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December 21, 2019

After last year, we are full-fledged U-cut Christmas tree folks. As much as I love the little lot right down the street from our house, there is something about walking around a Christmas tree farm that sets our festive hearts aflutter.

We went to Blue Star last year, but I think we'll venture d...

December 18, 2019

The longest night of the year -- and the return of the sun -- is worthy of a simple but significant celebration. Hygge and all that. It also provides a respite from the holiday frenzy, an opportunity to pause and reflect on the wonderful world around us.

Luckily, it requires almost no planning and...

December 6, 2019

One thing a Midwestern winter will teach you: to embrace it, for otherwise you will be in for a dreadfully long, horribly un-fun season. We found a little sledding hill near our house last winter and made use out of it almost every day that there was snow on the ground.

I -- someone who has wholehear...

December 4, 2019

I spotted a bag of colorful jewels at the store a few weeks ago and immediately know what I wanted to do with them. So we spent a slice of this snowy morning making Christmas tree cards for our neighbors, and they turned out even cuter than expected. Hopefully our neighbors agree ;) 


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November 10, 2019

What the world needs now -- and arguably always -- is a little extra of kindness, right? We've come up with 30 small ways that kids of all ages can do something nice for others. Hopefully those efforts will rub off on others, and before we know it there will be a full-blown kindness movement sweepin...

November 1, 2019

Today is the first day of November, and we've decided to spend the month focusing on kindness and gratitude. An ongoing gratitude journal can be a great thing for older kids and adults, but for the little ones we're keeping it nice and simple. 

Spend a few moments at breakfast or before bedtime talk...

October 29, 2019

The fall colors are set to peak here in Southwest Michigan soon (source: eyeballs). Couple that with warm weather forecasted for the weekend and you've got zero good excuses to not take the kids out for a nature walk.

And if they're anything like ours, they've been eating candy non-stop for the last...

October 23, 2019

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus

With that in mind, head outdoors to explore this lovely, fleeting treasure trove of Mother Nature. Having some warm cider afterward wouldn't be terrible.

Download the pdf right here.

Originally published 10.12.17.

October 4, 2019

The air is crisp, the leaves are turning, and the fall festivities are well underway. Pick apples, venture through a corn maze, head to a pumpkin patch or enjoy a slew of autumnal weekend activities for the whole family. 

Read on for the details, and be sure to check out our outdoor guide...

October 2, 2019

Why should summer get all the bucket list love? Not cool, you guys. With mild temps, crisp blue skies and Mother Nature's dazzling display, autumn is the perfect time to get outdoors and have some fun, after school, on the weekends, playing hooky, whatever. Before You Know What comes. Let's do this....

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