February 24, 2018

Fun Facts About Fathers Day

Father's Day inspiration

By Julie Samrick It’s no coincidence that Fathers’ Day is in June, but could there be a better month for dads to revel in our gratitude?  There are barbecues to be had, baseball games to attend, and other fun, outdoorsy things like fishing and special camping trips.    It was Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane,… Read more

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day

                              Happy Mother’s Day to all you superheroes out there! Keep up the good work. If you enjoyed this post “Like” us on Facebook for updates on more posts like it.        

10 Earth Day Ideas for Families

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By Lowry Manders This Earth Day, Reconnect with Nature and with Your Family 10 Talking Points and Family Ritual Ideas for Earth Day or any day: Write a “Thank-You” Note to “Mother Earth”, get your whole family involved, and find out what everyone appreciates most about nature. A rainy day? The smell of honeysuckle? The… Read more

Make This Easter Bunny Craft

kids easter crafts

Here is a cute little Easter bunny craft you can make with kids of all ages.  After you get a paper plate, the rest can be left up to the imagination to make a bunny that will make any child smile. What I like about this is that you can make it as simple, or… Read more

How to Make a Leprechaun Trap

leprechaun trap

I like this idea for how to make a leprechaun trap because it’s super cute and  you don’t need a million supplies.Click on the image for complete directions.   Source: snoodledoodles.blogspot.com via Julie on Pinterest

Valentine’s Day at School is Here to Stay

Valentine's Day

By Julie Samrick “Whoa! That’s a lot of Valentines… Are you a teacher?”  A man asked as he stared at my cart incredulously while my kids and I checked out of the Dollar Store last weekend.  Toting 100 paper Valentines plus a piece of candy to attach to each one, I was genuinely happy to… Read more

Give Your Kids a “Heart Attack” This Valentine’s Day


I’m giving each of my kids a”heart attack” for Valentine’s Day. Every morning between now and the 14th they will wake up and find a new heart added to their poster that tells them something we love or appreciate about them. The first heart reads “You are very thoughtful.” (thanks, Pinterest, for the good idea!)… Read more

Talking With Your Children About Martin Luther King Jr.


By Lowry Manders Perhaps you have made plans to see a movie on your day off with the children, or to go shopping at the mall. Or perhaps your kids will be with a sitter while you’re at work – I know, not all of us get this national holiday off! May I humbly suggest… Read more

Hugs for the Holidays

The holidays can be so hard on those who grieve. Whether they are grieving fresh losses such as those of the precious children in Newtown, CT, or whether the losses were long ago, absence of a loved one comes into sharp relief at the holidays. Read more

Connect With Your Kids With These Christmas Questions

happy family

By Lowry Manders I started this family ritual in an effort to keep my busy young kids at the dinner table for more than a one minute overlap, and to practice the art of dinner conversation! It’s also a fun thing to do at bed-time or just riding around in the car. You could just… Read more