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Mason Jar Valentine’s Day Gifts to Make & Give

Pennsylvania girls have been using mason jars long before they became trendy, so it should come as no surprise that these versatile containers can make great Valentine's Day gifts. From homemade snow globes to treat containers, candy jars to fireplace mantel...

Easy No-Sew Valentine’s Day Banner

I'm going to share with you how easy it is create a no-sew Valentine's Day banner in under twenty minutes.  For this project I used burlap that I purchased on a roll.  Burlap is trendy right now, so don't overpay for it.  The fabric department at...

Ways to Praise a Child

We all love our kids -- even in our moments of frustration, there is nothing that we wouldn't do for these little people who call us Mom & Dad!  Using words of praise often, even for small successes, builds confidence, shows respect, and validates our...

Little Passports – a Global Adventure Review

Disclosure: if you buy this through my affiliate link, I get some milk money {but not enough for a pony}. We are not world travelers.  Would I like to be?  You betcha, but with no budget for worldwide adventures & a busy toddler, we are limited to these...

Ten Things About Toddlers You Never Saw Coming

There is nothing better than a brand new baby.  We all love smelling their hair, stroking their soft cheeks, and the way they quietly drift off to sleep in our arms.  They are precious in every single way, except for the “up all night” part which gets old...

Scratch Made Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I always have good intentions of using the overripe bananas, but sadly I find myself throwing them away all too often.  If there's one thing that I really hate, it's wasting food!  If you only have a small window of time for baking, this recipe for Banana...

Wooden Blocks – Hours of Fun with No Batteries Required!

As a mom and former early childhood teacher, there's a special place in my heart for simple wooden toys and especially for wooden blocks.  They don't require batteries, they won't rupture your ear drums {except for the rare case when King Kong or T-Rex make a special...

Easy Homemade Finger Paint

Looking for something fun to liven up your afternoon?  Try this easy recipe for homemade finger paint!   Who knew it was so easy to make your own paint?!  Head to your pantry and grab these ingredients: You will need: 3 T. sugar ½ cup cornstarch 2 cups cold water food...

Tame the Stuffed Animals With This DIY Storage Idea

My kids are obsessed with stuffed animals.  If given the opportunity, they would start a foundation for under-played-with and neglected stuffed animals or their own stuffed animal rescue society. Taming the animals in a too-small house became one of my first...

Warm Up with this Easy Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

These chilly fall days just beg for comfort food.  If you're looking for a meal that basically cooks itself, then you'll want to make this recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup.  It's creamy with just a little kick and it's so simple!  This is what you'll need: 1 lb....