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Make an Easy Kid Craft Halloween Centerpiece

finished halloween kid craft centerpiece

Through the years the girl has made a lot of great Halloween crafts at school. These are actually just a few of them. I love the yarn-wrapped mummy, of course, and the spider is pretty awesome, too (it’s made out of a Laughing Cow cheese container). Then there are all the pumpkins she painted last year. (I was doing a ... Read More »

In Which My Thoughts About Talking are Completely Validated

acorns make a difference.

As part of my brand ambassadorship with Better Beginnings, I was recently invited to attend part of the conference of the Arkansas Early Childhood Association, a group of educators and parents whose focus is giving kids the best start possible. It was wonderful in a lot of ways — and I’ll be writing a lot more about it — but ... Read More »

How to Raise a Smart Kid, Part Two: Talk a Lot

tips for raising a cooperative child

As a brand ambassador for Better Beginnings, I am being compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own. I told you the story about the girl telling her teacher that a butterfly doesn’t come from a cocoon but a chrysalis. And that I said she’s so smart in part because we read a lot. But we also talk ... Read More »

Sew an Easy Blanket out of Old Recieving Blankets

receiving blanket blanket

I don’t know how we ended up with so many receiving blankets when the girl was a baby. She was a preemie, so we swaddled her for a long time to help keep her warm, but the number of little cloth blankets we had still borders on the ridiculous. When she was too old to use them any more, I ... Read More »

Making Paper Bag Puppets (Your Own or With a Kit)

playing with paper bag puppets

I like to give the girl crafty gifts and I have a lot of things on her wish list that are craft kits and other things I think she’ll like but that are kind of special because we don’t use craft kits all that often. This year someone bought her the ALEX Toys Paper Bag Puppets Kit (that’s an Amazon ... Read More »

Getting Back to Craft

finished art

While I was working on the book, I was only knitting (and doing some little crafty things with the girl, but nothing too planned). Now that I’ve been done with the book for almost a month, I’m still mostly just knitting. This tells me that I made a savvy career move and actually do like to knit, not just when ... Read More »

Shaving Cream Sensory Play

messy hands sensory

When I know the girl is going to be home for an extended period of time — summer break, say — I try to have supplies on hand for a few special crafty/sensory activities we’ve never done together before. I know she had played with shaving cream and cornstarch at school , but we’d never done it together, so I ... Read More »

3 Picture Books That Aren’t (Just) for Pre-readers

journey children's book

I have made it clear that we read a lot over here, and we read a lot of different things. But sometimes there’s fun to be had in not reading at all. Some of our favorite books don’t have any words, but they’re not necessarily just for little kids. Telling the story of what’s happening in the pictures is what ... Read More »

Blogging Advice for My Cousin {Craft Your Blog}

be yourself

My cousin Katey — who is a certified Insanity instructor, fitness coach and goodness knows what other awesomeness — got in touch recently because she was planning to start a blog for her business. It was right at the end of my book deadline, so I didn’t have a lot to say, but in the meantime I’ve had a chance ... Read More »