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117 Best Book to Movie Pairings for Kids, Teens, & Families – Part 2 (D-J)

The best book movie adaptations for kids, teens, and families. Even adults will love these pairings. Awesome picture books, kids books, and young adult books with movies to compare. Includes Harry Potter and both fiction and nonfiction, lots of stories about real life and fantasy. Great for homeschool.

I was going to make this enormous list of 117 book-movie pairings into a single post, but when I crested 6,000 words, I realized that no one would ever read that much of it and decided to break it into more manageable chunks. This is part 2. Click here for part 1, which is all of the movies starting with the letter A through C. The Best Book to Movie Pairings for Kids & Families – Part 2 (D-J) Davy Crockett (picture book/full-length biography/1955 Disney movie) You probably already know the story of Davy Crocket (Davy, Davy Crocket, king of the … Read more

The Best 45+ Tween, Teen & Adult Games for Family Game Night

45+ best tween, teen, & adult games for family game night, even games for the kids! Tips and ideas for the 45+ best simple and easy family game night board, dice, and card games for children and adults to play together. These games make great gifts to buy and are the perfect addition to any home's game basket. Great to play on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, or any holiday. Games for older kids, tweens, teens, and adults to play together.

I love games. I’m very good at games, too, which makes it less fun to play with me, but my dear husband is a very good sport and doesn’t mind that he usually loses at some things. Games are a great way to enjoy quality time together as a family. They reduce the pressure on deep conversation and give everyone something to focus on while still providing the time together that builds deep bonds. My kids used to talk to me all the time. ALL. THE. TIME. But as they’ve gotten older, their chatter has slowed and almost stopped. They … Read more

Fall Bucket List for Kids – Free Printable for Family Fun

Fall bucket list - Over 100 ideas for kids, teens, families, and adults for the autumn season! Includes crafts, recipes, and lots of fun activities indoors and outdoors. Free printable.

Have you ever heard of a bucket list? I’m thinking that you probably have, thanks to the wonderful movie by the same name a few years ago (like eleven!), and its many incarnations all throughout social media. Just in case you haven’t, the bucket list is supposed to be a list of things you want to do “before you kick the bucket.” I’ve taken a little different spin on it, creating lists of things for families to do in the season that they’re in, fun things to enjoy before the world moves on to something else, before life changes too … Read more

The Ultimate List of Things for Tweens & Teens to Do When They’re Bored – 200+ Ideas & Printable

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post on things for kids to do when they’re bored. It included a mammoth printable with over 200 ideas and suggestions for younger kids – maybe ages 4-10? – to do when they are bored. On it were lots of things including play hopscotch and experiment with seeds and make crayons in the sun.  A few readers emailed me after that post to ask for a similar one for older kids – 10 and up – because, as a group, they are not usually interested in playing with Barbies or doing simple … Read more

Cherry Crest Adventure Park & The Amazing Maise Maze Review – Family Fun in Lancaster, PA

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm Review - Lancaster, PA attraction for families and kids. Includes one of the best corn mazes in the US as well as many other attractions!

Now and then, we stumble upon a family fun outing that is so awesome that we arrive early and stay late. We had one such trip last Friday. I had been contacted by the PR representative for Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in reference to some new activities they have for this season, and I asked if they would host my family for a day during our July staycation. They agreed, and I told the kids we were going to a corn maze. Boy did I have that wrong! Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is so much more than a corn maze.  … Read more

The Ultimate List of Things for Kids to Do When They’re Bored – 200+ Ideas & Printable

Simple and easy things for kids, teens, and adults to do when they're bored. Options for girls and boys, mostly at home but some traveling away from home. Would be good alone, with friends, or with a boyfriend or girlfriend or husband. Perfect for a summer night by yourself or a winter afternoon as a couple or anytime of the year! Some can be done on a rainy day and some with no money. Way more than 100 creative, fun, and cool ideas here.

My dear children are with me just about 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Because we are homeschoolers, they don’t go off to school, and because I work full-time from home, I don’t leave for an office. We live and work and learn in the same space and, while I do shut myself in my home office from time to time (especially for important conference calls), I generally know what they’re doing throughout the day. So, when they get bored I often know about it. I personally think being bored is really good for kids. It … Read more