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A Kids Handmade Christmas: DIY Crafts, Decorations, Outfits, and Gifts

A Kids Handmade Christmas: DIY Crafts, Decorations, Outfits, and Gifts

Every year, moms in America pledge to simplify Christmas. We want to focus our time on our kids. We want to be a “fun mom” and create a DIY kids Christmas that will go down in history! And then it happens. Overwhelm sets in, our schedules fill to the brim, and instead of spending time reflecting on Advent and the meaning of Christmas, or gift-giving intentionally, we become absorbed in marking things…

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Host Your Own DIY Spa Party!

Host Your Own DIY Spa Party!

Have you ever been to one of those parties where you feel obligated to buy something? You know, like Pampered Chef or Thirty-One Gifts, those type things. I personally love those parties and I am always totally down to go and buy while I’m there, because I think the socializing is fun (and socializing with other moms is crucial to a mother’s mental health) and I am always happy to…

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DIY Lunch Box Notes

lunch box notes

After spring break last year, my daughter started noticing that some of her friends had lunch box notes in their lunch, specifically ones with knock-knock jokes. She asked me to start leaving knock-knock jokes in her lunch box,too. I quickly looked up some knock-knock jokes and asked the M+BL Facebook community for ideas, too, and then haphazardly started scribbling jokes notes to her on scrap pieces of paper. This summer…

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Garden Markers Kid Craft DIY

Garden Markers Kid Craft DIY

Oh, be still my heart! Look how big she is! It feels like just yesterday that it was the end of 4th trimester but somehow Penelope is four and half years old. I try to do some sort of art/craft every afternoon so that we both have time to connect and decompress together after a busy day of school and work. We had a fun week last week, making garden markers for…

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Easy Toddler Easter Craft

Easy Toddler Easter Craft

Ever since I started taking ceramic wheel throwing class this past year, my creative side has awakened. When Penelope was a baby, my primary outlet was sewing, but I have always loved painting and making art. I love using art as therapy; I find it so therapeutic. Penelope is such a little artist, too. Unlike her gross motor delays, her fine motor skills are above average and she takes a…

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The Lazy Way to Great Scrapbooks

The Lazy Way to Great Scrapbooks 2

I once had a fantasy of doing elaborate scrapbooks for Penelope, chronicling and documenting every minute detail of her life with elaborate creativity. Because at some point in my childhood I established a belief that “good” mothers scrapbook and keep photos organized. That got shot to shit very quickly. I think that scrapbooking is gorgeous and fun to look at, but for me, it’s not a creative outlet that gives…

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Mermaid Party and Big Giveaway!

Mermaid Party and Big Giveaway! 14

Finally! I am finally getting around to sharing Penelope’s party pictures! Um, I am not sure about you, but I don’t know where the last 2 months have gone. This party was actually pretty stressful to plan, since I still don’t know our new town like I knew our old hometown. I agonized about finding the perfect location and scouted and called and planned and prepped, just to find the…

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Back To School, Time To Get Organized and Mindful

As most of you know from reading this blog, one of my gifts is being highly organized and efficient with my time, even though I am bit of a hoarder. 🙂 I get emails all the time asking me how I do it all. Seriously, I am still trying to figure out the answer to that because I don’t think I have it all figured out. Plus, I am just…

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DIY Transition Boards

In my opinion, everybody has some struggle with transitions, even adults. But for kids, it is usually even harder. Add to that a special need like some sensory issues or separation anxiety and transitions may become a constant battle. These children may not understand the flow of a day, may become frustrated at the thought of going to school instead of the pool, or may have trouble grasping the days…

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Five Fall Fashion Must-haves – on the Cheap!

What’s up, Mamas! I’ve been MIA around here for awhile, you know, birthing babies and what-not. I will soon be filling you in on all the stories of bed rest, gestational diabetes – and my crazy birth story! So despite being in post-partum land, I am officially forcing Fall into my life. I kid you not, I am already pining for my first pumpkin spice latte of the season. I…

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