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Better Beginnings: Your Arkansas Child Care Solution

child care facilities fayetteville ar

I’ve been selected as an ambassador for Better Beginnings for the next year. About once a month I’ll write about early childhood education and other issues, which I’m super passionate about. This is a compensated post, but all opinions are my own. I work from home, and part of the idea when I started working from home (before I was ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Start Saving for College with a 529 Plan

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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 »

Painting with Frozen Watercolors

watercolor handprint

The other weekend husband was going out of town, and it was one of those uncharacteristically hot spring weekends, so I wanted to have something fun and special planned that we could do in the heat. We didn’t need it then, because we stayed much longer at a birthday party than we probably should have, but this past weekend was ... Read More »

A Cardboard Castle Art Display {Kid Craft}

found object castle

When you leave things lying around the house where kids can access them you never know what will happen. I have written before about the girl’s found object constructions, and I love that she keeps doing them and it’s completely self directed. This latest one happened while I was still in bed writing my morning pages and she was up ... Read More »

Make Your Own Plant Markers {Kid Craft}

garden tag kid craft

We’re doing our first real garden since the girl was born, and she’s pretty excited about it. We bought a little raised bed kit and have lettuce, broccoli and strawberries — all things she will eat — so far, as well as some flower seeds that didn’t fare too well in the last cold snap. She also has this book, ... Read More »

Monday Inspirations, Reading Edition

reading list goodreads

Lots of things have been hitting my radar recently about reading and how most of us are not doing enough of it, or at least not doing it well. Of course first was the NPR April Fool’s joke, in which they posted an article on Facebook ostensibly about how people don’t read anymore. The trick was that when you clicked ... Read More »

Getting Creative at the Museum

stick rock flower

We are so lucky to have, a relatively short drive from home, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This place is not something you’d expect in a place that’s still sometimes thought of as the middle of nowhere, but it’s great to be able to see amazing art (we have “Rosie the Riveter” and the Charles Willson Peale George Washington) ... Read More »