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3 Picture Books Creative Parents Will Adore

I pick books for Beckett by the cover. If they aren’t pretty, we don’t get them. HOW SHALLOW AM I? I can’t help it- I love a beautifully-illustrated picture book, and I found 3 of them recently that all sort of magically fell into the category of, “help your kids to think about creating and…

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Doin’ Good- Dad Version

Remember my Doin’ Good post at Mother’s Day, where I posted a video and you all watched it and got happy-weepy and then realized you were amazing moms? Well here’s the dad version- thanks to Minute Maid®. As moms, we’re (I’m) all obsessed with mom guilt, convinced we are permanently ruining our children and paving the…

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Free coloring sheet

TONS of Coloring Pages For Adults

So much time I spent on my belly as a child, on the cool linoleum of the kitchen floor, probably right under my mom as she cooked dinner. No doubt I had been horsing around as my kids do now, sticking dirty fingers in prepped food, or spastically jumping around the kitchen. Then my mom most…

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Update on My Alcohol Hiatus

Were you all holding your collective breaths waiting to see how I fared on my 2-week alcohol break? Before I let you know if I made it or not, I’ll tell you a little story. When Christian was going through his alcohol rehab, I would join him and his fellow drunkards once a week for…

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25 Acrylic Painting Techniques To Try With Kids

  Exploring acrylic painting techniques is a wonderful way to get used to the medium. Any time you play with an art material, you become more comfortable with it and you will approach future projects with confidence. Plus it’s just really, really fun to experiment. Acrylic paints may be my all-time favorite medium. They’re versatile and they…

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DIY cute birdseed feeders

DIY Hanging Bird Treats

I’ve given up on my yard. We’re moving at some point in the next year (it’s been pushed back for a bit), and I could really care less about keeping up the appearance of this rental house. It’s ugly as sin anyway, and I’d rather spend my energy on other things for now: -Practicing my…

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DIY Journal Covers

It doesn’t get much easier if you want to make your own journal covers. You just need 2 pens, a journal or 10, a little time, a great podcast (I highly recommend The Unmistakable Creative and The Accidental Creative), and of course some snax. While you wear your slax. These are the fax. (See what…

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Taking a booze break

On Cutting Out Booze

I have a complicated relationship with alcohol. I don’t feel I am addicted to it, but I do think my nightly wine consumption is something I need to investigate. I think my problem is more that I am addicted to beverages in general. I need to have something to drink with me at all times….

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Give Yourself a Hug

Thanks to Minute Maid® for partnering with me on this post. What if I told you there was a way you could immediately feel better about yourself as a parent? You could shed all doubts and traces of ‘parent guilt’, and realize that you are actually doing a fantastic (and appreciated) job as a parent,…

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delicious pesto pasta salad

Make and Scarf Down A Pesto Pasta Salad

As I kid, I was all about peanut butter and jelly sammiches. Now that I’m a completely mature grown-up, I tend toward salads of all kinds. Grains, greens, veggies, nuts- throw a bunch of crap together, and I’m all over that lunch. What is it that is so satisfying about soups and salads? They’re potpourris…

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Make your mail beautiful!

Texting is so Over – Send Really Cool Mail.

I don’t send mail all that often, and I was sitting around the other day, pondering whether or not I should revive the lost art of letter-writing in my house. Of course the answer to that should always be a resounding ‘yes’. I struggle with trying to keep myself off the computer, so I’ve recently taken up…

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