Monday, February 8, 2016

Easy Valentine's Day School Party Ideas

Happy Valentine's Day!

This week, I'll be helping with parties for my 5th grader and my preschooler for Valentine's Day. The age gap between my girls, means very different party activities, but I'm up for the challenge.

Here are some of the activities we'll be doing!

I've found that the older kids REALLY enjoy playing Minute To Win It games. I've done one at each party, and they've all been fun! For this game, multiple students will see how many conversation hearts they can stack on tap of each other in one minute. Highest stack wins. If they want to keep playing, the winner of each group can play each other.

You can find a million of these on Pinterest or Google, or make up your own. This is just a fun activity to get kids out of their seats. Find a Valentines Day version of the game appropriate for kids, like this one, and have kids pick a side.


I found this activity here. I thought it was cute, simple, and edible! It's also free of most food allergens for those who need to worry.


For a preschool activity, I'm hoping to split kids into smaller groups and play memory with candy kisses! There are stickers on the bottom. When the kids find a match, they get to keep the loot.

Do you have any simple fun Valentine's Day activities that have worked for you?

TIPS: Pre-pack crafts, games, and valentines in labeled, clear, zip top bags. One set of craft supplies in a bag per person works well. It makes things go so much smoother and more quickly when passing our supplies. Then, kids can store their finished craft in the bag.

Always bring extra Valentines and craft/game supplies in case you have miscounted or something gets lost or damaged

And, though not eco-friendly, cleanup involves tossing empty bags in the trash!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

6 Fun & Easy Thanksgiving Ideas

Since I can't hold tightly to these years when my daughters are small, I'm going to try to enjoy each moment. The holidays can make that easy or difficult, depending on your expectations!

I love to do fun things with the girls that don't cost a lot of money or take a lot of prep. This week of Thanksgiving, we've been having a LOT of fun together being thankful, even though it hasn't been a perfect week! It keeps our minds in perspective. I've been loving reading aloud Junie B. Jones First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff). It's hilarious and both kids are amused by it too!

Here are 6 more FREE or super cheap ideas for you to enjoy with your family during the Thanksgiving season.

1. Thankfulness Chain: I take scrapbooking paper I have around the house, cut it into strips and the kids write one thing they're thankful for on the back of each strip before we attach it to the chain. They want to make it super long, so they have to think deeper than the normal stuff...and by "deeper" I mean things like "pigs" and "Shopkins." We do this over a week or so, and end up laughing a lot. This year, I used Christmas paper and will probably let the girls put the chain on the tree.

2. Colorful Table Cloth: Pictured above, with our chain, grandma got the girls this table cloth at the dollar store. Instead of using it once on Thanksgiving, I decided to keep it on all week with a bucket of crayons as our centerpiece. The kids have loved it!

3. Thanksgiving Madlib You can find a bunch of these online. They're hilarious for any age group, which is a good thing because my girls are 5 years apart!

4. Lunch box jokes I printed these and have been sticking a few in my daughter's lunch all week. They'd even be great as kids get back into school next week!

5. Roll A Turkey All you need is some dice and paper. You add features to your turkey based on what you roll and the first person to complete their turkey wins! You could end up with some crazy looking birds!

6. We've also been enjoying Christmas movies on Netflix.

Since our second baby turns 5 this week, we're also planning her birthday! We're hoping to see the Charlie Brown movie and eat lots of cake!

Happy Thanksgiving! I pray you find the beauty in the simple things and count many many blessings.


Monday, November 16, 2015

My 2 Favorite Make-Ahead Brunch Recipes

Both of these are crowd pleasers (gluten free or not), and they are SO GOOD!

I often make both of these the night before, and bake before the event/gathering. So easy and delicious.

Best Ever Egg Casserole
This isn't the healthiest egg casserole, but it's amazing and simple! I use skim milk instead of half and half.

Amish Baked Oatmeal
I love this! You can add anything! Almonds, flax, chia seeds, raw coconut, etc...It's amazing! I like to add cinnamon and vanilla! I use almond milk and coconut oil, or soy free earth balance for the butter.


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