Nurturing Creativity

Reindeer Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is now in full swing at the Cummins household! This past weekend was our annual Christmas decorating day with the NHN family. Every precious decoration is in its place, the lights are shining their wonderful warm glow, and the Christmas trees are trimmed. It’s a beautiful sight to behold, and the day was just the family fun that Lesley and I needed. It’s hard not to be in a good mood and grateful for the people in our lives. (more…)

Teaching Kids to Sew: Why It’s Important and How to Do It

By Jennifer Kessler

Photo credit: craftindustryalliance.org

Teaching your little one how to sew sounds like a wonderful idea. I started sewing when I was in my early 20s. And how I wish I had acquired sewing skills earlier! I learned both the basics and advanced techniques all by myself. It took a while to get the hang of it. But once I was there, I couldn’t be more proud! So here’s Teaching Kids to Sew: Why It’s Important and How to Do It! (more…)

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Ali and I wanted to hike during our Michigan vacation. And who can blame us? Have you seen those gorgeous forests and irresistible scenic views? But we had a problem: the girls. We knew ahead of time that our hike was guaranteed to be interrupted by three things: whining, more whining, and someone getting hurt after the whining didn’t have the intended effect. But we were determined and so we set about problem-solving. Threats never work, bribery works only unreliably, and indifference leads to exponential bad behavior. But, distraction might do the trick. (more…)

Popsicle Stick Bird Feeders

Maddie has taken a big interest in birds. She loves to spot them as we drive and has enjoyed watching two nests produce a gaggle of baby birds – one at home and one at my parents’ house. For a little while, we had to stop going to the park because Maddie wanted to take every bird home as a pet and would stage a sit-in in the middle of the park when I said no. Luckily, the intense love has slowed down, and learning about different birds with her has been fun. (more…)