7 Fun Rainy Day Activities For Kids

7 Fun Rainy Day Activities For Kids

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Posted by Abby Branham

rainy_day_pinLearning should be fun!  I am always looking for activities to keep my toddler-aged twins active and their brains stimulated. Today I have compiled for you a list of kid tested, fun activities to do indoors on a rainy day or on a waaaaaay too hot day, like today. These activities can also be adapted for the outdoors.

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Blueberry Banana Smoothies (With Frozen Lego Men)

Blueberry Banana Smoothies (With Frozen Lego men)

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Posted by Alicia Sell

We are finally back from our trip to Hawaii! As you can see, it was torture.

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Okay – enough with the bragging.  It was fun and I am extremely grateful to my in-laws, Jim and Carol Sell, for taking us on a great vacation.

Blueberry Banana Smoothies

smoothie_blueberriesI have to say I love vacation but it’s nice to have a home cooked meal!  Last night I decided to make an old favorite for dessert that is yummy but not overpoweringly sweet – Blueberry Banana Smoothies. I found this recipe by Cooking Classy many years ago on Pinterest.  If you didn’t notice, a lot of our recipe ideas come from Pinterest.  In fact, the Button Jar Pinterest page is full of yummy recipe ideas you can peruse at your leisure. I did want to disclose that not all of the recipes I try from Pinterest turn out great (in fact I made one last month that Colin said I was forbidden to share on the blog because it was NOT GOOD) but this one is a favorite for our family. Easy, healthy-ish, and refreshing on a hot summer night. Enjoy!

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The Learning Tower That Saved Dinner Time

The Learning Tower that Saved Dinner Time

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Posted by Abby Branham

Anyone with toddlers knows that they want to explore everything and that they want to do everything you do.  My twins Meika and Harper are at this age. They are crazy little monkey sponges.  Their curiosity is mind blowing, exciting and can honestly be a little demanding.  Especially at dinner time.  I completely sympathize with the girls’ desire to be on my level. Children want you to be face to face, and they want to experience and observe.  But, let’s be real, I need to make dinner.

Pinterest is my go-to place when I’m looking for creative solutions and one night I stumbled across the learning tower or what some call the mommy’s helper.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it was exactly what I needed for the girls.  It allows them to stand at our kitchen island and do any number of things so that I can do what I need to do.

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DIY Fabric Letter and Tour of Matteo's Nursery

DIY Fabric Letter and Tour of Matteo’s Nursery

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Posted by Katie Gambone

My son Matteo recently turned 1 year old.  It’s hard to believe that a little over a year ago Carlo and I were rushing around to get everything ready for Matteo’s arrival.  My nesting instinct was pretty strong.  Some (Carlo) would probably say I could be a little overwhelming at times with the preparations.  I blame the hormones.

Anyway, I had a fantastic time decorating Matteo’s nursery, which I thought I would share with you today because I just collected a few new decorations to add to it.  My favorite addition is a fabric covered letter “M” that I made for his door with the help of my talented mom, Sarah (step-by-step instructions follow).  But before I get into that, I’ll give you a quick tour of the nursery.  It’s a little room (but ironically one of the bigger spaces in our house) so it’s kind of hard to capture.  Bear with me.

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Cheesy Chicken and Corn Stuffed Poblano Chiles

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Posted by Abby Branham

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Prior to having our daughters, Drew and I would regularly get together with good friends for cuisine theme dinners.  Mexican, Thai, German, Italian, and Caribbean…so fun…so delicious. It’s been a while, so a few weeks ago we all pulled our respective kiddos together for a throwback to our cuisine theme nights and  this time we picked Mexican.

For my dish, I went with Cheesy Chicken and Corn Stuffed Poblano Peppers, because I love poblano peppers.  My mother-in-law Judy found this recipe in the September 2015 edition of the Rachel Raye Magazine and it’s been sitting in a pile of recipes I have been wanting to try.  In all honesty, I am usually hesitant to try Rachel Raye recipes because I’ve found they require a lot of prep.  This recipe had some time saving ingredients though (which by now you know is a deal breaker for me) so I gave it a go.  The result?  A big thumbs up.  If you want to give this recipe a try there is a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

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