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    24 Free Printable Backyard Activity Cards

    It is nice to get your kids outside to play, but do you ever struggle with keeping them engaged? Of course, they will ideally enjoy some independent play on their outdoor toys or use their imaginations, but there may come a time when they need a little more guidance about how to be creative or active while they are enjoying the fresh air. That is where these printable backyard activity cards come in! Print the activity cards (on card stock, if you have it), and cut them out. Then, while you are playing outside, have your kids draw cards at random and complete the activity prompts.  If you are not…

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    3 Printable Indoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids

    If you are stuck inside and looking for a way to keep kids entertained, a scavenger hunt is a fun and educational solution. I am excited to share with you these three printable indoor scavenger hunts that were designed to get kids active while helping them learn. When you download this free pack of printable scavenger hunts for kids, you will find that each hunt has an educational theme and includes engaging questions or activities to go one step beyond checking items off a list. Counting Scavenger Hunt for Kids The Counting hunt is geared toward preschoolers who are practicing their counting and one-to-one correspondence skills. Your kids will be…

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    Raising Kids

    10 Wonderful Outdoor Toys Your Kids Need to Have

    As a mom of four kids, having a fenced-in backyard fun zone full of outdoor toys for kids is a lifesaver. I need a space outside the house for my kids to stay occupied and play together, without having to keep track of everyone at a park. To be honest, it’s a bonus if they will play independently, allowing me to keep an eye on them while accomplishing other things. Over the years, we have gathered a collection of fun outdoor toys for kids that entertain ages toddler through grade school. Below is a list of outdoor toys for kids that have provided hours of backyard fun for my family.…

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    10 Encouraging Bible Coloring Pages for Kids

    We are living in scary and uncertain times right now, as our world has been turned upside down. These Bible coloring pages are meant to give kids an opportunity to reflect on the good and positive in the world and in themselves, to give them hope, to inspire them to pray and trust in God. Each of these free Bible coloring pages features a positive word, which is accompanied by a related Bible verse. Beneath the positive word, I’ve written a prompt. Kids can color or doodle their answers to each prompt. The encouraging words, verses, and prompts are: Good (Romans 8:28): God, here is the good I see in…

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    6 Easter Coloring Pages and Printable Activities for Kids

    Easter is such a wonderful season of celebration! In honor of this special time, I have put together six fun Easter coloring page and printable activities for kids. Whether in the days leading up to Easter or at an Easter party, I hope your kids will enjoy these coloring pages of eggs and Easter bunnies. To access the Easter coloring pages, you will enter your name and email address below, and then check your inbox for a downloadable PDF packet. This packet includes: 4 Easter coloring pages 1 fill-in story that will create a silly letter to the Easter Bunny 1 activity page on which kids can fill their own…

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    23 Ideal Catholic First Communion Gifts

    If you are searching for a Catholic First Communion gift for a special child in your life, you have a great opportunity to impact that child’s faith journey. A perfect First Communion gift will commemorate the very special occasion, help the child practice his or her faith, serve as reminders of the Catholic faith in the child’s daily life, or educate the child about Catholicism. I have put together a list of gift ideas that serve these purposes and will surely be cherished by girls and boys receiving their First Communion. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a…

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    Summer Bucket List for Kids {Free Printable}

    Have you ever heard the saying that we only have eighteen summers with our kids? In theory, there is something so magical about summer. Everyone is home together, the weather is warm, and the opportunities to make memories of a lifetime are endless. But summertime can also be overwhelming. You might feel pressure to pack each day with activities, or you might feel guilty if you let a day pass by where everyone is vegging in front of the TV. How do you balance the magic with the overwhelm? Enter the summer bucket list for kids. Building a summer bucket list with your kids is the ideal way to make…

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    25 Clutter-Free Easter Basket Stuffers for Kids

    If I could go back in time and start parenting again, knowing what I know now, I think one of the changes I would make would be not to let so many toys and so much stuff into our home. I am presently in decluttering mode, and the last thing I want is for our Easter baskets to result in more permanent clutter. If you feel the same as I do, I can help! I’ve put together a list of fun non-candy, clutter-free Easter basket fillers. These Easter basket fillers are “clutter-free” because rather than commandeering more precious space in your home, they either serve a practical purpose or are consumable…

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    Free Kids’ Activity and Coloring Pages for Spring

    I don’t know about you, but I am so excited that spring is just around the corner! To celebrate the end of winter, I have put together a set of printable kids’ activity and coloring pages for spring. I hope your students or kids get into the spirit of spring and bust out lots of colorful crayons to complete these printable pages. When you enter your email below, you will receive a PDF that contains two coloring pages and three fun spring printable activities for kids. Coloring Pages for Spring The first of the two coloring pages for spring features the words “Spring has Sprung!” The phrase is surrounded by…

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    11 Brilliant Time-Saving Laundry Tips for Busy Moms

    Do you feel like your laundry is out of control? Babies and toddlers go through so many clothes, and as you have more children, the dirty laundry seems to multiply exponentially. You might feel accomplished when you finally get a load of laundry washed and dried, but then you still have to sort it, fold it, and put it away. By the time you’re done, it’s all piled up again. But you don’t have to feel so overwhelmed! With these laundry tips and tricks, you will be able to save time and hopefully feel more in control of your laundry. Implement a laundry routine. For a long time, I had…

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    Free Printable Mother’s Day Book From a Child to Someone Special

    This Mother’s Day, your kids or students can create a personalized gift for any woman in their lives. This Mother’s Day printable book would be wonderful as a standalone gift, or as a card or addition to another gift. Each page provides fill-in prompts about the special person. The kids (or you) can write in answers and then draw pictures throughout the book. I have intentionally left the name blank so that the child can personalize it: mom, stepmom, grandma, abuela, nana, and so on. This will also give early writers some spelling practice on a special name! It also does not reference Mother’s Day specifically, so it could be…

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    Gift Guides

    25 Sensational Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandma

    Mother’s Day offers an opportunity to celebrate all the moms in your life, including your own grandma or your kids’ grandma. Grandmas spend so much of their time lending a helping hand, offering advice, and supporting their grandkids. You’re sure to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift for grandma on this list of personalized items, grandma jewelry, and thoughtful gifts that celebrate what she means to you. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn on qualifying purchases. Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandma These Mother’s Day gifts for grandma are…

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    8 Basic Ways to Help Your Family Stay Healthy (When Everyone Else is Sick)

    It’s like slow motion. A kid’s nose wrinkles. She sniffs. Her mouth opens. A sneeze is coming. And you know what might happen if that sneeze leads to a bad cold—weeks of nursing one kid after another and yourself back to health. Days missed from school. Days missed from work. Heaps of tissues and a huge dose of misery. You throw your whole body in front of any other kids around you like a human shield to avoid the wrath of the sneeze. This is one of the downsides of having a large family. If one person gets sick, it might be a months-long ordeal as the germs have a field day,…

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    5 Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables for Kids

    My three oldest kids had so much fun with this set of five St. Patrick’s Day printables! I hope you will enjoy this variety of activities for your own children or the students in your classroom. When you download this set of free St. Patrick’s Day printables, you will receive a PDF that includes: St. Patrick’s Day printable coloring page of a leprechaun hat “I’m lucky to have…” shamrock writing and reflection activity Shamrock color by addition worksheet Coloring and drawing activity: “What would you like to find at the end of the rainbow?” “Wanted” Leprechaun poster fill-in-the-blank story activity The short form at the bottom of this post will…

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    Raising Kids

    12 Mistakes Parents Make When Hiring a Nanny

    Families with two working parents have a variety of childcare options they might consider. Many opt for a traditional daycare facility, which usually incorporates education and play in an institutional setting with trained teachers. Alternatively, parents might drop their kids off with a fellow parent or licensed provider who offers childcare out of their home. A third option is hiring a nanny to care for their children inside the family home. Benefits of Hiring a Nanny When you consider hiring a nanny as opposed to alternative childcare options, there are many benefits. Large family needs. When we found out we were expecting our fourth baby, the family friend who had…