Just Add More Kids

There are always new tricks to learn in the long distance marathon of parenting.  This Spring my kids have reached an age where they don’t always need or want me to play in their games.  Some days they really do LIKE each other, which frankly blows my happy meter into overdrive.  I learned something marvelous recently,  “just add more kids” and they will all run, jump, sing together for hours completely uninterested in adults whatsoever. Yes, we have finally reached the fabulous stage of cooperative play. Can you say hooray, hooray!  So try it out, if you don’t know this top-secret parenting trick already, borrow other people’s children for the day and grab yourself a copy of Vanity Fair, have an extra coffee, sit back and listen to the sweet sounds of fun. 

Hope your aliens are enjoying the Spring flowers as much as we are.

Click and print to color your own.

May 22nd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Critters & Kids – Dog Biscuit Recipe

I think just about every kid has eaten a dog biscuit – didn’t you try one once!

You love the dog, you love the kids, why not make a homemade biscuit good for everyone.

Babies & Bow Wow’s Biscuit Recipe

Heat oven to 400 degrees


1  Cup water

1/2 Cup vegetable oil

1/2 Teaspoon salt

1 1/2 Cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup white flour

1/2 Cup cornmeal

1/2 Cup rolled oats

2 Eggs

2 Tablespoons vanilla

3 Tablespoons Peanut Butter or tahini


In a large bowl mix liquids, add peanut butter or tahini

In a medium-sized bowl combine and mix dry ingredients.

Toss everything together and mix until fully blended. Should be tacky but not too wet, add more flour or water if needed.

Optional – add a bit of sugar-free carob chips, raisins or honey.

Roll out dough with a sprinkle of flour and as many little rolling pins as you have on hand.

When it’s less than 1/2″ thick cut  with cookie cutters, or the lip of a mason jar.  At our house we really like heart-shaped biscuit’s.

Place on cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or to desired crunchyness, flip if they get too brown.

Brush with butter and jam for an extra pop!



May 20th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

{This Moment} LOVE

Inspired by Soulemama


May 20th, 2011 by zoe 6 Comments

On Rainy Days

It funny you do the “inside all day” thing a lot in the winter but something about doing it all over again in the Spring makes you a little um…. batty.  So it’s good to regroup, really get into being WET, and find just a few more things to do inside.

Riding on things with wheels INSIDE,

Wearing costumes most of the day,

Finding Spring color,

Sailing a new boat down a rushing stream,

Making stuff out of cardboard – because it’s just so much fun!


May 19th, 2011 by zoe 1 Comment

Kids and Cardboard Boxes

There is a special magic with kids and cardboard boxes.  A big, big love.

Okay first a disclaimer,  I had nothing to do with this particular project.  Emmett and Oliver found this box in the basement, got very excited about decorating it and then told me it was a costume.  Now mind you, I did suggest several times that it looked a bit SMALL for wearing but they were unimpressed by my suggestion and carried on faithfully with their mission.

The box is so crazy narrow they had turn their heads sideways to get into it,  claustrophobia anyone!



May 19th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Rainy Day Toy Boat Tutorial

The forecast is calling for RAIN all week.

These wax paper boats give you one more reason to find big puddles.

Ours held up to quite few big trips to the stream.

Click photo, and print to make your own Rainy Day Toy Boats.

May 17th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments