How to Make a Seashell Bird Feeder

This is the time of year when many families hit the beach. Whether you are there for the day or longer, it’s almost a guarantee your kids will find shells. Kids love to collect seashells, especially those big clam shells. Last summer, my kids filled an entire bucket with shells, rocks, and sticks


Quick and Easy Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

Have you ever looked at the clock and thought, “Oh crap, I need to feed everyone again!” I almost always have good intentions to follow our meal plan, but occasionally time slips by before I start prepping for dinner. The worst is when I forget to pull meat out of the freezer to


How to Keep Kids Busy and Learning With LEGO® Activities

Do you ever feel like your kids are driving you nuts? OK, that was a silly question. Of course you do. What I mean is… do you have days where it feels extra difficult for your kids to entertain themselves? I run into this a lot working from home full-time, especially while


Easy Mediterranean Lemon and Herb Grill Packets

This mouthwatering Mediterranean grill packet with Lemon and Herb Chicken Kabobs recipe is sponsored by Johnsonville. If you send your husband to the grocery store with a list of ingredients to try a new recipe, he might message you for help. Confession: I’ve never had pesto before. Or, at least, I’ve never


10 Must-Haves to Bring to an Amusement Park

Never wait two hours into a road trip before double checking someone has the tickets. “You have the tickets, right?” Brian and I made plans to take a road trip to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. We both had been to that amusement park several times in the past. I can’t remember now


Give Your Taste Buds a Kick With This Easy Southwestern Sandwich Recipe

I stared at the oven, wiping sweat from my forehead. Even with the air conditioning on, it was too dang hot to cook. Merely thinking of preheating the oven made me perspire. It was too late in the day for my slow cooker to save me, and I didn’t have anything ready


How a Family Day at the Races Drives Inspiration

We were invited to attend the Battery Tender MX-5 Cup races at Road America as media guests for Father’s Day weekend. My husband and I haven’t been to any races in years. When we first started dating, we went to watch his friend in several sprint car races. The Demolition Derby at the


8 Amusement Park Safety Tips for Families

Do you prefer stomach plunging drops on speeding roller coasters or spinning rides that make you feel silly and dizzy? I’ve always been afraid of heights and have irrational fears about falling out of rides, so I tend to stick with “spinny” rides. I have never been a huge thrill chaser, but


Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Have you ever felt that moment of panic when you bring home an abundance of fresh produce and wonder how the heck you are going to use all of it before it goes bad? I’ve had that moment many times. Usually when there is an awesome sale at the grocery store or


Family Friendly Activities Within Driving Distance of Milwaukee

“What are we doing today?” is my daughter’s favorite question on Saturday mornings. If you and your kids are looking for a little adventure without breaking the bank or traveling too far from home, then you must check out fun day trip destinations or staycations! When you have young kids, staycations or


How to Make Soda Bottle Blossoms

“No! Don’t take the recycling out. I….need some of it.” A sheepish grin spreads across my face as my husband tries to get his weekend chores done. Lately fewer plastic items (bottles, jugs, etc) have been making it outside to our recycling bin. Since being bitten by the craft bug again, I


How to Make Amazing Vanilla French Toast

Do you remember the first time you made French toast? I didn’t really learn how to cook many recipes growing up. When I was a teenager, I was hanging out at my older sister’s apartment, visiting for the weekend. Instead of letting me continue to eat the same old thing for breakfast, she


To All the Moms Who Are Worriers – You Are Not Alone

My experience with anxiety has been life-changing over the past 17 years. One day it just hit me like a ton of bricks and boom it’s been here to stay ever since. If you were anything like me and already a natural-born worrier, the ton of bricks might have felt more like


Maple Glazed Salmon Filets Recipe {Soy Free, Gluten Free}

This Maple Glazed Salmon filets recipe is a great chioce for a gluten free or soy free diet.  Not only is it chock full of flavor, it is simple to prepare, and that is perfect for a busy mom on the go!  An easy recipe that fits our dietary needs is always


Digging Into Play With Edible Play Dirt

We received a copy of the book “The Undeniable Power of Play” to review. This post also contains affiliate links. “Just go play!” I tell the kids for the umpteenth time. It’s not even lunch time yet and they don’t seem to know what to do with themselves. Being 5 and 3


Double Sided Star Wand 4th of July Kids Craft

I’m surprised I never burned anyone with a sparkler when I was a kid. The most memorable Fourth of July cookout that I remember from my childhood was on my aunt’s farm. The specifics are fuzzy, but I remember running through the grass. Spinning round and round with my arms widespread until


20 Fantastic Grilling Recipes to Try This Summer

As much as we love to grill our dinner, we sometimes fall into a pattern of only making steaks, burgers, and brats. If you get tired of cooking the same old recipes at every cookout too, then get ready to fire up the grill and ignite your taste buds with one of


Family-Friendly Milwaukee Area Summer Bucket List

Our summer seems to be filling up fast with play dates, swim lessons, dance lessons, and everything else. While our daughter may be out of school, my husband and I still have to work. This can be frustrating for all of us at times, but we do get out and do more family


Easy Crockpot Cheeseburger Spaghetti Recipe

Do you hate feeling rushed to get dinner made and on the table? Or have little ones tugging on you, whining, or otherwise being needed at the exact moment you start to prepare supper? When I can throw dinner in my Crock Pot while I get other things done, I feel productive. When


Fairy Wand Kids Craft

Today we’re going on a magical adventure. An adventure where we shrink down as tiny as a blade of grass, visit a fairy garden, slip through the tiny door, and learn how to make our very own fairy wand. If you have a fairy costume (especially pretend wings), now is the time