Hello, I’m Jennifer, and WELCOME to Sugar, Spice and Glitter!
I love sharing positive parenting inspiration, easy recipes for the foodie family, and fun kids’ activity ideas. My goal is to provide a safe space for busy moms to come find great resources and reliable ideas to help you & your family thrive!
I’m a single mom and I think that with a bit of willpower and knowledge, we can all create lives we love. I have been able to figure out how to stay home full-time, travel often, and (most importantly) eat well, despite what some would consider limitations. So whether you’re a working mom with limited free time, or a stay at home mom trying to keep the kids busy while stretching a single income, or a mom with more kids than hands, I believe you can create a life you love by focusing on what’s important and being creative.
By far, one of the most popular topics on Sugar, Spice and Glitter is food! While I aim to share mostly easy, healthy recipes, we don’t follow any strict dietary systems and do like to occasionally indulge! (Read more about our healthy eating philosophy here.)
We also share a good amount of Kids’ Kitchen recipes which are specially developed to be easy for kids to help make and consistently turn out great despite the occasional spill.
And, I also try to share our weekly meal plans.
Here are some of our most popular recipes:
I’m a trained psychologist and Montessori teacher, and I currently operate a Montessori daycare 3-4 days a week out of half of our home. Montessori & Reggio influence are at the core of many of our activities, but I’m more concerned with feasible & fun than perfect.
So, maybe we’ll use dinosaurs to practice brushing our teeth rather than dental models, or we’ll DIY our own continent boxes – we also are building up a catalogue of free Montessori lessons for those interested in the Montessori Method. Those posts are contributed by some of my Montessori teacher friends.
We also have a great #30DaystoMontessori challenge if you are new to Montessori at Home.
Here are some of our most popular learning posts:
Play is both “the work of the child,” (Montessori) and “the highest form of research” (Einstein) but play can be a tricky thing for us parents to learn and foster, even when we know it’s importance.
We share lots of different forms of play ideas every week so that you can find ideas that best suit you and your children. Everything from sensory play (homemade play dough, sensory bins, and more) to homemade toys or invitations to play, to yoga and active games!
Here are some of our top play ideas:
We also do a lot of arts and crafts! I share kids’ craft ideas that kids can actually do independently rather than more pin-worthy crafts, and I sometimes share crafts that I make – usually seasonal decor or homemade toys for the kids.
Here’s a sample of our most popular kids’ craft ideas:
I definitely believe in the work hard, play hard model of living – only “playing hard” looks like taking two weeks vacation with my girl at Disney World!
Part of living a life you love is laying a good foundation, and I think you can only focus on what matters when you reduce or eliminate the things that don’t! This is why, in addition to sharing travel advice, party planning, and wardrobe boards, I also make a point to share tips for meal planning, budgeting and financially savvy posts, and my insights as we transition to a more minimalist lifestyle.
Here are my most popular posts in this category:
I rarely call myself a single parent because I’m too busy focusing on the parent part to worry about the single part. However, single parenting does create some unique challenges and I do occasionally write about it because I think it’s important to have a thriving single mom sharing a positive perspective on things.
For the most part, I write about positive parenting from the perspective of a psychologist and parent. I aim to provide impartial, psychologically-sound information while also sharing about my own experiences and struggles.
Here are my top parenting posts to date:
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