Tween Style + HP Sprout = Design Your Own Teeshirt

July 8th, 2015 | Posted in The Tween Years

This post is sponsored by Sprout® by HP

The thing I notice about having tweens is that their sense of individuality kicks into high gear. It’s pretty incredible to watch. It also brings back strong memories (e.g., peg-leg rolls, big bangs, and a regrettable pair of burlap shorts). I’m incredibly fond of those memories, even if I look back at pictures and wonder, What in the world was I thinking?! Going through those moments of self-expression were critical to both my development and my self-esteem. It makes sense, because allowing kids to express their individuality is key in helping them develop a positive self image.

It’s interesting to see how my kids’ generation uses art and technology to express themselves. For instance, our daughter recently spent an afternoon designing her own teeshirt using the HP Sprout. She started with a sketch, then gathered materials. She used the overhead camera to take pictures of her materials and manipulated them to create a collage. It was super simple and I sincerely love that the HP Sprout allows users to blend handwork with digital capture. Watch the video above to see how she did it…

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Happy 4th!

July 4th, 2015 | Posted in Features

sea to shining sea

We’re heading south this week to the shores of North Carolina. We have one post while we’re away that I’m super excited about (it’s a new video), so keep your eyes peeled. But my priorities next week look like this: a little reading, maybe some writing, but above all else, relaxing. Also, I’m staying the heck out of the water. The sharks can have it. I’ll just appreciate the ocean from afar.

Have a wonderful week, friends! Oh, and I’ll make sure to share some photos on Instagram. :)

ps. a few happy beachy posts…
-shell memories
-summer sand art
-things to do in the outer banks: nags head

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A Letter to My Kids

July 1st, 2015 | Posted in Parenting, The Tween Years


Before I get to this letter, there are some things I want to say. I’ve never been the type of blogger who wrote an open letter to her kids. Maybe I didn’t have the words. Or maybe I needed the distance between parenting little kids to where I am now. Whatever the reason, today, thank you for allowing me to be that type of blogger…

Where have the years gone. It’s hard for me to believe that I have been a mother for more than a dozen years now.

Once you relied on me for everything, now you are capable of so much on your own. I see it in our interactions. Our relationship has deepened. Continue Reading...

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Our Favorite Summer Art Projects!

June 30th, 2015 | Posted in Art School

Summer Fun Art Tips

If you are anything like me, you long for summer to come and then when it arrives you wonder how you can add just the right amount of routine into your days! My family thinks I’m crazy. I hate the hustle and bustle of school days but am not satisfied with long days in front of the television either. Creating, researching and making can be the simple bridge between those two extremes. These summertime tips and art projects can do wonders for kids’ imaginations and add just the right amount of routine into your summer days.
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Hair Story

June 24th, 2015 | Posted in Features, Style, this is 39


Oh, hair. I’ve been through every emotion with mine—love, rage, fear, awe (as in what the ???), and yes, grief.

I’ve been scarred by my hair. In fact, I can recall with such vivid intensity two hair-traumas, it’s like they happened earlier today. The first was the summer before my freshman year of high school. My aunt took me to a salon hidden inside JC Penny for a perm. The first clue something terrible was about to happen: the salon was empty. Second: it was located inside a department store. Continue Reading...

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This is 39

June 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Becoming an Artist, Bold Brilliant Beautiful You, this is 39

the tube
I mind my own business and the business of those in my proximity.

A little over a week ago, I turned 39; a wee babe in the eyes of some, an old lady in others. Like many before me, I’m fascinated by this idea of mid-life. What happens once we cross that magical line? Everything? Nothing? Something in between?

I’ve kept an eye on my friends who’ve already turned 40. They entered their fourth decade in a variety of ways. Some threw big parties, others escaped to islands, one went to a monastery to learn how to meditate. Continue Reading...

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Summer Activities for Tweens

June 18th, 2015 | Posted in The Tween Years

a great list of activities for tweens this summer

Summertime is upon us and if you’ve got a tween you might be wondering how summer will unfold compared to years past. Tweens are in a funny in between spot where we aren’t comfortable having them go off on their own all day with friends, and yet they aren’t as excited for summer camp, or maybe they’ve even outgrown some of the summer camp options in your area. As much as my tween and teen would spend all their summer days playing foosball and air hockey, or glued to their iPads, I want more from summer for them. I’ve put together a few ideas to investigate in your own area to keep your tween busy, and yet still help them enjoy their summer experience. Continue Reading...

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June 17th, 2015 | Posted in Becoming an Artist, Bold Brilliant Beautiful You

sea is waiting for you

Forgive me for this is long and it’s raw. But there are some things I need to say, because you may be feeling the same way. And if you are, I hope these words find you and let you know, you’re not alone. Continue Reading...

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