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December 5th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Our Favorite “Elf on the Shelf” Ideas


Elf on the Shelf has become a hilarious and fun tradition for families during Christmastime. You can really get creative with the mischief the elf gets into. Here’s a collection of some standout ideas for your little elf that will entertain your kids throughout the season.


 Elf is taken hostage by Legos from Picklehead Soup


Elf does some wrapping from Over The Big Moon


Elf makes a “flour angel” from Mommy Savers


Elf watches a movie from One Orange Giraffe


Elf has a delicious “accident” from Mommy Shorts

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Elf writes a letter to Santa from Lil Blue Boo

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Elf has some fun with stamps (washable of course) from Mommy Upgrade


Elf steals some candy from Operation $40K

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Elf plays dress up with Barbie from iVillage


What Elf on the Shelf ideas are YOU doing this year? Share them with us on Facebook!

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July 5th, 2013 at 5:00 am

A Trip to the Park

One of the best ways to occupy your kids during the summer is to visit a local park. Whether you live in a big city or a quiet suburb, there is always a good chance to have a great park nearby. One of the best parts of visiting your local neighborhood park is that it is completely FREE. Pack a picnic lunch, some snacks, and a blanket and you are all set! Slather on some sunscreen for safety and let the fun begin!

While they run, climb, and slide it will keep them healthy, tire them out, and keep you healthy too, while you chase them all over! It is a great idea to plan a trip to the park right before nap time, then you can almost guarantee an easy and long nap from your little one, too!

The park is a great place to meet some other moms that have kids your ages. If you are in a park near your home it is a great way to meet other kids in the neighborhood. If you are in a park throughout your town, it helps to introduce kids to other parts of their community that they do not know are nearby. Also, be sure to watch for special events at local parks. Many times your city’s website or Facebook page will advertise free events that they may put on. One of our favorite events is a musician they host at lunch time once a week.

This summer we have made a list of all the parks in our city and are hoping to visit them all as the summer goes by. It makes it a fun activity for the kids. We have found a few new parks that we have never explored before and some may be new favorites. Visit your local Parks and Recreation website and print out a list of all the parks in your city and start your adventures.


Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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March 25th, 2013 at 9:38 am

Spring Break Activities

Staying home for Spring Break? Spring Break is a great time for a family to recharge for that last couple months before summer. Need some ideas of what to do?

Have a Picnic
If it is a nice spring day where you live, pack a picnic lunch and take a trip to the park. What is more fun than some picnic foods and play time. If it is still closer to winter weather spread a blanket on the living room floor and have an inside picnic. Bring out a board game to play afterwards.

Go on a Field Trip
Visit a local Children’s Museum or nature center, check out a sporting event or visit a indoor play area. The possibilities are endless for fun places to visit nearby.

Plant a Garden
Fill your planters with plants or dig a garden in the backyard. If the weather isn’t so great yet, start some seedlings in your windowsill. Not only is this a great educational experience for all ages but provides lessons in nurturing. This makes great time for you and your child all summer long while you take care of the plants.

Get some Exercise
Ride your bikes, go for a walk or even find some indoor exercise you can do. My boys love to bring our bouncy house out of the basement and put it in the living room for some “cold-weather” exercise. Check out a roller rink or bowling alley for some inside fun.

Make Some Crafts
Get out the paints, markers and other craft supplies! Check out the Garanimals Pinterest board for more ideas!

I find that Spring Break is so much more relaxed than Winter Break because you don’t have all the holiday Chaos that you find at the end of the year. Have fun and create some great memories!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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December 13th, 2012 at 11:06 am

Kid-Friendly Holiday Recipes


Making holiday treats is a popular and enjoyable activity during this time of the year.  This year, get the kids involved with making tasty refreshments for everyone!  Each of these recipes include lots of steps for your little one to do, like mixing or decorating – just make sure you are the only to handle the bigger tasks, like operating the oven or the stove!

Hip, Hop & Pop Popcorn Mix

Potato Latkes

Holiday Wreaths

Popcorn Snowmen

Do you have any favorite recipes that you make with your children?  Let us know in the comments!

Photo credit: courtesy of Disney

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