All Shook Up: Fun Homemade Whipped Cream

Written by KT @ One Organic Mama, Contributing Writer I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of sugaring up the kids with whipped cream and candy - BUT - this was fun, they had to work for their whipped cream :) AND it was super easy.   When I was in my last few weeks of pregnancy, a few months ago and getting outside with the kids for physical activity has been a challenge! It is easy to send them outside - but they like when they have a task or when I am out there with them :) this … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Electronic Devices are Hurting our Kids

Some studies suggest that kids are spending over 6 hours a day using electronic devices, which includes TV, computers, mobile devices, video game consoles and music systems. Whoa... that is CRAZY!! Extensive research has been conducted to establish the effects of these devices on kids. The findings of these studies show that there are both positive and negative effects. However, there are more negative effects since regular and overexposure to these devices can negatively affect the minds of … [Read more...]

Simple Ideas for Celebrating a Birthday without the Junk

Birthdays come once a year, per family member, but for me, I often feel all rushed and hurried like it snuck up on me.  Some might call this procrastination (ahem!) ;) and others might call this the "creative last-minute" adrenaline rush.  When celebrating birthdays in our family, I typically do something special on the day and have a birthday party later on. I did this for our daughter Julia's recent Frozen Birthday Party since her birthday in a few days after Christmas, we … [Read more...]

4 Outdoor Learning Activities for Kids

Written by Lydia @ Frugal, debt free life, *NEW* Contributing Writer I feel like Summer is the ultimate time for frugal fun. There are so many activities and events you can participate in as a family. And what is MORE frugal than your own backyard? I am big believer in free play. Free play is pretty much my best friend. However, I do want summer to be a time of learning and enrichment for my little ones, as well. Today I thought I would share some ways you can make outdoor time learning … [Read more...]

Over the Rainbow {First Birthday Theme}

I cannot believe we actually have a ONE year old! Granted she's the 3rd baby, but only a few short years ago, I didn't know if we would have any more babies, then I got pregnant and after 40+ weeks she was welcomed into the world at home on March 5, 2014.  London is a vibrant little lady. She's full of life!  She adores her big brother and sister, she's into everything. Her laugh is contagious and only smiles when she feels like it (Hum, wonder what kind of teenager she'll be) … [Read more...]

Day Hiking with Kids

Written by Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life, Contributing Writer One of our family's favorite things to do together is to get out in the woods and explore. Sometimes we venture farther off into the mountains or state parks, other times we keep closer to our home and stick to nearby environmental centers and local parks.  It's a free and fun, and a great source of exercise for all of us.  There are times when fatigue or forgetfulness make me prefer the comfort and ease of staying home, … [Read more...]

A Few of my Favorite Things {April Edition}

I really enjoy getting to know some of my favorite bloggers from "behind the scenes." Ya know, what they're doing in REAL life.  I enjoy how to's, DIY ideas, 5 ways to... and so on but I also like to know that other bloggers, that they are just like me, real moms who have beyond blessed days and also have days they struggle and are in need of encouragement just like you and I, just trying to figure this thing out. Some of my favorties are Erin from The Humbled … [Read more...]

1st Birthday Canvas

I absolutely love getting crafty.  Between part-time homeschooling, activities, and the regular day to day tasks I feel as though getting crafty has been put on the back burner. I have been more focused on getting the chores done, working around naptime, and so much more that I have forgotten to have a little fun.  So my mission as we enter Spring and on into Summer, is to have more fun!  And getting crafty is so much fun to me and my kids love it as well. So I … [Read more...]

5 Things You Can Do to Get Your Garden Growing

Written by KT @ One Organic Mama, Contributing Writer  It's been a LONG winter here in Central MA.  We had over 100 inches of snow, and the remnants of it still remain in my yard and covering my garden.  It has been 50 degrees the past few days, yet still we have about 1 foot of lingering snow/ice/sand/yuck.  The kids think it's summer, they are running around with water guns, riding their bikes in the driveway, and splashing in the mud.  I am focusing on getting the … [Read more...]

Protein Packed Nut Butter Bites

Written by Contributing Writer, Kari at Living Strong, Health & Wellness Snack time! Personally, I'm not a big "snacker". I can go meal to meal without needing any extra food to keep me going. Although, having a family, I need to have a plan on hand for our meals and snacks and then I need to make sure they are ready and available to eat! My kids, on the other hand, seem to need a snack every 30 minutes. I can understand why since they are on the go, non-stop, active kids. This can … [Read more...]