Make your Own Snow “Paint”

Make your Own Snow “Paint”

Last winter, our local park district brought activity bins to neighborhood parks with a bunch of fun snow activities inside. They had brick makers for building snow forts and games you could play in the snow. The most popular item in the bins BY FAR (in our...
5 Card Games to Try with your Family

5 Card Games to Try with your Family

My family LOVES games – board games, card games, charades, hide and seek…you name it, and we are IN! My kids are now 10 and 7 so our repertoire of games has expanded quite a bit, and they are now able to play more advanced options. Which brings us to our...
Where to Donate Used (or new!) Toys

Where to Donate Used (or new!) Toys

As the holiday season ramps up and I find more and more packages arriving at our front door, I realize (as I do every year) that we have a LOT of stuff. Staying on top of clutter and excess items can be a never-ending job. My kids are constantly growing out of...
5 Easy and Inexpensive DIY Gift Ideas

5 Easy and Inexpensive DIY Gift Ideas

The holidays are sneaking up on us, and we are now deep into gift finding/buying/making season. Whether you love to hit the mall looking for just the right thing for your loved ones, or whether you love to sit in a cozy house crafting something unique, there are a...
Experience Gifts the Whole Family will Enjoy

Experience Gifts the Whole Family will Enjoy

I don’t know about you, but this time of year I start getting the itch to purge. My son has a December birthday, which is closely followed by Christmas, and I know very soon we will have toys, gadgets and gifts arriving and filling up our home. I LOVE to give. It’s my...
Shop at Swimwest and Give the Gift of Swim!

Shop at Swimwest and Give the Gift of Swim!

It’s gift season, and if you’ve been paying attention to the news the past few months, there is likely to be a lot of delivery and supply chain issues this year. That means ordering from online retailers may spell trouble for getting your gifts in time (unless you’re...
Simple Activities to Teach Gratitude in Children

Simple Activities to Teach Gratitude in Children

Last week we received several toy catalogues in the mail, and my kids absolutely love to go through each page and circle toys they are hoping to receive. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say my 7 year old daughter circled over 100 items. She loves Barbies and...
Confident Swimmers make for Confident Kids

Confident Swimmers make for Confident Kids

I grew up with two older brothers. Being the youngest has definite advantages (my brothers *might* have called me spoiled a time or two) but it also comes with its own unique challenges. I was never going to compete with them physically or outwit them or read harder...