12 Weeks of Summer Bucket List Ideas

12 Weeks of Summer Bucket List Ideas

I don’t like to have an over-packed summer (hello, white space!!), but I know my kids need activity and some semblance of structure during the long summer months, so I’ve attempted to come up with a list of summer bucket list ideas that we can do together as family –… Read More »



Book Bingo: Summer Reading Challenge

Book Bingo - a Summer Reading Challenge from PicheaPlace.com

My kids absolutely LOVE to read. Whether it’s a book they’ve read 100 times before or a new find at the library, both Jenny and David can spend hours looking at and reading books. (I think they might get it from me – I’m a bit of a bookaholic!) But… Read More »

Smart Technology for a Busy Family

Smart Technology for a Busy Family

A busy family needs smart technology that can keep up with them. Between staying connected, capturing the moments, and keeping our busy lives organized, we need a device that can do it all without needing to be recharged constantly. The DROID Turbo by Motorola in Gray Ballistic Nylon promises to… Read More »

6 Easy Steps to a Clutter Free Home

6 Easy Steps to a Clutter Free Home

When you first move into a new home it can often seem like so much space.  As the years pass however, you may find yourself bringing more stuff into the home than you take out.  What are you going to do with all the stuff you have accumulated?  Perhaps it’s… Read More »



4 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

4 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day… and often the most neglected. Evidence suggests that your body and mind will suffer unless you have a healthy breakfast each morning. (And no, a bowl of that sugary cereal you love doesn’t count.) If you take a few moments to… Read More »



Sea Animal Paper Plate Aquariums

Sea Animal Paper Plate Aquariums

We got the first of our SUMMER BREAK BRAIN BAGS in the mail this week, and the kids were super excited to dig in. We started with our All About the Sea bag, deciding to do a Sea Animal Paper Plate Aquarium craft to go along with the books in… Read More »

In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot

In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot

Returning home with little to show for the time she was away wasn’t what Marisa had planned for her life, but at least she has family and friends willing to welcome her home with open arms. What is still missing, though, is the man she’s been searching for these past… Read More »

Tips for Enjoying a Cedar Point Staycation

Tips for Enjoying a Cedar Point Staycation

One of our favorite ways to spend time together as a family is to take mini-vacations at destinations close to home: staycations. Staying the night at a hotel a few hours away and enjoying dinner at a restaurant we don’t have in our town help us to break up the… Read More »

Strategies and Activities to Improve Children’s Memory Retention

Strategies and Activities to Improve Children's Memory Retention

Everyone can have a difficult time remembering things sometimes. However, if see this happening with your children frequently, there are some things you can do to help them boost their memory and retain information longer. You can use these strategies and activities to improve children’s memory retention. 1. Rhyme it,… Read More »



10 Summer Staycation Ideas for Battle Creek, MI

Summer Staycation Ideas

We love exploring nearby towns and local venues, so I thought it would be fun to create a list of summer staycation ideas for Battle Creek, MI – my hometown. We’re looking forward to visiting several of these locations and participating in these festivals this summer! 10 Summer Staycation Ideas for Battle… Read More »