Archive for Kids

The Importance of Play

Tired of seeing your kids on their devices constantly?  Wondering how to break free from them?   A new Play Report from IKEA found that the importance of play is undervalued in our modern society so in order to get our kids back to discovering play we need to encourage their inner creativity. The Importance of Play This is a sponsored post by IKEA U.S. The content and opinions expressed below …continue reading


Two Ingredient Homemade Play dough

This homemade play dough recipe only requires two ingredients and the kids will love how soft it is to mold and roll into different shapes. Two Ingredient Homemade Play Dough   Hi there! It’s Kelly from Typically Simple with a fun kids’ activity! As a former teacher and now mom to a preschooler, I love coming up crafts and activities that are not only fun, but have a bit of …continue reading


Back to School Photo Ideas

  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Seattle’s Best Coffee. All opinions are 100% mine. Can you believe back to school is in full gear?  My girls and my nephews are just as ready as I am to get back.  We usually do the traditional back to school photos with their name, age and grade, but this year I decided we needed to step our …continue reading


Summer Lunch Idea for Kids

Thank you to NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® 8oz “Share-a-Smile™” Kid Designed Edition for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own.   <img height=”1″ width=”1″ style=”display:none”src=”″/> The warm weather is already teasing here in North Carolina so I already have the mindset of laid back Summer days, which will consist of a ton of swimming, boating and trips to the playground.   In order to make that all happen, I …continue reading


Hogs & Kisses Valentine

This may contain affiliate links. I’m not sure who looks forward to Valentine’s Day more, my girls or me.  I absolutely  adore creating something cute for Riley’s class.  Even before she went to preschool, I came up with a creative Valentine for the kids at day care.  With this being her first year in school, as a kindergartner, I could not disappoint.  I made sure I didn’t with these adorable …continue reading


Rudolph Pudding Cups

Are you looking for the perfect classroom snack idea for the holidays?  Then look no further!  These Rudolph Pudding Cups are so cute and include minimal supplies.  I was inspired to make these after the viral success of my Penguin Pudding Cups. Rudolph Pudding Cups I told you that the supplies needed for these Rudolph Pudding Cups were minimal.  You’ll need {affiliate links}: Chocolate pudding cups Gold & Red pipe cleaners …continue reading


Penguin Pudding Cups

 We love cute, easy holiday inspiration.  Since both of my girls are at an age where they appreciate the cuteness, I take full advantage of it because before I know it I’ll have teenagers that want nothing to do with all my cuteness.  Although, who in their right mind could possibly say no to these Penguin Pudding Cups?  They are just too cute!   Penguin Pudding Cups I love crafting …continue reading

Thankful Handprint Pumpkin

I just have to share this project again!  It adorns our kitchen table every Fall and it’s always admired.  Isn’t there just something about those itty bitty handprints that just do you in?  I love decorating with them as you’ve seen from my Sea Life Hand Print art.  With the time of Thanksgiving upon us, I am always reminded of how thankful I am for my beautiful family.  This time last year …continue reading


Mac and Cheese Cups

Do you need a meal in your rotation for the kids that is a sure fire hit?  Look no further because these baked mac and cheese cups are a win every time.  Hi there, it’s Jennie from The Diary of a Real Housewife. Today I wanted to share with you a fun and new way to do mac and cheese.  Mac and cheese is my oldest sons all time favorite …continue reading


5 Tips for Preschool Playdates

We are so excited to have had the opportunity to work with Disney Junior to create the perfect preschool playdate.  Our Disney playdate was a huge success and it was largely due to these 5 Tips for Preschool Playdates. 5 Tips for Preschool Playdates Ever since my girls were little they both have loved Disney characters.  I’m pretty sure that the first dance they ever learned was the “Hot Dog …continue reading


Birthday Traditions

This post may contain affiliate links and I received a package of ChalkOla Markers to use to create this content. Birthdays have always been a huge ordeal in my family.  My mom always made sure that we felt special on our birthdays growing up and I want my girls to feel the same.  We usually have a fun themed birthday party for the girls, but it’s not always on the …continue reading


Princess Lunch for Kids

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Campbell’s Soup Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As you probably already know my girls are obsessed with all things princess related.  I actually hope that I can be a princess when I grow up so I’m fine with it.  Since Riley started kindergarten lunches over the weekend are more fun because it’s not normally the three …continue reading

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