Chinese New Year Printable Treat Bag Tag

Chinese New Year Printable treat bag tag feature

Earlier this week I was invited to help celebrate Chinese New Year with P.F. Chang's Chinese New Year menu. The Chinese holiday is significant to my family because my seven year old daughter has been in a Mandarin Immersion elementary program for the past two years. She spends half of her classroom days with a Mandarin speaking teacher using very little English in the classroom. Prior to kindergarten, she did not speak the language or write the characters. In just two short years she can Read More... {Read More...}

Hair Donation: a parenting story about kindness


While our families were enjoying a holiday break full of baking, gift wrapping, and joyous festivities, another family was experiencing the unimaginable tragedy: the death of their child. It wasn't until after my daughter returned to school from a wonderful holiday break did she learn a classmate with cancer passed away due to an unrelated illness. That first day back from holiday break my daughter came home from school and said she wanted to cut her hair. She wanted to cut her hair and donate Read More... {Read More...}

Easy Chocolate Cupcake Toppers with the Chocolate Pen


My seven year old daughter loves to help in the kitchen. Especially so when it involves baking and decorating. Some of our favorite parties have included her baking ideas. The mind of a child has no creative boundaries except when mommy can't help put those plans in action. This week we received the Chocolate Pen and while my daughter thought it was the greatest kitchen gadget we ever received by mail, my eyes lit up too because we finally had a solution for her creative expression. Read More... {Read More...}

Baby Penguin Art Prompt

baby penguin art prompt feature

Fact - penguins are adorable. But being adorable isn't the only reason we are talking about them today. It's Penguin Awareness Day and my seven year old daughter, the SeaWorld Guest Kid Blogger, is excited to share her favorite facts. We are also having some fun with a baby penguin art prompt. Sure, technically they are called penguin chicks, but "baby penguin" just sounds cute. The baby penguin art prompt is a great activity for home or the classroom. Add a few of my daughter's fun facts and Read More... {Read More...}

Polar Bear Cookies

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It's no secret we are a little obsessed with polar bears. My daughter, the SeaWorld Guest Kid Blogger, loves sharing what she has learned about conservation and how we can all make a difference for polar bears in their natural environment. With International Polar Bear Day quickly approaching, the new Norm of the North movie is opening in theaters at a perfect time. We are celebrating the movie release with these fun polar bear cookies! The new film is in theaters January 15th but we have a Read More... {Read More...}

10 Reasons to Love the Kia Sedona


We travel to Southern California frequently and usually make the six hour drive from Arizona in our own car. We recently spent a week in Carlsbad and work time constraints had us flying instead of making the usual drive. While it was the baby's first time flying, we were more concerned about finding a vehicle comfortable for our family during the week. Knowing we would be doing quite a bit of driving, we turned to DriveShop for suggestions. At the time we owned a large SUV. Our request Read More... {Read More...}