The New Way to Reduce Kids Paper Clutter (And Still Keep Their Memories)

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Alison art - adult coloring book

This post is sponsored by Keepy. All opinions of the Keepy App are my own. I think I broke her heart the day I told her we had to get rid of some of her papers.As I pulled out armful after armful of random papers stashed in the back of the closet, all I saw was the clutter and mess. I asked both of my twin daughters to help me sort through the papers to help me figure out what we should keep and what we should toss. It quickly became apparent that my daughter Lisa thought everything was important and began "secretly" stuffing papers away in a binder and then shoving that into her backpack, stashing them away in her bedroom, ...

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Bring the Scriptures to Life for Kids with an Epic Scripture-Themed Carnival

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Fun LDS Primary Scripture Carnival Game Ideas and snack ideas! Perfect for Primary Activity outdoor. David and Goliath. Walking on Water. Bow and Arrow. Fishers of Men. Planting Seeds. Archery.

This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions are my own.  One year ago I became the Primary President in our local church congregation. This means I've been responsible for overseeing the Sunday School, music, nursery, and sharing time of all children ages 18 months to 11 years old in our church. There are somewhere between 35-50 children in this age bracket. It can be a pretty overwhelming and stressful position to have, especially with a new baby, homeschooling, and a husband gone long hours with a PhD, oh, and working from home. The good thing is that I love children and find joy in this calling. To help motivate ...

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5 Fantastic Elf on the Shelf Alternatives You’ll Wanna Start This Year

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I LOVE these Elf on the Shelf Alternative Ideas for counting down to Christmas! I don't know which unique advent activity idea is my favorite for my family!

If Elf on the Shelf isn't for you, here are five Elf on the Shelf alternatives for your family. Start a great new family Christmas tradition that you can totally get behind this year. Just before Christmas last year, my kids were 3½ and 1½ and I was 37 weeks pregnant.  And I turned into a crazy person.  I had this super intense need to make the looming holiday mean something “more”.  I scoured Pinterest, and I harassed my family and friends about their traditions.   I needed to find a way to connect my kids to the meaning of the holiday and not to the fluff. And then I gave birth to our third minion two days before Christmas.  ...

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How to Create a Wire Photo Hanging Picture Frame for Under $15

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Great tutorial on making your own wire hanging photo frame for under $15! DIY craft for displaying Christmas cards, postcards, or other memos.

Have you seen this new trend? Okay, it's not really new, but I'm not crafty, so my following of craft trends is far behind the curve. (I'm actually pretty sure I'm at least four years behind on this one.) Regardless, there are these open frame wire photo hanging picture frames that you clip pictures, cards or other small flat items in the middle of the frame, switching them out as you choose, with the ability to move items around quickly and easily. Some use chicken wire instead of a gauge wire. I once had the great idea to actually do this, to create my own version of this wire picture hanging frame with the intent ...

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How Adults Can Get in a Mindfulness Break {GIVEAWAY}

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Greetings again! This is the second time Katelyn let me create a guest blog post on her amazing site. My previous post was over Veterans Day, where I remarked on the incredible (and necessary) support that families can provide to those who serve our military. Much credit is due to those who aren’t called to fight, but who bear the greater burden of support. I’m writing this post as a follow-up to one Katelyn wrote a few months ago about enjoying coloring books as a family. She wrote that post fresh off a trip to my house in Alabama, where I had several early pages of my adult coloring book completed. We had a great time coloring ...

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Green Kid Crafts: The Crafty Way to Get Your Kids Into Science

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Green Kid Crafts Review - Detective Science Kit

Green Kid Crafts may be my favorite educational subscription box for kids to date. Green Kid Crafts is a highly rated monthly subscription service full of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) activities and experiments. As a homeschooling mom who doesn't really like science, I was so thrilled with the Green Kid Crafts box they sent me to review as an affiliate, that I have since subscribed to receive even more boxes. Keep reading to find an exclusive discount promo code for my readers!When I first heard about Green Kid Crafts, I totally thought it was going to be some nature filled box of poorly made crafting ...

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Why Girls Should Know Lemons Aren’t Only for Making Lemonade

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STEMBOX LED LIGHT experiment with lemons

When it comes to teaching science to my kids, I come up lacking. I did okay in biology, physics, and chemistry in high school, but only because I actually studied, never because I enjoyed them very much. As we are homeschooling our kids, it worries me that I may not be the best science teacher around. With only 1 in every 1,000 girls pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers, I don't want to limit my twin daughters' options because of my own shortcomings! Thankfully, my husband is currently a PhD in Mathematics Education and I did fairly well in high school and college Calculus classes, so they shouldn't ...

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13+ Fun and Meaningful Family Easter Traditions

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Great ideas on how to celebrate Easter as a family! Love these family Easter tradition ideas that are about DOING and memories.

The great thing about holidays is that they allow for some great family traditions, and Easter is full of great traditions. As a young family we are still developing and fine tuning and experimenting with different family Easter traditions both religious and secular. As a child, I greatly enjoyed Easter! Our family had only one, giant Easter basket, as opposed to one for each family member. The large basket was filled with fake grass and with candies, jelly beans, and large chocolate bunnies. You better believe we fought for the best candies and who would get the large bunnies as a large family. For years I didn't even ...

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The Colorful Craze Totally Worth Jumping on as a Family

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Great advice for getting your kids into adult coloring books and without scribbling all over them!

I love art. I grew up drawing and coloring. I won contests and scholarships through grade school, high school, and college where I majored in Visual Arts. It's no surprise that with my children I encourage them to express themselves artistically.  I am curious to discover if my kids have any natural talent in art too. With my twins it was apparent very early on that my daughter Lisa had very good fine motor skills as she wielded a pencil early and well. With that came adorable first drawings to the very detailed drawings of people and animals today.  The girl can draw. My daughter Alison was not refined in using her hands until ...

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Bunchems – Creative Play Without the Mess

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A fun, creative craft product for kids! They are easy to create with and super easy to clean up! So much fun!

I'll be the first to tell you that I do not really enjoy crafting, and unfortunately it seems like kids love crafting. But, the mess kids make while crafting and creating stresses me out! It's why we eventually did preschool without crafts last year (or without nearly as many as outlined in our curriculum). There's other problems I have with kids crafts as well, mainly that at the end it needs to look a certain way to be, well, Pinterest or Instagram worthy, which often implies a very hands on mom, which can take away the joy of it from my kids, and certainly the joy of it away from me. When it is nap time for my two ...

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9 Reasons Why Handwriting is Better than Typing

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Handwriting inspires creativity more than typing.

Each person is unique in that they have distinguishing features about them. Each person has their own, one-of-a-kind, set of DNA (except for identical twins) and fingerprints, along with their own original composition of body features and coloring. Another unique characteristic that humans do not share is their handwriting. In fact, understanding and analyzing someone's handwriting can say a lot about a person's character, disposition, and aptitude via the science of graphology. But, today we live in a digital world and many people are switching the pen and paper for keyboard and screen. But, I don't believe that we should give up ...

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12 Free DIY Popcorn Box Printables for a Better Family Movie Night

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I love popcorn boxes! What a great list of free printable template popcorn boxes so I can DIY and get my craft on (and save money and not have to run to a store!).

This post is sponsored by PopSecret thanks to Linqia. All opinions are my own.  I love watching movies, and I love it even more when I get to eat a giant bowl of yummy popcorn as I do it. As a kid we regularly made and ate popcorn as a family, as we crowded onto the couch to watch a movie, TV show, or Packers football game. It was one of our great family traditions. We would either get out our air pop machine, and drizzle fresh butter on top, and lots of salt, or occasionally get some special popcorn topping to put on it. Most often though we enjoyed microwave popcorn, and several bags, because one bag is not enough to satisfy ...

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