Children's Book Recommendations, Crafts & Creative Ideas, Liturgical Living

All Saints Day & Choosing Patron Saints (with Gift Guide)

The feast of All Saints Day is approaching (Nov 1), so I thought now was a great time to talk about saints and our family's new(ish) tradition. We are blessed to be a part of the communion of saints – which include those holy men and women who have gone before us, who have truly… Continue reading All Saints Day & Choosing Patron Saints (with Gift Guide)

Crafts & Creative Ideas

Apologizing to my Kids

I’m going to admit something that I’m not proud of... I’m not good at apologizing to my kids. For some, I know it comes easy, but it’s something I’ve struggled with as a parent. 😞 All my kiddos have grown up hearing that it’s ok to make mistakes - that’s how we grow and learn. They… Continue reading Apologizing to my Kids

Children's Book Recommendations, Crafts & Creative Ideas

Johnny Appleseed & Other Apple Books for September

September is the month when I pull out my basket of books on apples and Johnny Appleseed. We start to welcome in the fall season (even if the temperatures don't acknowledge it and there are wildfires blazing around us still here in northern California). The kiddos and I talk about the stages of an apple… Continue reading Johnny Appleseed & Other Apple Books for September

Crafts & Creative Ideas

Making Chalkboard Frames

Here's another suuuuper easy craft that's great for kiddos' rooms - or even for the kiddos to make themselves! These wooden frames with heart-shaped cutouts are only 99 cents at Michaels Craft stores! You can't beat that. They also sell square frames with square cutouts for $1.50. While you're at the craft store, grab some… Continue reading Making Chalkboard Frames

Crafts & Creative Ideas

Making Fabric-Covered Mats

Want to know a super easy trick to making a frame look more fun and personal? Wrap it in your favorite fabric! I'm going to show you how simple it is to do with step-by-step instructions below. This whole process took me about ten minutes. 😀 I have a few of these scattered throughout my… Continue reading Making Fabric-Covered Mats

Crafts & Creative Ideas

Earth Day – 50th Anniversary

Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day, and this year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of its inception. Earth Day is observed globally as a day to recognize the importance of protecting our planet and environment. Granted, that should be our desire every day of the year. 😉 I like to remind our children that God… Continue reading Earth Day – 50th Anniversary

Crafts & Creative Ideas

Tangled – a Disney Dinner & Movie Night Menu

A dear friend of mine has been working her way through my Disney Dinner & Movie Night Menus and her daughter recently threw out a special request: Tangled. It really couldn't have come at a more perfect time because we're all feeling like poor Rapunzel right now... quarantined in our own towers, cut off from the… Continue reading Tangled – a Disney Dinner & Movie Night Menu

Crafts & Creative Ideas

Crafting while "Sheltered in Place"

Hi everyone! I hope you and your families are staying healthy, safe, (and sane) during this uneasy and ever-changing time of the Corona virus crisis.  Welcome to my first "Craft Hop" - it's essentially a one-stop-shop for you to get some great ideas!  Since basically the whole world is stuck at home right now, this… Continue reading Crafting while "Sheltered in Place"

Crafts & Creative Ideas

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Tokens of Love

  The month of LOVE is almost here!! It's hard to believe that it's almost February, isn't it? Valentine's Day, and the two weeks leading up to it, is quickly becoming my children's "second favorite holiday" (according to them). I think it's because of this tradition I've established with them during the last several years… Continue reading Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Tokens of Love