Nurturing Creativity

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…)

Pot of Gold Blindfold Game for St. Patrick’s Day

This winter when visiting my mom over winter break, my nephew invented a game. Rather, he re-invented a classic birthday party game – pin the tail on the donkey. Likely inspired by his visit to my mom’s house and her love of M&M candies, he changed the concept to put the peanut in the M&M. My mom drew a large circle on a piece of paper, and they spent some time cutting out different shaped peanuts. Then blindfolded, they would spin around and try to get the peanut in the middle of the M&M. It was a great way to spend a wintery afternoon. My girls got just as much enjoyment out of it the next day.  (more…)

Valentine’s Day Love Bugs

Our Valentine’s Day traditions are usually pretty minimal. Don’t get me wrong. I love Valentine’s Day, but in the wake of the plethora of Christmas traditions, they certainly seem minimal. Typically, we make Valentines for their class party when they receive their class list from daycare, a heart-shaped homemade pizza Valentine’s Day evening, and usually some sort of Valentine’s craft somewhere in the month. (more…)

Cookie Cutter Artwork

One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is the abundance of mailers and catalogs in the mail. I’m a window shopper by heart, so when it comes right to my mailbox I’m in heaven. This year while browsing a particularly beautiful Wayfair catalog, I came across a series of four snowflake pictures that I really loved. Of course, like any good window shopper, I knew I wasn’t going to get them. The design was so simple, though, that I decided to turn these pictures into our holiday craft. (more…)