Jack O’Lantern Suncatchers


This past weekend, my children and I created the Jack O’Lantern Suncatchers seen below. I have no word other than “happy” to describe them! Their vibrant colors, twisty vines, and kind smiles add a perfect seasonal touch to our windows.

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Fall Essential Oils


It’s October, and cold northern air is whipping through the boys’ fleeces at the bus stop. That one coughs, and this one wipes his nose on his sleeve. As the bus pulls up with foggy, finger-smudged windows, I can’t help but think of it as an incubator for winter ick. I wave goodbye and walk home with the dog, brainstorming ways to keep my family healthy this season.

I’m greeted back home with the warm scents of cinnamon and clove. No, I’m not baking…it’s the oil diffuser loaded with my favorite fall essential oils. I can do many things to support my family’s health this season; reducing sugar intake, putting everyone to bed on time, and making sure that my boys are dressed appropriately for the weather. I have also chosen to use essential oils to support our immune and respiratory systems. 

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Pinecone Bats


Black felt, pinecones, and googly eyes are all kids need to create a small colony of creepy-cute Pinecone Bats! Children of all ages will enjoy this simple and easy nature craft, perfect for fall.

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25 Fall Nature Crafts for Kids


From the swish of falling leaves to the gentle thud of acorns dropping to the ground, nature provides a bounty of free craft supplies in the fall. Perhaps the best part of nature crafting is getting outside as a family to collect, observe, and play! Shared below are 25 fall nature crafts for kids, perfect for displaying at nature tables, in bowls, or on your autumn mantle.

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Vanilla Sugar


Fall is my favorite season for baking. Just the thought of bubbly apple crisp or to-die-for salted caramel apple dip makes me want to throw on an apron and call in sick to work! Homemade Vanilla Sugar is my secret ingredient for adding decadent flavor to pies, cookies, crisps, whipped cream, and ice-cream. I always keep a jar in the cabinet!

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Kid-Approved School Night Dinner Menu


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As a busy parent, I don’t need to tell you how hectic school nights can be! Between homework, sports, and the occasional after-school errand, dinnertime often sneaks up like a ninja! Having a simple plan in place is often the difference between eating cereal or a well-balanced, wholesome meal for dinner. Shared below is a kid-approved school night dinner menu for 1 week. I hope it simplifies your life as it has mine.

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10 Easy Nut-free School Lunches


My family is enjoying healthy snacks as part of a sponsored series with GoGo squeeZ and Socialstars. #GoGosqueeZSquad

Many schools, including our neighborhood elementary school, are nut-free due to the prevalence of life-threatening food allergies. While this may be a modern-day parenting hot topic, the fact is, rules are rules. If a school is nut-free, every family must (and should!) cooperate. Shared below are 10 easy ideas for nut-free school lunches and snacks, perfect for families on a “peanut butter and jelly” budget!

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