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How to Find More Creative Time: Six Tips From a Busy Mother of Four
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How to Find More Creative Time: Six Tips From a Busy Mother of Four

Do you long for time to be creative? Maybe even dream of supplementing your family’s income using your creative gifts?  I often feel that my relationship with deep, uninterrupted creative work is elusive.  So close – yet so far away! It’s like we are at the same party but on opposite sides of the room. Close enough…

Why Cleaning Makes You More Creative
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Why Cleaning Makes You More Creative

I swear some of my best ideas happen when I’m hunched over the toilet bowl with a scrubber.  Maybe it’s because I subconsciously want to be in another place?  I’ve thought about this phenomenon (while cleaning) and wondered why for me, cleaning and creative epiphanies seem to always go together.  Cleaning aids creativity? So I…

Creativity Loves Limits – Good News for Creative Moms
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Creativity Loves Limits – Good News for Creative Moms

  “The enemy of art is the absence of limitation.” – Orson Welles.  This is for you, artist moms. Do you need some good news today?  Let me tell you about an artist I just discovered on the TED screen.  His name is Phil Hansen, and he is pretty dang incredible.  As an art student,…

Nature Journaling For Mom – Why It’s Awesome and How to Get Started
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Nature Journaling For Mom – Why It’s Awesome and How to Get Started

This is one of those subjects that makes me want to find a rooftop and a megaphone. 🙂  Nature journaling is something I fell into when researching the Charlotte Mason method for our homeschool.  We are at the end of our fourth year of homeschooling (phew!), and I can say in all honesty that nature journaling has…

Loose Parts – The Ultimate Learning Toys
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Loose Parts – The Ultimate Learning Toys

Am I the only one who spends hours reading toy reviews and guides at Christmas or birthday time – determined to find the ultimate toy for my kids and my pocketbook? I’m always sure I’ll find that perfect toy that will engage my kid’s minds and bodies and make them magically want to leave their ever…

How Time In Nature Helps Me Be A Better Mom
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How Time In Nature Helps Me Be A Better Mom

  We all want it.  That deep assurance that “today I truly connected with my child”.  That knowing smile between mother and child; the shared experience carved deep in our hearts and minds. It can be so elusive in our distraction-filled world.  But I have found a secret to making those moments happen more often…

Our Family’s Journey to The Simple Life – What We Gave Up and What We Do Instead
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Our Family’s Journey to The Simple Life – What We Gave Up and What We Do Instead

  And Then One Day, We Decided To Change Our Lives… We were living in a great neighborhood, in a nice home in one of the most family-friendly cities in America.  Our kids had coveted spots in the area’s best charter school and were progressing.  I was lucky enough to be a full-time mom and…

The Art Habit for Moms – My New FREE Course
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The Art Habit for Moms – My New FREE Course

I hear myself saying to my daughter for what feels like the sixty-fourth time today, “You need to practice.  The more you practice, the better you’ll get”. I stop in my tracks and listen.  The voice in my head says, “Dear Hannah, YOU need to take your own advice”. Making Art a Priority As moms, we encourage…

Our Favorite Nature Study Tools
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Our Favorite Nature Study Tools

  You don’t really need much to enjoy nature, but sometimes it’s fun to invest in a few supplies that can make the experience more memorable and enjoyable.  Here is a list of our family’s favorite nature study tools.  I’ll add to it as we find new things (because we are always finding new things!). There…