Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Parties & Celebrations, Play + Learn, Science Fun

Earth Day Activities

Hellooooo there people of Earth!

Man, it’s hard to believe I’m writing this while floating on a rock hurtling through space. So weird, right? Weirder than that, you’re reading this on the exact same rock traveling through the exact same space. And weirder than that are all the other people on this rock with us. Look around. There are more than 7 billion of them. SEVEN BILLLLLLION!

Isn’t Earth lucky to have so many of us to take care of her?

Today is Earth Day, so let’s celebrate! Here are some projects to spark conversations, inspire action, and celebrate our beautiful home.

Turn an old teeshirt into a reusable shopping/schlepping bag
Be inspired to hug a tree and blow a kiss to is after you learn some of the things they do for us
Help a feathered friend out by building it a feeder
Observe those smaller than you that call Earth home too
Clean the air around you by bringing some Earth in

Now go out there and show Mother Earth some love!

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Together: A Letter Writing Journal for People in Love

April 11th, 2016 | Posted in Features, marriage

togetherness journal

We recently redecorated our bedroom after many, many, many years of needing it. We finished the kids’ rooms but you know how it is when it comes to something for you—it’s usually something that can wait.

During the redesign, I found a stack of old love notes Dave and I wrote to each other when we were in our teens. The letters were filled with “I love you so so so much.” It was the analog version of a row of heart-eyed emojis. Dave and I cringe-laughed as we read them. One of the letters was even written on the back of a page of defensive driving notes from my driver’s ed class. Ha!
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The Shape of Things

January 19th, 2016 | Posted in Features, Play + Learn, The Reading Nook

love this shape book for kids - it goes beyond identification and encourages kids to pair shapes together to create new characters
The question isn’t when is a circle not a circle? It’s when is a circle more than a circle? The second question goes beyond identification and requires a healthy imagination. And that is the type of question author and illustrator, Joyce Hesselberth, wants to help our kids answer.

Joyce has a brand new book out called Shape Shift. If Joyce’s name sounds familiar it may be from her previous shape study PrestoBingo Shapes, or her work on They Might Be Giants video, or her illustrations for the New York Times. She’s a woman whose work gets around…because it’s awesome!

Her latest book, Shape Shift, helps kids identify circles, squares, crescents, diamonds, triangles, rectangles, trapezoids, and ovals. But where it goes beyond the traditional shape book, is when Continue Reading...

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A Small Good Thing: Live with a Sense of Meaning

January 8th, 2016 | Posted in Features, Movies Worth Watching

a doc about the power of community

Filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll believes three things. First, in order to live well you have to know yourself. Second, once you know yourself you can create an authentic community. And finally, to build an authentic community you have take care of the earth it’s built on.

If you’re a fan of documentaries, you may recognize Boll’s name. She was a producer on Born Into Brothels and made her feature length directorial debut with Who Does She Think She Is? It’s clear she’s a filmmaker who doesn’t shy away from big questions. Continue Reading...

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Too Precious To Lose

November 24th, 2015 | Posted in Science Fun, Traveling With Kids

the trust for public land
*This is a sponsored post about a mission I deeply believe in.

Poets have been saying for generations — if you want to feel good about your fate and the fate of man, get off your duff and out into nature. Science supports the poets. Researchers have studied the effects of nature on our brains and the evidence is conclusive: spending time in nature is good for our hearts and our minds.

In fact, it’s not just good, but really, really good. It improves our mood, lowers our blood pressure, and significantly boosts our vitality. Did you know we’re even more caring and generous when exposed to nature? No doubt thanks to all those lovely endorphins at work. So given all the lovely things Nature does for us, isn’t it time we did something for it? Continue Reading...

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The Art of Freelancing

November 10th, 2015 | Posted in Work It

the art of freelancing

This post is a departure from parenting and cute crafts, although considering how long I’ve been straying from those types of posts, maybe it’s not a departure at all. Today, I wanted to talk about how I pay the bills.

I often get asked how I’m making “it” work. “It” meaning blogging/freelancing. Before I delve into how I’m making it work, I should probably share a few things for context. Over the years, I’ve experienced every variation of employment… Continue Reading...

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The Only Voice That Matters

November 5th, 2015 | Posted in Parenting

listening to the only voice that matters

Tonight I dyed my daughter’s hair purple. She didn’t have to ask for permission, but she did ask for help. She’s 13 and an art student, so she can get away with things like that. Plus, I think one of the perks of having a teen is watching them explore and play in ways you can relate to—unlike, say, trying to play Polly Pocket, or Dora, or whatever it is kids are into these days. Continue Reading...

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Calming Breathing Exercises for Kids (and You)

September 29th, 2015 | Posted in Bold Brilliant Beautiful You, It's a Process

breathing techniques to help calm and center

Recently I wrote about something that’s helped me through some rough times. Today, I wanted to share something that has also helped immensely: a few calming breathing exercises. Continue Reading...

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