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Simply Orange Juice

My Grandma Penny lived on a farm on the outskirts of Clewiston Florida. Every time we visited we would fill sacks with oranges and tangerines to take home. One year we had a bucket full of oranges and my sister and I decided to make […]

A Fancy Pudding Pie

A couple weeks ago, I took Mason and Adelin to a kids workshop where they learned to make dirt referring to the dessert known as, Dirt. The kids helped measure the milk and stir the pudding. Each child was given a cup and bag with […]

Boredom Undercontrol

Another favorite site is Ikea Hacker. They take items bought from Ikea and amazingly transform them into creative DIY projects. The slide is our version of a non-traditional “Ikea Hack”. Two Sultan mattresses and a staircase equals two happy yet, exhausted kids.

The Crafty Crow: Children’s Craft Collective

So I think I am going to start a Featured Link of the Month. I just have to gush about my absolutely favorite site right now, The Crafty Crow. Fun crafts and fabulous book reviews, and I can’t forget the enormous long list of links […]

Experimenting with Celery and Food Coloring

We had to make “orange” play dough for Mason’s homework assignment. While the play dough was cooling, Mason decided he was more interested in making other colors using the food coloring. A lot of green and a few drops of blue made…well, green. In a […]

Re-Explore Your Passion to Create

Several months ago, I read an article about Amanda Peat in Cookie Magazine. She made the comment, “When you’re able to identify your passions, then your child will be able to identify hers.” In my head, her comment translated into “when we keep up our hobbies, it shows our children that hobbies are important.”

Like many moms, I could not recall what it is I used to enjoy doing. There is a pile of unread books on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I realized that when we pull out the art supplies, I tend to stand nearby supervising, but never get involved with my own project. When we turn on the music to dance, I dance for a little while then, busy myself with cleaning while the kids are preoccupied. Cooking has become a chore with the baby crying the whole time at my feet and the older two getting into things or starting fights every five minutes.

Back in June, I took a trip to see my family who live half a world away. I was chatting with my youngest sister about this very topic. She and I share a familiar trait that the house must be clean before we can proceed with any arts and crafts project. Silly isn’t it? Creativity swiftly comes and flutters away. By the time we are finished cleaning and pull out the sewing machine or all the art supplies, we are tired or the inspiration has vanished. My sister was adamant about having a place to put the scrap booking supplies and the sewing machine. A place where the creative projects and material can be left out waiting for her return, allowing her to pick up where she left off.

Some ways that I have been able to incorporate my creative needs in with those of three young children, is I started leaving a book or two in the car for the days we take a drive or are out running errands. (Stephen is driving of course). I also have a couple books in the kitchen I peruse while I eat my breakfast or for later in the day when I steal away to the back patio while the children are napping.

I have a small desk in my bedroom that houses my sewing machine and a small cabinet for all my supplies. I found a basket to store the projects I want to work on and any ideas I have for future crafts.
The children’s art supplies are in a cabinet downstairs in the kitchen. I love walking into the room and seeing them creating. Even Everett, who is one, is passionate about his drawing. Their favorite masterpieces are displayed throughout the kitchen taped to cabinet doors and on the walls. Their eyes light up every time they spot a favorite picture they created.

So many colors

Mason and Adelin get a real kick when I sit down with them to work on a drawing or painting. Knowing they will want to do what I am doing, I try to come up with an idea that is similar to what I am working on. While I knit, they use their yarn needles and a square of plastic canvas or make crochet chains. If I want to scrapbook, I give the kids their own stickers, scissors and paper. If I am cooking, they grab their aprons to help out.

I can’t believe I allowed myself to miss out on all of the fun. It certainly takes patience, but I am learning to laugh it off. The most important thing is the TV is off and we are together exploring through creating.

My Own Colonial Experience

What goes better with fresh baked bread than homemade strawberry jam and homemade butter? I went on a baking rampage this weekend. I bought a flat of strawberries at the farmers market that were begging to be made into Strawberry Jam. While I was whipping […]

Natural Treasures in Our Art Box

When Stephen and I need a break after a long week, we load the kids in the car and get out of town. Usually, it is to his mom’s house in a more rural area. While we were in the country visiting Stephen’s parents, the […]

I Love Dirt: Discover the Wonders of Nature

This morning, a new book I have been waiting for finally arrived; I Love Dirt by Jennifer Ward. It was a beautiful day today. So, I stole a moment while the kids were napping to escape and enjoy the silence and my new book. I was treated with a gentle breeze and a song from the leaves in the trees rustling merrily. What is it about being in nature that seems to wash all the negativity away and lends to the mind we can do whatever we deem possible?

“I love Dirt”, is filled with wonder and knowledge. The book’s title includes the line “52 activities to help you and your kids discover the wonder of nature”. I would not call them activities, but more along the lines of science exploration. The chapters are divided by season. The “activity” will suggest a part of nature to explore such as animals, plants, weather and space. Using a scientist’s point of view you and your child discuss the elements.

Fall has begun in select areas of the world. You could talk about why leaves fall. You could discuss gravity and the seasons. You could talk about wind and the sounds it makes and how wind is used for energy. Try catching falling leaves. Play a game by collecting objects to see which ones can be moved by the wind. Another idea I liked requires a game of hide-n-seek. First, explain what camouflage is. Then, ask your child to think about how different bugs and animals in nature use markings and color to survive.

I Love Dirt is a fun book filled with adventures to explore with the whole family. It is simple to read. And the best part is, you do not need buy anything.

Take your nature journey even farther by heading to your local library. Find books based on the aspects of nature that your child would like to know more about. Better yet, grab your books, a blanket and some snacks and head outside to connect with nature.

The Trees Are Alive With the Sound of Music

I have to laugh at the irony of the classic song “To Grandma’s House We Go”. Now while my mom is a grandmother, she does not live in the country. However, her parents did, as well as Stephen’s parents. Growing up, we took a Sunday […]