I think the kids’ favorite part of making these homemade ornaments was making the actual pom poms for our snowman. They had great fun. I own an actual pom pom maker, but for this we used a fork. So much easier for the kids to handle, and such a simple way to make poms. All […]
(This post may contain affiliate links.) At our house, there’s no such thing as “too old for a Christmas stocking.” Parents, kids, grandparents — everyone gets a stocking. We fill them with fun, little, inexpensive presents, candy, and — always, because it’s tradition, an orange in the toe. Kid stocking stuffers are fun to […]
At our house, on Thanksgiving, everyone cooks. None of this “I’m going to make you guys a beautiful, delicious meal, and I hope you enjoy it and are impressed with my cooking.” Nuh-uh. We have a loud, crowded kitchen going from about 10am until we eat in the afternoon. It’s messy and chaotic and lots […]
It’s the third of November, which means I’ve been playing Christmas music now for three whole days. Yep. I’m those people. I figure people have been writing Christmas music for about 2000 years now — I can’t get through all that in just 25 days.
(This post contains affiliate links) I think the kids have decided what they want to be for Halloween already. We’re DIY Halloween Costume People — I’m too cheap to buy costumes, so things must be made or foraged from around the house here. Last year, we went with a family theme…and it kills me that […]
My kids love a good New Year’s Eve Party. Staying up late, eating festive foods, making lots of noise — what’s not for a kid to love? Here’s how we in the Peace but Not Quiet household celebrate the evening: 1.) We don’t actually stay up until midnight. Or at least, not midnight here. I have […]
Last year, around Christmastime, I wrote this post about my sad, sad baking failures. It did not occur to me at the time that this could become an annual series…because it did not occur to me at the time exactly how often I screw things up. So as I sit in my pitifully under-decorated house […]
My son came home from school yesterday and announced that he wanted to go shopping. And he wanted to buy each and every kid in his class a Christmas present. While I appreciate the sentiment, we can’t be buying 22 presents…so we settled on making candy trains to pass out instead.
This is a quick, easy sewing project for a child just learning to sew (or…you know…me.) It’s great because it doesn’t require precise sewing or measuring…just a fun, creative project to get the feel of a needle and thread. You’ll need one square of green felt, embroidery thread, assorted buttons and a small amount of […]
We’re a week and a half into The Official Christmas Season…and I’ve seen all kinds of articles on how to keep down the busy. Good articles onsaying “no” to some good and worthy things so that you may do other good and worthy things better (here) and on not trying to make the perfect Pinterest Christmas […]