The Great Homework Debate

March 17th, 2015 | Posted in Parenting, The Tween Years

the great homework debate

Recently, I’ve seen quite a bit of debate about homework and the effects it has on our children. Just in the past week I’ve read this newspaper article, and upon doing further research, I found this Stanford news article equally interesting.

I have to admit, as a parent I feel strange when my teenager or my tween comes home with no homework. I ask, “Well, did you do it all in class?” or “Any project you can work ahead on?” Instead, I probably should be savoring those days and letting them enjoy their free time without interrogation. I was raised with the perception that All homework is good homework! Homework is necessary! You won’t learn without homework!

My seventh grader attends a progressive school where they do not believe that all homework is good. In fact, their view is that an aggressive approach to homework can result in a negative view of learning in general. That’s right, homework may cause kids to hate learning. Continue Reading...

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Printable Thank You Cards

March 12th, 2015 | Posted in Parties & Celebrations

printable thank you cards from This Heart of Mine

It’s baby week here on Classic Play. All week long, my friends MJ, Melissa, Ali and I are throwing a virtual shower for our good friend Amy who recently went from being a mom of two, to a mom of three. We’re so excited for her!

We wrote well wishes and pinned them to ribbons, filled up at a gourmet pb&j bar, and oohed and ahhed over the bright and cheery party decor. They really were quite clever.

Now, the party is over and it’s on to the Thank You notes. Today, Amy shares some of the favorite gifts she’s received and free printable thank you cards she designed. They’re so lovely! She has three different color schemes for you so head on over and check them out.

In the spirit of giving thanks, I want to thank MJ, Melissa, Ali for helping pull all of this together; many thanks to Munchkin who graciously sponsored it; and of course, a huge thanks to you for your support.

Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safe, easier, and more fun. You can find their products at Munchkin.com, Target, Babies’R’Us, Walmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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Welcome Baby Party Decorations

March 11th, 2015 | Posted in Parties & Celebrations

decorations to welcome baby's arrival

It’s baby week here on Classic Play. All week long, my friends MJ, Melissa, Ali and I are throwing a virtual shower for our good friend Amy who recently went from being a mom of two, to a mom of three. We’re so excited for her!

I kicked things off with a ribbon chandelier where guests can leave well wishes for the baby and parents. Then Melissa set up an incredible gourmet PB&J bar—a delicious grown up twist on a childhood classic. Today, MJ is bringing the party gear. She was inspired by the cool gadgets and toys of Munchkin to make decor from items that Amy can use long after the party ends. Click on over to Pars Caeli for the how-to.

bright and cheery decorations for a baby shower

Many thanks to Munchkin for their support. And many thanks to you for yours!

Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safe, easier, and more fun. You can find their products at Munchkin.com, Target, Babies’R’Us, Walmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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Celebrate the Little Things | PB&J Bar

March 10th, 2015 | Posted in Parties & Celebrations

Love this pb&j bar idea for a party

It’s baby week here on Classic Play. All week long, my friends MJ, Melissa, Amy, Ali and I are sharing ideas for celebrating new parents.

Yesterday, I took care of the gift table. Today, Melissa is taking care of the food with a gourmet PB&J Bar. Yesssssss! Head on over to Lulu the Baker for the full spread. That woman broke out the Nutella. And here I thought I couldn’t love her more.

love this idea for a pb&j bar!

Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safe, easier, and more fun. You can find their products at Munchkin.com, Target, Babies’R’Us, Walmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food

March 9th, 2015 | Posted in Cooking, The Reading Nook

How to eat better and more healthy. It's shocking how many of our foods are processed!

Do you think you and your family eat well, as in healthy? Some weeks for us are awesome and others, especially when I have deadlines, not so awesome.

We’ve talked about eating more veggies and while that’s definitely a step in the right direction, what about ditching processed foods altogether? Author Megan Kimble has a brand new book hitting stores June 23rd chronicling her year spent doing that very thing—reclaiming real food. She’s here to talk about what inspired her to eat real, offer tips for going unprocessed and, drum roll… reveal the cover of her book (pictured above). We’ve never done a cover reveal before. So exciting!

Why did you write this book? 

I stopped eating processed food three years ago for a lot of reasons—economic, environmental, heath. I’d read what many of us have read Continue Reading...

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Celebrate the Little Things Baby Shower | Ribbon Chandelier

March 9th, 2015 | Posted in Parties & Celebrations

How to make a ribbon chandelier for the gift table. Guests write little notes to the mom, dad and/or baby and attach them to the ribbons. After the party, save the notes for the baby book.

My friend Amy just had a baby. He is the cutest thing! So this week MJ, Melissa and Ali are throwing her a shower. We’re all so excited for her and her family.

I’ve been thinking a lot about showers and new babies. Maybe it’s spring, or maybe nostalgia. I had my last baby a decade ago, this year. How did that happen?? But I love showers—friends and family arriving bearing gifts, words of encouragement, and well wishes for the new family. Those well wishes may be a little thing, but to me they meant the world.

Today, I’m kicking off the shower with a ribbon chandelier for the gift table, since it’s often the first stop friends and family make at a shower. “Where should I put the gift?” After guests drop off their gift, they can write a few words to the new mom, dad or baby and pin it to the ribbons. After the party, collect well-wishes from the hanging centerpiece to put in the baby book later on.

This project is incredibly easy and delivers both big “wow” and “aww” factors.

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Leprechaun Treasure Box for St. Patrick’s Day

March 4th, 2015 | Posted in Arts & Crafts, Family Ties, Games & Creative Play, Parties & Celebrations, printable

printable template for leprechaun treasure boxes

That squirrelly leprechaun. He rearranges our shoes, turns things upside down, and has even been known to leave rainbow colored treats around the house. Unlike Santa or the Easter Bunny, the leprechaun is full of mischief and unpredictability. What’s he going to do this year? Continue Reading...

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Why Do Kids Need Art? We’ll Give You 5 Reasons

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Art School

5 reasons kids need art

Growing up, my family didn’t have an art closet, an art cart, or even an art shelf for supplies. It was something my sister and I enjoyed at school. We both went to a very progressive elementary school with a full time art teacher and art studio. That’s not the norm across America today. Unfortunately art is slashed from school budgets to make even more room for “academic” subjects. This is all the more reason why we should make time for art at home. Here are just five of the many benefits of art for our kids: Continue Reading...

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