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Author: Katie Wallace

6 Reasons Why I Love Homeschooling My Kids

6 Reasons Why I Love Homeschooling My Kids

I have been homeschooling my kids for 4 years. I use a great curriculum and have a flexible school schedule. We do many creative activities and go on adventures! Here are my top reasons why I love homeschooling my kids!

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!
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Keep Berries Fresh Longer! How to Make Vinegar Fruit Wash

Keep Berries Fresh Longer! How to Make Vinegar Fruit Wash

Use DIY vinegar fruit wash to prevent mold and to extend the freshness of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Homemade berry wash is also great to use on berries that you pick from your garden!

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.

10 Great Kids Activities Near Phoenix, Arizona

10 Great Kids Activities Near Phoenix, Arizona

During a RV trip to Arizona, we tried out a bunch of family activities and went on several awesome hikes with our kids! Here are the highlights of our favorite destinations and things to do with kids near Phoenix, Arizona.

Phoenix, Arizona | RV Camping & Kids Activities

Phoenix, Arizona | RV Camping & Kids Activities

We’ve discovered that family adventures are a great way to make memories with our kids, in every stage of life. This year (2021) in January, we headed down to Arizona on a 3-month RV trip with our three kids and our cat, Frankie. We stayed in more than 15 places in Arizona including RV campsites, national forests, state parks and even boondocked in the desert. Our favorite activities while RV camping include hiking, exploring nearby towns, enjoying the local scenery and doing fun activities with our kids.

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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 – 2021 Girl of the Year

Meet American Girl Kira Bailey – 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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Video! Arizona RV Road Trip

Video! Arizona RV Road Trip

Watch our Arizona family road trip video! We discovered lots of adventures with our three kids and our cat. We left Idaho and drove through parts of Oregon and Utah before arriving in Arizona.

Arizona Family Road Trip & RV Adventure

Arizona Family Road Trip & RV Adventure

Our family went on a 3-month RV trip to Arizona with our toy hauler, our 3 kids and our cat, Frankie. Here are the highlights of our road trip and adventures while exploring the sunny land of cactus!

Super Cute Baby Dolls that Look Real

Super Cute Baby Dolls that Look Real

Each of my girls have gone through a baby doll stage. They love dressing up their baby dolls, cuddling them and tucking them in bed. The Feltman Brothers make a variety of super cute baby dolls that look lifelike. These dolls have soft weighted bodies that feel very similar to holding an infant. For kids who enjoy playing with baby dolls, Feltman Bothers dolls are a great quality investment for good old fashioned play.
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