Classic Play + Sprout by HP = Summer of Fun!

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in Camp Classic Play!, Features, Play + Learn

love this modern twist on the classic scavenger hunt game

This post is sponsored by Sprout® by HP

We have just a few weeks left of the school year and the kids are already amped. Meanwhile, I’m still trying to figure out what we’re going to do all summer. We aren’t ones for camps (they’re so pricey!) or pool memberships (I’m too impatient for the waiting lists, also, I have a fair amount of sun damage already eek!), which leaves us with lots of hours of… oh boy.

Over the years, we’ve tried a lot of different things. While I’m a huge fan of ‘slow summers’ I’m also a fan of setting up some fun things now and then. Basically, guided experiences. I set something up and let the kids take the reigns from there. It gives them a sense of independence, and I get the feeling that I’m kickin’ butt in the parenting department. Also, I like knowing that when they bring me up in therapy later, they’ll discuss how I was an amazing parent that damaged them just enough to make them interesting, but not enough to be the source of all their problems. I’m trying to nail that parenting sweet spot.

My goal for this summer is to encourage creativity and frivolity, both the kids’ and my own. I have lots of plans for guided creative experiences—journaling, building, drawing, games, etc. There are so many ways to express creativity. Oftentimes, it comes down to the tools we use. This summer, I am beyond psyched to use the Sprout® by HP. The kids have already claimed it as their own. It makes creative expression easy.

the sprout by hp

Since I’ve declared this the summer of Creative Expression, we’re kicking it off with a scavenger hunt that combines a creative exercise for me (a bit o’ painting), a creative exercise for the kids (tuning into their environment), an easy set up, and an activity that gets the kids out of the house (and yes, out of my hair for a minute). It’s a win-win-win! And the Sprout will make easy, and fun work of it. Ready?

Painted Block Scavenger Hunt

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Stylo No. 4

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in Becoming an Artist, Creativity, Features

bananas for classic play

The new issue of Stylo is out. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it’s a super stylish fashion magazine for women who sew and design clothes and toys for kids. My long-time friends Celina Bailey and Jess Abbott produce it. Celina reached out to me and asked if I’d like to submit a little something for their High Fructose Summer theme. So, I created the illustration above.

It’s easy to get lost in a publication like Stylo. The colors and artistry are all so vibrant. There’s magic in it, I tell you. I’m blown away by what the featured artists can do with a piece of fabric. It’s incredible! I also appreciate that projects like the ice cream ponytail holders, painted fabric and do-it-yourself badges are also included.

When artists come together, beautiful things happen. In that spirit, the print above is inspired by all the artists (and oddballs) out there. May you find your bunch. Good things happen when you do.

You can purchase the print above here. You can get it on a set of stationery cards, and a tote.

Click here to see what other goodies you can find in the shop

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Short Story | Old Souls

May 13th, 2015 | Posted in short stories and essays

old souls

“Come on bud, you have to get up.”

The boy groaned and shut his eyes tight. Little creases formed along his brow.

“I’m serious. Your father isn’t here this morning so we have to work together. Get up.”

The boy rolled to his side, facing his back to his mother. “Tell me something to look forward to today,” he said in heavily accented Preadolescence. Continue Reading...

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Tween Gift Guide for Graduations

May 12th, 2015 | Posted in The Tween Years

tween gift guide for graduations

Graduation season is just around the corner. Tweens will be leaving elementary school and starting middle school. Middle school teens will be heading off to high school! And high school students will be off to college or work! Even if your tween may not be graduating, if they’re anything like my children, they might have their eye on something special as they finish up the school year. We’ve put together a tween gift guide to help with ideas for this special season. Continue Reading...

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It Takes a Village

May 11th, 2015 | Posted in Becoming an Artist, Bold Brilliant Beautiful You


The weekend before last, I hopped on a bus bound for New York City. I was headed to meet up with six friends who were flying and driving in from points near and far. Our plans were to eat and drink, walk and talk, and take in some art. It was a year in the making. Continue Reading...

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Help Kids Learn Where they Live with a Step Book

May 6th, 2015 | Posted in Play + Learn

here's a great idea - make a step book to help kids understand the scale of where they live

Do your kids have trouble knowing the difference between their city, state and country? They’re not alone. It can be a challenging concept to grasp. To help give kids a visual way to understand the difference, try a step book. Hop on over to PBS Parents to learn how to make one. You just need a few sheets of paper.

More Play & Learn Ideas…
A guide to playing adventurously
Hot dog lacing card printable
Math + Art = Musical colors
Make a butterfly chrysalis
No bones about it: Lessons in anatomy

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Have a Mother’s Day!

May 5th, 2015 | Posted in Style

leather cuff

Every year, Dave asks me what I want for Mother’s Day. Every year I respond, “Nothing.” And it’s true. Mostly. But this year, I’ve been thinking about it and have come up with a list.

This one-of-a-kind Leather Silhouette Cuff by artist Vana Chuff is gorgeous. (pictured above)

handmade gold earrings

As are these gold earrings by Chen Fuchs Jewelry

I love this book!

I’m a sucker for gorgeous books

love love love turkish cotton

And I’m not at all embarrassed to admit I’d love a “grown-up, take everywhere, security blanket

How about you? What’s on your list this year?

Oh and big PS!!! Now through Thursday, May 7 I’m donating my profits from my shop (which is where you can find all of lovely lovely items above) to the Baltimore Community Foundation’s for Rebuilding Baltimore! Love you, Baltimore.

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Tips for Visiting an Art Museum with Your Kids

April 30th, 2015 | Posted in Art School

love these tips for making the most out of a visit to the art museum with your kids!

Have you ever taken your child on an adventure to an art museum? Or is your first instinct to gasp and declare “that is no place for a child!” We’re pretty certain not many of you would side with the latter, but there might be a little hesitancy for some. Art museums have a reputation for being stuffy, quiet, and a place designed for adults and serious art aficionados. Well, we’re going to change that today with a few tips on how to have a successful art museum visit with your child.

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