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Rosemary Lemon Body Scrub Recipe

rosemary lemon brown sugar scrub recipe

Somewhere in my journeys on the Internet I came across the new (just started last month) crafty challenge from Adventures in Making and thought, why not? The challenge was to create a craft on the theme of herbs and spices, which made my mind turn to the rosemary plant we just brought inside because it’s freezing outside. And because it’s ... Read More »

Garter Stitch Bow Cowl {Iron Craft Challenge}

garthered bow cowl

The Iron Craft challenge for this week was to make something cozy, and since I’m working on knitting a bunch of cowls for husband’s team for Christmas, I decided to consider one of them my challenge project. This is a super easy knit even if you’re completely new to knitting because it’s all Garter Stitch. It’s knit flat and sewn ... 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 »

My Reading Quest

the tale of genji

A couple of months ago, a couple of smart friends were talking about this book, The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau. The book is about how people need quests in their lives to give them something beyond the day-to-day stuff to focus on. They were intrigued and wanted to do quests of their own. It ended up that a ... 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 »

Sew a Door Jammer to Make Your Kid’s Door Close Quietly

door muff in use

The girl’s bedroom has a pretty noisy door, and there have been a couple of times lately where I’ve gone in to comfort her back to sleep in the night, and I’m sure she’s asleep but when I try to close the door it wakes her up. I have randomly seen these things on Pinterest (sometimes called door jammers, door ... 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 »

What to Do Now

what to do when your candidate loses

I know a lot of people are upset about the election results. (I know a lot of people, aren’t, too, and this post is for you, too.) And I know talking politics on a blog about crafting seems like just a really bad idea, but I’m all about creating the life you want in every aspect, and I think we ... Read More »

Knit Oak Leaf in Fall Colors {Iron Craft Challenge}

knit oak leaf

I used to participate in the Iron Craft Challenge over at Just Crafty Enough all the time, but then I got busy with the book and had no time for extra crafting, and then the book was done but I didn’t feel like making anything or wasn’t sure what to make. But this week it just happened that the prompt ... 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 »

Art is Everywhere

plastic lila

Over the weekend I was invited, along with a group of other bloggers, to tour a relatively new exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Called State of the Art, it’s a collection of 227 works of art from 102 artists from around the country who were chosen as the curators traveled 100,000 miles to find art that was ... Read More »

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 »