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Fall Fun! Free Printable Checklist for Autumn Adventures

Autumn in New England is a wonderful thing. I love the colors, I love the cool crispness & the way the air smells–it’s kind of weird, I guess, but I love that sort of earthy, sweetly rotten smell of falling leaves & dying flowers. Maybe I’m being a bit poetic about it–really anything smells great after the eau de hot garbage scent of humid, late summer days, amIright?     Honestly though, there’s something about the…

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Full STEAM Ahead: Patterning & Pop Art

We’re in not-back-to-school mode around here, and I’m easing back into our routine with an apple themed week. It’s a pretty broad theme with a bazillion activity possibilities, but I need to think outside the box a bit to keep all my kids interested since they’re at very different ages & stages. I’m talking Speedy McToddlerpants, a mile-a-minute & totally bonkers early-elementary kiddo, and then, of course, my oldest who’s all *eye roll*, all the time. Like, “Hey…

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6 Creative Ways to Use Up Your Sidewalk Chalk Stash

Warm days are winding down but there’s still time to use up that sidewalk chalk stash before the summer toys get stored away! Playing with chalk outside presents so many educational opportunities, especially for kinesthetic learners. So grab your chalk, get outside, and have some fun! Shadow Tracing You need a sunny spot and a buddy for this one – one of you strikes a pose and the other traces the shadow. Take turns &…

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Screen Time! Best Apps for Kids – Endless Alphabet by Originator

I have not been contacted or compensated by anyone for this post – we just genuinely love this app and want to share! Our iPads are a must for our homeschool.  We’ve got a full size and a mini that we use in a variety of ways – looking up info, pictures or videos on a topic we’re learning about, making our own videos & pictures of projects and more.  But probably my favorite thing about…

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DIY Costumes for Halloween, Dress-Up, or Just Because it’s Tuesday

For the last few years, I’ve been making costumes for my kids. Not out of any particular desire to be crafty, but mostly because store bought costumes are expensive and usually pretty crappy. My kids like to be in costume year round, so I really wanted our costume stash to be more durable without paying ludicrous amounts of cash. We’re only about 9 weeks out from Halloween now, and we still haven’t pinned down what…

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Homeschooling with a Toddler – 4 Ways I’m Keeping My Toddler Busy This Week

Man am I thankful for the interwebs!! Shoutout to all the moms who were homeschooling with little whirlwinds underfoot before the age of Pinterest. I salute you. This year will be my busiest homeschooling year yet – my middle guy is 5 and this is his kinder-homing year, while my oldest is – gulp – 13.  But the mini-est of the bunch is now a rip-roaring toddler who laughs in the face of baby gates. Pack…

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The Best Board Games for Kids

I loved playing board games when I was little (I was super competitive about them from a very early age. True story: when I was 4 I used to play Go Fish with the mailman at my mom’s friend’s sandwich shop up the street. But he stopped playing with me because I was a massive Go Fish cheater. Sorry, Roger!) Like so many other things, I’ve been able to rediscover board games along with my…

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How to Get Your Kids Outside More – 4 Easy Tips You Can Use Now!

We All Know that Time Outside is Like, Really Good for Our Kids It’s no secret that kids need time outside every day. We know that it’s important for their health & development – time outside has benefits like this: Better physical fitness – according to studies, the steady increase in screen time has led to this: “physical activity among American youngsters peaks before age 10, and perhaps as early as 2, and begins a…

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Parental Meltdown: Self-Care is a Necessity, Not a Luxury

Ever feel like your struggling to stay afloat? Like no matter how much you accomplish, your to-do list never shrinks? Wondered when you’ll ever have time for yourself or a good night’s sleep again? I have. I still do some days. And it’s not healthy. I spent years trying so hard to keep up with everything and eventually ran myself into the ground, physically & mentally. Things had to change quick before I lost my mind…

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