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How to Make Marizpan Piggies for Good Luck

I created an elaborate New Year’s Eve experience for my kids, and they loved it. I had planned to do one fun thing every hour, and at midnight (which was really 9pm), we’d do some more special things. We didn’t get through the last third of the fun things because I didn’t want to speed them through the fun things. I wanted them to relax, have fun, and savor the things. One of the things I wanted to do (that we didn’t get to) was to make marzipan pigs, as they are a symbol of good luck in Germany. (Read all about … Read more

My Car Washing Crew

Kids Car Washing

A year or two ago, my sister and brother-in-law gave Grace a car washing play set. Ever since, Grace has been dying to wash my car. Finally, last week, Joe got around to the job. They filled buckets with soapy water, procured rags and sponges, and opened up the car washing kit. I was inside working when Joe called me on the phone. “You really should come out here and take some pictures. You’ll probably want to write about this on your blog.” He was right. Grace and Allie ran around and around my car, creating suds on every surface they could … Read more

How to Host an Indoor Carnival for Your Family

How to throw an indoor living room carnival for your family - Kids love carnivals, and these simple activities and fun games make it easy to have one for your family. Perfect for rainy days. Includes pictures and decorations. Awesome way to spend a day inside.

Grace talks about having a carnival three or four times a week. She is obsessed. We’ve been reading some books about carnivals, specifically: Little Elliot, Big Fun Olivia and the School Carnival Dora the Explorer At the Carnival Last Sunday, I asked her if she’d like to have a carnival of our own, in the living room. Of course, she thought that was a fabulous idea. My goal was to have a super fun carnival for our whole family. We succeeded, and the carnival was an all-day affair. Decorate! Grace used her budding writing skills to write the word CARNIVAL, and … Read more