Thankful Turkey Craft

Thanksgiving is one of the holidays each year that seems to keep getting pushed back further and further, until all you see are Christmas lights and Black Friday lines.  All the while, we are missing out on a perfect opportunity to teach our kids to be grateful for their lives and how they could even help others.  Granted, I am toying with the idea of putting our Christmas decorations up early this year (it seems...more
Karen Ballum me too!  I got lucky with a kid who likes math and vegetables lolmore

Encouraging Young Writers with Duck Tape

At the Family Forward Conference in August we had an awesome crafting session with Duck Brand duct tape and Cricut. It was all about getting families into a creative place together. We love crafts at our house so this was right up our alley. We got some awesome Duck tape paper to run through the Cricut machine from the Cricut folks. Then we got to head over to the Duck tape booth and pick out a roll of duct tape for each member of our family. We've been riding high on that Duck tape since!...more

Create an Art Gallery for Your Mini Artist

There's a saying (and this is not a direct quote - I wish I could remember it word for word...) but if a child gives you a gift, even if it's a rock, you should show appreciation and how grateful you are to them for that rock. It may just be a rock, but they chose you to give it to. (love this analogy..) After reading this quote, I decided I want to show my girls as often as possible that they are loved, valued, respected, and that we are always so proud of them....more

Upcycled Christmas Tree Lights

I am an avid recycler and try to be a good role model for my children when it comes to conserving and recycling.  So, when we were recently decorating our Christmas tree, we were testing our lights and inevitably, many needed replacing.  I gazed at the pile of colored bulbs on our counter, not wanting to just throw them away.  Then a great idea struck me. ...more

Let's Get Crafty: Christmas Ball Wreath

Make Kid-friendly Ornaments for the Holidays

Our Worm Farm Adventure! (An Update.)

"] Our worm farms today... the worms have eaten all the lettuce leaves we put in there from before. The red and green you can sort of see in there is from the tops of strawberries we had with breakfast this morning. :) ...more

Our Worm Farm Adventure!

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Make A Little Summer Magic

Cheers! Summer is officially here. And based on the weather here, summer didn't want anyone to forget it. It was H-O-T all week. After weeks of back and forth warm-and-then-cold-rainy-days, summer is here full throttle. And I'm excited that our tall, seeding grass will die back soon, so I can perhaps breathe clearly again. Sniff sniff. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ So, on the solstice we managed a few fun activities. Finally. ...more

What a perfect craft for sunny days!more

Tips for Your Vision Boards

At the beginning of this month as we contemplated the concept of creativity, I challenged you to create a vision board for yourself: a board which would visually capture the things that you hope for yourself for the year to come. This past weekend, as is our tradition, my 6-year-old daughter and I created our own vision boards (an aside: this is a great project to do with your kids, particularly when they're on vacation from school and you have no idea what to do with them while they're home. Alex loves doing vision boards, and I love doing them with her -- and it takes some time to do, so we always feel like we've spent some quality time together as a result). ...more
LOVE your take on the vision board.  My husband and I are vision board fans.  We have even ...more