Marbles and gravel

Now that you have the big rocks in it is time to add in the marbles these are the recurring events that make your family run smoothly.  These are the mini green pig pong balls. Including birthdays, holiday travel and hosting, sports seasons, and planned spending. Gravel or ping pong balls are the goals that require focus and planning these are the things that you must do to meet those further put goals.  This can be lessons, savings goals, or researching options.  These are the … Read more Marbles and gravel

Bigrocks

So often we get  bogged down in the day today that we can lose sight of those big goals.  I remember seeing the awesome list on a family I babysat for s refrigerator. The it was the family goals for the current year then 3 and 5 year goals.  I want to encourage you to take some time in this week or next to talk about the big rocks the big things your family wants to accomplish in 2017. It also where you want to … Read more Bigrocks

Your Greatest Holiday Built from Proven & Improvised Activities

Think about your childhood what was the best thing you remember about the Holidays.   These Great Holiday  Memories often are the Traditions we pass down through the generations.  I often wonder if the little things my parents did were built from proven longstanding traditions or improvised activities. Traditions are abundant in the Holiday Season.  There are 101 things to do lists.  Just the pressure to have a family photo that is square for instagram, ready to print in landscape for cards and makes a … Read more Your Greatest Holiday Built from Proven & Improvised Activities

Get You Markers Ready Gingerbread Coloring Contest

Coloring contests have long been one of my Mom’s go to projects for those times when she needed a few minutes of peace and quiet.   This happened pretty regularly when my cousins were spending the day or a few days with us. The rules were to go and color quietly , then when you were done mom would pick a favorite.    This was some  MAMA MAGIC. It worked like a charm with at least a couple of us each time.  I think my … Read more Get You Markers Ready Gingerbread Coloring Contest

Little Gift Ideas- Stockings will be Quickly Stuffed

It seems like every year I get down to the end of the shopping but then I need a few little gifts.  You know the ones that you need to balance out the totals for various kiddos.  Or the Stocking that is a bit under stuffed.   These are really great year round options for gifts too. Games Family games are always a hit in my family. Finding games that work for a variety of ages and are fun with a bit of education are … Read more Little Gift Ideas- Stockings will be Quickly Stuffed

Happy Thanksgiving the Ultimate Family Holiday

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Celebration no matter how big or small it is.  Enjoy the time with Family and Friends. It is the year to follow that age old advice of not discussing  politics or religion at a  meal. Instead talk about and record some of the great family memories from this year and years past. Share these 3 things: Name the thing or person you most thankful for this year? What was your favorite day in the last year? Looking ahead, what do you want to accomplish … Read more Happy Thanksgiving the Ultimate Family Holiday

Filling Daddy’s Boots the importance of Family Memories

Today marks a very special day.   My father was born today, and 20 years ago he celebrated his last birthday. My dad battled cancer for 3 years.  It was a tough battle, but one I am so thankful that he fought.  It gave us the opportunity to become much closer and for him to know me as an adult.  I am not so sure he would like all my choices, but I do not think this blog would be surprising to him.    I … Read more Filling Daddy’s Boots the importance of Family Memories

Snow Days are Coming are You Ready

Growing up Halloween meant that snow was just around the corner or that we already had a few inches on the ground.  Finding costumes that worked well with coats or long- johns were the normal plan. It had to be a big storm for our schools to get cancelled. But I know now that winter is coming  Moms and Dad are starting to think of ways to fill those snow days and I have a couple of solutions. I have taken all the chemistry experiments from … Read more Snow Days are Coming are You Ready

Lab Chemistry Red Cabbage Juice pH Fundamentals

Using Cabbage juice to explore acids and bases is a  great introduction to a number of chemistry concepts.  Simply changing out the equipment and expanding the list of items tested moves this from pre-school to middle school. Supplies- The older the kiddo the more chemicals and the more you can go to the ends of the spectrum. Preschoolers will be happy and get the big concepts with 2-3 chemicals that are closer to the center.   The basics- Red cabbage juice–  this is a great … Read more Lab Chemistry Red Cabbage Juice pH Fundamentals