Parenting, Travel

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

Growing up in the Central Valley of California, I never really experienced autumn.  Yes, the leaves would turn colors and fall to the ground, but it all seemed to happen in the blink of an eye.  There was no time to really enjoy the beautiful colors like you can out here in Virginia. While I… Continue reading Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

Education, Parenting

Making Sight Words Fun

It's hard to believe that Lil' Man has already completed his first month of kindergarten!  Last week he received his first set of monthly sight words to practice at home:  I, the, a, go, and is.  We quickly went through all of his teacher's recommended activities, and we determined that Lil' Man should use his time to practice… Continue reading Making Sight Words Fun

Parenting, Travel

Tips for Attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

As the leaves start to change colors here in Virginia, I find myself longing for the delightful fall decorations that adorn Magic Kingdom this time of year.  We were fortunate enough to see MK decked out for this year's festivities on the last day of our trip in August.  Although I was exhausted and ready… Continue reading Tips for Attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Education, Parenting

What We are Reading: A Book Review of A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

Title:  A Perfectly Messed-Up Story Author:  Patrick McDonnell Hardcover:  40 pages Publisher:  Little, Brown and Company ISBN-13:  978-0316222587 Summary:  In the beginning, Louie's story seems perfect.  It is when Louie is faced with one mess after another that he must learn to embrace the fact that life can't always be perfect and that is okay. What… Continue reading What We are Reading: A Book Review of A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

Parenting

Major Discount on Select Disney Craft Kits

If you are looking for some activities to keep your kiddos busy, especially if you are in the midst of a countdown to Disney, you might want to check out your local Michael's store.  This afternoon I found both Lion Guard and Finding Dory craft kits from the Disney Family Crafts line marked down to 90%… Continue reading Major Discount on Select Disney Craft Kits

Parenting

An Inexpensive Father’s Day DIY: Ford Model-A Footprint Painting

My Month-Long Absence It seems like it has been an eternity since I last wrote.  We have been incredibly busy since mid-May with my husband's graduation in Pittsburgh, hosting his family, preschool graduation and celebrating Lil' Man's fifth birthday in early June.  I had fully intended to post during this time, but we've been hit… Continue reading An Inexpensive Father’s Day DIY: Ford Model-A Footprint Painting

Parenting

Pokémon Garden Rock DIY

I'm a bit behind in posting this week, but I assure you we have been quite busy with some Pokémon themed crafts these last couple of weeks.  Within a 24 hour time span, I managed to injure myself on both my mandoline slicer as well as my spiralizer.  The first accident was due to my own… Continue reading Pokémon Garden Rock DIY