Best of the best free photo apps and websites

Earlier this week I wrote a post about taking great pictures with your iPhone.  This post is about going one step farther and then editing those photos.  Here are some free photo-related apps and websites.  These resources allow you to make your photos more professional-looking or add entertaining features.  I have also included some of my other favorite photo-related apps

Chore tic tac toe

Now that my daughter is getting to be old enough to start helping with chores, I have been thinking of ways to make chores fun.  Here was my first idea: Chore Tic-Tac-Toe.  For now, she needs to get three X’s in a row in order to “win.”  When my younger child is old enough, I will have them play each

Special quote book keepsake

When my daughter was young, I created a book of meaningful quotes for her as a keepsake.  I then added pages to the back for “Quotes From You”, where I write down all of the funny and sweet things that she says.  This has become a treasure for my daughter, especially as she gets old enough to understand some of

Creative consequences for kids

I started using “creative consequences” for my kids about six months ago, and was shocked at what a difference it made in whether or not they actually listen to me.  It gets their attention much faster than the typical lines they’ve heard a thousand times.  Some of them may seem kind of silly, but that’s why kids love them, and

My favorite parenting quotes

I’ve been reading a lot of great parenting quotes lately, so I decided to compile the best ones.  Some are wise, some are funny, and some are just plain logical.  I hope you enjoy them!  Let me know if I missed any good ones. “I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.” –Robert Orben “We

10 different ideas for mommydaughter day

A while ago, my daughter and I had a Mommy/Daughter day, and I realized that we were both getting sick of the same old dinner and a movie, or the kids’ places that we go to for birthday parties. So, I came up with 10 new ideas that sounded more memorable. We started doing these, and have had a lot

Crafty dry erase boards for kids rooms

I recently started using dry erase boards in my kids’ bedrooms to leave them reminders, write notes, and stay organized.  It has not only made my life easier, but my kids love it!  Once it became clear that they were going to be in the rooms for a while, I decided to make them nicer looking. Here is my daughter’s,

10 new uses for cookie cutters

I consider myself a minimalist and like to use everything in my house as often as possible.  I don’t like the idea of storing an item away, only to use it once or twice a year.  So, after my annual Christmas baking day, I was packing up my cookie cutters as usual and realized that I could actually use them

5 crazy sledding ideas

Happy New Year!  For my first post of 2013, here are 5 crazy ideas for twists on sledding.  You should be able to do any of these with items you already have.  Please leave me a comment if you try any of them! 1. Use a laundry basket: you can fill it with stuffed animals for younger kids so they

50 Songs From Parent to Child

50 Songs from Parent to Child

Growing up in a musically-talented (except for some of us…) family, songs have been a big part of our lives.  In fact, we have sisters and brothers named after well known songs and artists.  We put together this list of songs that were written for children, but are not necessarily children’s songs. You can use this list to make mix CDs or

Easy christmas teacher gift

When I used to teach preschool, my favorite holiday gifts were ones that were useful (i.e. Starbucks gift cards), and ones that were sentimental (i.e. a homemade craft from the child).  Now that I’m on the giver end of teacher gifts, I like to combine both of these types of gifts.  This year I created a simple gift using items

Best interactive christmas websites for kids

I’ve got to hand it to some people – they are more creative than I will ever be.  Some very inventive (and tech savvy!) people have created some awesome interactive Christmas websites that kids love.  Here are my favorites (and of course, these are all free): 1. Portable North Pole: This website is a child favorite.  Anyone can create a

Keeping kids busy

Here are ideas for keeping kids busy while you need to get things done around the house.  None of them will make a mess, and most can be done with items you have around the house already. Magnets: make magnets for kids so that they can play with them while you are cooking Picture magnet You will need: 8 x

50 date night ideas

Date nights are one of my favorite things in life.  I actually think that I like date nights now more than I did in my single days.  Here are some of my favorite date night ideas – please note that some of them are at-home date nights, so you’ll have to make arrangements for your kids (see this post on preparing

Traditions

Some of my best childhood memories are of our family traditions, especially the ones we made up on our own.  I always knew that when I had my own family, traditions would be a big part of our life.  Not only do traditions provide a sense of family unity, but they’re usually fun for everybody as well.  If you want