Egg Science Experiments and Floating Egg Trick

One of my boys is really into magic right now. He came home with a fun floating egg science experiment that he’d learned at school.  And since I’m a sucker ...

Easter Advent Countdown for Kids

Today is the perfect day for us to begin our Easter Advent countdown, on Palm Sunday!  This is a sweet time for our family as we take time each day ...

Easter Basket Gift Idea: Dad’s Easter Stache

Honestly, I had not thought about giving the hubby an Easter basket until now but seriously why not give dad (or grandpa) an Easter basket?  It’s like a Christmas stocking ...

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Spring Cookie Balls: Easter Chicks

My name is Mari and I’m obsessed with Easter chicks.  Ahhh, I feel much better.  Seriously, I love little Easter chickies. They are absolutely adorable. One year I had an Easter Chicks theme party for our second born whose birthday happen to fall on Easter. So, cake balls are yummy but these cookie balls were amazing and easier to […]

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Robin’s Egg Nest Treats

I pretty much follow the recipe for scotcharoos but don’t use butterscotch morsels and use chocolate rice krispies for a “nest look”. Robin’s Egg Nest Treats 1 cup light corn syrup 1 cup sugar 1 cup peanut butter 6 cups Cocoa Rice Krispies Robin Eggs or Jelly Beans Chocolate for melting Place corn syrup and […]

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Easy Vanilla Chai Latte

It’s still cold here. Winter has felt like an eternity even though spring is officially here.  Today I was so cold, I was tempted to walk around with a scarf on in my house.  We don’t have central heat and air so to warm up I either: exercise, bake or build a fire.  I didn’t […]

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Spring Activities for Toddlers

1. Paper Plate Chick Craft from Sassy Dealz 2. Easter Basket Sponge Painting from Buggy and Buddy 3. Rockin Peeps from Crafty Journal 4. Bunny Hop ABC Game from Fantastic Fun & Learning 5. Find the Chickie -Number Recognition Game by Little Bins for Little Hands 6. Easter Math Sensory Bin for Kids by Tutus and […]

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Easy Carrot Cake Waffles Recipe

Carrot cake takes me back to my childhood.  There was a time when I was a little girl, I couldn’t wait for Sunday because it meant my father would bring home from work a wonderfully amazing carrot cake.  It seemed like he did that for months on end around spring but it was probably like a couple […]

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Lego Party: Ninjago Theme

I should be embarrassed that I’m just getting this Lego Party posted, it’s from my son’s 8th birthday party. That was two years ago.  I think down deep inside I didn’t want to post it because the pictures were not so great and it wasn’t my most camera friendly party for lots of reasons.  It […]

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I Bet You Didn’t Know Duct Tape Could Fix… Oh You’re Going to Laugh

  I debated on what to title this post.  Should I go with “You know you’re a missionary when….”  or You Know You’re an Expat when… or You know you’re ghetto when… So I went with a more general title and I’ll let you be the judge on which “You know when…” would best fit.  Seriously, […]

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Spring Craft for Kids: Bunny Cups

I don’t know what I would if spring didn’t exist.  I love how it reminds me of all things beautiful: the soft colors. the budding flowers. the warm sun thawing us out after the long winter. Well, these bunny cups are in celebration of spring.  Aren’t they adorable! Spring Craft for Kids: Bunny Cups plastic […]

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Fun & Healthy Snacks: Ladybugs

A couple of years ago, I had a ladybug Valentine’s Day party for our BOYS, yup ladybugs don’t have to only be associated with just girls. They loved it and it didn’t really seem to matter to them that it was ladybugs. They even got their craft on at the party and made some fun […]

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DIY Baskets From a Cereal Box

Originally I made these baskets for our guest bathroom which is right next to our front door and it gets used a lot by little boys who are still learning to aim in the toilet.  On top of that the guest bathroom is a dreadful country blue, help! Needless to say, our guest bathroom needed a little […]

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Easy Spring Craft for Kids

Have I told you how much I love contact paper?  I do! It’s such a great item to have in your craft bin or I could say “craft room” but then I would be insinuating that I have one and I don’t.  I wish I did, and even though I love all things crafts, I […]

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Family Fun: Wacky Family Dinner

I had so much fun putting together our Wacky Family Dinner today. As you may know, today is April Fools Day.  I have always been a little prankster, I could sit down for hours with you and share all of my fun prankster stories from college.  But once I became mom that side of me […]

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Easy Slow Cooker Applesauce Recipe {NO Peeling Required}

Applesauce can be pricey at least in our neck of the woods so as the saying goes “necessity is the mother of invention” I got to making my own.   In my world though this would probably fit better “necessity is the mother of homemade connoctions.” Applesauce is super easy to make whether you’re making it over the stovetop […]

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Easter Activity: You’ve Been Egged Activity {Option for Long Distant Relatives}

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. Holidays can be hard when you live faraway from extended family.  Easter is one of those special holidays that I wish my kids could enjoy our traditions together like: Running […]

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Simple Birthday Tradition: Waffle Birthday Cake

Every year around the beginning of March my kids excitedly discuss their birthday.  Their conversation goes something like this, “Do you remember last year I got 10 huge pancakes?  Do you remember one year they were all different colors? Last years party was so cool, this year I want a spy party. No I want […]

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Stuck in the Mud in South America

Not too long ago, our whole family was in the middle of a cloud forest on a rainy afternoon, stuck in the mud.  We were driving a huge 15 passenger van (mistake #1), we were backing up on a steep hill on a rainy day (mistake #2), we were pushing the gas in efforts to […]

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Teaching Your Kids Spanish Using Children’s Books

I’m pretty sure I’ve taught basic Spanish to every age group out there. And there’s one tip that doesn’t change no matter what age group I’m talking to and it’s: Use children’s literature to help you learn Spanish.”  I tell parents of babies, elementary age, high schoolers, college students, adults and senior citizens the same […]

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When You’re Not Wanted

I’m definitely familiar with the emotions that come with feeling left out. Feeling rejected. Feeling alone. Feeling like you don’t fit in. But I can’t even begin to fathom what it feels like for your own parents not to want you.  To roam the streets looking for food because you are your own boss and […]

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