Learn a New Skill – Table Top Photography Class (with Discount)

February 11th, 2015 | Posted in Features

table top photography class with giulia doyle

A friend was recently asked, “If there was one piece of equipment, digital tool/website, anything in particular that has made the biggest difference for your blog, what would you say it is?” Continue Reading...

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5 Things to Love

February 6th, 2015 | Posted in Features

5 things to love round up feb 6

Feeling a bit nostalgic? Then this week’s installment of things to love is for you. It begins with a throw back feel. It includes great photos, a kid’s tee by a Baltimore-based designer, an adorable lion made by female artisans, our favorite tea, and prints for the home.

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A Surprising Tip for Teaching Kids the Value of a Dollar

February 5th, 2015 | Posted in Parenting

money matters

Do you tell your kids how much money you make? According to an article in the New York Times, maybe you should. It may just help them understand the value of a dollar. The author writes:

“Money is a source of mystery to children. They sense its power, so they ask questions, lots of them, over many years…shielding children from the realities of everyday financial life makes little sense anymore, given the responsibilities their generation will face…”

The article goes on to share stories from parents who have all decided to talk openly with their kids about their family finances, including how much they earned. One dad even went as far as to withdraw his month’s salary, in cash, from the bank so he could show the kids how the money got distributed. He separated the money into piles showing them how much went to bills, groceries, etc. That’s serious dedication to a lesson.

One of the things that struck me most was this: Continue Reading...

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Kids Need to Eat More Veggies? Try Zucchini Noodles with Marinara Sauce

February 4th, 2015 | Posted in Cooking

zucchini noodles with homemade marinara is a great way to get kids eating more veggies

According to the CDC 9 out of 10 American kids don’t eat enough veggies. Now, I’m not going to moan about kids these days or parents these days, I’ll leave that for the rest of the internet to do. Instead, toady let’s share a delicious recipe for getting our kids to eat more veggies—zucchini noodles with marinara sauce.

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Jackson Pollock Art Lesson for Kids

February 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Art School

This Jackson Pollock art lesson and project is great for one kid or a group. It is also great for an art themed birthday party. Send party goers home with a piece of the canvas!

Each year my children’s classes are assigned a country to explore including: the foods, the arts, music, geography, language, government, and economy. My fifth grader’s class was assigned U.S.A. and I thought to myself, “Well this is going to be interesting.” Then I asked myself how I could get them excited about a place they already know so well. Enter American artists, Jackson Pollock. He is a famous American painter that we had yet to explore, and he was my ticket to the kids’ excitement. Continue Reading...

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5 Things to Love

January 30th, 2015 | Posted in Features

5 things to love right now - cookies, art, party animals, valentines and citrus scented sugar

I’m having so much fun with this 5 Things to Love column! This week we’re loving food, art, and fun. In my book, they’re the key ingredients to living well. Who’s with me?

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Short Story | The Office

January 29th, 2015 | Posted in short stories and essays

the office short story

The black car pulled up to a house with a large front window. Through the window, the driver could see several nine year olds running around her living room dodging styrofoam darts.

“Looks like your brother has some friends over,” the driver said to the girl sitting in the backseat. Continue Reading...

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The Classic Play Guide to Valentine’s Day

January 27th, 2015 | Posted in Valentine's Day

classic play guide to valentine's day

While there are still a few days left in January, our minds and hearts have turned to February, specifically February 14th. Not ones to deny our hearts, we figured we go ahead and run with it. So here is our guide to Valentine’s Day—from dance parties, to tasty treats, to date nights in. Consider it our love letter to the day of love… Continue Reading...

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