I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much fun egg-dyeing became when my youngest was about six. In the little years we stuck with the most basic dye kits (I learned to hide the stickers and the little cardboard display rings and the cellophane shrink wraps and anything else that was bound to cause bickering or overwhelm), but in recent years we’ve started to branch out into specialty egg dyeing kits and new techniques. Here are a few we’ve enjoyed – and a couple I’ve got my eye on!
Recipe: Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins
This banana bread recipe comes from a cookbook my mom used in the 1980s my childhood, but I’ve adapted it beyond recognition over about 25 years. The original recipe does not use eggs or dairy so it’s technically vegan, but I do use butter and chocolate chips in my adaptation. Since there are no eggs, it’s also a safe dough for kids to eat – and mine have always loved licking the bowl!
Hometown Travel Guide: Santa Barbara With Kids
Since moving back to my hometown of Santa Barbara in 2020, I’ve gained an even greater appreciation for the place that raised me. I feel both like a total native AND like a newcomer (22 years away is a long time!), often in the same day or even the same moment. I’m also fiercely proud of the local culture in Santa Barbara, which continues to evolve but has always celebrated family-owned businesses, the arts, and of course the natural beauty, wine, and surf culture that the area is known for. Santa Barbara is a great place for families, but it’s also a really popular getaway for couples and girls weekends, so I’ve tried to put together recommendations that work for whatever brings you to town. If you visit and try any of these recommendations, please let me know!
A Just-Structured-Enough Summer Schedule For Kids
Every summer there comes a point where I crave a little more routine. Not a ton, but a little. This summer schedule system worked for us when my kids were toddlers and preschoolers. It gives kids a big role in designing their own vacation fun, without turning mom into a helpless chauffeur to their every whim.
Allie’s Playlist (Staying At Home With 3 Small Kids)
With nearly seven years and more than 600 episodes in our library, it’s both fun AND daunting for new listeners to try to find episodes that fit your specific season of motherhood. And I’d like to help! Here’s a playlist for Allie, a SAHM with kids ages 1, 4 and 6.
Jennifer’s Playlist (Toddler Mom With Baby #2 On The Way)
With nearly seven years and more than 600 episodes in our library, it’s both fun AND daunting for new listeners to try to find episodes that fit your specific season of motherhood. And I’d like to help! Here’s a playlist for Jennifer, a toddler mom with Baby #2 on the way.
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