What We’re Reading

Books to read

I haven’t shared what we’re reading for a while, so I thought it might be helpful to share. Here’s what we’re reading for homeschool, for pleasure, and for professional enrichment: Grace (age 7): The Never Girls Collection #1 – We got the first book in this series in our #LoveBooks summer book exchange, and we […]

Easy Duct Tape Binoculars Made from Toilet Paper Tubes

Easy 5-minute Duct Tape Binoculars Made from Toilet Paper Rolls

We made this craft back in January, when we were watching birds at the feeder in front of our living room window. Allie thought it was so cool to have her own binoculars to stare at the birds fifteen feet away. She carried those binoculars around all the time, abusing them as any 3-year-old would. […]

10 Fun Uses for Baking Soda

baking soda

After writing two posts on how to use baking soda to clean things, I was getting a little bored with pragmatic information. This post contains nothing productive, but lots of really fun and interesting ways to use baking soda. Kids will love these, but so will adults! The science Every one of these activities present […]

Living Smarter: Save Time & Money By Using Things You Already Have

Living Smarter: Save Time & Money by Using Things You Already Have

Tonight at 8pm, I’m hosting a tele-class called Living Smarter: Save Time & Money By Using What You Already Have. I hope you’ll come! What is a tele-class? It’s a little like a conference call, except that you can call in by phone or login from your computer. There will be a chat window where you […]

10 Things to Cook in a Muffin Tin

muffin pan recipes

Of course, you can make muffins and cupcakes in a muffin tin (FYI: any quick bread or cake recipe, even a boxed mix, will make great muffins or cupcakes), and muffin tins can be used to serve food children. But what else can you use them for? A few of these things are the same as […]

Carrot Cake Pancakes

carrot cake pancakes

To celebrate the official launch of Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters next Monday {squee!}, I’m running content from the book this week. You can buy Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything next Monday, July 14. I’ll be chatting in a Twitter party on Monday, July 14 at 8pm eastern. I’ll be […]

American Flag Fruit Kebabs – Deconstructed for Kids

American flag fruit kebobs for kids

My older sister shared this gorgeous photo with me on Facebook last week: It comes from a site called Menus 4 Moms, and they really did a nice job. I was inspired to do the same thing with my kids (as were about a hundred other people, judging by the photos on Pinterest). I sent […]

35 Things I Want to Do in my 35th Year

35 things I want to do in my 35th year

Today is my 35th birthday, so I made a list of 35 things I’m going to accomplish this year. Hug and kiss my kids every day. Hug and kiss my husband every day. Strike up a conversation with strangers when I’m out in public. Go to the beach on vacation. Work less and live more. […]

Smiley Breakfast Cups – Quick and Easy Breakfast

Smiley Breakfast Cups

From my new book, Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything, these Eggs-tra Special Breakfast Cups are always a big hit at my house. You can use a couple of tater tots in the bottom, but smiley potatoes are always a huge hit with my kids. That way, when you […]

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