Our Painted Lady Butterflies Appearance

Our Painted Lady Butterflies Appearance

Remember last week, I talked about our experience with our caterpillars turning into chrysalis? Well guess what? The very next morning  when I checked on the chrysalis, 3 completely dry painted lady butterflies had made their appearance! I thought perhaps we had missed the emerging, by not checking on them sooner in the morning. (Ok so I may have went back to bed after putting my child on the schoolbus.) But it’s also possible our butterflies were feeling nocturnal and came out of their chrysalis overnight. I was disappointed at missing…

Watching Our Caterpillars Transform Into Chrysalis

Watching Our Caterpillars Transform Into Chrysalis

It may be no surprise to my readers that we added a few more “pets” to our current animal collection. Although, these pets are rather the temporary sort. I finally made good on my desire to purchase a caterpillar kit this year for our family. If your children are into creepy crawlies, or fascinated by how stuff works they would enjoy this experience as well. *This post contains affiliate links/ads so I may receive compensation if you choose to click on them and make a purchase. But it won’t change the cost. See…

Create Memories With I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books

Create Memories With I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books

When I was a kid, I remember having a book that was written with me as the lead character. It was a personalized story about myself and my next-door neighbor friend on an adventure for my birthday. To my best recollection, it was about going to “Birthday Land”, or some similar thing. I haven’t seen that book in a very long time. I would love to have it again if my mom kept it somewhere. Honestly, though, I had kind of forgotten about it until recently. A company called I…

Local Library Story And Craft Time

Local Library Story And Craft Time

Growing up, I remember visiting our local library often. My mom would take us to pick out our books. We didn’t have a TV, so books were a source of entertainment. I loved going to the library, and nowadays, you hear how important reading is for kids. I do visit the library now with my own children, although not always on a frequent basis. This week though, I took my two youngest to our local branch for the weekly story and craft time. This was a new experience for us….

Kids Making DIY Christmas Ornaments

Kids Making DIY Christmas Ornaments

One of the things many people value about the holidays are having family traditions for Christmas to share with their kids. You know the things like cookie baking, gift-giving, volunteering, Christmas-caroling, decorating, etc. I don’t know your kids in particular, but my children enjoy craft projects and making things. I found a DIY Christmas ornament project I decided to try with them this year. We had decided we shouldn’t spend money on buying new Christmas decorations this year. But this seemed like a nice way to add some new ornaments…

When Your Child Has A Tonsillectomy

When Your Child Has A Tonsillectomy

The ENT (ear/nose/throat) doctor tells you that your child needs to have a tonsillectomy. Now what happens? Often for parents, your hearts may start beating a little faster, and lots of thoughts race thru your heads. Many questions can pop up, and a certain amount of uneasiness from not knowing what to expect. “Helpful” acquaintances may regal you with their own not-so-pleasant experiences. Parents may also turn to their friend Google to try to find out details. Preparing yourself for what to expect when your child has a tonsillectomy is important. But you want to…

Our First Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Our First Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Christmas is my favorite holiday! And this year, we added a new family tradition. We are extending the love, and cheer, and excitement of receiving gifts to some children in need! You may remember a post I wrote back in September called Give A Child A Shoebox This Christmas. In it, I explained how the Operation Christmas Child program works. Well, now I decided it was time for our family to fill our first shoeboxes! So last Friday, we all went out shopping together as a family. I had a few little…

Fall Wreath-Making Fun At A Michaels Craft Class

Fall Wreath-Making Fun At A Michaels Craft Class

Have you ever considered taking a class at Michaels craft store? Maybe you haven’t tried it because you weren’t sure if it was worth your time. Or maybe you didn’t know if you would enjoy it.  Well, please reconsider! Recently a friend and I had a lot of fun taking a free class at Michaels craft store. And we got to take home some pretty new decor to brighten up the front door! We learned how to construct our own fall wreath. It was a first-time experience for both of…

Healthy Family Fun Doing a 5k Run

Healthy Family Fun Doing a 5k Run

Traditions are an important part of a person’s childhood memories. They also influence how each of us raise our own families. So I believe we need to create good traditions for our kids. Doing a 5K run together is a fun, healthy tradition that can be enjoyed as a family.  Last year my son and I participated in our first 5K Color run together. This past weekend we were able to do it again. It’s a family-friendly event, that even strollers are allowed in. Participants may run or walk based on…

Kids in the Kitchen Making Homemade Popsicles

Kids in the Kitchen Making Homemade Popsicles

This summer I kept seeing recipes for homemade popsicles, but I didn’t have a popsicle mold. Well, the other day I ran into Michael’s to get some glass bottles for my bathroom decor that I knew were on clearance. Of course when I am in the clearance aisle, there is no grab and go! I had to look around too. I noticed they also had a ton of popsicle molds on clearance also, and decided to get one. When I checked my receipt, I saw they had rung up for…