Frugal Friday: Get a Cardboard Box

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we don’t have to spend a lot of money to entertain children. I remember a mentor mom once telling me about “creative boredom.” If the kids don’t have a lot of bells and whistles, they’ll find things to do. How true it is! One frugal activity […]

Family Fun: 5 Eco-Friendly Kids Books

I was kind of curious if I actually owned any children’s books that spoke about the environment. I found a handful that have really benefited our reading and thinking times. Wonderful Worms features delightful illustrations as it explains the process by which earthworms move earth and transform matter into enriched soil. Great to combine with […]

Family Fun: Earth-Friendly Flicks

We love movie night around here. Usually, we get everyone in jammies first since someone inevitably falls to sleep before the film is over. Then, FishBoy11 takes charge of the popcorn making. We hunker down on the sofas and enjoy a movie together. The following are videos that we’ve all enjoyed over the years. While […]

Baking with Children: 4 Great Read Alouds

One thing that I’ve loved to do since my oldest was a toddler is to read books that follow some kind of theme. This has carried over into our homeschooling as well. The books that we read in any given week all fit some overarching theme. I’ve found that this helps reinforce concepts and ideas […]

Grammas and Good Eats

My grandmother, referred to most as “Gramma John,” raised eight children during the 40s and 50s, all the while running a farm and managing a household. One of her “claims to fame” was her baking. She loved to bake and always had some new recipe to try. Since she lived in Minnesota and we lived […]

Baking With Children: Kid-Sized Tools

Children love to help in the kitchen. Whether it’s licking the beaters, measuring and dumping flour, or loading and unloading the dishwasher, young children often like to be part of the action. Though it may be troublesome at times, teaching your little ones to help in cooking (and cleaning) has a number of benefits: 1. […]

Frugal Friday: DIY Backyard Toys

I’ve been the mom of toddlers for about ten years or so. In my earlier years I wanted my child to have the very best of everything. What mom doesn’t? But, back then, I thought “best of everything” meant brand new and expensive. I didn’t know that, richer or poorer, kids really don’t need much […]

Gramma John’s Buttermilk Donuts

As you know, we are Food Network junkies around here. FishPapa’s personal favorite is the show Good Eats, by Alton Brown. It’s very science-based as our good buddy Alton tells you the why and how of cooking. Ever since he cooked up donuts and corn dogs, my husband has been saying that he really wanted […]