Craft + DIY

A Love Song for Your Lady Friends

By Erin Oltmanns

So you’ve probably been knee-deep in Valentine’s prep for your kiddos for a while now. Cards, class parties, heart-shaped pizza plans. Or maybe you’re going to wing it at the last minute. I’ve got a solid track record with that, so if you’re looking for your tribe, you’ve hit the jackpot... Read More

Valentine’s Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

By April Davis

I'm on a mission to bring back buttercream.  A quick Pinterest search for sugar cookies will reveal that royal icing is currently stealing the show, but I'm on a mission to change that!  I'm not a fan of the work that goes into royal icing and buttercream will always taste better.  "B... Read More

8 Non Candy Valentine’s Day Ideas For Kids

By Erin Oltmanns

Valentine’s Day is coming! Which means we're on the hunt for Valentine's Day ideas for our kids. (Preferably the non-candy Valentine's Day ideas.) And if I’m being honest...I’m still pretty worn out from THE holidays. I mean, there are still Christmas gifts in my living room, so it seems li... Read More

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies: Double Chocolate Lazy Cake Recipe

By April Davis

In my book nothing says "I Love You" like baked goods. Count red velvet cake mix cookies as part of that "I Love You" baking magic. Keep your flowers and your jewelry. If you want to fast-track your way to my heart, come bearing carbs. Preferably chocolately carbs.  This recipe for Double... Read More

Crafting with Kids – Chinese Calligraphy Canvas

By Anna Shirley

My kids love drawing Chinese calligraphy. At the Indianapolis Children's Museum, there is an exhibit called Take Me There China with a couple of different spots where you can practice Chinese calligraphy. Children seem to easily take to Chinese calligraphy from what I’ve seen – even those who ar... Read More

New Year, New Me.

By Kalli Verbecky

LET'S TALK RESOLUTIONS! But first let me get a few things out of the way starting with the fact that January sucks. This year it just sucks worse than it maybe ever has before. It's freezing, there's lots of snow, I'm on crutches, I have small children stuck indoors. It's about to... Read More

How I’m Getting 20 Hours Back This Holiday Season

By Kalli Verbecky

The holidays are freakin'  NUTS, man.  I have a love/hate/love relationship with this time of year. Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday until I had to start splitting time between my parents and my in-laws and then it just started stressing me out. And then Christmas hits and yo... Read More

How to Photograph Christmas Lights with your Phone

By April Davis

Here's a quick and easy guide to taking better cell-phone pics this Christmas!  Taking decent pictures in front of Christmas lights can be a challenge, but with a few of these tips you'll be the coolest kid on Instagram. 1. Avoid Using the Flash Flash gives red eye, and really downplays t... Read More

20 Easy Ways to Fill the Holiday Break

By Anna Shirley

You need a game plan for when the kids are home during holiday break. Check our list of 20 easy ways to fill your kids' holiday break to make the best of those winter days at home. 1. Christmas Crafts for Kids from Becoming Family "Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday sea... Read More

15 Smart Gift Ideas For Your Kids

By Rachael Herrscher

We're crazy about gifts that get our kids brains and bodies moving (check out our Gifts To Get Kids Outside gift guide). Here are some of our top gift ideas that your kids will love and that you can feel really good about! Science Academy Slime Lab Get ready for ooey, gooey, slime-splatting... Read More