Our Zion Ponderosa and Zion National Park Vacation!

Zion Ponderosa activities

I can’t believe how fast the summer has flown by!!  Here in Louisiana we have just three weeks until school starts again.  This summer we spent half our summer vacation time in Utah.  If you haven’t ever been to Utah, I highly recommend a visit! After a two-day road trip we started our vacation at… [read more]

Rock N Learn Learn a Language – Review and Giveaway

Rock N Learn Learn a Language review

Summer is in full swing! I hope you and your family are enjoying the couple months off from school.  A few weeks ago I talked about ways to avoid the summer slide.   It is important that kids keep their brains active and learning throughout the summer months when school is out.  It isn’t always easy,… [read more]

I’m a National Geographic Kids Insider!

FINAL INSIDER LOGO 500

After all the pictures I’ve been posting from our recent adventures in Zion National Park, I thought it would be fitting to announce that I’ve been chosen to be one of the newest National Geographic Kids Insiders! In case you missed my pictures on Instagram or Facebook here’s a cute selfie of Little Brother and… [read more]

Tips to Keep Kids Learning Through Summer + Giveaway!

rock n learn

Disclosure: I received a copy of the DVD below for review purposes. All opinions are honest and are my own. The summer slide.  Not to be confused with the playground slide. All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students… [read more]

Build Creativity with Bloco™ – Creative Building Toys for Kids

Bloco Toys - Foam Character building blocks, Creativity Toys

Creativity. When I think of the educational values I want to instill in my boys lots of important things come to mind: knowledge, hard work, persistence, and one more VERY important attribute–Creativity. Finding creative building toys that really engage your children is an exciting thing.  It is even more exciting when that toy also teaches… [read more]

Toxic Chemicals are Pervading Our Lives. It is Time to Make a Change!

300 Toxins in Umbilical Cord

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored conversation in partnership with Seventh Generation.  Regardless, this is a topic I feel very strongly about. Did you know that 85,000 synthetic and potentially toxic chemicals have been introduced into the market since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976, the EPA has required testing on… [read more]

Chores for Toddlers? Why it is Good to Start Young – Plus, Chore Ideas for Kids and Toddlers

Chores for toddlers and kids, chore ideas for kids and toddlers

Remember those times as a kid listening to your grandpa talk about having to shovel snow from the sidewalks when he was a kid after that crazy blizzard that dumped 4 feet of snow in one night?  Or how about the one he used to tell you about how he woke up at 4 every… [read more]

Shaving Cream Painting – Wordless Wednesday

shaving cream painting - preschool activity

Yesterday at Joy School I did shaving cream painting with the kids.  We didn’t have a table big enough so we did it on the kitchen floor.  They LOVED it!

Teach Important Words and Concepts with these Toddler Sorting Games

tin sorting game

My youngest, who just turned two, has been a little slower to reach most developmental stages.  She didn’t walk until 18 months.  She just turned 2 and is finally starting to say about 5-10 words–average for a 2 year old is 50 words.  She is no where near there yet.  The words she does use… [read more]

5 Fun and Easy St. Patricks Day Activities for Kids + Free Printable

easy St. Patricks Day craft fruit loops

Whew!  I know how you feel. By the time March rolls in, I’ve just regained my balance from Thanksgiving and Christmas tripping over themselves. And then, was that New Year’s and Valentine’s Day that just whirled by?! Sometime these little holidays don’t seem worth the trouble, and can tug at your time and attention. Well,… [read more]

Read-To-Cure with Reading Eggs – Review and Giveaway #ReadingEggsUS

reading eggs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reading Eggs. Early childhood education has always been very important to me.  Though I’m not an educator by profession, I’ve always been interested in and passionate about the capacity of children to exceed our current educational expectations (i.e. our educational systems’ expectations). While I… [read more]

Ditch the Trikes and Training Wheels – Strider Balance Bike Review

Strider balance bike review

Teaching my oldest son to ride a bike has been much harder than I ever anticipated it would be.  I just figured my son would hop on his bike, I’d hold the back seat and run with him up and down the block for a couple days and then he’d be off, riding on his… [read more]

Sweet Heart Ponytail for Valentines Day – Hair Tutorial

sweetheart ponytail

With Valentines Day coming up next month I knew I just had to find some cute way to do my daughters hair.  I tried a couple different ideas and this one was a simple and adorable way to dress up the casual ponytail making it into a heart!  So here it is!  The Heart Ponytail! Supplies… [read more]

Guest Post: Textured Paint Craft for Toddlers and Kids

toddler safe homemade textured paint

When it comes to kids and cooking, there are at least two things I know for certain. First, they want to do it, too. Second, they’re always ready to taste whatever it is they’re mixing up. In that sense, cooking and crafting have a lot in common in the kid-participation department: No matter what type… [read more]