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Getting My Holiday Together Like a Crafty Ninja, Part One

teacher gift candied pecans

It’s not like we don’t see Christmas coming. It’s at the same time every year. It can’t possibly sneak up on us, and yet every year there’s the same mad dash to finish something or buy something or do something before that big, firm deadline of Dec. 25. Or, in my case, Dec. 19. The last day the girl has ... Read More »

Frozen Dress Up Gift Bag {Iron Craft Challenge}

ribbon in bag drawstring

The Iron Craft Challenge this week was to make something that could be done from start to finish in an hour or less. I had been thinking about this one for a while so I was glad to finally get it finished. Like most girls her age, the girl is very into Frozen. One of the few things on her ... Read More »

5 Tips for Helping Kids Transition to a New School

going to school

As a brand ambassador for Better Beginnings, I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts are my own. The girl stayed home with me for almost the first two years of her life, and she was a pretty super clingy little one. That could be because she barely ever saw people outside of her family for the first ... Read More »

Experimenting with Glitter and Paint

using glitter gel as paint

I’ve been doing some cleaning in the girl’s art area lately, and one good thing about that is that it means we’re finding things we forgot we had. It was nearly a year ago the last time we played with paint and glitter gel, and the girl found the remains of the bottle over the weekend and decided she wanted ... Read More »

Three Things to Do to Get Ready for a Holiday Break

Art/activity books are a great choice for school holidays and vacations.

We had our first snow this weekend, and though it didn’t cause a snow day, I’m suddenly thinking about the very real possibility that snow days are coming soon and the reality that the girl is home from school all next week and two weeks for winter break. With all that in mind I’ve been thinking about ways to prepare ... Read More »

Campfire Kit for Indoor or Outdoor Play

logs out of pool noodle

When I went to the Arkansas Early Childhood Association conference last month (thanks, Better Beginnings!) one of the workshops I sat in on was all about prop boxes for outdoor play. The presenters offered more than 20 ideas for different prop collections that could be used outside, such as gathering buckets, sponges and soapy water to make a car wash ... Read More »

Three Great “Toys” for Unstructured Play

found object castle

As a blog ambassador for Better Beginnings, I am being compensated for this post, but all opinions and content are my own. Now that the holiday season is basically upon us, I know a lot of parents and family members of young kids are starting to think about holiday gifts. And while the temptation is high to buy the latest ... Read More »

Memories without Photographs

How do you remember without photographs?

At the grocery store this morning, the Billy Joel song “For the Longest Time” came on over the PA, and I was immediately transported back almost two decades to the Key Club regional convention of April 1995. There was a talent show, and one of the performers was an all-boy acapella group called The Argyles, which performed this song. (I ... 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 »