Potato stamp Thank You cards for Veterans

Making and sending thank you or other occasion cards to our veterans, service members and their families are a simple but meaning way to engage our children of all ages in showing respect and gratitude. This is the first year we have made cards to send and I wanted to keep it simple for my […]

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Painting with Plants: Nature Kid Fun

My little guy and I painted using some fern fronds, cedar needles (?) and leaves we collected on a walk recently. They make for a fun way to keep ‘interacting’ with nature and created a birthday card for grandma and easy art piece for our home.  My guy is more of the mess making age […]

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Toddler Tried It: Bread in a Bag

Have you seen the video in your newsfeed about making bread in a bag with your kids from Leigh Anne over at http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com? Well, we tried it and it was a success. Save for the age-appropriate (18 month) yet periodic and unexpected emotional outbursts of unknown origin – the baking show went on. Granted kneading […]

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This week’s food inspiration: fresh, mostly local

beet carrot radish salad coriander

My garden is not going gangbusters but I am enjoying a new CSA we are trying this summer, Growing Washington. Having so  many colors and options to play with makes the peak of summer a great time to prepare food. Mixed in you might also find ways to integrate food from the larder to make way for […]

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Slime Time: Oobleck Toddler Activity

Playing with slime or more ‘scientifically’ oobleck is fun for all ages but is a great messy sensory play experience with a 16 month old (and a multi-decade old person). Oobleck is slime or more specifically a fictional non-Newtonian fluid precipitate (yes, properties of both a liquid and solid) made famous by the pen of […]

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Christmas Book Countdown Calendar

Hurry up! Christmas is coming! Yep, or Hanukkah or Kwanza or New Year or a birthday or …… Here is a simple idea to infuse the holiday spirit by slowing down and adding new story every night until the Big Day. Add in books about the story of Christmas, nativity to match Advent or have […]

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