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10 simple Halloween recipes that are cute, festive — &, yes, genuinely doable. Not to mention tasteful in theme — and in, uh, taste.
Should we state the obvious? OK, but let's make it quick. It's 2020. Things are weird. Halloween is most likely going to look like some half-assed version of itself. Let's band together (virtually, of course) and try to make the most of whatever at-home celebrations we can whip up with a week to spare. Enter: 10 simple Halloween recipes...
Need Mother's Day gift ideas for quarantine 2020? Got 'em. 10 outdoor games for the whole family = fresh air + at-home fun — for moms who play, that is.
Need a little pick-me-up in the form of fun? Or maybe some people in your home are asking what you might like for Mother's Day? We have ideas...ones proven to work! Spoiler: Indoor Bocce can be taken outside...doesn't take up much space, nor pose any of the risk of traditional bocce. And is so, so, so very fun!!! When we...
This post has been updated for 2021. So as a kid, sure I had stuff, but honestly most of the memories I can pull up with the ol’ brain box are of me, my sister, and a few cousins using the backyard hose to fill a dirt pit with water -- and that’s literally what we did all summer. So...
Just in: video games for National Video Games Day! We've got 8 for kids ages 6 to 17+, w/ a nice mix of single-player story games & multiplayer adventures.
Hey guys, it's Syd! Some of you may remember the last post I wrote about games for kiddos that aren't first-person shooters. Well, I'm back with more games, just in time for National Video Games Day! This time around, I went a little past just games for younger kids. This is a mix of video game recommendations for kids...
Snow + school cancellations = oy! Get ready to be a super-cool Snow Day Mom, armed with fun activities to do with the kids inside & out. Here's your guide.
I am NOT a fun snow day mom. This post is MY PLAN for how to be a super-fun Snow Day Mom, not what I ACTUALLY do on snow days. When the text comes through that school is canceled, what actually happens is my stomach drops. Fortunately, I have multiple flexible part-time jobs right now, so I don’t have to scrounge to...
We LOVE when everyone from kiddos to grands gets to play on game night. These insanely fun family board games & card games are our favs —  what are yours?
Our family LOVES games. Games after dinner, games when it’s too cold to go outside, games when it’s too hot to go outside, games at the shore, games while camping, and especially games during winter vacation. We usually go to Ohio to visit family this time of year, and games are a super-fun way for all ages to get involved with...
Posy Quarterman, the insanely talented photographer who takes most of Laura's photos (seriously, go check out her family sessions — they're some of the most amazing ones I've seen), pulled together this gift guide for kids interested in photography. I'm basically obsessed with everything on this list, so good luck choosing. (To make it even tougher to choose...these gifts were...
I've been trying to figure out a good gift for my little guys this year, and one area that they both seem to be gravitating to lately are Science Kits. Raines recently used his own money to buy this Make Your Own Thinking Putty Kit, which he was initially very excited about....but Thinking Putty, we learned, is a reallllly...
Hey there, builders and puzzlers and tinkers and creators, innovators and experimenters and thinkers - this is for you.  Below is our 2017 STEAM guide - all of our very favorite toys, books and games that promote critical thinking skills, creativity, and the celebration of curiosity.  Many of these toys have been very well-tested over the years, others just...
gifts for kids under 5
We're in the middle of a birthday marathon right now, with my own little turning 3 and both girls' friends having parties in the same weekend - since I've spent quite a bit of time researching kids' present ideas lately, I thought it was a great time for a post! I'm partial to simple, sweet designs and updated classics...