5 Things to Love

January 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Features

things to love round up jan 22

Last week, I shared that one of my goals for this year is to put more love into the world— love for people, places, things, words, etc. Today, I’m sharing five things I love right now. They celebrate loving where you live, a great story, a challenge, happy mail, and your skin.

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Short Story | The Dance

January 21st, 2015 | Posted in short stories and essays

short story the dance

She sat at the foot of her daughter’s bed and tucked the blanket beneath her. The room was chilly.

“So tell me everything,” she said to her daughter.

The girl’s eyes twinkled with excitement. Adrenaline was still pumping. Continue Reading...

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Tweens + Teens Need Hobbies Too! The 5 Benefits of Leisure Activities

January 21st, 2015 | Posted in The Tween Years

why tweens need hobbies - tips and resources to help your tween find a hobby

Am I the only one who feels like hobbies are slowly dying out of existence? I see our tween’s free time getting more limited by the school year. The few hours they once had are now filled with tutors and practices and carpooling and homework. I wonder if kids even know what a hobby is anymore.

So I turned to my good old dictionary to define the term: Continue Reading...

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Happy Handmade Craft eBook – 115 Pages of Ideas!

January 20th, 2015 | Posted in Features

cardboard doll house craft from happy handmade ebook

Eeee! Friends, I have some exciting news. Today is the world-wide launch of Happy Handmade, a super fun eBook filled with 115 pages featuring colorful crafts that will spark your child’s imagination.

I am thrilled to be a contributor to this collaborative book written by 18 international crafting moms and edited by the incredible Michelle McInerney of Molly Moo. Here’s a peek at what’s inside… Continue Reading...

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Family to Family Service – Food Pantry Meals + Printable Recipes

January 19th, 2015 | Posted in Family Ties, printable, The Tween Years

Help other families while cultivating your child's spirit of generosity by assembling food pantry meals. Free printable recipes included.

Have you seen those images on Pinterest that give you the top five ways to raise generous children? They get me every time. I think I’ve pinned them all. I mean, who doesn’t want generous children?

From my deep and extensive pin research as well as my own decade of experience as a parent, I think the concept (the reality may be different) boils down to two factors: the exposure to those different from us, as well as those distinctly in need, paired with the actual doing of generosity. Like any skill, giving of ourselves and volunteering takes repetition and practice in order to evolve.

What are the most effective ways to serve those in need? I asked some friends who run local community service organizations for some ways children can make a meaningful contribution to the poor in our community. Anne Watson, Executive Director St. Vincent de Paul Society, suggested donating items to a food pantry. Continue Reading...

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Refresh

January 16th, 2015 | Posted in home

refresh

Refresh is defined as, to fill again. I’ve been thinking about this word and how I feel about 2015 so far. I have been filled again with enthusiasm and energy. I’m really hoping it lasts beyond the month!

In the spirit of refreshing I stocked the shop with items to keep this refresh thing going.

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A refreshing motto for the year | pretty planter to help clear the air | a place to jot down new ideas | a scrub to exfoliate all the blech from last year | a little something to revive the wardrobe

For more refresh picks, including yummy citrus scented candles, click here

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Magnetic Ice Skating Penguins

January 15th, 2015 | Posted in Play + Learn, Science Fun

printable ice skating penguins - these ice dancers are powered by magnets

Looking for a cute play and learn activity for your little ones? Encourage kids to experiment with magnets by having them create their own toy ice skating rink—complete with whirling, twirling, figure 8 skating penguins. Here’s how…

You’ll Need: Continue Reading...

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Things To Love

January 14th, 2015 | Posted in Features

things to love round up jan 14

One of my goals for this year is to put more love into the world. Love for people, places, things, words, etc. Today, I’m sharing five things I love right now. They’re also five things that are helping me survive this winter by making me smile.

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What are you loving right now?

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