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February 25, 2020

There are people who love winter sports and those who are counting down the days until beach weather. But one of the best survival methods for our long, gray Midwestern winters is to embrace the cold, the fluffy snow and the myriad opportunities for family fun.

We've gathered some of the b...

February 25, 2020

Let's face it: Groundhog's Day is a sham. I mean, is there any possible way that spring would come before the end of March in Michigan? So not happening. But if your will to make it through until the first gorgeous green buds break is fading, we've come up with a mini survival guide to make it a lit...

January 23, 2020

Thursday was National Bird Day, so we celebrated by making a few super simple winter bird feeders. It kept the littles busy for a good while and doubled as an act of kindness toward our feathered friends -- a win all around. 

Let us know if you make one!


1/2 c coconut oil

2 tbsp all-natural...

January 23, 2020

Can we go back to Christmas for a sec? In the constant warp speed that is parenting it feels like eons ago already, but there are still forlorn trees strewn across curbsides and rolls of wrapping paper that still haven't made their way up to the attic. Or is that just our house?    

My hus...

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 ;) 


  • card...

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...

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