A Doodle Here, A Doodle There

June 8th, 2015 | Posted in Becoming an Artist, Bold Brilliant Beautiful You, Creativity

orange you glad

Do you doodle? When I was younger, I loved to write and draw. Then along the way to adulthood, I don’t know, I just…stopped. There are many reasons, but one of them that stands out is that, as an “adult”, I wanted things to have purpose, meaning, sophistication. I told myself, “doodling silly little things or writing short stories in a spiral-bound notebook didn’t serve a purpose.” Except, it did. It made me happy.

Where would we be without silly little sketches and stories? Continue Reading...

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Creative In-Tent

June 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Games & Creative Play, Play + Learn

encourage kids to write all summer long with a writing tent (creative writing prompts included!)

Every great writer needs a great space; and there’s no better space than a one-of-a-kind, gen-u-ine, kid-made writing tent. A safe and cozy writing tent can inspire some fantastic tales. Hope on over to PBS Parents to check it out! I’ve also included a list of creative writing prompts to help get those brains buzzing with ideas.

Looking for more summer fun ideas? Check these out…
Arty Scavenger Hunt
Homemade Finish Line
Pretend Play Campfire

ps. Hat tip to Monica Merrill for the title up there. She wrote it in on the PBS Parents page. It totally made me laugh!

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Make ‘Em Laugh! Teacher Thank You Cards

June 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Art School, Arts & Crafts, Kids DIY, Parties & Celebrations

These kid-made thank you cards for teachers are hilarious! Love them

The end of the school year is upon us and our family likes to thank those that were important people in our children’s lives. This year we decided to make some fun 3D cards to send with a giftcard. These would make great cards for any occasion such as graduations, culminations, anniversaries, you name it! These cards will bring a smile to someone’s face.

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Classic Play + Sprout by HP = Summer of Fun!

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in Camp Classic Play!, Features, Play + Learn

love this modern twist on the classic scavenger hunt game

This post is sponsored by Sprout® by HP

We have just a few weeks left of the school year and the kids are already amped. Meanwhile, I’m still trying to figure out what we’re going to do all summer. We aren’t ones for camps (they’re so pricey!) or pool memberships (I’m too impatient for the waiting lists, also, I have a fair amount of sun damage already eek!), which leaves us with lots of hours of… oh boy.

Over the years, we’ve tried a lot of different things. While I’m a huge fan of ‘slow summers’ I’m also a fan of setting up some fun things now and then. Basically, guided experiences. I set something up and let the kids take the reigns from there. It gives them a sense of independence, and I get the feeling that I’m kickin’ butt in the parenting department. Also, I like knowing that when they bring me up in therapy later, they’ll discuss how I was an amazing parent that damaged them just enough to make them interesting, but not enough to be the source of all their problems. I’m trying to nail that parenting sweet spot.

My goal for this summer is to encourage creativity and frivolity, both the kids’ and my own. I have lots of plans for guided creative experiences—journaling, building, drawing, games, etc. There are so many ways to express creativity. Oftentimes, it comes down to the tools we use. This summer, I am beyond psyched to use the Sprout® by HP. The kids have already claimed it as their own. It makes creative expression easy.

the sprout by hp

Since I’ve declared this the summer of Creative Expression, we’re kicking it off with a scavenger hunt that combines a creative exercise for me (a bit o’ painting), a creative exercise for the kids (tuning into their environment), an easy set up, and an activity that gets the kids out of the house (and yes, out of my hair for a minute). It’s a win-win-win! And the Sprout will make easy, and fun work of it. Ready?

Painted Block Scavenger Hunt

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Stylo No. 4

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in Becoming an Artist, Creativity, Features

bananas for classic play

The new issue of Stylo is out. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it’s a super stylish fashion magazine for women who sew and design clothes and toys for kids. My long-time friends Celina Bailey and Jess Abbott produce it. Celina reached out to me and asked if I’d like to submit a little something for their High Fructose Summer theme. So, I created the illustration above.

It’s easy to get lost in a publication like Stylo. The colors and artistry are all so vibrant. There’s magic in it, I tell you. I’m blown away by what the featured artists can do with a piece of fabric. It’s incredible! I also appreciate that projects like the ice cream ponytail holders, painted fabric and do-it-yourself badges are also included.

When artists come together, beautiful things happen. In that spirit, the print above is inspired by all the artists (and oddballs) out there. May you find your bunch. Good things happen when you do.

You can purchase the print above here. You can get it on a set of stationery cards, and a tote.

Click here to see what other goodies you can find in the shop

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Short Story | Old Souls

May 13th, 2015 | Posted in short stories and essays

old souls

“Come on bud, you have to get up.”

The boy groaned and shut his eyes tight. Little creases formed along his brow.

“I’m serious. Your father isn’t here this morning so we have to work together. Get up.”

The boy rolled to his side, facing his back to his mother. “Tell me something to look forward to today,” he said in heavily accented Preadolescence. Continue Reading...

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Tween Gift Guide for Graduations

May 12th, 2015 | Posted in The Tween Years

tween gift guide for graduations

Graduation season is just around the corner. Tweens will be leaving elementary school and starting middle school. Middle school teens will be heading off to high school! And high school students will be off to college or work! Even if your tween may not be graduating, if they’re anything like my children, they might have their eye on something special as they finish up the school year. We’ve put together a tween gift guide to help with ideas for this special season. Continue Reading...

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It Takes a Village

May 11th, 2015 | Posted in Becoming an Artist, Bold Brilliant Beautiful You

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The weekend before last, I hopped on a bus bound for New York City. I was headed to meet up with six friends who were flying and driving in from points near and far. Our plans were to eat and drink, walk and talk, and take in some art. It was a year in the making. Continue Reading...

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