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Big Kid

Marvel Universe LIVE! on tour for superhero fans

Marvel Universe LIVE! is a touring arena show for families

Marvel Universe Live! is a traveling live action arena show designed for superheroes for fans of all ages. Thanks to Marvel for the gift of tickets, I plan to hit the matinee with my family in March. My youngest is three and a half so I hope we’re ready for all the awesome. Truth be told, […]

Big girl room: Gold polka dot wall decals

Gold dot wall decals from Land of Nod

A peek at the new paint job in Scarlett’s bedroom. My daughter’s bedroom was last painted 11 years ago when I was expecting her older brother, my first baby. I didn’t know what gender he would be, so I painted the room a light green, with a unique accent wall featuring thick circus stripes behind […]

I would cook more if my kids were less rude about it

Picky kids make for cranky cooks - solutions for picky eaters

I like the satisfaction of preparing a meal; trying new recipes and cookbooks; and eating healthfully. So, why would I rather hide out on my computer seeing what’s going on with Facebook instead of actually cooking according to my meal plan most nights? I am frickin’ beat down from all the complaints. This is a real photo of delicious […]

Easy chalkboard paint projects

How to paint a chalkboard "bubble" on the wall

While my kids were out of the house one day, I got a little crazy crafty and painted their bedroom door. It was previously all dark wood, which I didn’t like anyway, so I painted the trim white and the inner panel with black chalkboard paint. I was influenced by my Internet friend Amy, who […]

Must-read: Tinkerlab, a hands-on guide for little inventors

Tongs and a muffin tin: preschooler fun

I love following my friend Rachelle on Instagram because she is always doing simple, yet brilliant, things with her kids. Last year she started tagging her Instagram photos with the hashtag #creativetable to indicate a practice of putting a few compelling materials on a blank table as an invitation for her daughters to “tinker.” Some […]