*TUTORIAL* Easy Weaving for Kids

We learned about the Maya and did some of our own weaving as a supplemental activity. I love actual skill building activities like this for my kids – it gets them using their hands and heads together and learning actual skills that may come in handy some day! Or at the very least clue them […] ...more

*REVIEW* Babyville Boutique Cloth Diapering

I have a few friends who use cloth diapers and like some other things I originally viewed as totally crazy, I’ve come around to the wisdom of this idea too. They’re so expensive to buy and since I...more

*TUTORIAL* 10″ Star Block

Making a star block is so easy! And a quilt full of these sweet little blocks is just the best. For each star block you’ll need two prints – one for the star and one for the border ....more

8 Favorite Picture Books About Christopher Columbus

We’re using The Story of the World curriculum for history this year (and forever because we love it!) and just finished up our study about Christopher Columbus. We found several wonderful books about him I wanted to share with you! Some of these are chapter books, some are easy to read picture books, and others […] ...more

*REVIEW&GIVEAWAY* Abe the Ape Crocheted Hat Pattern & Clover Amour Hooks

GIVEAWAY One Vanilla Joy reader will win a size...more

DIY Built-In Bookshelves: IKEA Billy Hack

This room had a giant bare wall that was screaming for built-ins and we figured we could come up with some DIY something-or-other and we were right. We scoured the internet for built-in tutorials and found some pretty good ones that helped us, especially this one...more

Best Mom Friends

This is the Mother’s Day to beat all Mother’s Days because THIS Mother’s Day, I got some of my favorite things covered in chocolate, and I knew I couldn’t keep them all to myself. I’m sorry to do this to you but…Oh my… Before I devoured all these on my own, I thought I really […] ...more

*BEST* Play-Doh Recipe

I have been a mother AND a blogger for 8 years now – I started this blog right before Elliot was born – and in all those years, I’ve NEVER made my own play doh. Can you believe it? Honestly, I don’t love play doh, it gets everywhere and makes a huge mess, but the […] ...more

15 Must-Make Throw Pillows for Spring

Bed pillows, throw pillows, flower pillows, word pillows…PILLOWS PILLOWS PILLOWS!!! I kind of love them. Here are 15 beauties for your spring decor freshening (surely you’re doing it too…) for which new pillows are a must: 1 ....more

Goldfish Tails & Tales

The more time I spend with my children, the more fascinated I am by them. Children are such amazing creatures, so full of curiosity, energy, love, and joy. My children amaze me every day with the zest they have for even the most menial parts of life ....more