Peace Out

December 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Features

stollen bread for christmas

Christmas is almost here and my kids are about to go on a long winter break, which means, I need to check out. There are presents to wrap, specials to watch, bread to deliver to neighbors, and nog to drink.

Like many people this season, I’ve been reflecting on the year. The highlight reel is beautiful—a trip abroad, a new creative venture, a paying gig, an unforgettable road trip, and so much more. The other stuff, the stuff I wish I could leave on the cutting room floor was not so pretty. It was hard, and ugly, and messy. As they say, such is life.

As we head into 2015, I’m making some decisions about where to go from here professionally. There will be major changes, of this I’m certain.

Before I head off though, an enthusiastic word of thanks. Thank you for your generous support, enthusiasm and encouragement all year!

May 2015 be your best year ever!
xo

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Free Printable Holiday Cards + Gift Tags

December 17th, 2014 | Posted in Christmas, printable

free printable holiday cards + gift tags from classic play

Are you knee deep in the holidays? This time of year is when I start to feel stressed. There are so many gifts to give, and of course, I wait until the last minute to kick into holiday gear.

This year, I thought I’d put together a little gift for my fellow procrastinators—a free printable to help you out as you do your last minute wrapping and gift giving. That way, all you have to do is hit print on your computer and you instantly have a card for your child’s teacher, a tag to accompany the cookies you baked, a place to hold the tip you leave for whomever it is you’re supposed to tip this time of year.

Just click on the links below… Continue Reading...

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Community Service Projects for Kids – Care Packages for the Homeless

December 16th, 2014 | Posted in Parenting, The Tween Years

community service ideas for tweens

Community service projects are a wonderful way for kids to feel involved, helpful, and be a valuable member of society. It also introduces the idea of incorporating service as a part their daily lives, not just for a particular time of year, but all year round.

This year, my son’s fifth grade class is encouraged to explore community service opportunities in their city. They need to complete a minimum of 4 hours and each month a team of parents offers families suggestions for different activities.

Here’s a sample of what some of our tweens have participated in so far: Continue Reading...

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Striped Gingerbread Man Doll

December 11th, 2014 | Posted in Christmas, Kids DIY

striped gingerbread man doll

The other day I made a batch of Gingerbread Men dolls. I know most people make gingerbread men cookies during the holidays, but I have a tendency to burn food. So instead of cookies, bright and cheery dolls it is. Wouldn’t these guys look cute peeking out of stockings on Christmas morning? Click on over to Lulu the Baker for the full tutorial. I’m guest posting while Melissa takes a little blogging break to spend time with her newborn. He’s so cute!

striped painted gingerbread dolls

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Gifts for Map Lovers

December 10th, 2014 | Posted in 2014 Classic Play Gift Guide, Christmas, Traveling With Kids

gifts for map lovers

 

With the festive season fast approaching, I thought I’d share some of my favorite map-inspired gifts for just about any family member, friend or co-worker on your gift-list. Continue Reading...

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Gifts for Him

December 9th, 2014 | Posted in 2014 Classic Play Gift Guide, home

gifts for guys

He’s your supporter, your champion, your rock. He appreciates the finer things in life, like a great Kentucky bourbon and the way a photograph can capture the soul. Yes, he’s got a beard and tough guy exterior, but underneath it, he’s a big old softy. This holiday season, celebrate the guy in your life with a gift that shows his appreciation for things made right—with hands and heart.

Willow Speakers to listen to his favorite playlist

A Wood Table Lamp so he can read in bed

These Ramen Bowls let him eat in style, even if his noodles come wrapped in cellophane

Art that reminds him of the summer he spent camping in California wilderness

Big news! In the spirit of gratitude this holiday season, Great.ly is gifting two lucky winners their entire order every day from December 10th through midnight December 16th. They’ll choose two customers at random everyday to receive their entire order for free.

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Painted Christmas Decor Blocks – 12 Days Handmade Christmas

December 7th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Crafts, Christmas

christmas blocks

I am super excited to be here for day seven of the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas. Today’s project is a great one for the kid in your life—it’s part puzzle and part decoration for their room. The blocks add a bright cheery pop of color and kids can change up the look as often as they want.

You’ll need: Continue Reading...

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Happy Friday!

December 5th, 2014 | Posted in Features

filming a commercial

We’re kicking off our weekend with Dave officially becoming a member of the 40 club. Friends already there have called it “the power decade,” “second half living,” and “the grouchy years.” haha! It seems the reviews of 40 are mixed.

Tomorrow night, we’re celebrating with an opening of Dave’s first photography show. I’m so excited! Also a little stressed. I still have a bunch to do. While I tie up some loose ends, here are some things this week that caught my eye…

-Would you?

-the cutest little gift guide

-free domestic shipping through Dec 8th at Forage!

-I could use this

-Handmade Winter ebook

-this recipe for peppermint ice cream looks yummy

-adorable reindeer craft

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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