Calling All Hemmingway Jrs! It’s the PBS Writer’s Workshop for Kids

April 14th, 2014 | Posted in Features

writing workshop for kids

I kept a journal when I was little. I filled it with short stories, lists for the future me and essays like, “Five Ways to be a Good Friend.” Obviously, I was destined to become a blogger.

As I aged, I went through many phases, like everyone else. But one thing that always stuck with me was writing. Now, I’m not a great writer. Heck, some of the time I’m not even a good writer, but I do love it. So when PBS contacted me about writing a few pieces for a writer’s workshop for kids, it was a childhood dream come true. Continue Reading...

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Hi From Istanbul

April 10th, 2014 | Posted in Features

The gorgeous floors of Istanbul (from where I stand)

Hi Everyone! Just popping on quickly to say Dave and I are having an incredible time in Istanbul. It’s an instagrammer’s dream. Everywhere you look there is a picture waiting to be captured. It has me dreaming of a return visit. Yesterday over coffee, I told Dave we should move here for a month in the summer. The kids would get an amazing experience and I could lead English-speaking photography tours while Dave shot fashion shoots around the city. Oh to dream…

Tomorrow, we head back to home and reality, which, is a wonderful place too (although not nearly as picturesque). I can’t wait to see the kids! We’ve skyped with them each night and I think that’s helped keep the home-sickness at a minimum.

I know it’s a bit early, but I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Here are a few images from our trip. Continue Reading...

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What I Love About Being a Parent | My Invisible Camera

April 9th, 2014 | Posted in Parenting, What I Love About Being a Parent

When Jenny and I reached out to our readers to ask them to participate in this series, I was thrilled with their enthusiasm. Today, Tanya King from My Invisible Camera shares what she loves about being a parent. Many, many, many thanks to Tanya for being here today. You should absolutely check out her site. Her photography is full of love. -Jen

a girl and her boys

The thing that I absolutely love about being a parent is seeing them evolve into their own beings. When they’re first born and are so utterly dependent on you, you know that you are their entire universe. Here are these little creatures who know nothing about the world except for you, you, you.

Now this is the part I love: I feel as a parent that I can’t waste a single moment and I must share everything that is important in the world; that sweet potatoes taste better than mushed peas, that grandma gives the best hugs, that Star Wars is a part of life like breathing, and that there is good in absolutely everyone. You plant the seed in the hearts, you nurture it with lots of hugs and talks around the dinner table, and then you watch. You watch them grow into their proper little selves that they were always meant to be. They might decide they love mushed peas despite what you served at your house or that Star Trek is like breathing and you may be shocked and say, “Where did this kid come from?” But you will also stand in awe when you hear them say “I missed you today, mama” or when you see them open doors for other kids at school or be brave and stand up for a friend on the playground.

That is when you will know that this ‘being a parent’ thing is such a beautiful honor.

Tanya King is a girl who loves taking pictures, making crafty things, writing, and sometimes she even pretends to know that she can cook. She lives in the woods with her husband and three boys. After being diagnosed with lupus she gave up professional photography and now focuses her attention on staying healthy, doing yoga, and blogging all her family’s adventures.

About this series:
Throughout the month of April, I’m teaming up with my friend Jenny Yarbrough of The Southern Institue to celebrate the joys of parenting. Consider it a prelude to Mother’s Day. We’ve asked some of our readers to share what they love most about parenting. This week, hop on over to see what Kellie Snyder had to say.

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Cooking | Carrot Hummus

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Cooking

recipe for carrot hummus

I’ve been on a ‘hummus’ kick lately. I put the words hummus in quotes, since real hummus is made with chickpeas – but I’ve been trying a bunch of alternatives and they’ve turned out great. I love the taste of white been ‘hummus’ and green pea ‘hummus’, so this week I decided to make carrot ‘hummus’ – just in time for Easter!

Carrot Hummus
Serves 4-6 generously Continue Reading...

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Home | Spring Cleaning (the nitty gritty) *Updated with coupon code

April 4th, 2014 | Posted in home

epantry

A few weeks ago, Molly found some great items to help make spring cleaning fun. Today, I’m tackling the nitty gritty.

First, let me start off by saying, I am a terrible housekeeper. If you want a little self-esteem boost, come for a visit. Seriously. I mean I try, it’s just that I could find a 1,000 other things to do with my time that I’d enjoy more, like going for a dental cleaning. Sadly though, housework must be done. Mostly, because I have a pretty significant dust allergy. Stupid over active immune system.

It goes without saying that I’ve never been a big fan of shopping for cleaning products either. I once worked with a woman who used her lunch hour to clip coupons for cleaning supplies. She organized her coupons by brand. I stared at her with the same curiosity I reserve for tight rope walkers or lion tamers. How did one come to this vocation? Continue Reading...

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Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

April 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Traveling With Kids

classic play goes to istanbul

Next week, you may notice things being fairly quiet around here. Why? Because, I’ll be in Istanbul. It feels surreal to say that. I’ve known about it for some time but haven’t really allowed myself to get too excited about it, although every now and then a rush of giddiness breaks through. I’ve never been good at being cool.

It’s a working trip. I’m actually going as Dave’s production assistant. For the past week, he’s been in Mumbai filming. Then he flies to Istanbul, where I’ll meet him to help him film the second leg of the project. How romantic does that sound?! Obviously, I’m living someone else’s life right now. Surely, this is not mine.

Anyway, if you’ve been, any must sees I should put on my list? I’ll try to instagram while I’m there! It’s one of the few times I’ll actually have something interesting to instagram. ;)

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Printable | Happy Hoppy Easter Card

April 2nd, 2014 | Posted in printable

Happy Hoppy Easter Card - free printable by Classic Play

You may have noticed I’ve been on a free printable bender these past few months. I can’t seem to help myself. Doodling has become a bit of a passion. So I figured I’d channel that passion into a fun and silly little Easter card. Continue Reading...

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What I Love About Being a Parent

April 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Parenting, What I Love About Being a Parent

Let’s face it, parenting is a tough gig—there’s no pay, the days are long and the people you manage can be…a challenge. But having a little one call me Mom is one of the most incredible and amazing and darn near miraculous experiences I’ll ever have.

Throughout the month of April, I’m teaming up with my friend, Jenny Yarbrough of The Southern Institute, to celebrate the joys of parenting. Consider it a prelude to Mother’s Day. We’ve asked some of our readers to share what they love most about parenting. Each week, we’ll hear from one of them.

Today, we’re kicking off the celebration with Jenny…

What I love about parenting

There’s no argument that parenting is hard work, but the joys of parenting far outweigh the struggles for me. One of the things that I love about parenting is discovering what makes my children tick. Each one of them is so different, expressing love in their own way and processing experiences differently. Figuring them out is like unlocking a puzzle. While my daughter feels most loved when I spend time with her, my youngest son feels most special when given special little gifts or surprises. A good snuggle makes my older son happier than anything else. The differences between the three is what makes parenting so much fun, and it’s one of the things that I love the most about this parenting journey.

Jenny Yarbrough is a wife and mother raising three beautiful children in Nashville. She stays busy homeschooling, sewing, designing patterns and writing, among the many other things that mothers and wives do each and every day. You might find her sitting with her daughter at a local coffee shop, sipping a yummy drink and poring over schoolbooks, but rarely will you find her just sitting around.

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