Scenes of Summer :: Game Time

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{Note: This post contains affiliate links.} Happy mid-July! We’re having a nice mix of busy and relaxing this summer. We’ve been organizing and rearranging rooms as we make room for our new addition this fall. We’ve also had pajama days, long afternoons piled on my bed reading, and a few more movie nights than usual. [...]

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Meet Socks and Stripey

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The girls recently finished their most difficult hand-sewing project to date – a pair of super-cute and cuddly sock monkeys! We cut, stuffed, and sewed in short sessions over a couple weeks time. We used the excellent sock monkey tutorial at Craft Passion - I have never sewn anything like this, so I was thankful for [...]

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Celebrating Dads: Father’s Day Round-Up

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I’m sharing the how-to for our homemade Father’s Day card at Make and Takes today – a fun spinner card filled with special activities and treats for our dad. My girls are so excited to give this to their dad on Sunday! Here are a few more ideas for celebrating Dad that we’ve shared over the [...]

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Friday Chit-Chat: Naps and Quiet Time

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Happy Friday! A big thank you to those of you that joined in on the last Friday Chit-Chat. I loved hearing about your newborn essentials – very helpful for my current list-making! We’re just beginning to settle into a more relaxed summer schedule – less structured home school time, more free time for playing, projects, [...]

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Playful Picks

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{From the Let’s Explore Archives} Time Capsule in a Tube :: If you didn’t make one at the beginning of the school year, celebrate the end of the year by making your own time capsule Homemade Seasoning Blends :: These make a great Father’s Day gift – my girls loved smelling and measuring all the [...]

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Friday Chit-Chat: Newborn Needs

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So, hello there! It’s been pretty quiet here on the blog while I napped my way through the beginning of my pregnancy. But, I think I’m getting my writing mojo back! I’ve been wanting to start a weekly Q & A for awhile now – a place where we can chat about all kinds of [...]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day, mamas! Hope you are getting extra hugs and love today, and maybe even a little time to yourself. I’ve got strawberry shortcake, with strawberries from our garden, coming my way later today. Yum! This seems like the perfect day to share some exciting news with you – we’re expecting a baby boy [...]

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Blog Tour: Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth

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I have been looking forward to sharing a new book with you, Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth by Patty Born Selly. Geared toward the little ones, ages 3 to 8, this book is full of 100 activities for exploring nature and learning about our environment, all in a playful, discovery-centered way. Thanks to [...]

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Spring Audio Books for Kids

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{List updated April 2013} We love listening to audio books, especially in the car. Luckily, our library has a pretty good selection of picture book/CD sets and audio chapter books. I also like purchasing audio stories and making themed audio story playlists for the girls. We can listen to them on our iPod or burn [...]

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Simple Origami Tulips

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Good Monday morning! I’m sharing a fun springtime art project at Make and Takes today. My girls and I made a huge pile of easy-to-fold origami tulips, then they made beautiful pastel scenes to go with them. Get the how-to over at Make and Takes. Happy creating!

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