The thisgratefulmama 2015 Twin Cities Summer Bucket-List (70+ Toddler & Preschooler-Friendly Places To Visit)


Family

  In preparation for summer, I’ve been compiling a summer bucket-list so we’ll be ready with an activity when we are hankering to get out and DO something. The list contains places and activities in and around the Twin Cities (MN), appropriate for families with little ones. I have been pleasantly surprised by the variety of activities we […]

June 2, 2015

Practice Gratitude: enJOY fall through the eyes of a 4 year old


Gratitude

Isn’t it funny as you listen to people chat idly about the weather, or read their facebook posts – People either LOVE or HATE fall.  There’s no middle ground. Either you enjoy the change of seasons, crisp air, and gorgeous trees, OR you dread fall and its daily reminder that WINTER is looming. I have spent many years loathing fall and […]

October 21, 2014

Joyful Hosting: Letting Someone Host At Your House Is A Cinch


Joyful hosting

Have you ever ‘hosted’ a party where all you had to do was provide your space? If not, here’s why I highly recommend it, especially if you have small children: who doesn’t like a party? you lighten the load of the ‘host’ by providing a clean space since you don’t have to do all the food, […]

September 24, 2014

5 Questions to Consider When Setting Your Family’s Fall Schedule


Family

The fall schedule fills quickly with fun, educational and creative activities. Soon, we overcommit, leaving no margin for rest. How do we decide what to do? I can’t believe my second summer as a stay-at-home mom is finished already. Unlike last year, our mornings were free since our daughter dropped her morning nap. With no scheduled activities, we kept a very loose […]

September 4, 2014

DIY Metallic Painted Coffee Beans


DIY

I recently stumbled across this picture of coffee beans that appeared to be painted.  I searched further, hoping for DIY instructions or at least where to buy some but was disappointed – it was just a photo with filters applied so the beans appeared blue. Inspired by the photo, I was determined to recreate the look with paint and coffee beans. […]

August 21, 2014