It’s hot y’all. Time to get crafty INSIDE am I right? Here’s a fun handprint craft that’s easy to make and you probably won’t even have to buy anything! Originally posted January 2012.  Oscar has been hit or miss with the crafts lately. For some reason he never wants to do a project when I […]


I’m spending some time during the summer break with Calvin using our Lego Read & Build sets. That’s the awesome thing about Legos right? They never get old! Also, look at sweet little Oscar in that video. Melts my heart! Originally posted July 2012. Oh LEGO you know just what to say. Being the huge […]


comprehension worksheets

I’m taking a little break from blogging this summer. In the meantime, I’ll be posting a few of my favorite summer posts from the archives! Summer reading is great! Use these sheets for books or TV time. Originally posted February 2013.  The other day, Oscar and I were reading a Fly Guy book on our Storia app […]

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Travel Potato Head

If you are looking for an easy project to keep your kids quietly occupied on a summer road trip, read on! I’m taking a little break from blogging this summer. In the meantime, I’ll be posting a few of my favorite summer posts from the archives! Originally posted April 2012. I have been looking online at quiet […]


firepit cover

We’ve been in our home for almost four years. In that time we have done quite a few meaningful projects to add some life into this 50+ year old house. We finished the basement, painted the kitchen cabinets and we are about to get new windows. We aren’t breaking any renovation records, but I am […]



I love following along with the Star Wars Weekends action at Disney World, but truth be told, every weekend is a Star Wars weekend in my house. We have a little superfan who makes sure of that. As a parent, it’s not hard to get excited about something the kids love so much. This weekend […]



It’s time for Star Wars Weekends at Home: Episode II! If you missed last week, be sure to check out the fun we are having at home following along with Disney’s Star Wars Weekends. Today, it’s all about the character breakfast! This year, Star Wars character dining was added to the list of special events happening […]

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light saber craft

It’s that time of year again! This weekend begins the fan favorite series at Walt Disney World Resort called Star Wars Weekends, where Disney Hollywood Studios is taken over by all things Star Wars. It’s an exciting month full of photo ops, rides, food and celebrity sightings, all with a fantastic Disney spin. My Facebook feed is […]



I love Disneynature movies. We fell fast for Chimpanzee not just because the film was amazing, but also because the little chimp’s name was Oscar! This year, a new movie is teaching us all about BEARS. As part of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, we will be attending a screening this weekend. I thought […]

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I’m not sure I have ever admitted this publicly, but Captain America is my favorite Avenger. We loved Captain America: The First Avenger and have been eagerly anticipating this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier since it was announced! The boys aren’t quite old enough for the real(ish) action of a PG-13 movie, but we […]



It’s almost time for Easter! In my house, this means many happy things. We love to celebrate our faith, enjoy plenty of sweet treats and finally welcome spring once and for all! We actually have some yellow bells blooming in our yard which is definitely a welcome sight. I know I am not alone when […]

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rainbow paint by numbers, st. patrick

Are you looking for a fun and EASY St. Patrick’s day craft for your kids or students? I’ve got you covered! Sometimes I like to get crafty. Truth be told, my boys are at school this morning so I did this one just for me! They’ll get a chance to make their own later, but […]


get wax out of carpet and fabric, clean wax stains, how to clean wax, andrea updyke, lilkidthings

Oscar is about to be five and Calvin is two and a half and we are just facing our first major “kids happen” moment. I think that is pretty good! I mean sure we have had a candle jar broken or a dropped glass here and there. But for the most part, we have been […]



This week, Oscar and I had a little date night. We met some friends for dinner and then headed over to a special screening of the new Disney movie, Planes in 3D. Lately it seems like the new movies have been geared toward older children and while they were well-done, I just didn’t think they […]