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Creative Family Ideas in the Pacific Northwest

Author: Katie Wallace

DIY Mint Playdough Kids Sensory Activity

DIY Mint Playdough Kids Sensory Activity

Making playdough is a great activity for any afternoon, especially to entertain antsy kids! This DIY mint playdough uses my BEST homemade playdough recipe, with added mint extract!

Field Trip to Clarkia Idaho Miocene Flora Fossil Dig

Field Trip to Clarkia Idaho Miocene Flora Fossil Dig

We took our 3 kids on a field trip to Clarkia Miocene Flora Fossil Dig in Idaho. Our family discovered that digging for fossils is a pretty cool hands-on science activity!

Delicious Key Lime Tarts | Easy Recipe

Delicious Key Lime Tarts | Easy Recipe

These key lime tarts are very pretty and just the perfect amount of tartness! I especially enjoy making treats for a party. My daughter and I made these tarts for a casual afternoon tea party. To make key lime tarts, I mixed up a batch of rich tart pastry. I filled the pastry shells with simple key lime pie filling. This baking project was both easy and delicious!

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American Girl Doll Kitchen & New Releases! Summer / Fall 2020

American Girl Doll Kitchen & New Releases! Summer / Fall 2020

This American Girl kitchen has all the accessories to create a beautiful culinary space for 18″ dolls. Stocked with play food and tiny kitchen utensils, it’s the perfect interactive play set for girls who love to cook and bake!

DIY Floral Crowns & Flower Girl Bouquets

DIY Floral Crowns & Flower Girl Bouquets

Learn how to easily make darling DIY accessories flower girls and parties! Use these tips to make custom flower crowns and bouquets using any color or style of flowers.

Summer Kids Activities near Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Colorado

Summer Kids Activities near Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Colorado

Summer family adventures are a great way to try some new things and explore new places. We spent four days near Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Silverthorne on a summer family road trip through Colorado. Our family traveled from North Idaho to Colorado with our RV toy hauler, which makes camping with our kids much easier. We also brought our bikes and plenty of summer gear. Here are the highlights of things we found to do with kids in Summit County, Colorado!
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Our Best Costco Finds – Summer 2020!

Our Best Costco Finds – Summer 2020!

A trip to Costco is usually somewhere on our weekly to-do list. We often stock up on our household basics and buy a few fun things too! Here are some of our best Costco finds that we’ve purchased this summer.

8 Fun Summer Kids Toys & Activities

8 Fun Summer Kids Toys & Activities

Summer days are a great opportunity for casual family fun both indoors and outdoors! Here are some of the games and activities our family has enjoyed in the summer.

Sprinkle Rush Kids Cupcake Baking Challenge

Sprinkle Rush Kids Cupcake Baking Challenge

Welcome to Sprinkle Rush, our kids cupcake baking challenge! Our girls, Kiera and Sylvie, practiced their culinary design skills to make and design their best cupcakes. They love baking, sampling sweet treats, and of course, watching baking show competitions. Kiera and Sylvie were very eager to do their own baking challenge! Each child received baking supplies, a simple recipe and 60 minutes (baking time not included) to make a batch of six cupcakes.
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Red, White & Blue Star Spangled Slime

Red, White & Blue Star Spangled Slime

Slime is super easy to make and really fun to play with! Red, white and blue slime is a creative kids activity for the Fourth of July or any open afternoon!

DIY & Surprise Beauty Products Kits for Kids

DIY & Surprise Beauty Products Kits for Kids

My girls love beauty products, color, glitter and surprises! These mystery DIY dispensers from Vendees are a very fun activity for girls to easily make their own bath and beauty products.

Off-Roading with Kids & Lunch at Gold Creek Lodge

Off-Roading with Kids & Lunch at Gold Creek Lodge

Small towns and National Forests offer great places to explore, relax and breathe in the fresh air. We try to go on a family hike or an off-road ride at least a few times a month. Especially when the weather is sunny but not blazing hot, everyone wants to get out of the house. On this particular day, we took the kids in our RZR to some nearby off-roading trails in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest and stopped for lunch at Gold Creek Lodge.

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Word Family Dominoes Kids Phonics Game

Word Family Dominoes Kids Phonics Game

Play this interactive word family dominoes game to make reading fun and reinforce phonics sounds. Kids will love matching up rhyming words and learning through play!

Things to Do with Kids at Winchester Lake State Park

Things to Do with Kids at Winchester Lake State Park

One of the best things about living in the Pacific Northwest is that we have so many great destinations to explore so close to home. Winchester Lake State Park is one of those destinations, just two and a half hours south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. […]

Colorful Lego Soap Dispenser

Colorful Lego Soap Dispenser

A colorful Lego soap dispenser is an innovative way to decorate a kids bathroom or just add a pop of color next to a bathroom sink. My kids absolutely love Legos. This Lego soap dispenser is a fun idea to encourage kids to wash their hands. To recreate this idea, all you need is a clear soap dispenser, liquid hand soap (clear soap makes the colors stand out), and a handful of assorted Lego pieces.

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