Halloween Handwriting Free Printable

With a 6 year old and a 4 year old we are constantly working on handwriting.  Some days are easier than others and they are excited to practice.  Other days, not so much.  This fun Halloween themed printable helps make it fun again.  I’m sharing it here with you, download it for free!

Halloween Handwriting Fun Printable


Free Printable! Christmas List: Want, Need, Wear and Read

christmasThis year we are trying out a new approach to Christmas lists and gift giving.  We have fallen into a never ending cycle of ‘out-doing’ ourselves each year when it comes to piles and piles of gifts shoved under our tree.  This is not a tradition I want to continue.  I want my kids to remember the feeling of joy and fun being with their family not the endless mounds of wrapping paper after a marathon of tearing open presents they’ll barely look at later.christmas2

Luckily, 3 of our 4 kids are 5 and under and the thirteen year old is such a good kid, which will make this year’s change easier.  We are opting for a Christmas list that contains something they each want, need, will wear and to read.  This isn’t a new concept, though I truly don’t remember where I first learned of it.  We’ll still do stockings, which has always been my favorite part.  Growing up my dad made stockings such fun.  And we will likely continue our tradition of ‘family gifts’ (one year it was an Xbox Kinect, clearly mostly for the kids, but fun for the grown ups, too).  This isn’t a hard and fast new rule to Christmas presents; just one I hope will help my kids understand it isn’t about getting stuff and help me reel it in a bit more. Wish me luck!

I created a little free printable to help kids fill out their Christmas list, you are welcome to use it, too!  You can download it here.


What are some ways you cut down on the excess at Christmas time?  Let me know in the comments.

More Kid-Approved Activities For Summer

Summer is not over yet and if you are like me you are running out of ideas and steam of how to keep your kiddos busy!  Last summer I posted a bunch of ideas called How to Keep Kids Busy This Summer Without Breaking The Bank.  And this summer I shared a free printable of a Summer Bucket List. I am, of course, using those old ideas along with new activities.  Thank goodness for Pinterest.  I’m scouring the site and pinning away.  Check it out my board and follow me.  Don’t forget to let me know if you try or come across any good pins!


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Carnival, Fair or Circus Party Invite Ticket Printable

My youngest son is turning three in July (EEEEEK!!!) and around here birthdays are kind of a big deal.  I love a theme, I love a party and I love to plan parties.  I’ve planned many events, both personal and professionally, but I LOVE making my kids feel extra special for their birthdays.

The older kids pick their party themes, usually (or I help guide them to a theme).  This year I picked G’s theme and we are doing a Carnival/Fair Party!  There will be face painting (offered by the party location, DayDreams DropIn for no extra charge; which is part of the reason I ran with this theme), fair food and games.

I made up a ticket invite with all the info and a cute carnival party invitation wording:

Step Right Up And Join The Fun!

This Party Will Be The Best One!

Game, Face Painting and More!

Don’t Forget; Treats Galore!

Ticket Invitation

I have an empty ticket available for you to use and edit for your own party.   Download a ticket invitation free printable!

Free Printable Ticket Invitation


With four kids there are many parties to come; comment below with some party themes for me!

Disney’s MALEFICENT (Review and FREE Activity Sheets!)

I have been waiting with bated breath for the Disney movie Maleficent to come out since the moment I saw a short preview what feels like forever ago.  I am, of course, a huge fan of all things Disney but I was also so excited to see a new twist on this fairy tale.  Hearing a well known story for a different perspective has quickly became one of my favorite kind of genre (is that a technical genre?  Well, it should be).  I especially love it when the perspective is the villain…shhhhh!

I was able (and so blessed) to be able to attend a preview of the movie and I have been bursting at the seams to share my thoughts!  If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter then you already know I took my beautiful Jelly Bean (12 years) as a reward for her stellar academic performance this last quarter (she’s beautiful AND and honor roll student!).  The preview happened to be on her last day of school so it was perfect.  Also, if you follow me on social media you probably already got a spoiler to my review….I absolutely LOVED this movie.


It was visually stunning.  We saw it in 3D and it was amazing.  The movie was a bit dark, as expected, and I would recommend it for ages 7+ (although, you know your kiddos far better than me!  Go with your own instincts on it.  My 5 year old isn’t quite ready for this movie yet).  The story was fresh and new and told in a way that both kids and parents can enjoy it.    I fell in love with the young Maleficent (played byIsobelle Malloy), though she was only on screen for a short time.  Angelina Jolie was magnificent as Maleficent (see what I did there?!), a portion of my review that I don’t think will surprise anyone.  I mean, seriously, there is no other actress for this role; she was beautiful, scary, caring and strong.  A ‘villain’ you will really cheer for.  Diaval, Maleficent’s crow/human/anything she turned him into, was perfect as a loyal servant, as well as, a bit of a moral compass to Maleficent.

Jelly Bean (my own little “Beastie” :)) and I both agree; we could watch this movie over and over again.  Check out these Free Maleficent Activity Sheets!

Summer Bucket List Ideas (and FREE Printable)

Each season we try to come up with some ideas for a ‘Bucket List’, or things we want to do.  Life has been crazy and we didn’t create a winter one but we got to do some amazing things (like visit the North Pole to meet Santa!), regardless of a list.  I find that having a list helps motivate me to get up and actually do, but that’s just me!

Summer Bucket List LLandLoL

Here’s an example of a Summer Bucket.  Ours is usually more specific (Pizza Party would be more specific, right now the kids are obsessed with that pizza mouse) but the beauty of a bucket list is that it can be adjusted to fit your family.  Getting the kids involved in coming up with ideas is half the fun; so make sure to ask them, too!

Last year we wrote our list on a poster board and color coded it.  Green for free (or at home) activities, Yellow for moderately expensive and Red for things that need a little extra planning and saving for.  Often I would let them pick what to do and told them the color they could pick from.

Last summer we did a TON of stuff (check out the post where I share how to keep kids busy without breaking the bank), this year we have a simpler bucket list that we’re using as a guideline…I am hoping to add more to it!

Here’s the FREE PRINTABLE to our simple Summer Bucket List.

What’s on your agenda/Summer Bucket List, please share below!