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Christmas Family Time: Decorating the Tree

One of my earliest memories is of wrapping my hands around a Christmas tree light and admiring the way the light shone through the cracks between my fingers. Every year when we decorate our Christmas tree, I enjoy watching my kids enjoy this same phenomenon of light captured in their hands. Christmas is my favorite […]

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Stay Curious. Keep Learning!

I am a huge fan of lifelong learning, and one of the things I love about blogging is that it gives me lots of opportunities to learn new things. Last week I got to go to a blogger event hosted by Sunset Magazine and Curious.com. We toured Sunset’s headquarters – such a cool work environment! […]

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Gifts Kids Can Make: Perler Bead Play Sets

We hung our stockings this weekend, and my kids took that as their cute to bring their holiday gift making into overdrive! My siblings and I used to make all sorts of little gifts to put in one anothers’ stockings, and my kids have come up with that same tradition. Lately they are very busy […]

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Setting Goals for a Meaningful Christmas Season

December starts tomorrow, and I met my November goal of getting all of my Christmas shopping done by the end of November! Still shopping? Check out my list of recommended gifts that encouraging learning and promote creativity for kids! Having my shopping done gives me a great start on setting goals for a meaningful Christmas […]

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Decorating Gingerbread Houses With Kids

We decorate gingerbread houses every year – sometimes we make a gingerbread house from scratch, but more often I buy a kit. I am particularly fond of IKEA’s kits – they come with the pieces of the house only, so you have to use your own candy and frosting. We used Halloween candy this year, […]

dairy free chocolate pudding recipe

Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Chocolate pudding is a delicious treat that I particularly enjoy homemade. I was sent some Silk Cashewmilk to try (as part of this sponsored post), and as soon as I tasted it I knew that the creamy texture would make for a great dairy free homemade chocolate pudding! I have a couple of family pudding […]

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Easy to Sew Messenger Bag Sewing Tutorial

Sometimes I use my blog to motivate me to try something I’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t actually gotten to. This easy-to-sew messenger bag is exactly one of those instances! Jo-Ann sent me two yards of Waverly fabric to make something with to help spread the word about the Jo-Ann and Waverly Facebook contest!  […]

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Managing Sick Days and Rainy Days with Kids

School has started, and while the kids seem healthy enough I’ve been sick. Which means it’s a good time to pull out the emergency craft supplies – things I keep on hand to make sick days and rainy days with kids a happier experience. Of course, this is a topic I think about a lot […]

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Raising Kids Who Love Books

Raising readers is a topic I’ve actually written about before, but here are a seven new things I’ve noticed that draw my kids to books: Limit electronics. I’m married to a computer scientist, and I think electronics have their place. But I don’t want digital learning to be the first thing my kids think of […]

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Baby Play: Encouraging Tummy Time

Anna does not like tummy time. This is the face she gives me when we work on it – and I usually give in and pick her up. That’s the color her eyes really are, too. How am I supposed to resist? Five-year-old Johnny knows that Anna is supposed to be getting more tummy time, […]

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Easy No-Sew Fleece Blanket Tutorial – Single Layer

When Anna was born, the teenage girls at church made her a very simple, single-layer fleece blanket. It was the perfect stroller blanket, as well as a great play on the floor blanket, and Anna still loves to take naps with it! I thought the design was very clever, and I hadn’t seen it before. […]