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Category: Activities for Kids

The 10 Best Educational Apps For Toddlers: Guest Post

Hey, everyone!

I just wanted to give you all a heads up that my most recent post for My Joy-Filled Life is now live!

When I first became a mom, I was dead-set on never letting my son play on my phone, tablet, or even watch much TV.  I was sure I’d be soooo good about keeping him away from screens and being a low-media mom.

That’s one of the many things I’m now totally eating my words on 🙂

Don’t get me wrong:  there’s definitely a time and a place for electronics.  My son isn’t consuming media all day long, every single day – but I’ve found that electronics can be useful tools.  And not just to give me a short breather, but also to help teach him different concepts in a new way.

How To Teach Little Kids About First Responders: Guest Post

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to let you all know my latest post on My Joy-Filled Life is now live.

I think it’s so important to teach kids about the importance of first responders in society, especially when they’re young.  Luckily, it’s easy to broach the subject with my little boy because he gets ridiculously excited whenever he hears a siren.

The other day we were at the playground and he saw a police car go past, and he clapped his hands over his mouth, gasped, and did this funny little dance.  I mean, seriously – he freaks out.  He loves them so much.

33 Creative Ways to Make Learning More Fun: Guest Post

Hey there! I just wanted to let you all know that my latest post for My Joy-Filled Life is now live.

For those who aren’t familiar, My Joy-Filled Life is a blog primarily for Christian homeschooling moms.  They have lots of tips and tricks to make homeschooling more doable, and encouragement for moms who are struggling.

As someone who is planning to homeschool in the future, I’m a big fan… which is why I really enjoy writing for them!

My latest post focuses on the creative things you can do with your kids as a homeschool mom.  Because you don’t have to have a lesson plan suitable for 20-30 kids, you can tailor what you want to teach to suit your kids’ interests.

3 Reasons to Study Genealogy With Your Kids: Guest Post

Hey guys!

I just wanted to let you all know that my latest post for My Joy-Filled Life is now live!

If you’re not familiar with My Joy-Filled Life, it’s a blog mainly for homeschooling families.  While we don’t yet consider ourselves a homeschooling family (simply because A is only a year old), it’s something we’re really excited about doing in the future. 

Both my husband and I love to learn, and would love to teach our son to enjoy learning just as much.

15 Random Acts of Kindness for Police: Guest Post

This past Friday, my most recent contribution to My Joy-Filled Life was published.  Yay!

My newest post was inspired by some of my friends and family.  I’ve gotten a lot of messages from them asking how they can support their local law enforcement.  They’ve said they couldn’t figure out a way to show appreciation that doesn’t come off as bribery, that officers can enjoy without worrying that the treats have been tampered with, and that they could actually get to police officers (since, as you know, they’re constantly on the move.)

50+ Ways to Incorporate Service Into Your Summer: Guest Post

As I mentioned last month, I’m a newly chosen contributor for My Joy-Filled Life!  My Joy-Filled Life is a blog primarily about homeschooling, but also has lots of recipes and craft ideas, as well as encouraging posts mostly aimed toward those of the Christian faith.

If you didn’t catch it, last month’s article was called When You’re In the Planting Season, where I described the similarities between my first actual planting season and the planting season happening in my life.

This month, I wanted to write about service.  I mention that a lot, but it’s because I think it’s so important.

Not only does service help those in need, but it also benefits those who serve.  Like many others, I struggle with depression sometimes. The one foolproof cure for it is to do something nice for others.

Creative and Budget-Friendly Father’s Day Gift Ideas

I had a pretty riveting conversation with my toddler the other day.

“Sweetie, can you say mama?”


“Say mama.”




Needless to say, I’m pretty sure I know who’s the favorite around here.

Truck Letter Templates for Heroes

In my post about why your child should write to a soldier, I said I was planning to post letter writing tips and letter templates in the following weeks.  As promised, I’ve been working on some and I’m pretty excited to share!

I’m going to start off my series of letter templates with my son’s current favorite thing: trucks. Seriously, whenever I take him outside it’s all I hear, or when he sees one in one of his books.  “Tuck! Tuck!”  It just melts my heart.

In the pack are four letter templates: one for deployed service members, one for police officers, one for firefighters, and one for emergency medical staff.  Print as many as you’d like for whichever group you’d like!

The illustrations were drawn by hand because, while I’d someday like to be good at graphic design, it’s really not my forte right now.  I do much better with pencil, pen, and paper after lots of practice in my art journal. Not to say they’re perfect by any means, but I’m pretty proud of them.

EMS Appreciation Week Idea: Lifesavers

Happy Emergency Medical Services Appreciation Week!  What’s a first responder appreciation week without a gift bag with candy? It’s just not the same.

I was a little worried putting this one together.  I mean, there are police stations and fire stations, but there are no emergency medical services stations.  I almost skipped making a gift bag altogether because I wasn’t sure where exactly I would bring it.

But I decided I would do it like a lot of things I do that I’m unsure about and wing it.  I’m still not 100% sure where to bring it, but I’ll start with the fire station and ask them.. and if not, well, I’ll try the hospital.  I’m sure paramedics can’t be that hard to find… right?

Law Enforcement Appreciation Idea: Hershey Kisses

Happy Law Enforcement Appreciation Week everyone!

As with the treat I made last week for last week, I wanted to do something for our local police department.  I figured I would go to the store, find a candy wrapped in blue or something I could make a clever saying about, and that would be it.

Would you believe how few candies there are that are either blue or wrapped in blue, and packaged individually? Oops.  I thought I’d at least be able to find a blue raspberry candy or something.  The most clever ones I could find were Mary Jane candies, which I thought could make a funny gift for law enforcement in the future, but just didn’t suit my needs this week.

So, I went with an old standby: Hershey kisses.