A Lesson Learn(ing): This Work is Worth It


It's easy as a mother this time of year to start having a bit of a pity party about the holidays. "I've got so much to do." "You mean, I'm supposed to bake something else?" "I buy for everyone in both of our families...you only have to buy for me" (something I'm embarrassed to admit I recently said to my husband in such a pity party). "I stayed up until two in the morning wrapping … [ Keep reading… ]

Show-and-Share Saturday Link Up!


There were lots of fun ideas shared last week.  Here are just a few: Lorie from Reading Confetti came up with this clever idea for using drinking straws to make a Christmas tree!  This is a great opportunity to practice those scissors skills with your little one. I love how Discover Explore Learn used candy canes to explore early math concepts! Looking for an inexpensive gift for a … [ Keep reading… ]

Coffee Filter Christmas Tree


  I love the simplicity of this craft.  I'm also a huge fan of using coffee filters for kid's crafts (remember this, this and this?)! Here's what you'll need:  2 coffee filters, green markers (we used regular and Do-A-Dot Markers), a spray bottle with water, scissors, a glue stick, and construction paper.   1.  Let your child start coloring with the green markers on both coffee … [ Keep reading… ]

Talk to Your Children


Guest Post by Carolynn of My Little Bit of Life I know this is a simple thing and many of us think that we do this, but do we really? Experience My experience as a teacher (and recently speaking to current teachers) has revealed that children lack good communication skills.  They don't know about give and take during a conversation.  They don't know that listening is a vital skill of … [ Keep reading… ]

ALEX Craft Kits are 50% TODAY Only


As I've stated time and again...this is not becoming a 'deal' blog (though I read many and are so thankful for them).  However, I know that many of us are trying to find the best bang for our buck when it comes to Christmas gifts, so I'm sharing some of the deals I've found with you all.  I've also found that Amazon has amazing deals on toys this time of you and I like to stock up on the … [ Keep reading… ]

Teaching our Children How to Give and Receive Gifts

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  As Christmas quickly approaches, now is the best time of the year to ‘teach’ your child how to graciously give and receive gifts!   Giving   Most children are naturally “givers.”  Some have to be prodded a bit more in the beginning, but overall children have a very giving attitude towards others.  It’s important that we encourage them and allow them to give freely.  If … [ Keep reading… ]