Family Fun

Family Game Night - Games the Whole Family will like to play! (=

Our Favorite Games for Family Game Nights

We LOVE Family Game Nights at our house.  In fact, we enjoy them so much that the boys decided to share their favorite games so others can try them too. (= Here is their/my list of favorites (in no particular order):   Four Way Chess (All ages, for anyone who can play
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Storytime Drawing

Storytime Drawing (=

Cabot sometimes enjoys drawing pictures of what’s going on in the book I am reading to him at bedtime. It’s quite a relaxing way to end the day, and I like the pics he comes up with. (=  Give it a try with your kiddo sometime — and you can take turns with who
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Care Packages are FUN - both to send and to receive. And, I think they're even more fun when they come in a decorated box. (= The boys and I put together a Harry Potter Care Package for a cousin, and I thought making the box look like Platform 9 3/4 would be super fun!

Fun Mail Day – Harry Potter Care Package

Care Packages are FUN – both to send and to receive. And, I think they’re even more fun when they come in a decorated box. (= The boys and I put together a Harry Potter Care Package for a cousin, and I thought making the box look like Platform 9 3/4 would be super
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I used some of Cabot's art around one of my favorite art quotes. I love the way Cabot makes these designs - my scanner really didn't do the bright colors justice, but you can still tell what an awesome job he did. (=

Awesome Frame Art By the Kiddo! (=

I used some of Cabot’s art around one of my favorite art quotes. I love the way Cabot makes these designs – my scanner really didn’t do the bright colors justice, but you can still tell what an awesome job he did. (=    
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The Trick to Getting a Break From Toddler Board Games Without Making Your Kiddo Sad

The Trick to Getting a Break From Toddler Board Games Without Making Your Kiddo Sad

I’m going to tell you a trick to get a break from board games that I figured out when my youngest was little and in love with Candyland. But, before I do, let me say that I’ve played numerous, endless games of Candyland (and all other sorts of games) with my kids, and I still do.
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Classroom Reading Pillows: Monsters, Turtles, Harry Potter and More (= www.ShenaLeonard.com: Messy Table, Creative House

Classroom Reading Pillows: Monsters, Turtles, Harry Potter and More (=

We are currently working on the Reading Pillows for Cabot’s classroom this fall, so I thought it was the perfect time to share some of the pillows we’ve done for the boys’ classrooms in the past. (= The first couple of years we only did Funny Monster Faces, but
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Here's a Sneak Peek at some of the Reading Pillows we are doing for the kiddo's classroom this fall

Sneak Peek — Minion Reading Pillows

Here’s a Sneak Peek at some of the Reading Pillows we are doing for the kiddo’s classroom this fall. (=
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A couple of years ago I accidentally stumbled upon the perfect cure for my kids’ fighting. I can’t guarantee that it will work for your kids too, but it works SO well for mine that I figure it’s worth a shot with any kids. (=

My Trick to Stop the Kids’ Fighting

A couple of years ago I accidentally stumbled upon the perfect cure for my kids’ fighting. I can’t guarantee that it will work for your kids too, but it works SO well for mine that I figure it’s worth a shot with any kids. (= Whenever the kids are fighting I simply pull out
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Cute (& Easy!) DIY Wall Calendar: A couple of years ago I was looking ALL OVER for a large Wall Calendar that would look nice hanging in my front hallway. But, I couldn’t find one. Seriously, there were no Calendars that I liked out there… Then I realized it would be a pretty easy project – and it really was easy! Check out DIY Wall Calendar post. (= www.ShenaLeonard.com: Messy Table, Creative House

Cute (& Easy!) DIY Wall Calendar

A couple of years ago I was looking all over for a large Wall Calendar that would look nice hanging in my front hallway. I finally found and ordered one from Pottery Barn. I was SO excited for it to arrive, but when it did I was extremely disappointed. Even the expensive Pottery
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Rainy Day Obstacle Course: The boys took a roll of Painter's Tape (which is easy to remove from most surfaces) and made arrows all throughout the house - including up and over beds, and through various obstacles. (= It was a perfect Rainy Day Activity!! First, they got to spend a bunch of time creating it, and then they burned off TONS of energy running it over and over and over again -- all while I sat at the table sipping a cup of tea and timing them. It was a win for everyone! (= www.ShenaLeonard.com: Messy Table, Creative House

Rainy Day Obstacle Course

I found some pics of an Obstacle Course that the boys made one Rainy Day a few years ago. They took a roll of Painter’s Tape (which is easy to remove from most surfaces) and made arrows all throughout the house – including up and over beds, and through various
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