Monday, June 8, 2009

Father's Day Mementos

This Father's Day make gift giving simple! Pick some things that remind you of dad or of things you do together and wrap them up! (For us it's Go, Dog. Go! by PD Eastman that brings the memories flooding back.) When dad opens them have the kids explain (or you could attach little notes to each gift) why that reminds them of their dear old dad. Not only will you not spend money but it will also give you an opportunity to let dad know why he's loved and what he does that is so great!
Happy Father's Day to all those great dads out there!

Graduation Cap Treats

Aren't these so cute? And perfect (perfectly easy!) for a graduation party for any age, preschool to high school!
All you do is buy mini peanut butter cups, chocolate covered graham cookies and fruit roll ups. To assemble put a little dollop of peanut butter on the bottom of the peanut butter cup and place the graham on top. Then cut a little piece of the fruit roll up to look like a tassel and attach it to the graham.
That's it! They are sure to be a hit!
(This picture courtesy of

Novell Children's Discovery Park

Here is a fantastic park to check out! It is located at 1550 North 100 East in Pleasant Grove.
There are a thousand things to do at it! It also has picnic tables in shade right next to the play structures.
We spent hours here the other day and the kids hated to leave!
Go check it out!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Mother's Day "I Love You" tubes

Here is a simple, easy gift for all the sweet, wonderful moms out there. And the best part is dads and kids can totally handle this thoughtful gift on their own (aka: with no help from mom)!
Pick a store like Target or Walmart where you can do one stop shopping. Grab a cart and first off, throw in a white mailing tube. Then cruise the store looking for mom's favorite things or things that remind you of mom that will fit in your tube. Think things like: her favorite candy, lotion, a new pair of socks or earrings. You get the idea.
When you get home decorate the tube just for mom and throw in additional items like a drawing of mom, a list of the things you love best about her, and anything else that comes to mind. You could even throw in a gift card to her favorite store or restaurant. Any mom will love this simple and thoughtful gift!

Toothbrush Timer

Do your kids need help brushing their teeth for a long enough time? I know we have that problem. Try making it fun by using a game sand timer to time them brushing their teeth! It gives them independence and they will enjoy watching the sand drop down as they brush. And you won't have to fight them anymore to brush their teeth for just a little bit longer.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Day - Got Garbage Bags?

This Earth day make a difference! Grab a bag and fill it with garbage. Pick your neighborhood, a (safe) street by where you live, or an area you've noticed has collected some junk and fill your bag with trash. You can have a race to see who fills their bag fastest or turn it into a garbage scavenger hunt (who can find a bottle, a newspaper and a candy wrapper?). Grab some gloves and make the world a little greener!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sidewalk Racetrack

For quick fun pull out some sidewalk chalk and turn your driveway and sidewalks into a racetrack. Ask your kids where stop signs should go and where to write words like "slower" or "faster" or "turn here." You can then do your races with bikes, scooters, or your own two feet!