Kitchen Cabinet Makeover: Part 2.

A couple of months ago, I started painting our kitchen cabinets with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White. (You can read a step-by-step guide of how I did it by clicking here.) I'm finally finished! Here's a couple of "before" shots (please tell me why I photographed my kitchen when it was this messy?!): And here's the big reveal: I feel as though it's SO much brighter -- don't you? A couple of other little projects ended up happening along with this... I've always loved … [Read more...]

Learning About France: Book List

I mentioned last week that we're learning about France at our house this month. We've been working our way through the books we've rounded up from our library, and are sharing them with you today! Here is our list of children's books that are either about France or take place in France (this post contains affiliate links): 1. Eiffel Tower (Now That's Big!) by Kate Riggs This book, all about the architecture of the Eiffel Tower, had some great pictures to show the perspective and really allow … [Read more...]

Adoption Book Reports: “ABC Adoption and Me”

Hey guys!  I'm super excited to bring you another Adoption Book Report. Today's book review comes to you from an adoptive mama of three! This mama and her children reviewed the book ABC Adoption and Me by Gayle H. Swift. (This post contains affiliate links.) Summary of Book (from Amazon): A book about adoption that celebrates the miracle of family and addresses the difficult issues as well. With charming, exuberant illustrations and a diverse representation of families, ABC, Adoption & … [Read more...]

Adoptive Families: Dealing with the Questions.

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about things that are often said to adoptive parents, ranging from innocent, well-meaning statements to ones that are downright offensive. But here's the thing -- I can beg on my blog until I'm blue in the face for people to use terms  "biological child" and "birth mom", but the questions and comments will still come, and I have to figure out how to handle my own responses appropriately. While we were in the process to bring Baby Boy home, there was so much … [Read more...]

Learning About France: Activities

This month, we are learning about France at our house. As I've mentioned in past posts, we are subscribers and huge fans of Little Passports, and use their monthly packages and activities as a starting point for our month long focus on a certain country. (This post contains affiliate links.) This month, Sam and Sofia took their magic scooter to France. Included in this packet was a set of stickers for Yaya's passport, map and suitcase, a postcard of the Eiffel Tower, along with a set … [Read more...]

Black History Month: A Book List

Since 1976, every United States president has designated the month of February as Black History Month -- a time for us to celebrate the achievements of black Americans and recognize their role in history. I'm working on expanding my kids' library to reflect the influential history and achievements of African Americans. In honor of Black History Month, and as a participatory blog in the Multicultural Kids Blog Hop, I thought I would share some of our favorites. (This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Adoption Book Reports: “The Colors of Us”

Today's book review is coming to you from Michelle, the blogger behind Trust Me I'm a Mom. Michelle has two daughters, age 3 and 1, and shares lots of fantastic ideas on her blog about serving with kids. You can even have her ideas delivered right to your inbox by signing up for her monthly newsletter. Michelle reviewed the book The Colors of Us by Karen Katz (this post contains affiliate links): Summary of Book (from Amazon): A positive and affirming look at skin color, from an artist’s … [Read more...]

Cute Valentines for Non-Crafty Mamas.

You guys, I stink at doing arts and crafts stuff. You know how every kid's favorite subject at school was art? It was my LEAST favorite. Like, even behind math. I couldn't cut a straight line if my life depended on it, and I can't draw at all. Conversation with Yaya: Yaya: Mom, draw a horse for me. (I sketch something on the magna-doodle.) Me: Here you go. Yaya: No, a HORSE. So as you may have guessed, I'm not attempting any of the ridiculously cute, homemade Valentine's cards … [Read more...]

The Adoptees’ Voices.

So if you haven't seen it, there's AMAZING conversations happening over on a post I penned last week. With the input of some close friends, I shared -- in my own sarcastic way -- comments that are made to us that can be invasive, hurtful and/or upsetting -- to our children as well as to us. I've really enjoyed seeing the response. Adoptive parents, birth mothers, adoptees, prospective adoptive parents, friends and family of adoptive parents are all weighing in. For the most part, everyone has … [Read more...]

Book Review Guest Post.

Hey guys! Yaya and I are over at one of my favorite blogs -- Mother Daughter Book Reviews. We're sharing our review of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Head on over there to check it out! Just a heads up that the blog may be down for a bit this weekend  while it's being switched to a self-hosted blog -- but don't worry -- we're not going anywhere and will be back soon! Have a great weekend! … [Read more...]