easy italian pasta salad

easy tri-color pasta salad

pasta, beautiful pasta. we've been eating a lot of it recently. pasta is is a good way to keep everything affordable, it keeps for a long time in the pantry, and it's great for holding so many amazing and varying flavors. it's also filling, and my kids love all the different shapes and colors we use. when we go to a restaurant that has anything … [Continue reading]

*UPDATED* lds word searches for kids

*new* lds word searches for kids

a few months ago, before the april general conference, i posted a set of 3 lds word searches for kids. they included topics such as latter-day prophets, books in the book of mormon, and the articles of faith. i made these because my oldest was getting into word searches and i couldn't find very many lds-themed ones. so i made my own, and i shared … [Continue reading]

*UPDATED* october 2014 general conference activity guide for kids

updated for october 2014 :: a huge list of lds general conference activities for kids - sure to keep them happily occupied during conference!!

it's the moment you've been waiting for...my ultimate guide to general conference activities for kids post has finally been updated for october 2014!after experiencing some technical difficulties, it's finally done, and just in the nick of time! i've been preparing our general conference activities for the good part of today and use … [Continue reading]

free printable calendar :: october 2014

free printable october 2014 calendar

this is one of my favorite times of the year. outside, the air feels a little crisper, the bugs start to go away (hallelujah!), and the leaves begin their transformation into beautiful colors. it reminds me of all my husband's football games i went to watch in high school and university. i begin to go into hibernation mode and stock up my pantry, … [Continue reading]

daily, weekly, monthly planner pages for kids

kids school planner

the school year is in full swing! everyone in my household was so excited the first day of school - we all got up really early and ate a huge breakfast, followed by taking our "first day of school" pictures in our new school clothes and backpacks full of freshly sharpened pencils and a new box of crayons. when the school day was over, stories were … [Continue reading]

chicken pasta salad

chicken pasta salad recipe

if there are two things that are always a hit in my house, they are chicken and pasta. they seem to go hand in hand. and what better and easier way to put them together than to combine them in a salad?here are just a few of our favorite favorite ways to combine chicken and pasta into yummy salads we all love: asian chicken salad with homemade … [Continue reading]

2014-2015 school calendar for kids :: freebie!

kids calendars 2014-2015

are your kids getting ready to start school this year? have they already started? regardless of whether they start in august or september, now is a good time to be thinking about how, when, and where they're going to be doing their homework. yes, they even have homework in kindergarten, i've learned :)they'll have things to remember, and … [Continue reading]

free printable calendar :: september 2014

freebie calendars

so, summer's over, and i'm i little bit sad about it. i do like the smell of suntan lotion. i like how the sun rises early in the morning to wake me up. i like how my hair gets lighter just from being outside.the only thing to console me is that autumn is one of the best seasons of all! first and foremost, there are less and less bugs! it's not … [Continue reading]

cream cheese fruit dip :: with orange zest and ginger

amazing cream cheese fruit dip with orange zest and ginger

if there's one thing i love about summer it's all the varieties of fruit that are in season and that are so readily available in the markets and grocery stores. i just can't get enough! they are all so, so yummy.the other day while we were out at the store and walking through the produce aisle my youngest made a game of trying to find things in … [Continue reading]

free printable calendar :: august 2014

free printable august calendar

it is official - summer goes by way too fast! i absolutely LOVE having my kids home with me, but i do remember at the beginning of the summer wondering what in the world we'd do with everyone at home all. day. long. (which is why i created this summer calendar for kids - it has been awesome and a total life saver, by the way!) but now that summer … [Continue reading]