• Cards,  FreePrintable,  Holidays

    Valentine A Day [14 Day of Valentines]

    When I first started blogging, one of the first things I found and tried on another blog was 14 Days of Valentines. It’s a cute and easy way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, AND it can also be fairly inexpensive too! I haven’t done it in several years but decided to go for it again this year and started last Friday on February 1st with some simple (and sometimes silly) Valentines for my husband. It’s not too late though! You can throw some of these together quickly and get started right away! First, if you’re anything like me, you need a plan, so I made this “Valentine A Day” printable, so…

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  • Cards,  Holidays

    Handmade Kids Valentine’s Day Cards

    This is a throwback to some cards the boys made all the way back in 2016. It doesn’t seem like that would be that long ago, but the boys have changed so, so much since then! So keeping that in mind, these cards were made by a 1.5 and 6 year old. Big Brother’s hand just barely fit on the paper for the monkey. I remember thinking that that was probably the last year he’d be doing any kind of a hand print card!   So since I was talking about the monkey card, let’s take a closer look at that one first. You’ll need the following: card stock (white…

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  • Home Projects

    Building a Backyard Play Set

    We recently were able to buy a backyard play set (swing set) for the boys, and I thought I’d share some of the photos from while Jeremy and my dad were building it. There were A LOT of pieces. Jeremy says that there was not a single piece that you didn’t have to put together. This was after about 5 hours of work. They were nearly finished here. After about 8 1/2 hours of work, they finished! The next day we added mulch underneath, and now the boys are loving their new play set! A couple tips and some information: The estimated assembly time was 8-10 hours for 2 people,…

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  • Activities,  Crafts,  Holidays

    DIY 4th of July Flag Shirt {And Our 4th of July Fun}

    This year we stayed home and hung out at our house for 4th of July. I didn’t want to make a big production of it like we did for Little Brother’s birthday party, but I still wanted the day to be special. So I planned a few little activities to do around the house, and we had a few people over to just hang out and relax. My favorite activity of the day was making these cute DIY flag t-shirts. I found the idea at the last minute the day before 4th of July, but we were able to whip them together easily on Independence Day morning after breakfast. Supplies:…

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  • Activities,  Birthday

    How To Plan A Thomas the Train Birthday Party

    Since Little Brother loves just about anything that “goes”, we decided a Thomas The Train Birthday Party would be the perfect choice to celebrate his 3rd birthday. I did a lot of planning and searching for ideas, and I’m sharing them here, so you can easily plan a Thomas the Train Birthday Party too. Let’s get planning! Scroll on for more details! Entry The first thing our guests saw at our Thomas the Train Birthday Party was Thomas on the Track on our front sidewalk.I found the idea for the “3 YR OLD CROSSING” sign and duct tape tracks both on Pinterest. The tracks take a lot more duct tape…

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  • Activities

    A Day Out With Thomas

    Recently, we went to “A Day Out With Thomas” at the Colorado Railroad Museum. I actually chose Thomas as Little Brother’s birthday party theme with this event in mind since I already had the tickets. Little Brother loves Thomas even more since his birthday, so it was great planning! There were several activities to do and trains and cars to explore before our departure time. If you love trains, this is the place to go! They even had a scavenger hunt of sorts with a prize at the end. The Railroad Museum allows you to bring a picnic lunch, so the boys did that while we picked up some barbecue…

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  • Activities,  Holidays

    Thanksgiving Activities Jar

    I like to try to celebrate and do activities as we approach Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect opportunity to teach our kids about gratitude. This year we wrote down several ideas for “gratitude activities” and put them in our Thanksgiving Activities Jar. We’d like to do one activity each day, but we’re doing them as we have time. Life can be busy as kids get older and start doing activities! Gratitude and Thanksgiving Activities: Gratitude Scavenger Hunt Write a thank you note. Call your grandparents and say hi. Write a list of the things you love about someone and give it to them. Say a prayer to thank God for all your…

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  • Activities

    Spring Blizzard Activities

    It’s Spring time in Colorado, so it’s the perfect time for…a blizzard! As a native Coloradan I can tell you that March and April are some of the prime times for big snow storms and today was no exception. Though it was 70 degrees and sunny yesterday, today we found ourselves stuck inside, but there was still plenty of fun without the sun. First we played some games. Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, and Operation are favorites. For a nice twist on Candy Land we used these cards to do a little sight word review and learning on a day off from school. Big Brother is doing better and better…

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  • Personal

    Photo A Day {#17 of 30 Before 30}

    Probably a couple years ago I stumbled across the Photo A Day challenge from Fat Mum Slim on Instagram. I got into it. It’s fun! But I’ve never been able to consistently take a picture for several days in a row. I’d forget or not be able to come up with an idea. It’s something I really thought I wanted to do, so I put “complete 2 straight weeks of photo a day” on my 30 Before 30 list. And…I did it! Here’s the result:   It was a fun challenge to complete, and I had even more fun than I have taking pictures for the challenge in the past.…

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  • Personal

    30 Before 30 {Update}

    It’s been over three months since I started out on my “30 Before 30” adventure. Yikes! 3 months and I haven’t blogged a single thing since then. Maybe I should have picked “blog more consistently” as one of my “things” to complete. The truth is that life is busy and sometimes (well, most of the time) I’d rather spend time with my boys. I’m not a fast writer. I think about every.single.word…so it takes some time.   Well, anyway, I’m going to pull out my little “30 Before 30” journal here and give you an update. Here goes! 1. Consign at a children’s consignment sale Done! I think I may do…

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