Handmade gifts that kids will love! Perfect for Christmas and birthdays.

DIY Gifts for Kids

Between nieces, nephews, godchildren, family friends and of course my daughter, I have a lot of little ones in my life. I absolutely love Christmas shopping for them but this year I’m attempting to hand-make all of their Christmas gifts. Just to make sure my plate is completely full for the holidays. I have my…

Being grateful is one of the most important skills we can develop as human beings. Teaching your child to be grateful starts with our actions as parents.

Teaching Your Child to be Grateful

I so vividly remember visiting our church’s food pantry as a little girl around the holidays. There my mom, sister, and I would help serve food to those less fortunate. I can still picture a small girl who was around my same age, standing in front of me, in an outfit that had been worn…

Crockpot Secrets that will blow your mind

Crockpot Secrets That Will Change Your Life

I recently had the opportunity to take an online cooking course through the brand new Taste of Home Cooking School Online.  (Scroll down to grab a $10 off discount code at the bottom of this post!) There were several classes to choose from, including Weeknight Dinners in 30 Minutes (yes, please!), Comfort Food Classics, Everyday Healthy…

How to Keep your Kids SAFE During Cough, Cold and Flu Season

Cough, cold and flu season is officially here. And – unfortunately – and there’s a pretty good chance your kids are going to be sick at some point between now and June. I’m sorry – I’d rather not think about it either. But the truth is that we need to think about it now, so…

DIY gingerbread house ugly Christmas sweater for the #uglysweaterchallenge by I Love to Craft.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

This post is brought to you by I Love to Create. I have partnered with them to spread the word about Tulip Sparkle Products. All opinions are my own. Our grandparents decked the halls with mistletoe and egg nog each Christmas, but a newer tradition that is taking holiday parties by storm is the ugly Christmas sweater. With…

Pretend play is not only fun - but so important for a child's development! I love these 20 pretend play ideas for preschoolers.

20 Pretend Play Ideas for Preschoolers

Pretend play is not only fun – but so important for a child’s development! I love these 20 pretend play ideas for preschoolers. 1. Foamy Ice Cream Play by Octavia and Vicky 2. Grocery Store by Play to Learn Preschool 3. Where I Live Small Play World by Wugs and Dooey 4. Vet Clinic Pretend…

How to keep your white slipcovered Sofa pretty & clean with kids & pets. Have kids? You can still have a white couch and love it! I'm sharing my top secret tip to keep that white couch clean - even with kids and dogs!

Why I’m Brave Enough to Own a White Couch AND Have Little Kids

I have three young children. They are precious. They are also messy. And dirty. They’re just like every other kid on earth. They love to play in the mud, they’re highly likely to have something sticky on their hands at any given moment, and they really don’t understand the concept of keeping things clean. And…

A fun Thanksgiving activity for the kids based on the book 'Turkey Trouble'.

Thanksgiving ‘Turkey Trouble’ Kids Activity

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday: family, friends, and above all FOOD. Three fabulous f’s in my opinion. To honor this upcoming gluttonous feast, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite Thanksgiving children’s books and an activity to go along with it. Turkey Trouble, by Wendi Silvano, is a funny story about a…

Five Pie Crust Designs

Five Pie Crust Designs You’ll Love

Looking for a fun way to spruce up your pies this season? Get inspired with these easy pie crust designs. From traditional to downright funky, these pie crust ideas will make everyone at your dessert table smile. 1. Top it with Lattice Also known as a basket weave, it is fun and simple way to…

Five ways your family can feed hungry kids. Great ways to make a difference and ideas for your kids to give back.

Five Easy Ways Your Family Can Help Hungry Kids

When I first heard that 16 million children in America are struggling with hunger, I thought that it must be a mistake. I mean, that’s the equivalent of the entire population of Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago combined. Unfortunately, it’s not a mistake. The reality is, hunger in America has no boundaries…

Of course we want our kids to grow up to be healthy adults. But how exactly do we do that? Five simple healthy habits to teach your kids NOW!

Five Healthy Habits To Teach Your Kids

With three little kids, my husband and I feel a lot of pressure to teach them healthy habits. At our house, we want to make being healthy super fun. We like to talk about all the things we get to do to be healthy – not all the things we want to avoid doing or…

The holidays are a time to bring family together. What better way to spread holiday cheer than with these original family Christmas card photo ideas.

25 Fun Christmas Card Photo Ideas

The holidays encompass some of my favorite things. To name a few:  spending time with friends and family, the smell of a Christmas tree in the house, Christmas lights everywhere, and getting fun mail (not postcards from the local car dealership). I also love sending fun mail. Over the past few years, my husband and…

The holidays can be magical, but also expensive! I love these top tips on how to budget for the holidays. The three gift rule is amazing!

How to Budget for the Holidays

The presents, the decor, the holiday outings… The holidays can be a magical time, but it can also add up to be an expensive time of year. That’s why I love these fantastic tips on how to budget for the holidays. The three gift rule is genius! For more information on parenting visit KidsInTheHouse.com Transcription:…

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Your entire family will love these super fun and super easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids. From turkey crafts to gratitude projects these crafts for kids are perfect for the season! Tissue paper turkey Paper plate turkey hat Handprint turkeys are so simple These edible turkeys are created with apples and gummy candies Involve the kids…

Stuffing Recipes

20 Delicious Stuffing Recipes

Looking for the perfect stuffing recipe? We’ve got you covered. From basic to brie – here are 20 Thanksgiving stuffing recipes you’ll want to try today! 1. Cheesy spinach stuffing 2. Sausage and fall fruit stuffing 3. Sausage, apple, and brie stuffing 4. Herbed bread stuffing 5. Focaccia stuffing 6. Cornbread stuffing 7. Rachael Ray’s…

20 Ways to Eat your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

Have leftovers after Thanksgiving? From turkey pot pie to potato pancakes – and even stuffing muffins – we’ve got you covered. Our favorite Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes! Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes: Turkey Turkey pot pie Another warm dish to ward off the cold: turkey wild rice soup This turkey and noodles skillet is very simple! These turkey…

If you're looking for great kids games or need some winter boredom busters, you and your family will love these 30 awesome Christmas games for kids!

30 Awesome Christmas Games for Kids

Whether you’re hosting your child’s classroom party, having your family over for the holidays or just looking for some winter boredom busters, you and your family will love these 30 awesome Christmas games for kids of all ages! 1. Snowman Slam by Growing a Jeweled Rose 2. Punch-a-Present Gift Idea by The Craft Patch 3.…

12 DIY Christmas gift ideas that your friends and family will love!

DIY Christmas Gifts

I love finding the perfect gift for someone on my Christmas list. Better yet, I love making it. Here are 12 DIY Christmas gifts that I am planning to make for friends and family this year. I have quite a lot of crafty to do before Christmas and am excited to get started this weekend! 12…

50 ways to have MORE fun with your baby! You will love these amazing activities for you and your little one!

50 Ways to Have More Fun with Your Baby

If you loved the 25 ways we shared to have more fun with your infant, you will love these 50 ways to have more fun with your baby! 1. Mini Kitchen Ingredient Discovery Boxes by Living Montessori Now 2. Scarf Pull – Homemade Baby Game by Learners in Bloom 3. Mess Free Painting in a Bag by…

Looking for a fun and unique way to countdown to the holidays? Why not try a crafty holiday countdown with these 25 easy holiday crafts!

25 Fun and Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to countdown to the holidays with your kids, why not have a crafty holiday countdown? 25 days. 25 easy holiday crafts. Your kids will love this new tradition! Day 1: Fingerprint Christmas Lights by Crafty Morning Day 2: Pinecone Christmas Trees by Formula: Mom Day 3:…

20 ways to make pumpkin pie

20 Ways to Make Pumpkin PIe

Looking for a great pumpkin pie recipe this holiday season? We’ve searched high and low for classic and unique recipes to share with you! 20 Ways to Make Pumpkin Pie We’ll start with a traditional recipe Apple butter pumpkin pie Ginger bread pumpkin pie No-bake turtle pumpkin pie Caramel pumpkin pie Caramel-crunch pumpkin pie Pumpkin…

Spread holiday cheer with these fun DIY decorations!

15 Fun Christmas Decorations

Don’t get me wrong – I love beautiful Christmas decorations. Who doesn’t? But I love Christmas decorations that have an element of humor and playfulness even more. These 15 creative DIY decorations will definitely spread cheer this holiday season. 15 Fun Christmas Decorations 1. Candy Wreath from Food Network 2. Cotton Ball Snow from Hostess…

100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.

100 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Whether you are starting Elf on the Shelf as a new tradition or have a few years under your belt, we have plenty of ideas to help you out this year. If you have had a long day, check out the Quick & Easy section. If you are feeling a little inspired, check out the…

35 DIY Ornaments to Make with Kids! Perfect ornaments to trim your tree or to give as gifts!

35 DIY Ornaments to Make with Kids

One of my absolute favorite things about the holidays is trimming our Christmas tree. I love revisiting with each ornament! The homemade ornaments from my childhood are especially my favorite. They make me laugh every year! When my husband and I first got married, our parents passed on a few of our creations to us.…

Have a stress free holiday season this year by simply implementing these fantastic tips!

How to Have a Stress Free Holiday Season

A stress free holiday season isn’t impossible. You will love these great tips on how to make it through this holiday season feeling blissful, not stressed! For more information on parenting visit KidsInTheHouse.com Transcription: The holidays are very stressful for everyone, especially for working parents. And so, I always recommend doing as much in advance…

10 simple productivity tips for busy moms. Here's the real secret for how to be more productive and organized and check things off your list every day. (Great productivity and planning advice.)

10 Productivity Tips for Moms

As moms, it can feel like we’re being pulled in a million directions at once. And like we need a few (hundred) more hours in the day. These simple productivity tips will help you get more things done for yourself and your family. 1. Wake up Earlier I used to let my kids be my…

Is your toddler struggling with nap transitions? Check out this expert advice on how to successfully transition from two naps to one.

How to Successfully Transition from Two Naps to One

The past month has been an interesting one to say the least. G is in the process of transitioning from two naps to one. He’s always been a fairly good napper, and going from three naps to two was pretty seamless. So, I made the mistake of thinking that he would transition easily from two to…

Have fun (and save money) making these American Girl Doll DIY projects! From furniture to clothes, we have a full list of tutorials.

60 American Girl Doll DIYs

Only four American Girls existed when I received an American Girl doll, Samantha, for my birthday. I think I just aged myself. Now, there are countless books and even more accessories. And they can be expensive; unless you DIY them! We’ve rounded up 60 American Girl Doll crafts and ideas, sure to put a smile on…

Celebrating Halloween with Food Allergies

Celebrating Halloween with Food Allergies

Halloween has always been one of my very favorite holidays. When I was little, my entire family would get dressed up for the occasion. As a mom, I love planning out the costumes, the best trick-or-treating routes – and of course – the decorating. But all of that changed a couple years ago when we…

Have a four year old at home? These 25 activities are perfect to keep your child busy, having fun and learning!

25 Activities for Four Year Olds

1. Card Concentration 2. Letter Matching 3. Number Line 4. Right and Left Hands 5. Artwork on Display 6. Bean Feel 7. Bouncy Egg 8. Collage 9. Find a Quantity 10. Painting with Air 11. 10 Questions 12. Calendar Symbols 13. M&M Graph 14. Nature Touch Bag 15. Shape Hunt 16. Treasure Map 17. Eating…