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Magic Tree House Series
Magic Tree House Series

New York Times best selling Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne has been our library favorite for months! We embark on a new adventure with it’s main character’s Jack and Annie every week. Each chapter brings us on an adventure when Jack and Annie find a Magic Tree House that transports them back […]

Vegan GF Cheese Crackers
Vegan GF Cheese Crackers

Finding savory vegan and GF recipes that actually taste good are quite the task for a busy mama! Alas, Cara from one of my favorite vegan and GF websites forkandbeans.com is making food restrictions a little easier one recipe at a time. Thanks Cara! Just had to share this one with a few minor modifications […]

Brobo the Nightlight
Brobo the Nightlight

The cuddliest nightlight stuffy’s around and you can take them anywhere! Can’t go wrong with this one. Dryden adores his so much he insisted we buy one for a friend’s birthday, he even drew the picture above. Here is a link to the real deal.

Sponge Balls
Sponge Balls

Sponge Ball DIY: Materials: Large Scissors Elastics 2 Sponges for every sponge ball needed Directions: Cut two sponges into 3 or 4 strips, layer them back together making two equal layers. Tie an elastic around the center and voila! Sponge balls. You can mix and match colors and use them for all kinds of fun […]

Birthday fun and a live Piñata!
Birthday fun and a live Piñata!

Dryden’s robot and WALL-E inspired 5th birthday was a huge success! The live Piñata (above) was dad with a robot head. We told the kids he stole the loot bags and they had to use the sponge bombs to soak him before he would give up the goods. I must admit, it was a special […]

My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbor Totoro

This is the newest movie on rotation at the Wolfgang residence and we ALL love it! It is brilliant and most appropriate for any 5+ year old with a wild imagination. My Neighbor Totoro is a Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The movie is about 2 young sisters who move […]

Mother/Daughter Collaborative Art Work
Mother/Daughter Collaborative Art Work

Professional illustrator, Mica Angela Hendricks, collaborates with her 4 year old. Beautiful!! For more examples of their charming work check out her blog here.

One by Kathryn Otoshi
One by Kathryn Otoshi

The author, Kathryn Otoshi, has written a story on the subject of bullying in such an imaginative and compelling way. Both Dryden and I couldn’t even wait to turn each and every page. Synopsis; BLUE is a quiet color. RED is a hot head. RED likes to pick on BLUE. YELLOW, GREEN, PURPLE, and ORANGE […]

The Littles
The Littles

Behind the walls of the George W. Bigg home live the Littles, a family whose tallest member measures six inches. The Littles is a series of children’s novels by American author John Peterson, the first of which was published in 1967. The Littles has been a favourite around here for the last few weeks. As […]

“Spiritual Parenting: Evolving Your Lineage”
"Spiritual Parenting: Evolving Your Lineage"

A dear friend of mine recently shared this talk with me, “SPIRITUAL PARENTING: EVOLVING YOUR LINEAGE”, by Elana Brower. It was so powerful, I now feel compelled to share it with everyone. In this talk we learn about limbic resonance, inspired by a general theory of love and how our every mood is shared with […]

Jim Henson on Making Puppets
Jim Henson on Making Puppets

Jim Henson was a puppeteer, screenwriter, film director and producer. You may remember him as creator of The Muppets and voice behind Kermit the frog. Such an innovative man! Below is a video with various simple puppet making tutorials. Enjoyed it so much, thought I should post and share….

Why don’t friends with kids have time?
Why don't friends with kids have time?

Photo Credit: Nick Galifianakis I remember reading and very much enjoying this article years ago. Big love to all the hard working mama’s out there, in and out of the home! If you’re having difficulty reading the article, here it is below. TELL ME ABOUT IT ® By Carolyn Hax Dear Carolyn, Best friend has […]

Owlkids’
Owlkids'

With three magazines and numerous books covering various age groups, Owlkids’ publications reach more than one million youngsters and their parents every year. Chirp, chickaDEE and Owl Magazines are all part of Owlkids, Each magazine is geared toward a different age group: Chirp for ages 3-6, chickDEE ages 6-9, and Owl for ages 9-12. The […]

Daily Rhythm
Daily Rhythm

If you read my blog, you are no stranger to Kim John Payne, I absolutely adore him. In a recent workshop related to my previous post, Kim spoke at length about the importance of a daily rhythm. He revealed that years of studies suggest children usually act out, tease and bully due to a lack […]

Raise a Socially Resilient Child
Raise a Socially Resilient Child

I had the pleasure of attending yet another workshop with Kim John Payne this past weekend. Kim spoke at length about how parents can raise a socially resilient child and break the cycle of reactivity, exclusion and escalation. A key note that lasted with me from this workshop, was how to help a child strengthen […]

Breaking the Cycle of Teasing
Breaking the Cycle of Teasing

Disclaimer: I cannot guarantee that the information in this post will work or that it is appropriate for the usage of all readers. During a workshop I attended, led by Kim John Payne, he reports studies that have shown the impact of subtle non inclusion (teasing, gossiping, name calling) being a significantly larger issue amongst […]

Justice Without Blame
Justice Without Blame

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a workshop led by Kim John Payne. Kim regularly gives lectures at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and training’s around the world. He has worked with many schools using a Social Inclusion Approach that teaches a “justice without blame” method to conflict resolution. […]

The Roar – Bentlily Daily Poem
The Roar - Bentlily Daily Poem

A lovely little poem by Samantha Reynolds who has pledged to write one poem a day, in an attempt to be more present in her day to day. Fortunately, she has decided to share each and every one on her site, bentlily.com. The Roar We have friends over they bring civilized gifts homemade jam a […]

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy (T&A)
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy (T&A)

We learned a whole new meaning to T&A this past year; tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. A little over a year ago, our family doctor commented about the unusual size of our child’s tonsils. Apparently tonsils and adenoids are two peas in a pod, which meant that little man probably had some giant sized adenoids as well.Thinking […]

One and Done – Our Only Child
One and Done - Our Only Child

One And Done – Our Only Child Before I begin, I think it necessary to say that I am an only child. Perhaps I should add that I was raised by a stern father, without mother and in harder times, fostered by close family and friends. By most evaluations I should have a plethora of […]

Someecards
Someecards

In case you are not familiar with Someecards, they are hilarious electronic greeting cards that you can send for just about any occasion. Thought I would put together a humorous selection of funny ones about being a mom!

My Father’s Dragon – First Chapter Book
My Father's Dragon - First Chapter Book

Dryden’s first chapter book, huge success!! Said to be a favorite among young readers since the 1940s and a Newbery honor book, “My Father’s Dragon” has become a favorite around here as well. It’s a quirky little tale following the happenings of the narrator’s father, Elmer Elevator, as a boy. The story begins when Elmer […]

Geocaching
Geocaching

Pack a picnic and head to the park for a fun, free family adventure!! Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Find out how to register and begin hunting for […]

Where Did All the Dragons Go?
Where Did All the Dragons Go?

If you haven’t already read this book, the Wolfgang highly recommends it. It has been a firm favorite in this house for over a month now. Dryden actually wished he were one of the children in the book. Needless to say, we felt the magic. It’s a clever fable written by Fay Robinson and brilliantly […]

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