My Creative Life

How American Girl Helped My Kids Love Reading and History
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How American Girl Helped My Kids Love Reading and History

  Our love affair with the American Girl books started with a desire to get the twins excited about reading on their own, for fun. I wanted to find something that would keep their interest and make them want to come back for more. My cousin (who is just enough ahead of me in this parenting…

How the Amazon Echo is Saving My Sanity
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How the Amazon Echo is Saving My Sanity

  Am I really doing a whole post about this electronic device? Yes, yes I am.  I am not on the Echo advertising team (although I should be…I tell everyone about this!). I just had to share.  I‘m always looking for ways to simplify so I can have more reserves for creativity.  This little device really…

8 Ways Service Can Help Your Kids Become Awesome Adults
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8 Ways Service Can Help Your Kids Become Awesome Adults

I’m always looking for ways to reverse the damage I’m pretty sure I’m doing on a daily basis over here (kidding…kind of). I talk a lot about creativity and nature and how both of these things have really made my job as a parent easier. But, did you ever stop and think that regular, consistent…

How Community Service Changed Our Homeschool
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How Community Service Changed Our Homeschool

My parents tried to teach me that service to those in my congregation and community is at the heart of a happy life. I have been lucky to have that example and habit in my life from the beginning. And although we are not always the best at it, Jeff and I are trying to do…

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Creative Moms
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Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Creative Moms

It’s crunch time.  Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re just now realizing it’s time to get serious about gifts! If you’re looking for something that will make your favorite creative mom’s heart sing – or thinking about what might make your heart sing 😉 I’ve got you covered! I put…

Spring Wheat Grass Basket – Make Your Own Fresh Grass for Easter
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Spring Wheat Grass Basket – Make Your Own Fresh Grass for Easter

From the Archives – April 2012 I wanted to share this with you even though it is too late for you to do it this Easter…I’m calling it “Spring Grass” because I think it is the perfect indoor decoration for the season (before or after Easter).  SO easy and so pretty…and, it is perfect for…