Junior Ranger Birthday Party

Want to throw a Junior Ranger birthday party for your little nature lover? We had so much fun with this theme.

Not only did 7-year-old William’s idea align beautifully with our love of nature and National Parks, it also made it easy to throw the party outside, where the party animals could run free!

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Pinch Pot Pumpkins… and a Ghost

Pinch pot pumpkins (and ghosts!) are really fun and easy to make. We took the classic pinch pot process a step further, shaping our pots into spheres then “carving” them like pumpkins. READ MORE

Gratitude Tree

All it took was some paper grocery bags and duct tape to make a pretty little gratitude tree.

First we cut the bags open to form a long rectangle then rolled and twisted them into “branches.” The gold tape wrapped around parts of the paper added a nice bit of sparkle, READ MORE

An Earthy Earth Day

Sara and I tagged along with William’s preschool for a lovely hike in the woods at Bellevue’s Mercer Slough Nature Park , a 320-acre wetland area with miles of wonderful (easy, flat, stroller-friendly, lots to look at) trails for kids. READ MORE

Lava Lamp Fireworks

How I wish the lovely blogging Rashmie from Mommy Labs was my neighbor. I’d be knocking on her door for play dates all the time… for the kids and for me. Besides her incredibly creative ideas and inspiring  stories, she makes every activity seem like a complete joy. Alas, she lives half a world away, in India so I can’t just drop by but I’m grateful for the brilliance she generously shares online. READ MORE