Category Archives: kids

Why It’s Good to Let Children Play #PlayMoreMN

It’s so important to let children play. However, so many parents today feel the pressure to direct their child’s every move and to provide structured opportunities for learning. Child-directed play is essential to learning, and we need to provide more opportunities and let children play.

We also need to give ourselves the freedom to relax and let the kids play and work through things on their own.

Who is with me!?

Why it's Good to Let Children Play #PlayMoreMN

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Breakfast for Dinner: Busy Mom’s Secret Weapon and Amazing Krusteaz Giveaway!

February is National Hot Breakfast Month. As most busy moms know, breakfast for dinner is a great way to please the kids without requiring much effort. In our house breakfast for dinner is a special treat. The kids don’t have to know that it’s easy for Mom.

Thanks to the great people at Krusteaz, our family was provided with all sorts of yummy breakfast makings, along with some fun extras. They’re also going to help your family celebrate Nation Hot Breakfast Month with your own prize pack!

breakfast for dinner

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Disney Character Countdown Chain for your Disney Vacation


Everyone with a Disney Vacation planned counts down the days until it arrives. Creating a Disney Character Countdown Chain makes it that much more fun.

We have been counting down the days until our Walt Disney World vacation, and now we can do it with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy countdown paper chains. They are adorable and so easy!

Disney Character Countdown Chain: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy

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Weight Loss for Moms: It’s Hard… and what I’m doing about it

Weight loss is hard. Throw in being a stay-at-home-mom without the benefit of having time go to the gym whenever you want, the income to afford the membership, or the ability to meet up with girlfriends and having a fun time at a class, and it can be a very hard and lonely battle. Weight loss for moms can be very hard.

I’ve lost a significant amount of weight before and the common denominator was always comunity support which helped make it fun. I talked about support for weight loss not too long ago. In anything you do, for me I’m specifically focused on weight loss and healthy living, community is key.

weight loss for moms - accountability and support is key

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Affordable Organic Snacks for Kids

Prepackaged organic snacks can be so expensive! These affordable organic snacks for kids are a huge time-saver, and help you feel good about what you are throwing in their backpack for snack or lunch.

Everything from breakfast bars and biscuits to popcorn and Mickey Mouse shaped animal crackers…. These snacks are great on-the-go, and perfect for busy moms on a budget. Best of all, they are organic and won’t fill your kiddos full of unnecessary chemical like the other bargain snacks.

Affordable Organic Snacks for kids

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Gifts to Inspire Creativity in Children

Kids don’t have as many opportunities these days for creative thinking. Even the modern toys seem to be more focused on profit and selling, rather than allowing kids to use their imagination and get creative. It’s so important to encourage them with gifts to inspire creativity.

You can’t really beat the open-ended play that comes from simple gifts. They may be a little old-school, but they inspire children to use their imagination and think outside the box. These gifts teach children how to learn and problem solve.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best gifts to inspire creativity in young children. Let’s help our kids play the way we did when we were younger, with these gifts to get those creative juices flowing.

Gifts to Inspire Creativity in Children - gift ideas to get the creative juices flowing

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Scout Elf Wrapping Paper Drive: use up wrapping paper scraps with Elf on the Shelf

Download this flyer for the Scout Elf Wrapping Paper Drive, and your Elf on the Shelf will deliver your wrapping paper scraps to Santa to be used for all those stocking stuffers and small gifts.

Use up all those small wrapping paper scraps without ruining the magic of Christmas. Your kids will be so excited to see that Santa used the paper they donated!

Scout Elf Wrapping Paper Drive

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The Power of Play: promote play for learning

Children have less opportunities for play than ever before. With our busy lifestyles, screen time, organized sports, and homework, kids aren’t getting enough “play time.” That means they are missing out on key learning opportunities. It’s up to us to promote play and give our kids opportunities to explore, learn, and problem solve.

The Minnesota Children’s Museum has made it their mission to promote play and redesign the museum to provide opportunities for play. We were invited to the first exhibit, Forces at Play, and had a great time!

The Power of Play: the importance of play for learning

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Martial Arts Gift Guide {for young children}

It’s always great to support your little ones when they show an interest in an activity. Christmas is also a fantastic time to get them items they can use, or to find something that will be a cherished memory each year. This martial arts gift guide will spark some ideas for your young martial artist.

Martial Arts Gift Guide (for young children)

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Practical Teacher Gift with Adorable and Inexpensive Packaging

It’s always a good idea to give the special teachers in our lives a little bit of recognition for all of their hard work and attention. This is a sweet way to dress up a practical teacher gift for Christmas or anytime.

This practical gift of items teacher’s love to get is dressed up a bit with an adorable presentation in these sweet teacups.

Practical Teacher Gift: Presentation is everything!

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