Surviving Sick Days with Kids

Surviving Sick Days at Home with Kids

There is a small part of me that really enjoys the extra cuddles that come when kids aren’t feeling well. Not that I want my kiddos to get sick – because when you have a larger-than-average family, it will travel through everyone before it’s done, and oftentimes travel back through, re-infecting the kids. But, those […]

8 Mess Free Creative Activities for Toddlers

Mess Free Creative Activities for Toddlers

I’m thrilled to welcome Clare from Super Mommy Club here today to share some mess free creative activities for toddlers with you. I’m always looking for new ways to keep my own toddler busy during the day, and with toddler twins, Clare is the expert to help us out! Enjoy this fabulous round up of […]

Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum for Twice-Exceptional Learners

A Review of the Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum

With a twelve year old son, I’m starting to feel the ominous shadow of high school looming. Like most homeschool moms, I worry that I haven’t done enough to prepare my child for the challenges and increased academic rigor he’s sure to face as he gets into his high school years. I especially worry about […]

A Trip to Castaway Bay {Plus… Win Tickets & Get a Discount Code}

Building Family Relationships Through Travel - Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio

One of the greatest things about homeschooling is that we can take advantage of the off-season and visit waterparks, museums, and other vacation spots when they’re not busy. Travel – whether locally or to new cities – is one of the best things we can do as parents to build relationships with our kids and […]

Preschool at Home with Netflix

Preschool at Home with Netflix including a FREE printable

It can be challenging to keep little ones busy, engaged, and learning when you choose to do preschool at home. It’s so rewarding, though, to keep your kids home for preschool, even if you don’t choose to homeschool long-term. It gives your little ones one on one attention from the person they love most for […]

Sensory Play with Spice Painting

Sensory Play with Spice Paint

It’s always fun to mix art with sensory play, and my friend Anna from In the Playroom is sharing one way she and her kids have done just that. Enjoy… One way we’ve mixed art and sensory play recently was by creating our own varieties of scented paint by mixing a few different spices with […]

Super-Fun Valentine’s Day Science Activities


The weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show love and kindness to others, tell someone you care, and… get messy and explore science concepts?     Yep. It’s the perfect time to have a little Valentine’s Day science fun with your kids. Grab some simple supplies and you’ll have the […]

Conversation Heart Goop for Valentine’s Day Science Fun

Conversation Heart Goop Recipe

Sometimes the best thing about science is that it doesn’t always work out like you thought it would. This happened to us when we ended up with a cool and slimy Conversation Heart Goop, instead of the slime we were going for.     The process is half the fun, and I think that failure […]

Build a Snowman Creativity Prompt

Snowman Creativity Prompt for Preschoolers

Encouraging your child to be creative doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. Simply set out some fun materials, give him or her a prompt or ask a question, and get out of his or her way. I love setting up creativity prompts for my kids – especially during the cold winter months when we’re […]

Engineering for Preschoolers

Engineering for Preschoolers

Engineering is all about finding out how things are built and why. It’s about finding ways to construct things better, and it’s about solving problems through the development of new technologies. And for preschoolers, engineering is about play.   Through their play, engineering for preschoolers looks like building challenges, blocks, marble runs, and sandcastles. It […]

Creative Snack Ideas for Kids

Easy Snack Mix Featuring Quaker Squares Cereal #LoveMyCereal #QuakerUp #spon

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for easy to grab, fun, and creative snack options for your kids, and so I was excited to be a part of this compensated opportunity from Collective Bias, Inc. and Quaker. All opinions are mine alone. Let’s face it, as homeschool moms we spend a lot of […]

Snow Dough Science

Snow Dough Science Play and Exploration

My kids love playing with all sorts of dough, and they adore all things arctic. We’ve revisited this theme a few times in our homeschool. This time, when my 5 year old pulled out the Arctic Toob and asked if I’d make a “snow bin” for her in our sensory table, I tried out a […]

Football Writing Activities

Football Writing Activities Great Writing Prompts for Boys

Need some help in motivating your boys to get their writing done? Try these great football writing activities.   I’m not really that much of a football fan, but my husband and kids are very excited when it’s time to watch the big game.  I try {often unsuccessfully} to get in the spirit and integrate the kids’ interests […]

Hands-On History Through Creative Play

Hands On History Through Creative Play

I’ve mentioned before that we tend to take a topic and run with it. My kids are highly intelligent and extremely creative. They enjoy diving deep into subjects we study. Mystery of History provides a great spine for our history lessons, though we may never finish Volume One at the rate we’re going.   One […]

Parenting Gifted and Intense Children

Top Posts about Parenting Gifted and Intense Children

It’s been a great year, full of kids activities, recipes, and tips for parenting your gifted and intense children. Inspired by a few of my favorite parenting writers, I reflected back on the five most popular parenting posts here on RLL.   These are the posts that were viewed, shared, and discussed the most – […]

DIY Airplane Wings for Creative Play

Disney Planes Movie Inspired DIY Airplane Wings

The holidays are upon us, and just like in years past, we’ve battled colds and the flu…again and again. Thank goodness for this opportunity from Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. My big kids were able to use the #PlanesToTheRescue #CollectiveBias campaign to bring some Disney Planes cheer to their siblings. The poor little ones […]

25 New Year’s Eve Activities for Kids

25 New Year's Activities for Kids

It’s almost time to ring in the new year – how will your family celebrate? Do your kids stay up until midnight? Do they do lots of fun New Year’s Eve activities throughout the day?   We always have a lot of fun and try new activities throughout the day to make it special. I’ve […]

Give Extra to a Special VIP in Your Life This Holiday Season

Give Extra and Show the VIPs in Your Life They Matter #ExtraGumMoments #ad

Since teaching our kids about appreciating others is so important to my husband and me {especially those who give extra to everyone around them}, I was thrilled to be chosen for a special compensated opportunity by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions, as always, are my own and we only share projects and […]

100 Super-Fun STEM Resources for Kids

100 Super Fun STEM Resources for Kids via

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics {STEM} skills are vital to our kids’ futures, and the future of society. Besides… it’s fun to incorporate STEM into everyday activities for young children. I’ve pulled together 100 super-fun STEM resources to help you enjoy some fun {and sneak in the learning} with your kids.   STEM is everywhere. […]

Pulling Together a Viking Unit Study


One of the things I love most about homeschooling is that we’re free to spend as much or as little time on a topic as we want to. And, if interests are reignited, we can study the same topic again with greater depth. Like Vikings and Viking recipes. The Vikings keep finding their way into […]

The Family and the Intense Child


You know you’re raising an intense child, but you’re at a loss as to how to ensure his success at family gatherings, co-ops, classes, and in any other situation where he’ll be over stimulated and off schedule. Right? And the holidays bring about special challenges. The first step towards success is to make sure that […]