Archive for Kids

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


5 Nature Inspired Projects

Spring is undoubtedly the best time of the year. After a very long and silent winter, the whole world suddenly comes alive. There are chirping birds, fluttering butterflies and blooming flowers everywhere. It is the best time to get the kids outdoors and let nature speak to them. In a time like this, when kids get easily distracted by technology, it becomes even more important to prompt them to connect …continue reading


Kids Activity: Scratch and Sniff Painting

This summer we tried our best to find fun kids activities that would keep Riley creatively inspired.  Riley doesn’t go off to kindergarten this year {sigh of relief}, but as a teacher I know how stringent the academics have become.  There’s little time for creativity with the expectations and stakes so high.  Consequently, I try my best to get my girls involved kids activities that include art and sensory stimulation.  This …continue reading


Apple Cinnamon Playdough

I received a copy of 101 Kids Activities for my review.  My opinions are 100% my own! I long for Summer every single year and then once it’s here I feel like I start planning for Fall almost weeks into vacation.  It’s a little crazy.  I believe it all stems from the fact that for me Fall is kind of like my new year.  It gives me a clean slate …continue reading


Fun Snacks for Kids

I absolutely love the Summer because it means I have more time with my kiddos.  Both of my girls like to help in the kitchen and I’ve found that it’s a great way to get them busy, while making memories.  They love seeing a fun snack come to life right before the eyes.  My oldest has definitely told me that I’ve made magic in the kitchen before.  Love her!  Now, …continue reading


Handprint Art Bookmarks

Looking for fun ideas to do with the kiddos over the Summer?  I’m always on the lookout too.  Handprint Art is one kids craft sure to please kiddos and parents alike.  Why not turn those handprints into bookmarks…Hi NY Melrose Family readers!  It’s Ariean from OneKriegerChick here again to share a super cute craft kids will love because it’s fun and messy…and parents will like it because it’s easy and …continue reading

Sparkle Playdough

Avery’s Fairy First Birthday was full of girly frills and unique touches.  You’ll see tomorrow the fun beverage that we served that both the kids and grown ups loved.  Psst… it’s only 3 ingredients so you can’t lose so be sure to stop back tomorrow.  Today I’m over at Smart School House sharing another one of our party favors for the guests.  Our Sparkle Playdough is so easy to make …continue reading


Fairy Magic Wand

Last week I shared with you my tutorial on how to make a tulle pom pom and I promised that I would show you how we used them for Avery’s first birthday.  I shared that we used them as gift toppers for the playdough party favors and decorations as a pom pom garland, but I also alluded to something a bit more.  I went with a Fairy theme for her …continue reading

Fun Snacks

I absolutely love snacks.  I would eat them all day long.  Especially when they are bite size and perfect for dipping!  There’s just something about having a snack that is easy to grab and run after the kids with.  Plus, I don’t feel guilty having them snack along with me.  This collection of Fun Snacks has everything from healthy pick me ups to decadent cookie cups. Fun Snacks   Click …continue reading


Summer Crafts for Kids

It’s just about that time of year where you start to scramble for things for the kids to do over the Summer so I’ve collected six fabulous crafts for kids that will work for multiple ages.  Each of them have a little bit of a girly flair to them, but there’s nothing wrong with that, right?! Summer Crafts for Kids   Click next to view each of the six summer crafts …continue reading

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