Back in the day, it seemed like Vegas was the place to go for cheap fun. And no, I don’t mean cheap, sleazy fun. I mean killer flight deals, $4 steak dinners, and strip-view rooms that could be picked up for a song. But these days buffets are $20 per person and hotel discounts are only given to […]
More Than Sharks! A Visit to Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Every time I look through our pictures of our trip to Las Vegas, I’m reminded of how much fun we had with a two-year-old and four-year-old in a city that’s not known for its family-friendly attractions! Last week I shared info from our time at Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. My third and […]
Vegas with Kids: A Visit to Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
In 2014, we took a few trips with my parents to places like Puerto Rico, Disney World, and Las Vegas. Vegas with Kids While Vegas might not be the first place to come to mind when thinking about kid-friendly vacation destinations, it’s great for multi-generational travel (my twenty-something brother came too).Vegas is a busy city, and there are plenty of […]
Best Banana Oatmeal Muffins for Kids. You’ll Love The Ingredient List!
It’s snowy and cold here in Indiana, which means we’re back to baking and making comfort food. At our house, muffins are definitely winter comfort food. A few years ago, I shared an easy and healthy banana oatmeal muffin recipe. Since then, I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit and taken a few pictures. Feel free to try both versions–this […]
How ISIS, cardiologists, criminals, C.S. Lewis, and bicycles changed our family in 2014.
Dear friends, there are no affiliate links in this post. The links shared here will take you to pages on our blog or facebook page with more stories from 2014. Thanks for being a part of our year! In 2013, I sheepishly shared that our Christmas card declared our family was so very merry. But 2014 wasn’t merry. […]
Teaching Reading to Preschoolers–Resources for Ordinary Parents Like Me!
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Rosetta Stone. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. As a mom who is starting to homeschool, I sometimes regret my choice not to pursue early childhood education as an undergrad. I feel so clueless sometimes! Sure, I’ll be ready when […]
Sand and Seashells as a Travel Souvenir and DIY Ornament
I’ve been waiting to share this idea with you for almost a year! I saw sand ornaments on Etsy last winter, and KNEW that I wanted to take the idea and turn it into a memorable, adorable, and incredibly frugal travel souvenir. However, since they are essentially DIY Christmas ornaments, I felt the need to wait until Christmastime […]
FREE Christmas Printables: Activity Placemat & Fill-in-the-Blank Story for Preschoolers
I’ve been slacking as a hostess lately. Apart from our girls’ train party and my husband’s Murder Mystery birthday party, we haven’t had many people over this year! It could be because I’m an introvert, and I guard my house (my safe space, my retreat, my refuge) closely. Or maybe it’s because I don’t like to […]
The Ranch at Rock Creek–All Inclusive Ranch Vacation in the United States!
As some of you may have read, our family loves all-inclusive vacations. We love the idea of paying one lump sum for a complete package. When traveling with young kids, it’s a relief to know that we won’t be paying out of pocket for each activity or bemoaning the price of the $15 buffet price when our toddler […]
ALL ABOARD! Train Birthday Party Ideas for Boys or Girls!
Our girls love train, planes, cranes, and things that GO! In fact, last year our preschooler (who is convinced she’ll be a pilot when she grows up), had a pink, vintage airplane party for her third birthday. This year, I decided to be smart and combine the girls’ second and fourth birthday parties. Their birthdays are only […]