Nurturing Creativity

Egg Carton Snowmen

This winter has been cold and snow-filled so far. Looking back on January (so glad to be able to finally say that), it hasn’t been the worst winter on record, but it certainly has done a number on my vacation time. On the bright side, Maddie did get to experience her first actual snowfall. Granted, she was around for the great NHN snow day sleepover of 2015, but she wasn’t old enough to remember, or participate. With 4+ inches on the ground this January, she enjoyed sledding with Grammy and, of course, her favorite of all: snowball fights. The more tightly packed ice- filled snowballs, the better. Riley, experiencing a first of her own, had her first actual day-off-of-school snow day. (more…)

Dirt Cups Made with Apple Cider Ice Cream

It’s apple season! Which means apple-cider-everything is back on the top of everyone’s mind. Or at least it is in our household. Apple cider is a staple in this house during the fall season. While the classic beverage is enough to fill the soul with fall joy most of the time, sometimes it needs a little twist. We’ve tried a couple of different apple cider recipes over the years: apple cider roasted chicken, apple cider floats, and apple cider french onion soup, all of which were delicious. Why not continue a good thing? (more…)

Paper Bag Monsters Inspired by I Need My Monster

Maddie loves anything that has a dark side. As I mentioned earlier this week, she has LOVED the Halloween season. Her enjoyment of the season has been added to by a gift that she received for her birthday this year. A perfectly matched book given to her by Lesley called I Need My Monster. (more…)

Patriotic Felt Baskets

This year’s Fourth of July celebration looked a lot different for us. In fact, this summer has looked a lot different for us. Earlier this spring, my parents finished building a cottage on a local lake, and our lives haven’t been the same since. Living with two natural born fish who ache for water, we aren’t home much. In the month of June, I grocery-shopped one time and filled in the gaps with quick trips to the store before work. The laundry hasn’t been fully folded since May, and the state of my kitchen is unbearable. It’s been hectic but fun. (more…)

Unplug Yourself with a “Little House” Dinner

By Seisha Lock of Education.com

Imagine if you didn’t have a cell phone, a car, light bulbs, television, grocery stores, or the Internet. Life would be pretty different! Though it may be hard for you to imagine this, every year the town of Mansfield, Missouri, “unplugs” itself to go back to the late 1800s as the townspeople celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House books. These historical books chronicle the life of a young girl living in pioneer times, when she and her family had to grow and catch their own food, entertain themselves with stories around the fire, and use a horse-drawn buggy to get into town. (more…)