10 Tricks to Traveling on Planes with Toddlers

By Jenna Hall There are lots of great resources out there for traveling with children, but in our experience traveling back and forth from the US to the UK, these are the 10 best tricks to traveling on planes with young children (and getting compliments on how well-behaved they were when we arrive!) Save your […]

Silly Slime

I haven’t had much time to be a creative, fun mama this week and decided we needed to start the weekend with a bang. Silly slime (commercially called Gak) is one of those projects with huge bang for the time buck. It’s gooey, runny, solid, scary, fun, slimy and incredibly addictive to play with whether […]

Sleep, or Whatever You Call It

By Jenna Hall* Finn was our baby cheetah who ate every two hours, round-the-clock, never-miss-a-meal, thank-you-to-my-mother’s-family-genes until he was 16 months old (no joke, this kid went through 24 ozs of milk in the middle of the night until very recently). And because he was our first child, he was our definition of normal. Until […]

To Play or Not Play with Your Kids

The other evening, my mom and I had an interesting conversation about playing with our children. We both agreed that getting down on the floor and playing diggers (or whatever toy du jour) was/is not our favorite aspect of parenting. Doing projects? Yes. Exploring outside? Yes. Complimentary activities such as cooking, gardening or cleaning together? […]

Easy Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Natural Easter Egg dyes are super easy, kid-friendly and you probably have at least four colors’ worth of materials in your pantry or freezer. For each of the colors, boil the raw product in 3 cups of water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid and put in a glass jar (or bowl). Add a tablespoon […]

10 Homemade Valentines to Make with Kids

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you are like me, you will wait until the last minute, then rush to the store to buy a package of those little rectangular valentines for your child and let them add a few sweetheart candies, lick the envelope and you’re done. But, if you have […]

Parent-teacher conferences: What to Do When Your Child Receives a Less-Than-Glowing Report

By Jenna Hall I had my first ever parent-teacher conference earlier this week and it wasn’t the dreamy, your child is brilliant and reaching all the benchmarks and a delight to have in class, sort of meeting. Kind of the opposite really. And, I have a suspicion that this is not the only parent-teacher meeting […]

Baking with Kids: Easy Yogurt Cake with Berries

    If baking with kids sounds overwhelming, messy and experimental at best, what if I told you that my not-quite-three year old made that beautiful creation pictured above. By himself. Every last detail was done by his little hands, while mine stayed clean and on my husband’s camera as I snapped some shots of the […]

Thoughts on Being a Stay-At-Home-Mom

by Jenna Hall I secretly used to judge stay-at-home moms with their (seemingly) vast amounts of time and think to my busy working self, if only I could be at home all day with the kids, I would have a __________________(fill in the blank with: a perfectly clean house, gourmet dinners every night, more social […]

Tantrums and hitting in older toddlers

We have been having some challenges lately with our 3.5 year old son reacting to negative feedback by pushing or hitting. Usually, it is me or his little sister that bare the brunt of his blows, but on occasion it has been a little friend that has gotten hurt. In all other ways, our son […]

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