Free Summer Activity Ideas for Summer Fun!

Free Summer Activity Ideas for Summer Fun!

The lazy hazy days of summer are upon us. If you’re a parent, the novelty of summer break is probably just starting to wear down a bit. My kids have slept in for the past few days, and the schedule definitely needs to be readjusted. While I’ve secured passes to a local theme park/water park, I’m also always on the hunt for inexpensive—or free!—ideas to keep those boys entertained…and away from their devices. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the screen recommendation for … [Read more...]

Great Ways to Get Outdoors this Spring

Great Ways to Get Outdoors this Spring

With the days growing a bit longer and the weather growing a bit warmer (most days!), everyone in our family is itching to get outdoors more.   In the early days of spring, with the rainy skies, cold winds, and muddy ground, sometimes it can be tough to get outside. Sometimes it's just easier to "wait for another day". However, when I recently read on the Kids Safety Network that even prisoners spend more time outside than the average kid, I was determined to find some ways to enjoy the … [Read more...]

Family Activities and Things to Do in Erie, PA

Family Activities and Things to Do in Erie, PA

For the fourth year in a row, I'm joining a great group of bloggers to bring you fabulous family fun ideas for your city or town.  Today, I'll be sharing our bucket list for summer fun in Erie, PA.  Be sure to stop back in tomorrow for fresh new ideas from across the country.   Also, be sure to head on over to my previous staycation posts for more great ideas! Previous Staycation Posts   Family Fun Ideas for Erie, PA from 2012 Broken up into Eating, Sleeping, and Doing -- this post is … [Read more...]

Preschool Craft Round-Up

Preschool Craft Round-Up

For the last year or so, I have had the priviledge of writing craft and homeschool posts over at Three Boys and a Dog blog.  I will no longer be writing for that site, but before I officially closed that chapter in my life, I wanted to share some of my favorite crafts from the site. Three Kittens Preschool Homeschool Activities Check out part one and part two for crafts, sequencing, and fun mitten washing activities. Native American Headbands Find a fun Thanksgiving craft and great … [Read more...]

Family Fun and Activities Ideas for Erie, PA!

Family Fun and Activities Ideas for Erie, PA!

It's that time of year again --- Summer!  If you've got kids, that means planning the days ahead in order to make the most of the summer and to ward off that boredom bug.  I had a blast putting together last year's Staycation post and was thrilled to participate in The Happy Housewife's "Year of the Staycation" blog tour again in 2012.    Many of the ideas in last year's post are still applicable for this year, so I won't repeat myself -- just click on over and check out Staycation ideas from … [Read more...]

Truth in Tinsel E-book: Great Resource!

Truth in Tinsel E-book: Great Resource!

I've been following a blog called Impress Your Kids (now renamed and moved to OhAmanda) for some time now, and have admired the creative ways the author Amanda uses to teach her kids about God and Scripture.  When she announced she had written an e-book called Truth and Tinsel, and was looking for bloggers to review it, I nearly lunged out of my chair in an attempt to send her an email.   I just finished browsing through the book, and I can tell you, I am not disappointed.  Not one bit. In … [Read more...]