pumpkins. So we’re always looking for new decorating ideas! Here’s how we did it: Melted Crayon Pumpkin Decorating Peel your crayons […]

Play-Based Homeschool Preschool Routine

Our Proposed Homeschool Preschool Routine A few weeks ago, our daughter started asking to go to school with her friend. I thought she might be disappointed when I told her that she wasn’t going to school like her friends. But, once I told her she could have “school” at home with mommy, she was pumped! Now every morning […]

Bike Seats, Tagalongs, Trailers, & Cargo Bikes: Comparing the Options for Biking with Kids

We’ve partnered with Yuba Bicycles for a series of posts all about biking with kids! Before we settled on the Yuba, I obsessively researched all of the ways we could haul, carry, or ride with our two young girls. In the end, we decided that the Yuba was the solution that would fit our girls the best and last […]

35 tools, books, resources, and ideas to support your homeschool preschool!

Homeschool Preschool Plan In my last post, I told you about five approaches to home preschool and how I lean towards a combination of unschooling, unit studies, and Charlotte Mason. As I was wrapping my mind around the upcoming preschool year, I made a list of areas that I think are important for me to include and explore with […]

Finding an Approach to Learning that Fits Your Home Preschool

It’s the time of year when most of our little friends fill their backpacks with fresh crayons, glue, pencils, and scissors and head off to preschool or kindergarten. But not our girls! We’ve made the decision to start their school years at home. I don’t have a formal background in early childhood education (I was an English major with […]

Easiest Way to Teach Your Child How to Ride a Bike

This is the third post in our series with our awesome sponsor Yuba bikes all about biking with kids! You can read our favorite ways to make family rides MORE fun for little ones HERE and our painless yet practical bike safety refresher course HERE.  You know how there are some childhood milestones that parents feel like they […]

9 of the Best (Mostly) Educational Movies and Shows for Preschoolers

This post is proudly sponsored by Pop Secret. Pop Secret has a new (and FREE!) app that allows your phone to “listen” to your popcorn and microwave so that it’s popped to perfection. Perfectly popped popcorn thanks to your phone? That’s crazy! Click on over to check it out HERE. Take your time–I’ll wait until you come back. […]

Share the Road–A Bike Safety Refresher from Someone Who Has a Lot to Learn

Can I start with a confession? I’m not a very safe biker. Okay, so I’m cautious and careful–I would never do anything truly crazy like jump off a curb or try to race a train at a railroad crossing, but bike safety issues (helmets, lights, bells, hand signals) have never really been my thing. I know, I know! This […]