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

April 4th, 2014 | Posted in home


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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Art School | Finger Knitting (Video)

April 1st, 2014 | Posted in Art School, video

finger knitting tutorial with video and step-by-step instructions

Over the course of our Art School series, we’ve explored many different forms of art—from sculptures to wearable art, still life to masks, and collages to mosaics. Today we are going to add to this list by exploring an art form that people of all ages enjoy and has been around for many generations, and that is knitting. Continue Reading...

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Home | The Outdoor Spaces of Your Dreams

April 1st, 2014 | Posted in home

1 - Cape Town

I am a very practical person. As the Home contributor to Classic Play, I try hard to share easy ideas, practical ideas, realistic ideas, because I know that we’re not all sitting on piles of cash, and our homes aren’t being featured in Architectural Digest.

But sometimes you gotta dream.

So today I’m dreaming about some incredibly beautiful and unique outdoor spaces from around the world – will you join me? Continue Reading...

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Social Media Burnout

March 31st, 2014 | Posted in Tech, Technology

the endless scroll

Have you experienced social media burn out? I’m pretty sure I’m neck deep in it right now. For me it’s not so much the comparison trap, but the infinite scroll. I find it completely and totally overwhelming. There is so much happening all. the. time. It feels like constant shouting. And I know I’m not alone. Continue Reading...

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