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There were too many trees in the Forest

I woke up to something rather unusual this morning....... sunshine, that's bloody what. After weeks of grey cloud and rain, it was fabulous to finally get my share of the big warm yellow thing that normally hangs around in Australia and California. I immediately hatched up a plan. It involved being outdoors and playing with gadgets, so it was almost as good as a 'Hot and Spicy' pizza from Dominos. Yep, I decided I was going to take my new Canon S95 to nearby Bernwood Forest to play with the settings. ...more

Book Review: Little Green Dresses


Kid Birthday Party Ideas

Just had a bday party for our daughter and did a Kokeshi Doll themed party including painting wood dolls. Posted pics and how-tos on our blog

Homemade Laundry Detergent: It works!!

A couple days ago I started reading about making my own laundry detergent and fabric softener. So I decided, after some research, that this would be a really good way to save some money around the house.......more

Getting Crafty for Easter - A DIY Wreath You'll Hop For!

its really fun to make crafts on special occasions, the kids will also love to help. more

Springtime Pinwheel Activity

We are ready for Spring!  The weather is still a little drab here, but we put coats and jackets on to go out and play with pinwheels today.  If you want to make a pinwheel, see my new pinwheel patterns--it will make the craft super easy!  This is a great craft to do with your preschoolers to teach about pattern-making and shapes.  Click the pic to see more!...more

A Simple Spring Celebration

Yesterday was the first day of spring!  Hooray!  Are you ready to celebrate spring with your children?  I know I am, even though it is snowing as we speak (another 4" or so...oh, bother).  But snowstorm or no, it is officially spring and that deserves a celebration!  And what better why to celebrate than with a craft?  Well, a party would be fun, too, but we're fresh out of cupcakes.  This craft took about 15 minutes and it only required materials I'm sure you already have at home.   We create...more

Soap Spitters for Soap Fans!

Organize Your Closet For Free

Simple (and free) Storage SolutionsI try to keep my closet neat.  I really do.  I store my shoes on shelves and my tops are sorted by color.  But my plans for neatness are consistently foiled by my sweaters.  I store them on the top shelf in half of my closet.  But no matter how neatly I stack them, they seem to fall over all the time.  It also doesn't help that at on...more

Why I Love My DIY Handsoap

After reading Julie Gabriel’s book Green Beauty recipes I felt empowered to take control of my personal care products! Although  there are a few pump hand soaps on the market that are pretty eco friendly, I decided to skip the hassle and just make my own....more

Give this one a try, but the self foaming bottle is crucial!more