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Author: Katie Wallace

Back to School Supplies & Gear for 2021

Back to School Supplies & Gear for 2021

A new school year is an exciting time to get organized and stock up on new school supplies! Here are some great educational resources and products to kick off the school year and make learning fun!

Easy & Delicious Homemade Dark Chocolate Truffles

Easy & Delicious Homemade Dark Chocolate Truffles

Learn how to quickly make my budget-friendly homemade dark chocolate truffles using baking chocolate, chocolate chips and heavy cream.

6 Reasons Why I Love Homeschooling My Kids

6 Reasons Why I Love Homeschooling My Kids

Hi! I’m Katie. I’ve been homeschooling my kids for 4 years. This year (2021) I’ll have kids in 4th grade, 2nd grade and kindergarten. I’m excited because this is the first year that all of my kids will truly participate in our school schedule. Our family has achieved a lot over the last few years of homeschooling. My two oldest girls learned how to read proficiently and I learned how to create a homeschool routine that works for our family. Here are some of my top reasons why I love homeschooling my kids!
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Great Camping Activities at Priest Lake in Idaho

Great Camping Activities at Priest Lake in Idaho

Priest Lake is one of Idaho’s beautiful spots for family adventures, with spacious camp sites, hiking trails and a variety of outdoor activities. Here are some of our family’s favorite things to do at Priest Lake!

Gift Ideas for Mom – Mother’s Day 2021

Gift Ideas for Mom – Mother’s Day 2021

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 9th! Celebrate the mom in your life with a special breakfast, favorite coffee drink, bunch of fresh flowers or a few pampering gifts. Here are some Mother’s Day gift ideas that many women will love! Katie WallaceHi, I’m […]

Keep Berries Fresh Longer! How to Make Vinegar Fruit Wash

Keep Berries Fresh Longer! How to Make Vinegar Fruit Wash

Fresh berries are delicious, but sometimes they have a short shelf life. You can easily extend the life of fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries with this simple vinegar fruit wash. No one likes discovering a box of strawberries has already gotten soft and moldy. Mold is an easy problem to prevent by rinsing berries with a mixture of vinegar and water. This homemade berry wash is also great to use on berries that you pick from your garden!
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Tucson, Arizona RV Camping & Activities P.3 | Video!

Tucson, Arizona RV Camping & Activities P.3 | Video!

Family adventures can be a great way to explore new places! Here are some of the highlights of our adventures in Tucson, Arizona!

Fun Kids Activities in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Fun Kids Activities in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Families with children of all ages can find many things to do with kids in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Here’s a list of some of our family’s favorite activities and local destinations in the CDA area.

Best Playgrounds and Parks in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Best Playgrounds and Parks in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has a lot of great parks and playgrounds for families with kids of all ages to enjoy. When I first moved to Coeur d’Alene, I had no idea which parks were located in which neighborhoods. Now I know that you can find a ton of fun parks in Coeur d’Alene and Hayden if you just know where to look! Here’s my list of best neighborhood parks for kids in CDA, including which playgrounds have splash pads, interesting play features and more!

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Video! Phoenix Arizona Family Adventure

Video! Phoenix Arizona Family Adventure

Watch our Phoenix family adventure video! We had a blast exploring Phoenix, Arizona with our 3 kids. We camped in our RV at several awesome desert campgrounds and did homeschool on the go.

Phoenix, Arizona RV Camping & Kids Activities P.2 | Video!

Phoenix, Arizona RV Camping & Kids Activities P.2 | Video!

We took our kids on a RV trip to Phoenix, Arizona. We boondocked in the desert and camped at state parks. Our favorite activities while RV camping include hiking, exploring, enjoying the local scenery and doing fun kids activities!

10 Great Kids Activities Near Phoenix, Arizona

10 Great Kids Activities Near Phoenix, Arizona

We tried out a bunch of family activities on our 2021 RV trip to Arizona. When we explore a new area, we usually alternate paid activities with lots of free family hikes, outdoor adventures and scenic drives. Here are the highlights of our favorite destinations and things to do with kids near Phoenix, Arizona.
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Fun & Creative Homeschool Activities

Fun & Creative Homeschool Activities

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is having fun while learning. Here are some of the creative activities our family does while homeschooling!

Meet American Girl Kira Bailey โ€“ 2021 Girl of the Year

Meet American Girl Kira Bailey โ€“ 2021 Girl of the Year

We had a chance to review the new Kira Bailey doll and her comfy camping tent. True to the American Girl collection, each item of this playset is beautifully detailed, including Kira’s outfits and accessories.

DIY American Girl Valentine’s Day Doll Mailboxes

DIY American Girl Valentine’s Day Doll Mailboxes

Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate with family and friends. My kids especially love celebrating V-day. What’s not to love?? My kids often get to make homemade Valentines, bake cookies and eat chocolate. Some years my daughter Kiera sets up a Valentine’s Day post office to receive and mail Valentines to our family. Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate with stuffed animals and dolls too. My girls had a blast helping me to create these American Girl mailboxes for sending Valentines to their dolls. Easily use our printable template to make Valentine’s Day mailboxes for your own dolls!
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