Little Bits Review – Learning Activities for Home School

Connecting the Little Bits with the magnet ends

Whether you home school, or you compliment your child’s education at home like most of the parents I know, you’ll want to check out littleBits. These learning bits are amazing and have some great potential for educational activities and HANDS ON learning. You know I’m a fan of that! What Are littleBits littleBits are kits […]

Neighborhood Toy Store Day – Get the Woohoo Factor This Christmas

Neighborhood Toy Store Day - Plus Giveaway!

Did you know this Saturday is the fourth annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day? What a great way to kick off the holiday shopping season. When you shop from a local store you get amazing selection, great customer service, and you impact your local community in a huge way. Through November 8th you can go to […]

Best Toys of the Year for 2013 at Local Toy Stores

Calico Critters Supermarket Review

When it comes to gift-giving for our kids, we much prefer to give quality toys that can be used for some time over cheap toys that don’t last long. Let’s face it – I have five, very active children. A toy should be challenging, durable, and able to last through their active play! It’s hard […]

Make a DIY Robot Pinata

Robot Pinata Tutorial for Robot Birthday Parties

For Adam’s third birthday, he asked for a Robot themed birthday party. Wow – have you tried to find a robot pinata for a preschooler’s robot birthday party before? I found a couple, but they were pricier than I wanted to spend for a simple family birthday. So, we made our OWN robot pinata for […]

Play With Your Kids Without Fear – Plus Giveaway!

Win a Mohawk SmartStrand Rug

As you know, I’m a huge believer in “get your hair wet parenting” as I call – that intentional playfulness with your children is one of my 7 Principles of Intentional and Self-Sufficient Living in my Untrained Housewife Manifesto. But sometimes kids like to play MESSY. And when you have five…wow! Your floors can take […]

Octonauts – Active Shows for Active Kids

Octonauts are also available on DVD!

In this house, we don’t have a lot of sitting-still time.┬áMy kids are very active – exploring outside, pretending inside – and we love that! The more they can use their imaginations and learn about the world around them in a hands on way, the better. Our TV time is limited, so shows that encourage […]

5 Rainy Day Activities for the Whole Family

5 Rainy Day Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy! From Untrained Housewife

Stuck in the house during the weekend of the middle of the school break is not only boring but stressful. While trying to find something for yourself to do, you need to find a way to entertain the children. I remember a whole summer of rain with two very active children in the house and […]

Word Games For Christmas Presents

appleletters word game for gifts

I completely adore word games. Word search, scrabble, Words With Friends, and so many more. When I recently went on air to discuss toys with an educational twist and shared a couple but didn’t get a chance to talk about all the fun word games available this season. Check out these unique and fun word […]

The Importance of Getting Outdoors

Room to run like monsters or walk like penguins

While we are outside a lot as a family, we still have only about a quarter-acre lot in our just-within-city-limits home. So as our kids are growing and all officially-mobile, we’ve been trying to get out where they can have even more room. There’s a reason why they call it the Great Outdoors afterall. They […]