Archive for the 'Ideas' Category

Creating Holiday Family Traditions

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

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In these days of busy, busy, busy and the stress (and joy!) holidays can bring, family traditions can bring a sense of normalcy to the season.

We look forward to our traditions every year. There is something wonderful about creating a custom that will hopefully be passed on to future generations.


12 Books to Teach Kids About Giving

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Books on giving

*This post was written by Caitlin, a member of the MarbleSpark team*

With the Holiday season quickly approaching, there is an increased emphasis on gratitude and giving.

Kids often get caught up in the excitement and presents, causing the idea of giving and gratitude to be pushed aside and forgotten about. On top of that, it can also be hard for them to fully grasp the idea of giving.

But, don’t worry! The books listed below will help introduce your child to the concept of giving, generosity, and gratitude. (more…)

Personalized Christmas Gifts for Kids

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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The holidays are sneaking up on us. And with that comes the search for the perfect Christmas gift for kids.

Personalized Christmas gifts show your child how special and unique they are since each gift is customized just for them.

Let’s find the perfect personalized gift for your child! (more…)

We Are Taking the 21-Day Read Aloud Challenge

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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*This post was written for Read on and then click link below to read full article.*

I’ve always had a love of books.

So when I became a first-time mom almost 12 years ago, I wanted to share this love of reading with our son.


Fun Fall Activities For Your Family

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

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Happy Fall Y’all!

We love this time of year! Pumpkins are everywhere, temps dip for cozy clothing and autumn smells are in the air.

No matter the age of your kids or grandkids, there are many fun fall activities to do as a family to connect during this season.


Getting Ready to Become a Big Brother or Big Sister

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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Preparing your child for a new sibling? It can be both exciting and scary to think of expanding your family.

While you are busy preparing the necessities of diapers, wipes and bottles, it’s important to also prepare your child to become a big brother or big sister.

Why? Because their (and your) whole world is about to change! (more…)

Top 5 Personalized Baptism Gifts

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

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Baptism is a special celebration of faith and family. Whether you’re a parent, godparent, aunt, uncle, relative or friend, the question of ‘What do I give as Baptism gifts?’ is a common one.

If looking for unique Baptism gift ideas to be keepsakes, or even heirlooms, personalized Baptism gifts are a great choice. These one-of-a- kind gifts will be cherished by both child and parent long after the celebration. (more…)

61 Ridiculously Cute Short Poems For Kids

Friday, August 25th, 2017

The Absolute Best Short Poems for Kids

The Absolute Best Short Poems for Kids​

The single best way to forge an unbreakable bond with your kids: read to them.  

These short poems for kids gives you a chance as a parent, grandparent, godparent, teacher, aunt or uncle to connect with your child on a deeper level, and offer a specific, quick- but impactful- lesson that your child will hold near and dear to their heart forever.

Some of the poems are funny while others teach a valuable lesson. The best part? Your preschooler, elementary aged and even high schooler will enjoy them. And adults too!

According to Early Moments, reading to children can improve speech and communication skills, gives them more logical thinking skills and enhanced concentration and discipline.

Taking time out of your busy day to read to your children- even for just a minute or two- shows your commitment and desire to connect with them.

There are 61 poems here, but don’t feel the need to go through all of these at once! Bookmark this page and read these poems incrementally over time.

If your child is reading on their own, encourage him/her to share and read their favorites to you. Happy reading to you and your little (or big) one!


Speaking Your Child’s Love Language

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Child's Love Language

“What’s your love language?” Phil asked one day early on in our marriage. I had no idea what he was talking about. “I don’t know?” was my response. I was intrigued to say the least.

It was then that I was first introduced to the book, The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman. Side note: To date, this book has sold over 11 million copies!

Chapman concluded there are five emotional love languages or five ways people speak and understand love.

And understanding yours as well as those important to you can help you connect and improve your relationships.

Fast forward several years later to having kids. I was talking to a friend who mentioned the book, The 5 Love Languages of Children, also written by Gary Chapman. I thought to myself, “This guy is on to something. Of course a child has a love language, too!” (more…)

10 Tips for Traveling with Kids

Friday, June 30th, 2017

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Summer is upon us! Yahooooo! Life slows down a bit for our family and it is a welcome change from the chaotic school year schedule.

Summer in our house also means traveling with our kids to see family, friends and new places.

Traveling with kids can be exhausting for children and parents alike. We all need an extra dose of patience! (more…)