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Creative Family Ideas in the Pacific Northwest

Author: Katie Wallace

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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Pretend Gingerbread Cookie Play Dough

Pretend Gingerbread Cookie Play Dough

This pretend gingerbread cookie play dough recipe is easy to make and inspires creative fun! Kids can cut out pretend cookies and decorate with felt shapes and colored beads.

Hot Air Balloon Suncatchers Kids Craft

Hot Air Balloon Suncatchers Kids Craft

Add beautiful color to your windows with these DIY hot air balloon suncatchers! Kids can practice their scissor skills, pick out their favorite tissue paper colors, and create their own balloon designs.

Disney on Ice Highlights & Show Schedule 2021-22

Disney on Ice Highlights & Show Schedule 2021-22

Disney on Ice is a fun event to attend with the whole family! Our family has seen this colorful Disney-themed performance on the ice several times. The show often includes characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Belle, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Miguel, Moana, Aladdin, Jasmin, Genie, and more! Disney on Ice often highlights shortened versions of classic Disney stories, complete with toe loops, axels and stunts on the ice! Learn why going to a Disney on Ice show is always a memorable family night out!
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Colorful Borax Crystals Kids Science Activity

Colorful Borax Crystals Kids Science Activity

Did you know you can make your own crystals using water and borax? One week for science, my kids learned how to do this awesome chemistry experiment!

2021 Holiday Gift Guide

2021 Holiday Gift Guide

I love picking out holiday gifts for each person in my family. I often start my shopping early because it’s so much fun! Our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide includes gifts that are fun, tasty, useful, educational, and decorative.

Up Up Fire Lookout | Montana Family Camping Adventure

Up Up Fire Lookout | Montana Family Camping Adventure

Did you know you can often find many cool places to explore close to home? We had an awesome time camping at Up Up Fire Lookout in Montana! We stayed in this 40-foot wooden tower for one night with our 3 kids. Up Up Lookout is located about 2 hours from our house in the Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana, just across the Idaho border. Here are the highlights of our adventurous campout!
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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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