christmas books!

Happy to have Janssen of Everyday Reading here today! She’s making it so easy for us today by sharing her favorite Holiday books based on topic! I love Christmas books of all kinds, whether they make my little girls giggle uproariously or they’re the kind of quiet nativity stories for reading around a cozy fire by the light of the Christmas tree. On some December days we want Christmas classics, and other days we want new releases about Santa. No matter what kind of books you’re looking to add to your collection this year, one of these (and probably several … Read more

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#12daysofservice

Last holiday season, we shared a Service Advent idea where everyday for one month you’d select a small kindness-oriented task to complete with your kids. It was a truly life-changing experience — so much so that we knew we had to bring it back! This time, we wanted to give you fair warning so you can join too. So starting today, we’ll be using the hashtag #12daysofservice where we can all share ideas and experiences (we’ll be featuring our favorites here and on our social media)!  We think this is a great way to celebrate the season of giving, and we know you will … Read more

our bedtime routines

Brought to you by Munchkin. We talked about sharing our bedtime routines last month and finally found a good excuse! Munchkin is one of those brands that we see every time we walk the aisles of Target, but didn’t realize just how innovative they are until we checked out all their products all at once. It’s such an impressive collection. We were happy to be able to incorporate them into our own bedtime routines and share how it all goes down with you today! First up, Nicole! Bedtime at our house is like anyone else’s, bananas. One saving grace however is … Read more

Make Your Own Rainstorm

We have the most amazing local interactive museum that opened earlier this summer called the Museum of Natural Curiosity. We took a tour for their grand opening and the boys talked about it for weeks afterward! We kept hearing that it was packed with excited kids the rest of the summer, so we avoided going even though we were being begged often. Now that school is back in session, we were itching to go again during regular elementary school hours to get another peek with less chaos. Every square inch of the museum is something educational and interactive, and almost all of the exhibitions … Read more

turtle time!

This past week we threw a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party with Target (post to come soon!) and while we watched the kids play we noticed one thing that changed a life-long assumption. When we were young, we watched brothers and friends play Turtles. Each kid had their favorite character – Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, or Raphael – and we always assumed that boys just had a favorite color and picked accordingly. As we watched our party guests play, we realized it was much more thoughtful than that. Each child seems to base their choice on the Turtle of choice’s skills, personality, and what unique qualities they … Read more

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