5 Reasons to Color and Create with Your Kids!

Ah, the power of the great box of crayons and the ordinary act of coloring! Is there anything better than watching your children doodle and create. Coloring is not just a way to occupy the kiddos but also a great way to teach valuable lessons and so much more. Here’s what I have come up with as my top benefits to coloring:Unleash CreativityWhether it is a blank piece of paper or a coloring page, it’s a chance to get the creative juices flowing! An opportunity to see what you can make with your kids or to challenge them to create on their own. There're no rules. No limits. Only a piece of paper as a starting point and then you choose your direction. Your kids will eventually even learn that they can map out a plan as they decide colors and the order.Teach Valuable … [Read more...]

5 DIY Chore Charts for Kids

Every year I feel the need to re-assess the current chore assignments, or the chore charts, in our home. With five kids, if done correctly, our family could have a tidy home on a daily basis.  Of course, I keep all of our chores age appropriate. My twelve-year-old does things like cleaning the bathrooms and starting laundry, where as my seven-year-old works on his bedroom or sweeping off the back porch. I also don't want to overwhelm them. Each child has 1-2 chores per day.In the last couple of weeks, I've been on the lookout for a chore chart that would be both easy to follow AND fun for the kids. I've come across a few that I think are both practical and fun. I think you'll agree./1/ Family Photo Magnetic Chore Chart - Create magnet tags with chores and place them on or near the … [Read more...]

3 Amazing Benefits of Cooking with Kids!

Yes, it’s true! Sometimes cooking with our kids can require time, patience, and some extra clean up effort. But experts agree that the extra effort is well worth it. The benefits are countless.Recently I was reminded how fun cooking can be when my kids and I attended a photo shoot for Cuisinart. The shoot was focused on the amazing Griddler! After the shoot, we were fortunate enough to keep the Panini maker and had so much fun coming up with creative delicious panini recipes. One more memorable than the other – the kids even got a little competitive.  As we sat around the table that night, we came up with a list of amazing benefits derived from a day in the kitchen as a family.Family Bonding OpportunityAll children love attention and cooking together requires a little … [Read more...]

Easter Craft: Easy Easter Decorations

Easter crafts that your children can make CAN become an actual decoration in your house, not just a keepsake.  Using an old gift bag and tissue paper, we created two really cute wall hangings.SUPPLIES NEEDED:Gift bag (old or new) Tissue paper (old or new - it is going to get crumpled) Glue Construction paper Old cardboard or foam board Tape ScissorsPREPARING YOUR CRAFT SUPPLIES: The crucial key to a successful craft with your children is to have the supplies all ready.  Your children will lose interest quickly if they have to sit still and watch Mommy do a bunch of gathering and sorting.Trace a circle from a plate for the chick decoration. I suggest using yellow paper to keep the chick all one color.Draw a decorated egg on construction paper.  … [Read more...]

Easter Cake Recipe

 I still can’t believe that Easter is in March this year, I always think of March as the month of Women’s day in Italy (8th of March) and it’s a way too early for Easter eggs and bunnies! So I decided to decorate my traditional carrot Easter cake with mimosas (typical flowers women are given on the 8th of March in Italy) to bring together the two celebrations! This cake is extra light and moist and it’s perfect for family parties. The frosting is very simple but blood orange juice pairs really well with the carrots, I also don’t add any butter because I like my frosting light, but you can use your usual cream cheese frosting recipe if you wish to. I used two 6 inch round pans  (plus a 7 inches square pan for the extra batter) but I think it can be baked in two 8 inches round … [Read more...]

10 Fun Easter Crafts for Kids

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, hippity hoppity Easter's on its way. Easter is indeed on its way. The holiday that features all things bunnies and chicks will be here soon. If you're looking for a craft to do with the kids this week, you've come to the right place. Today I've found 10 Fun Easter Crafts for Kids to keep you and your little ones busy!/1/ Sock Bunnies - There's something about these cute long eared bunnies that jumped out at me. {Pun intended. hehe!}/2/ Chick and Lamb Paper Plate Craft - My favorite crafts when I was a kid were the ones made with paper plates. I'm glad I found this one for all of you./3/ Craft Stick Sheep - You can build a whole flock of sheep with this simple, but cute tutorial. [sc:adsense … [Read more...]