Candy Bar / Candy Buffet

June 18th, 2017|GAMES / FUN, KIDS, PARTY IDEAS|

My girls have danced around the house all weekend reminding me that there are only “9 days left of school”.

At this point, actually learning anything is mute – it’s all about treat days and field trips to celebrate the end of another school year…. essentially a month-long party with a bit of math squeezed in.

Last week Madison had “Candy Day” at school.

I’m not sure why her teachers thought that jacking thirty 11 year-olds full of sugar was a good idea, […]

Outdoor Summer Games – Tic Tac Toe

June 17th, 2017|GAMES / FUN, KIDS|

I will admit that there are a LOT of pins with ideas for creating tic tac toe boards in fun and unusual ways.  Ladybug and frog rocks, chalk paint and frisbees on the lawn, paper plates in hotel rooms – there’s even a version of tic tac toe with lego.  It’s an easy game for any age and one that can be played just about anywhere.

Having written that, I do have a new, unique take on this fun, outdoor summer […]

American Girl Doll Treehouse / Beach house

March 11th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, GAMES / FUN, KIDS|

Build an American Girl Doll (or other 18″ doll) DIY dollhouse / DIY treehouse to keep the imagination going outside.

[Updated 09/07/17:  I am including some build plans in this post]

Our friend Jeannie is turning 8 shortly.  She is my youngest’s best friend and her parents are our best friends – so when a birthday allows me a little DIY love, I’m all over it!

I had a few parameters that I tried to stick to when building this American Girl […]

Ugly Christmas Sweaters – or rather t-shirts

December 18th, 2016|GAMES / FUN, HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|

We had fun last weekend.  We were laughing and giggling away because of the task our advent calendar had us scheduled to complete:  ugly Christmas sweaters.

When I first put the idea into the girls’ calendar, I had thought we would buy some ugly Christmas sweaters from the thrift store, but when last weekend rolled around, I decided we didn’t need to spend any more money to still have the same fun… so I brought out some old t-shirts and let […]

You’ve Been Boo’d III


This is a repeat/redundant post that I do every single year, and will continue to do until my girls are too old to enjoy surprise treats – our annual “You’ve Been Boo’d”.

If you haven’t seen my Boo’d I and Boo’d II posts, the idea is to package up a few pre-Hallowe’en goodies, along with the “You’ve Been Boo’d” poem then drop your gifts off at friends homes by ringing and running.

My girls LOVE the ring and run part […]

Personal (mini) Fire Pit

July 9th, 2016|GAMES / FUN, KIDS, PARTY IDEAS|

I love this post so much – and I can’t take credit for it at all.

Damn!  I hate sharing the glory.

My friend Leslie was showing me photographs from a party her daughter threw the other week; in them, she pointed out the mini fire pit / personal fire pits she had created for the girls so they could have a s’mores bar.

I was all over her for details on how to make one – and she one-upped me by bringing […]

Laser Tag Party


Age 10, do you believe it?

Miss Madison is now a “tween” with all the attitude and aspirations of a full-fledged teen – and my heart breaks at the thought of yet another step out of my arms and into the world.

But if you’re going to take on the world (and have just binge-watched 6 seasons of The Walking Dead) then you know how important laser training is to her future;  aim, dexterity, tracking, hunting, night vision…

okay, how about running, laughing […]

100 Things 2 Do this Fall


This is a repeat printable from last year, but with the weather turning a bit cooler and the leaves starting to change, I was in the mood to print and post a version for my family – so I thought you might like one too.

100 Things 2 Do this Fall - printable checklist of activities that run from September to just before the Holidays

100T2D Fall – postcard

Canadian […]

How to Get Kids to Read – the 100 Chapters Challenge


There must be something your kids want.

Some treat or experience or object that they have whined for?  (yeah right – what don’t they want right?)

Kind of like how you whine to them about cleaning their rooms and keeping up with their summer reading?

If you are struggling to get kids to read, then perhaps this 100 Chapters Challenge will incentivize them to start.

This challenge can work out for both of you – keeping their brains sharp over summer vacay and offering […]

DIY Catapult for Kids

July 14th, 2015|BUILD IT, GAMES / FUN, KIDS|

Feels like I haven’t written a post for kids in awhile…

It’s not that we haven’t been doing things – it’s the opposite in fact.

We’ve been to the library, a blueberry farm, swimming lessons and this week day camp – I just forgot to post anything on the blog.

Today I have an easy DIY that you can build with the kids out of scrap wood – no need for large purchases – this is a cheapie-but-a-goodie.

The girls and I (okay, mostly […]