Goodbye Busy, Hello Memories!

I forget how easy it is to let busyness control me. Especially this time of year. Keeping up with work, cleaning, laundry, cooking, gift buying and wrapping, parties and activities, is no easy task!

However, when I look back at the week I don’t remember all the dishes I cleaned, laundry I folded, and messes I cleaned up. I reading to our little boy, and how happy that made him. I remember building block towers, and hearing him break out in a contagious laughter while knocking it down (the best sound ever). I remember hearing our baby girl giggle out loud for the first time, and how that melted my heart. I remember watching her watch her brother as if he was the most amazing thing in the world (which, he is!). I’m looking forward to saying goodbye to busy this weekend, and hello to more beautiful memories!


Do you have a favorite activity you like to do with your littles? We would love to hear about it!


Homemade Coffee Creamer…Make Yours At Home!

It’s Monday morning, so coffee is on our mind! Check out these yummy DIY coffee creamers!

via Homemade Coffee Creamer…Make Yours At Home!

A Learning Tree

When it comes to education, we love hands-on activities. Children grasp concepts so much better when they step away from the text books (I know ours do)! With that being said, we decided to play a few games around our tree last night. Here are the favorites!


#1. Find That Color

If you have toddlers, this is a fun way to learn colors. Our little guy will spend over 5 minutes finding all things red, green, gold, etc!


#2. Name That Shape

With all the different ornaments on the tree, learning new shapes has never been so much fun!


#3. I spy

Of course this is a favorite!! Kids strengthen their observation skills, while having a blast! 


#4. Tell Me A Story

Pick an ornament, and create a brand new story using “characters” from your tree!


#5. Counting, Counting, Counting

Have your little start counting all the different ornaments! Counting games are always fun!



Do you have a favorite Christmas tree activity? 🙂

Stocking Stuffer Fun!

Stockings! It’s one of our favorite Christmas traditions. There is just something about opening a gift full of wonderful little surprises. Here are a few of our favorite stocking stuffers! 🙂

#1. Mini Tins of Thinking Putty

We LOVE thinking putty. Especially since it has a new scented evergreen edition.

#2. Glow Mars Mud

Once you start playing with this, you won’t stop! 🙂

#3. Incrediblefoam

With open-ended and sensory play in mind, Incrediblefoam is one of our favorites!

#4. Magnetic Slime Ooze

Mix up a batch of slime that reacts to a magnet!

#5. Cosmic Spinner Tops

Tops! We have literally played with these for hours on end. 

#6. Touchable Bubbles

Bubbles that you can actually touch without popping!

#7. Wooden Animal Slingshot 

Slingshots and giant marshmallows. It’s a blast!

#8. Wildlife BB Pocket Puzzle

Patience is required, but still so much fun!

#9. Skwooshi

One of the most addicting things we have ever play with. Literally. 🙂

#10. Original Metal Slinky

If you have stairs…this is a must!

#11. Gyroscope 

A classic toy that has been a family favorite for years!

#12. Old Fashioned Diving Sub

Just add a little baking powder, and watch the diving sub in action!

#13. Tornado Tube


If you’ve never seen the Tornado Tube® in action you may not realize how dramatic it can be!!

#14. Flip Birds

A highly addictive game of dexterity and skill. A flick of the finger will send each Flippin’ Bird towards the cup!

#15. Jetfire Glider Twin Pack

The original Guillow’s Balsa Wood Planes from more than half a century ago. Two Gliders are included that soar up to 25 feet. 12″ wingspan!

#16. Magic Rocks

Would you like to grow some rocks? Fill a clear glass container, such as a wide-mouthed jar, with the special solution, and add the colored pellets to it!

#17. Spiky Light-up Ball

Turn off all the lights, and start a fun tossing game. So many memories were made by playing with these!

#18. Guatemalan Kick Bag 

Hand crocheted in Guatemala, these are made to last!

#19. Astronaut Ice Cream and Fruit

Enjoy your ice cream just as Astronauts do–the freeze-dried way! There is also cinnamon apples, grapes, peaches, strawberries, and bananas!

#20. Rattleback

A science curiosity whose ancient and mysterious properties capture the attention of all ages. Rattleback will spin in one direction but when spun in the wrong direction, it will quickly stop, rattle up and down, and then begin to spin in the opposite direction. It also magnifies and is sure to entertain for hours!