Chick Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

Free Crochet Pattern for an Adorable Chick Hat - Sizes Toddler through Adult

I just love springtime!  It is such a great time of the year, all of the animals seem to be out enjoying the weather, too, depending upon where you live, of course! Where I live there are a bunch of chicks roaming around, so I was inspired to make a little hat that looks like them […]

Top 10 Essential Oils – Lavender

All About Lavender Essential Oil - One of the Top 10 Most Useful and Best Essential Oils

Welcome to week two of my 10-week essential oil education series and this week it’s all about an oil everyone knows – lavender! This oil is so much more powerful than just a pretty scent. Keep reading to learn all about how you can use it to replace many medications! Lavender, ah, lavender! When you […]

How to Go on a Nature Walk – Preschool Learning Activity

My Merry Messy Life: How to go on a Nature Walk with Kids to Inspire an Appreciation for Nature

Going on a nature walk or scavenger hunt with your children is an excellent way to inspire a love and appreciation for the natural world. I share how we do it and give a free printable for your own nature hunt book! Once we decided we were going to try homeschooling for pre-k, I searched […]

Mud Pie Kitchen Fun with Kids – Preschool Activity

My Merry Messy Life: Outdoor Mud Kitchen fun with Kids

There’s something so primal and animalistic about mud. It’s cold, wet, slimy, sloppy, sticky, gooey and brown – a sensory bin at it’s finest. Recently, I let my kids tap into their inner cave boys and go to town in it. It was quite the success and a great way to kill a couple of […]

Reader Parenting Tips for New Moms and Dads

My Merry Messy Life: Advice from Real People for New Parents

I’ve always said being a first-time parent is like sleep walking – you have no idea where you’re going, what’s coming next or can even see straight as you bump and trip over things. It ain’t easy! You can read all the books in the world and so-called expert advice, but sometimes it means squat […]

Preschool Learning Activities – Montessori Math and Language Works and Trays

My Merry Messy Life: Montessori Inspired Preschool Tray Activities - Pattern Blocks

We have just started preschool at home with our oldest, he’s four, and here are the Montessori inspired trays we are introducing to him! The activities in these trays could be used in any preschool classroom, for a busy bag, supplemental preschool at home, or a Montessori homeschool and are very budget friendly.  Gabe is […]

Montessori Preschool Activities – Water Transfer Trays

My Merry Messy Life: Cheap Montessori Water Transfer Tray Activity for Preschoolers

Here are some fun and educational activities anyone can do at home with young children – whether or not you subscribe to the Montessori educational philosophy. These budget-friendly materials (under $10) can be used to pass the time, as part of your preschool homeschool routine, and even a fun activity for a playdate! We all […]

Green Kid Crafts – Backyard Science Discovery Kit Review

My Merry Messy Life: Green Kids Crafts Backyard Science Discovery Box Review

If you’re looking for something fun and educational for your kids that doesn’t include a screen, Green Kid Crafts is for you! This is such a neat concept because they aim to bring kids a monthly craft that is earth-friendly, educational and fun to build confidence, creativity and appreciation for the environment. We were able […]

Free Fun for Kids – Shredded Paper Sensory Play

My Merry Messy Life: Shredded Paper Sensory Fun Play for Kids

Before you recycle or throw out the bin of shredded paper from your shredder, consider letting it loose for the kids! This is a great sensory activity and my boys loved using their diggers and dumpers to push the paper around. Sensory play is so important in early childhood education – they learn with their […]

Giveaway! Larsen Toy Lab Blocks


If you have young children, this is one giveaway you don’t wanna miss! Enter to win a set of non-toxic Shape Match Blocks from Larsen Toy Lab – an eco-friendly, family business with a conscience! Why are these so special? In my review, I go into detail about the company’s sustainable practices, like using local Vermont […]