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One Simple Way to Avoid Meltdowns at the Grocery Store

This post is sponsored by Walmart. All opinions are my own. We’ve all been there. We think we’ve got this parenting thing all under control and for a brief moment we have a lapse of judgement and think it will be “fun” to take the littles to the store. Or at least we think it won’t be THAT bad. When my boys were little, trips to Walmart or the grocery store literally did me in. There was the time when I had all 4 of my boys with me and we traveled to the nearest Walmart which was 40 minutes from home. After feeling as though I was herding cats and putting all my effort into warding off tantrums and fights over who got to stand in front of the LEGO section first, we finally made it back out to our van with a cart loaded with groceries and kids. […]

20 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Boys

 I have four boys and while they love holidays, it can be a challenge to find them something fun that they will like for Valentine’s Day.  I’ve searched long and hard and made up a list of 20 Valentine’s Day gifts for boys that are sure to please your little men. Valentine’s Day Gifts for Boys […]

Football Printable Chore Charts for Kids

Football season is here and even though my boys don’t play football, they follow their favorite teams very closely. And with the big game coming up soon, I thought I would create a little bit of motivation for them to help me get the house clean, but in a fun way. These football printable chore charts for kids are the perfect way to motivate your kids to get a “Touchdown” and win a prize, while helping with their responsibilities around the house. And the prize might just be being able to watch the game now that the house is clean. 😉  Football Printable Chore Charts for Kids My boys need all the motivation they can get when it comes to cleaning. I can’t tell you how much grumbling happens when I ask them to pick up or do their chores. You would think that I was asking them to do something WAY worse than just washing a few dishes or, you know, putting their underwear in the hamper and not on the floor. It’s SOOO hard to do! […]

Football Games: Charades

Football season is upon us and whether you are into football or not, you know that people everywhere are gearing up for the big games of their favorite teams.  Easy Football Games are a fun part of any Football party or get-together and this Football Charades game is fun for all ages. Easy Football Games:Charades We love to play charades and with football season upon us, I thought about how much fun it would be for my boys if they had a football-inspired game of charades.  They basically act out football games on a regular basis anyways so putting together an easy football game for them was a must. […]

Make a Rocket Valentine Box and Have a BLAST This Valentine’s Day

Are your kids required to bring a Valentine Box to school to collect Valentines in? We have had a lot of fun over the years making different Valentine boxes, but I know it can be hard to come up with ideas that boys won’t be embarrassed about, but we have made several “boy-approved” Valentines over the years and this Rocket Valentine Box is perfect for the boy in your life. Rocket Valentine Box I love being able to re-use items we have sitting around the house and there is a good chance you have most of the material you need to make this rocket Valentine box in your craft room or kitchen. […]

Printable Game-Day Football Coloring Pages

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of P&G at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine. Football playoff season is here, and that means families everywhere are getting together with friends and gathering around the big screen to cheer on their favorite team and to eat some yummy food! But sometimes it can be hard to enjoy the game if you have little ones to entertain who aren’t quite as excited about the game as you might be. When you host your next football game day party, print these Football coloring pages to help keep the kids busy so you can stay focused on being the best host to your guests, (and enjoy the game too!) Printable Football Coloring Pages […]

Valentine Boxes For Boys

We love getting crafty on Valentine’s day and my boys are getting pretty good at designing their own Valentine boxes for school.  Here are some of our favorite Valentine Boxes for boys. Valentine Boxes for Boys Every year my boys design a fun Valentine box that is taken to school empty and that returns full of Valentines from their friends. I was told recently that this doesn’t happen anywhere but in the US, and even then a lot of schools don’t allow it.  Boo!  My boys have a lot of fun designing their Valentine boxes and I’m glad that I can provide a little bit of enjoyment and a lot of memory making with my boys while they are little. Here are a few of the Valentine boxes my boys have made: […]

Marshmallow Snowman Hot Chocolate

This has been a strange winter for us. We just moved to the state that claims to have “The Greatest Snow on Earth” and yet we have had barely any snow. So instead of making snowmen outside, we are making marshmallow snowman hot chocolate! This is the perfect way to warm up on a cold snowy (or not so snowy) day. Marshmallow Snowman Hot Chocolate Everyday after school my boys come running through the door looking for something to snack on. On cold days, they go straight for the hot chocolate. We decided to mix things up a bit and add some marshmallow snowmen. My boys think it is so funny to watch them as they melt away to nothing. […]

Cold and Flu Season Survival Tips for Kids

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17 Free Christmas Printables Kids Will Love

I spent the morning hanging out with a bunch of adorable Kindergarten kids at their class Christmas party. As I was preparing a game for them, I was searching for some free Christmas printables kids will love and found so many great ideas! 17 Free Christmas Printables Kids Will Love […]

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