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Creative Family Ideas in the Pacific Northwest

Author: Katie Wallace

Caldicot Castle Tour in Wales | VIDEO

Caldicot Castle Tour in Wales | VIDEO

What do stone walls, mossy steps and climbing rose bushes have in common? All were part of the enchanting landscape we discovered at Caldicot Castle in Wales. Learn why we loved exploring this stone fortress!

We Rented a Narrowboat in Central England | VIDEO

We Rented a Narrowboat in Central England | VIDEO

We rented a narrowboat in England for 3 days. We enjoyed relaxing on the Grand Union Canal, and our kids even learned how to open and close the canal locks.

London, England Adventures with Kids

London, England Adventures with Kids

I’m excited to share a little about our adventures in London! During our week in the city, we saw many iconic buildings and landmarks. We also witnessed some of the memorial events honoring the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. This trip was our family’s first experience traveling internationally.

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DIY Photo Magnets

DIY Photo Magnets

Easily make photo magnets to decorate your refrigerator, locker or any metal surface with photos of your family, friends, kids or pets.

International Trip Packing List – Family of 5

International Trip Packing List – Family of 5

Our family decided to go on a month-long trip to the United Kingdom and surrounding areas. Here’s our vacation packing list (per person) for our family of 5.

Beautiful Leaf Painting Easy Craft Activity

Beautiful Leaf Painting Easy Craft Activity

Fall is a fun time to get crafty and creative! This easy leaf painting activity transforms pretty autumn leaves into art. Kids and adults can enjoy decorating leaves with painted designs.
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Valentine’s Day Heart Treat Cups

Valentine’s Day Heart Treat Cups

Make these cute treat cups for a kids party to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Learn how we upcycled a cardboard egg carton.

DIY Wood Coffee Mug Rack

DIY Wood Coffee Mug Rack

We made this cute coffee mug rack to store up to 9 of our coffee cups. See how we made this custom storage solution that invites friends to grab a mug!

DIY Sugar Sand Kids Activity

DIY Sugar Sand Kids Activity

Homemade sugar sand is a fun sensory activity to do with your kids. You can make sugar sand in any color or fragrance you want. Kids can enjoy scooping it up, sculpting it and even hiding small objects under the sand. Easily make your own sugar sand using ingredients you have in the kitchen!
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Easy Watermelon Fruit Bowl for Parties & BBQs

Easy Watermelon Fruit Bowl for Parties & BBQs

Learn how to transform a watermelon rind into a creative fruit bowl to hold fresh fruit salad. This watermelon fruit bowl is perfect for summer parties and backyard BBQs.

Playdough Volcano Kids Science Activity

Playdough Volcano Kids Science Activity

Introduce kids to easy chemistry by making play dough volcanoes. Mix white vinegar with food coloring, and pour it onto baking soda to create a volcano-inspired chemical reaction!

Heart Borax Crystals Kids Science Activity

Heart Borax Crystals Kids Science Activity

Try this fun and easy Valentine’s Day-themed science activity! These heart borax crystals quickly grow in just a few hours! Kids will be amazed to see the chemical reaction caused by mixing borax and water, which creates sparkling crystals.
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Hot Air Balloon Valentines with Fruit Snacks

Hot Air Balloon Valentines with Fruit Snacks

Create this crafty Valentine’s Day snack with cardstock and ribbon. These hot air balloon fruit snack cards combine a sweet thought with a sweet treat!

Cute Paper Heart Bookmarks

Cute Paper Heart Bookmarks

These paper heart bookmarks are an easy kids craft or afternoon art project! Easily customize these heart bookmarks with your favorite colors of cardstock.

Spring Cleaning & Organizing Tips

Spring Cleaning & Organizing Tips

When the weather starts to feel like spring, I enjoy organizing my home and doing some deep cleaning. The changing of seasons is also a great excuse to do a little decorating and add some cheerful accent colors. Here are a few of my projects I work on to get my home ready for warmer weather.

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