Free Book from Barnes & Noble

Barnes and Noble just released their summer reading program for kids (earn a free book).  Go here for all the info and download the pdf for tracking their reading times.


DIY Snow Globes

I saw some snow globes like these at Anthropologie for about $28 and then I saw this tutorial at Martha Stewart. Looks like a fun craft and thought I would share.  =)


Thankful for these Thanksgiving Printables

Over at Skip to My Lou there are a BUNCH of very cool Thanksgiving Printables!


Preschool Autumn Printables

If  you have a preschooler at home, check out these cute and educational FREE Printables.


Family Fun: Fluffy Crochet Flip Flops

We had some old flip flops hanging around, so the other day my girls and I spruced them up with some ‘flare.’  Take some fluffy yarn and Double Crochet around the flips flops until they are nice and full.  Instead of chaining, use the strap of the flip flop to draw the yarn through (step . . . → Read More: Family Fun: Fluffy Crochet Flip Flops


Family Fun: Water Squirters

Today is a HOT day here in Illinois.  Summer is flying by, but wanted to squeeze in this fun ‘cool down’ tip.  I have bought water guns before…those cheap ones, but they just don’t work well.  So, I bought these water bottles (my son in photo above) from the Dollar Tree and they work great. . . . → Read More: Family Fun: Water Squirters


Our House Concert with Melanie Penn

One of the highlights for the month of July was having another house concert in our home (we love ourselves some good gourmet music from talented singer/songwriters).  This time it was with Melanie Penn (who is fabulous!). Here are two videos of the same song, “Ordinary Day.”  The first is in our living room and . . . → Read More: Our House Concert with Melanie Penn


Photography: Camping at Lake Le Aqua Na

Our family LOVES to camp!  Here are some pics from our Memorial Day Getaway in Lena, IL.  Click on any of the thumbnails below to enlarge.

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familyFinds Deal Site

I just discovered this Fun Family Deals site that offers deep discounts on family related activities in your local area.  Check it out here.


Butterfly Cupcake (Fluttercup) Decorating

This past weekend, I went to my niece’s birthday party.  Her mommy always makes the cutest cakes and cupcakes.  Here is a design that she found in the Family Fun Magazine.  You melt white chocolate with a little bit of vegetable oil and place in a zip-lock bag (or frosting bag).  Print a figure from . . . → Read More: Butterfly Cupcake (Fluttercup) Decorating



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