• Why & How to Create a School Year Theme for Your Family
    School

    School Year Theme

    Why & How to Create a School Year Theme for Your Family Why and how to create a school year theme for your family? First, why? Creating a family school year theme can help unite the family with a specific goal or focus for the school year. Additionally, it may encourage the kids in that goal or focus throughout the school year. The family has something common to remember and draw strength from. Also, with a united theme, the family can encourage each other in their efforts. Second, How? Start with thinking over concerns or goals you have for your kids? Have there been any new transitions from last school…

  • Back to School Traditions
    Family Time,  School

    Back to School Traditions

    Creating Back to School Memories Creating back to school traditions can lead to lasting memories. Additionally, back to school traditions may help ease that transitional time. I really enjoy having my kids’ home during summer break and I look forward to summertime. As summer draws to a close, I want to help create pleasant memories for my kids return back to school. Through creating traditions that celebrate, with the kids, their return to school, I have come to look forward to those celebrations and traditions. (It helps me prepare too.) 5 simple traditions we have enjoyed for creating back to school memories: One on One Time with Back to School…

  • A Simple Idea for Helping Kids Pack
    Family Time

    Packing for your Kid’s Trip

    A Simple Idea for Helping your Kids Pack With summer trips comes helping your kids pack. Summer break usually involves some type of individual trip for at least one of my kids, whether that’s going to camp or a trip to visit family. This summer is no different. My goal is to help my kids learn how to pack (and to return home with their belongings). While, I do have a child that is able to pack completely independently, I’ve found a simple idea that works well to help aide a child who may still benefit from some guidance. Originally, I came up with this idea when my son was…

  • summer learning activities
    Family Story,  Summer Vacation

    Summer Learning Ideas

    Ideas to get you Started Planning some simple summer learning activities can create lasting memories. Find ideas that spark your children’s interest and utilize skills you have (or would like to grow). Moreover, you don’t need to be skilled in a subject to learn more about. I’ve included a list of possible ideas. Starting with, some of our past planned learning activities.  Past learning activities we’ve enjoyed: Art: I started with basics of art. We did a few separate lessons, including: the color wheel, shading, texture, line, space, perspective. My kids really enjoy art lessons and so this summer we’ll have a day dedicated to art. We may go over…

  • Summer Learning Planning
    Summer Vacation

    Summer Learning the Kids will Actually Look Forward to

    Planning Summer Learning Activities What sparks your kids’ interest? What skills or knowledge base do you have that you would like to pass on to your kids? What skills or knowledge would you like your children to have? Planning lessons, ahead of time, for summer vacation creates new learning opportunities and opens additional possibilities to create lasting memories. Before planning, I like to consider my kids interests and what I’d like them to know. Additionally, I consider what skills I have. Still, I don’t necessarily need to be skilled in an area for them (us) to learn. Often, an area I have some skill in is one I would like…

  • Summer Interview Kids
    Summer Vacation

    Preparing for Summer Fun at Home

    Interview with my kids What memories do you want to create this summer? The past couple of summer’s I’ve planned themed days for summer vacation- it’s worked out really well! Last year our themed days were: Movie Monday with Mom (I select a movie and add an activity, dinner, snack, or treat           that goes along with the movie and time spent chilling together.) Thinking Tuesday (Where we learned something new or a new skill) Water Wednesday (We go swimming at the lake or pool, or some kind of water sport,         or even visit a splash pad.) Trip Thursday (We don’t take a trip…

  • Outside Family Memories
    Family Time

    Get Outside!

    Capturing Memories How do you like to spend time outside with your family? What outdoor activities do you enjoy together? Is there an outdoor activity you personally enjoy that you can share with your family or with a friend? With the warmer weather, I’m enjoying spending more time outdoors. Additionally, spending time as a family outdoors is a great place to strengthen family bonds and create memories. Have you documented those outdoor memories? Take pictures of your favorite outdoor activities: group and individual activities. Admittedly, I don’t always think to pull out my camera in the moment. However, I am grateful for the moments I have captured with my camera.…

  • Christ Centered Easter
    Easter,  Family Time,  Holiday Fun

    Separating Easter from the Bunny

    Creating a Christ Centered Easter Why separate Easter from the Easter Bunny? My husband and I try to keep the focus of Easter less on the Easter Bunny and more Christ centered. While there are many great ideas for keeping a Christ centered Easter, one of my favorites is reserving Easter Sunday exclusively as a Christ centered day. Our family observes Christ centered Easter activities leading up to Easter Sunday; however, Easter Sunday is exclusively Christ centered (no bunny). Separating the Easter bunny from Easter Sunday helps us center Easter around Christ. Full Disclosure: the Easter Bunny does visit our home- but, a day earlier. This really helps to shift…

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    Family Time,  Kids Journal

    Pass Journal Writing onto Your Kids with their First Journal

    Why I Give My Children Their First Journal Before They Can Write and How I Use It: Why? If you have a young child or children in your home, it can be a great opportunity to start their first journal for them (it’s really for you too). This first journal does differ from other journals they may have later. First off, if they are very young, they don’t know how to write yet. I give my children their first journal during their toddler years. This journal provides me with a space to write my favorite memories of them. I’m surprised by how fast little moments that don’t seem they’d be…

  • Leprechaun Traps
    Holiday Fun,  Saint Patrick's Day

    Make a Leprechaun Trap

    Start a New Saint Patrick’s Day Tradition Making leprechaun traps has been a tradition starting in our home, since my oldest was a toddler. Originally, I had started the tradition with the intent to create a fun activity to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with our daughter (who was the only child at the time). The trap was simple: a box with shamrock stickers and a ribbon. At the time, I had no idea this tradition would continue. Before bed, March 16, we set the leprechaun trap out. First thing in the morning I had her check the trap for a leprechaun. After checking the trap, my daughter found a small…