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Mudpies ~ Easy No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Mudpies ~ Easy No-Bake Cookies Recipe

I am a firm believer in hands-on play time and letting kids get dirty. Around here we spend as much time outdoors as possible exploring and imagining. We also love making these healthier, easy no-bake cookies that we like to call “Mudpies” for a fun dirt-themed treat that is refined sugar-free and dairy-free!

Water Safety Tips & Summer Gear

Water Safety Tips & Summer Gear

Summer can be filled with lots of fun and adventures. These water safety tips shared by a father and police officer can help parents keep kids safe during family water activities. Also don’t miss our summer gear family must-haves and review of DryFins chafe-free swim trunks below!

Creative Outdoor Kids Activities

Creative Outdoor Kids Activities

Stay-at-home moms know it can be challenging to entertain kids during the summer, school breaks, afternoons and evenings. My kids often ask me to play with them or give them an idea of something to do. We limit our kids’ screen time and we encourage them to play together independently. These simple kids activities are creative and engaging for a variety of ages.

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Boba, Backyard Scrabble & Kids Sunshine Party

Boba, Backyard Scrabble & Kids Sunshine Party

Wanting to spice up your summer days? Kids will love making these fun bubble tea drinks with Boba, playing Backyard Scrabble as a family and inviting friends to a summer Sunshine Party!

Simple Kids’ Style Tips

Simple Kids’ Style Tips

During the summer my girls beat the heat with cool tank tops and fun twirly summer dresses! Here are some of my daily tips for keeping my girls’ hair tangle free and kids’ clothes and shoes fresh, clean and ready for playtime.

Liquid Sensory Glitter Slime (No Borax)

Liquid Sensory Glitter Slime (No Borax)

Easily make this fun no borax liquid slime as a fun afternoon activity for kids! You can make slime in all colors and themes; black space slime, shimmery purple mermaid slime and green jungle slime! Kids will have a blast with this hands-on chemistry experiment.
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Interactive Kids Yard Activities

Interactive Kids Yard Activities

Kids can have fun outside in so many ways! Even if your yard is small, you can find ways to do many interactive activities. Make a sprinkler obstacle course, have a backyard movie night, make pine cone bird feeders and more!

Fun Spring Activities for Kids

Fun Spring Activities for Kids

Turn the backyard into a wonderland with an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt! Encourage your kids to come up with their own games, play “keep away”, and make soup with good old garden materials.

How to Grow Flowers & Tame Curls in Winter

How to Grow Flowers & Tame Curls in Winter

Little girls come with lots of personality, interests and preferences, and heads of tangled hair. My little girls wake up every morning with huge teased bedhead hairdos, so my husband starts the morning routine with brushing out their locks. He’s so funny, one of the things he most looked forward to about having girls was doing their hair, and he faithfully brushes it out every morning while I’m changing the baby’s diaper and picking up clothes off the floor. I actually have hair envy of my oldest daughters hair. It’s perfectly wavy and blond; not too much so it gets tangled, but not stick straight like mine. My daughter’s hair holds curl beautifully. I was excited to try out some new hair products too; the collection of SoCozy curl hair products for little girls.

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Plan a Backyard Movie Night

Plan a Backyard Movie Night

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a backyard movie night! Kids will love the novelty of watching a movie outside, and you can share the fun by inviting friends and neighbors.

6 Summer Treats, Crafts & Sensory Activities

6 Summer Treats, Crafts & Sensory Activities

Summer with kids can be super fun if you keep the kids active and engaged with sensory activities. Here are some fun preschool activities for keeping kids busy during the summer.