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Friday, December 6th, 2013
Got anything fun planned for the weekend? We have a busy one, but I’m hoping to find a few mellow moments somewhere. Tomorrow morning I’ll be on our local morning news sharing some easy easy crafts for the holidays from Spoonful. If you’re in Baltimore, tune in to WBAL. I should be on around 9:50 or so. The last time I was on, I shorted out half the studio. True story. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen this time. Eep. Then, we’re celebrating Dave and his brother’s birthdays—their birthdays are one day apart. I’m looking forward to it!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend whatever you have planned.
Here are some links to check out…
And one more when you have time…
Dave and I were asked to talk honestly about working together, how we balance creative projects, whose work takes priority, if we’re ever envious of each other (spoiler alert, we are) and offer some advice for other creative couples. Head on over to take a peek behind the “pretty” curtain here
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Looking for a great read this holiday season? I have just the thing, A Handmade Winter: A Season to Gather, Make and Share. It’s an ebook published by some of my favorite creative bloggers featuring over 90 pages of winter recipes, crafts (including handmade gifts), entertaining ideas, drinks, desserts and reflections on the season. It’s perfect for Christmas and beyond.
I have to say I am absolutely blown away by how this ebook turned out. It’s thoughtful, soulful, and beautiful; just like the creative women who put it together. It’s the type of book you’ll want to cozy up to with a nice cup of tea. In fact, there’s a recipe in it for the perfect cup of tea from Curly Birds. True story. You’ll also find a contribution from me in there for a cool handmade gift for the kids, along with ones from our Art School editor Deborah Harju and Craft contributor Carla Wiking.
And the best part? It’s only $15. You can click here to buy a copy.
Since I’m so excited about this whole thing and can’t wait for you to see it, I’m going to give away one copy of this gorgeous eBook. You can enter three ways:
Do all 3 and you’ll get 3 entries! Woo hoo! Just leave me a message below letting me know which you’ve done.
Oh and EXTRA…
I’ll throw in an Android 7″ Tablet PC for you to read this beauty on!
Note: One winner will be selected at random. Giveaway closes on Friday 12 pm EST. Winner will be contacted via email.
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
This weekend, we’re filming the next episode of Adventures in Learning. I’m pretty excited. I have to say, I’ve finally gotten to the point of this where I can really focus on the things I love about it (now that I’ve tackled criticism, anxiety, and the steep learning curve that comes anytime you’re doing something new). It’s such a nice place to be. Hopefully, it’ll last for a while. Fingers crossed!
There are a couple things I love about being able to work on this series that I feel compelled to share. Need to make sure I document the good stuff, yeah?
The first is that I get to do research. I know, how nerdy of me right? But I really, really love that part. Reading articles, studying and then figuring out how to turn a concept into something actionable for parents is energizing.
This series has also allowed me to re-visit certain ideas and either expand or refine them through a different medium. For instance, our charity episode began as this. The Living(room) Global episode was a mash up of this activity and this memory. And of course this was the video version of that.
Now this is a month for being thankful, so I’ll say it: I’m incredibly thankful to have this series as an educational and creative outlet. I don’t know where any of this will lead, but we have seven more episodes to go!
Okay, now that I’ve rambled, it’s time to get to the links. Here are some things that caught my eye this week…
Do you watch Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls? It’s so good and a great thing to watch with older kids. Heck, forget the kids, it’s inspiring to watch by yourself. (side bar: they shared our charity video with their community this week and I almost fainted! Even though I know it’s probably run by someone other than Amy herself, I allowed myself to indulge in the fantasy of her patting me on the back and saying, “Good job.”)
Have a wonderful weekend!!
Friday, November 8th, 2013
How was your week? I’m in the midst of organizing/decluttering some things around the house. This week I tackled the craft nook. Perhaps I’m making way for some new things in my life. I’m in a state of transition and boy can I feel it. Today at lunch, Dave and I were talking about how much we’ve changed over the years and while some of who we are has remained constant, much of who we are hasn’t. Thankfully, we’ve been able to grow/transition together. I’m forever grateful for that.
Maybe it’s the change in season, or the fact that I’m parenting older kids now, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the constant state of flux we’re in all our lives. I don’t have much in the way of deep profound thoughts to offer about it all—I’m not much of a writer in that way. What I can say, is that I really like where I am right now, but it also terrifies me. I have officially crossed the line outside of my comfort zone. I kinda miss my comfort zone. Was it stifling? Yes, but there were times it was cozy in a familiar sort of way.
Okay, enough of the heavy. Let’s get this party started, shall we? Here are some truly awesome things that caught my eye this week. Enjoy! Have a lovely weekend! xx
Friday, October 25th, 2013
This week, Dave and I visited the PBS offices. I won’t lie, it was pretty cool. My favorite were the Downton Abbey bookmarks in the reception area. I tried to steal you all one, but my purse wasn’t big enough. Next time…
What’s on tap for the weekend? Did I tell you that last weekend, we celebrated Ellie’s birthday? We had a small family party on Friday here at the house. My brother’s girlfriend said it looked like she walked into someone’s pinterest board. Is there any greater compliment? Ha!
It was actually remarkably laid back, we ordered pizzas, had soda and listened to music while the kids played.
Okay, so the sodas were a variety of glass bottled Mexican Coca-Cola and root beer made with sugar cane, which, were of course arranged in a ice-filled metal tub. And yes, the music was Daft Punk played on a record player. And perhaps we did host the party in our “courtyard-esque” backyard. But really, come on? Is that really all that hipster bloggery? I mean that pizza was definitely not artisanal. *ahem*
I hope you have something fun planned for this weekend! I’d love to hear about it!
Here are some things that caught my eye this week…
And last but not least: I created a Flipboard companion piece to the Trees episode. It’s chock full of tree and outdoor inspired crafts, projects and experiments from some of my favorite bloggers. Check it out!
Friday, October 18th, 2013
What a week. No, I’m not talking about Marthagate, or that the government shut down is over, I’m talking about a girl who turned eleven. Eleven! Can you believe it? The years go by so fast.
Tonight, the family is coming over to celebrate. We’re having pizza and a special dessert at the birthday girl’s request. Can’t wait!
Hope you have a lovely weekend! Here are some things that caught my eye this week…
And here are some things I wrote elsewhere…
Have a great weekend everyone! Don’t forget to check in on Monday for an all new episode of Adventures in Learning.
Friday, October 11th, 2013
Hello there Friday! It’s been the first full week of Dave working from home. Have to say, it’s been really nice to have a lunch companion. Normally, I take a 15 minute break while I scarf down an Amy’s frozen burrito or sip some soup and watch the previous night’s Daily Show that I fell asleep half way through, then get right back to work. Don’t tell me I don’t know how to party.
Now, at lunchtime, I’m having actual conversations. My world has been rocked.
Have anything fun planned for the weekend? Ours looks like it’s going to be rainy. Boo!
Oh, before we hit the links, have you seen the amazing pinterest board the Classic Play team has put together?! So much good stuff. Check it out.
Here are some things that caught my eye this week…
And here are some things I wrote elsewhere…
-Mini Witches’ Cauldrons
-10 Old School Activities for Girls
-It’s Witch Craft: 15 Crafts That’ll Make You Cackle
-I moderated a google chat this week for PBS Parents! We talked Halloween food, crafts and decorating. Did you miss it? You can check it outhere.
Have a great weekend everyone!!
ps. Make sure to catch our latest episode of Adventures in Learning! It’s all about shapes.
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Looking to get a jump start on your holiday shopping? Let’s see if I can help you today with a $50 gift certificate to UncommonGoods.
Are you familiar with UncommonGoods? They have an excellent selection of gifts for all ages. Most of the items they sell are made in the USA and about a third incorporates recycled or upcycled materials, so I feel all warm and fuzzy inside while buying some seriously kickin’ gifts.
I have my eye on a few things over there for this holiday season. This for when we’re stuck indoors. This that’s a science experiment and pet all in one. Score! Oh and of course this, which, both Ellie and Dave will find equally handy in a guitar related crisis.
But enough about me, let’s talk about you and get you entered to win a $50 gift certificate…
Just leave a comment below telling me what you have your eye on over at UncommonGoods. There’s so much there, you’ll have no trouble finding something. In fact, I bet you’ll find a lot of somethings.
I’ll randomly select a winner from the comments below on Monday, October 14.
ps. want extra entries? Go ahead and stack the odds in your favor! Each one of these will get you an extra entry:
Just let me know which you did in the comments below. Good luck!