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Go Back to Basics When You’re Busy

making paper flowers

You might have noticed a distinct lack of posting lately, and I’m going to let you know right up front that’s going to be the norm for the next six weeks or so. The book is due Sept. 1, and there’s still a lot to do. All my creativity is going to it rather than coming up with fun things ... Read More »

Creating with Tape {Kid Craft}

Make an easy project with your kids using tape and crayons.

The other day I told you about the big container of wood pieces we got from the girl’s old school. Another thing that I really wanted and snagged was a giant tape dispenser. This thing is awesome. It holds a ton of tape and the cutter is actually plastic so it would be difficult to injure yourself on. Recently the ... Read More »

An Easy Way to Play: Wooden Pieces

building with wood pieces

The girl’s old preschool closed because her teacher retired. We’re really sad to be away from the only school she had known and friends she’s had for two years, but one good thing about this change is that we got to inherit a bunch of craft supplies and other fun things from the school. One of the things I knew ... Read More »

Painting Leaves {Kid Craft}

printing with leaves

The girl and I went to the park on Saturday, and while she was stalling about leaving she was checking out these big, pretty leaves on one of the plants by the creek. She picked a couple and I said, “when we get home we can paint those.” I said it to try to get her moving and because occasionally ... Read More »

Help a #MiracleChild with the #DonateaPhoto App

nicu baby children's miracle network

Note: I’m participating in an influencer activation on behalf of Johnson & Johnson for acorn: an influence company. But I love this idea and would tell you about it anyway. I don’t talk about it much because it was so long ago (almost five years!), but the girl was born six weeks early and spent the first week of her ... Read More »

7 Tips for Creating with Kids

making art with kids

Most of the time when we have projects for our kids or they are coloring or painting, they’re doing it by themselves. But the girl loves to involve one or both of her parents in making something with her from time to time (and it was pretty much all she wanted to do on Saturday) so I thought it was ... Read More »

17 Cheap and Easy Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

17 ways to brighten someone's day

The Mutual of Omaha #aha moment tour was in Fayetteville this week, and they asked a bunch of local bloggers (among other people) to take part in telling about a moment that changed their way of thinking. It was lots of fun, and I wasn’t even that nervous, though “public speaking” and talking about myself are pretty low on my ... Read More »

A Tour of the P. Allen Smith Garden Home

big sister post oak

I mentioned last week that I got a chance to visit the garden home of P. Allen Smith, who is kind of legendary in Arkansas as an expert in all things garden and home. We were visiting to learn more about the 529 plan in Arkansas, but of course part of the fun was also touring the house and grounds. ... Read More »

Start Saving for College with a 529 Plan

learn more about 529 plans

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you might have noticed a surge in activity on Wednesday. I was invited to join a group of bloggers at P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home in central Arkansas for a tour of the grounds and the home (more on that soon) and a lunch hosted by #AR529. We learned all about what ... Read More »

The Tall Black Lady Smiling

maya angelou influence

I wanted to name my daughter Maya. Maya Angelou may be the reason I am a writer. She was probably the first female writer who I really read in high school, who made me feel like everyone has a story that is worthy of being told, and indeed must be told, in order to be fully ourselves. She absolutely shaped ... Read More »

Why Writers Need to Be Readers

reading isn't boring

Every now and then you’ll come across a writer (often an unpublished writer, but still) who says they don’t read. They’ll offer as an excuse the need to keep their voice pure, to stay inside their own heads. To which I say, if your voice is that vulnerable to influence maybe it’s not that great to start with, but that’s ... Read More »