Ideas for Learning with LEGO

You know we love LEGO® in this house. We have had LEGO parties, have an amazing LEGO organizing system and gone on a scavenger hunt to find the Lion Temple. Chuck and I have always prioritized open-ended toys that require imagination over any other toys ....more

Large Family Minimalist: How We Live with Less

The large family minimalist. I am a minimalist by nature. Chuck commented years ago that if it were up to me we wouldn’t even have furniture…just a couple of pillows on ...more

How to Draw Almost Everything

Timberdoodle sent me a copy of How to Draw Almost Everything to review. I received no compensation for this post. My kids love to draw and we have an entire shelf filled with drawing books ....more

Looking Towards Change with L’il Critters™

This is a sponsored post for which I’ve received free product and/or compensation, but the opinions are 100% my own. Judah is home and Apollo is soaking up as much big brother time as possible. Two and a half years after his referral, Apollo is finally scheduled to see a feeding therapist at Seattle Children’s Hospital ....more

Chore Charts and Summer Screen Time

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Summer School Saved Our Summer

Summer break is in full swing over here. I don’t know about you but we are spending our days in nature, taking long hikes and baking homemade bread. Just kidding ....more

Summer Bonfires and S’mores

Judah turned nineteen last week. Nineteen! We had a simple celebration: Chinese food for dinner and a bonfire with s’mores afterward....more

The Worst Cat Sitters Ever

You already know we are the worst house guests ever, but did you know we are also the worst cat sitters ever? Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there was a lovely young lady who needed someone to watch her cat for a few months while she moved from one home to another ....more

Weekend Reading: Poor Little Guy and The Collapse of Parenting

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Pacific Northwest Summer Days

We are enjoying our Pacific Northwest summer. But I have to be honest… Pacific Northwest summers are much like my preteen children. It is fickle ....more