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...]

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...]

DIY Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

With Mother's Day just around the corner it's time to think about what the kids will make for her. Will it be a book that they draw pictures in, a bath soak for Mom to relax with, or a nest pendant for her to wear? We've gathered a bunch of great ideas just in time for her big day!/1/ Mommy Survival Kit - As a mom, I've gone searching for headache medicine or chapstick more than once. Almost always I come up empty-handed. Maybe for Mother's Day this year I'll get a Mommy Survival Kit - it has everything Mom needs before she knows she needs it./2/ Mother's Day Book {Free Printable} - The kids can draw her pictures and write in kind words about her after the prompts. This printable book is perfect for Mother's Day, or anytime you want to make her feel special!/3/ Footprint Stool … [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...]

Hippity Hoppity Easter Gifts!

18 Hot Easter Gifts March is here and Easter is near so it's time to get ready. This is a Month of anticipation, beginning with Daylight Savings Time, moving into the promise of Spring, and ending with Easter on the Horizon!  Spring into action for Easter with these gift ideas for your family and friends.  We have a line-up of unique and interesting gifts that you may not have seen. We've looked around the web and found gifts that compliment Chocolate Bunnies and Peeps, and are hotter than the dress that broke the internet! Gifts Ideas for Children: Bashful Grey Bunny is just adorable.  He is 12", soft and a pretty color with long ears that are fluffy too.  The best part is you can add a special touch and add personalization to his ears for that special child! Happy … [Read more...]

10 Amazing Tools to Inspire Fantastic Table Manners!

Calling all parents with kiddos that care about good table manners!We spend so much time focusing on teaching our kids how to talk, to read, to write, to count and more. But do we know enough and spend quality time teaching our kids basic table manners? It all starts with moving them away from using fingers to introducing utensils. As a mom of three kids, I’ve seen it all and I’ve learned that the earlier you start working on the basics, the easier it will be!The first step is to expose them to flatware.  Start with a spoon and fork. Then you move on to the knife and how to use them together.  Using utensils can be compared to riding a bike. If your balance is off, it won’t work very well. Food is less likely to launch off the table or spill onto clothes if your kids know how to … [Read more...]