Creative Parenting

1 Dec

Christmas: A season for giving

Christmas is a season for giving. It truly is more blessed to give than to receive. In honor of this season I want to share this unique advent calendar with you! Every day, instead of receiving a candy or some other small gift, your little ones can open their box and receive a simple challenge […]


22 Aug

Polignano dal Mare

Polignano is one of my favorite cities in Puglia. It is built on a cliffside and overlooks the Adriatic sea. The water is crystal clear bluish-green, and the views from the city are beautiful. But this last weekend we were able to experience the view from the sea for the first time and it was […]


4 Jun

Candy Kebabs

School is out! Celebrate your kiddos surviving the school year by making them a candy kebab! It’s a special treat for a special occasion. They are really easy to make! You just need kebab sticks and soft candy: marshmallows work great, but so do gummy candies. Slide each candy onto your stick from the pointed […]


11 Feb

Table Talk

How is your table talk?! When you sit at the table is everyone tempted to be on their phone? To watch TV? Do you only get yes or no in answer to your questions? How can you make table time more special? We asked ourselves this question a few years back… and came up with […]


31 Jan

Valentine Card Holders

Love Month Challenge 2021! Before we get to the fun part and see how to make these too cute love note holders, let’s talk Love Month Challenge. According to the work of John Gottman and Robert Levenson, who closely studied the effects of negativity with couples, the suggested ratio is 5:1, meaning that for every negative encounter, there should be a […]


2 Nov

An Attitude of Gratitude

2020 2020 threw us a curve ball. Quite literally. It was so unexpected. With all of the challenges and tensions and stress it is easy to fall into an attitude of anger, frustration, tiredness, apathy or sadness. Every November we the time as a family to remember all of the things we have to be […]


19 Oct

Boredom Buster Jar

Supplies: Acrylic Paint Pens Large Popsicle sticks Jar to keep your boredom sticks in Permanent pen to write your boredom buster (I used a thin-line permanent marker) Directions: Paint one end of your stick. Do this part of the activity with your kiddos so they can have fun creating too! They can make stripes, themed […]


20 Sep

Back to School

Are you ready? I don’t know if we are ready, if the nation is ready, if the school’s are ready . . . .but here we go! How are you all doing?! I am a little nervous about a few different things. Particularly that my older kids have to take public transportation to get to […]


14 Sep

Family Vacation

My Italian Life: Exploring Abruzzo Do you love family vacation? Or do you dread the packing and the bickering and the long car rides? For me it is probably a little bit of both. I love taking time to be in nature, to connect as a couple and with our kids and as a family. […]


9 May

Kids in Quarantine. . .(Part 2)

25 ideas for family fun and activities to do during quarantine! Each activity has a Bible verse included with it. Day 15:Create an Obstacle course. Create an obstacle course together with your children. Use simple objects like the table, chairs, cushions, books, stuffed toys, etc. Show or explain the path they are supposed to follow. […]