Nurturing Creativity

Milk Carton Watering Cans

This summer I had a grand plan. The grand plan that I have every year. I was going to plant a garden. I really shouldn’t say was. I still might. It is June, but, oh well, I’m a novice. It will either work or it won’t. Kale is hard to kill anyway, right?

While my raised beds remain bare, the girls and I did manage to get a few things planted. I knew that we wouldn’t make it through the summer if we didn’t have a couple of fresh items on hand: tomatoes, strawberries, and basil. Tomatoes because the girls and I can eat those by the crate full, strawberries because it’s summertime, and basil because I don’t know what summer would be without Caprese salad. (more…)

Cookie Dough Bar

This past weekend, we celebrated Maddie’s second birthday with the Nurture Her Nature family. Even as I type that sentence, I can’t believe that it is true. How did her second birthday come so quickly? Her attitude fully lets me know that she is indeed a two-year-old, but to me, she is still the sweet five-month-old baby pictured in our About Us section. While she is still as sweet as pie, she has also naturally developed two addictions. One, an addiction to adrenaline, was not expected. The other, an addiction to all things sugary, was expected given family history. So for her birthday, we pulled together a collection of sugary things and let the girls make their own custom cookies.  (more…)

Eggshell Mosaics

Easter weekend has become a busy, busy time. It rivals Christmas in the number of activities that we do and the amount of sweets eaten. The traditions I had as a child have certainly been built upon and expanded. This year was no different. The Easter egg hunt that we attend is put on by a local church and it is amazing. Each year they add something new and exciting. This year, they added a helicopter egg drop. It was so cool, and I think my mom and I were just as, if not more, thrilled with it than the girls. Check out the video on our Instagram. (more…)

Spring Paper Plate Flowers

If you didn’t know by now, my family celebrates every holiday. My home calendar even tells me the obscure holidays for each day, and though they are usually silly, I like to celebrate if I can. For instance, as I write this, it is Fragrance Day. My house has a lot of smells, so I’m going to already check that off as celebrated. Easter, though, has snuck up on me this year. Putting it the week after St. Patrick’s Day just isn’t fair! There’s a lot that needs to go into a celebration of a holiday. The craft, the food, the decorations. After a panicked glance at the calendar last week, we finally got our Easter decorations out and luckily Aldi had Easter-shaped pasta so that’s taken care of. Oh well. All is well that ends well. (more…)

Pinecone Leprechauns

We have had an amazing winter this year. The snow has been at a minimum, there have been very few days of freezing temperatures, and there have been days of unseasonably warm weather. In fact, we had one day of 70 degree weather in February! In Indiana! That’s just unheard of. Typically we Hoosiers are bracing ourselves for the most grey, cold, ugly month of the year. But nope, not this year! And even better, this warm day came on a Saturday! There was only one thing to do. I packed up the girls, broke out my picnic backpack, and headed to a local state park where we spent the whole day outside running, skipping rocks, and exploring the woods for dogs (this was the girls’ idea; there were a lot of dogs on walks that day). (more…)