Rain Storm Costume

I think the forecast predicts a flash rainstorm with a heavy dose of lightning & laughter!

School of Fish Costume

Not feelin’ feline? How about a school of fish for halloween?

Cat Costume

Halloween is almost upon us. And if you are looking for simple & fun costumes here is my first suggestion. The quintessential black cat.

Pantry Staple: Hodge Podge Fried Rice

Sometimes all you want to do is use up leftovers and keep it simple. This one pot dish does both.

Mindful Parenting in a Bowl

Print out this list of nurturing phrases, cut each phrase so it is on its own individual slip of paper and place into a glass bowl. Each morning pick out a slip of paper and keep it in and on your mind for the day until you have an opportunity to use it with your child.

Kids Craft: Shoebox Diorama

A shoebox, paper, glue/scotch tape, crayons/markers/colored pencils, string, scissors and most importantly IMAGINATION create “Sweets Land”. Set out an old shoebox and populate it with one whimsical figure, leave it out for your child to discover and see what papery shenanigans commence.

Kitchen Gear: Dehydrator, Fruit

My kids love fresh fruit of course but they also enjoy snacking on dried fruit as well. Buying high quality, organic dried fruit is very easy these days but dehydrating peak of the season fruit from the farmer’s market at home allows you to control the level of dehydration and more importantly, create the most delicious dried fruit ever.

S.T.E.M. Toy Recommendation: Straws & Connectors, etc.

Who looks happier? My daughter after completing this project or Elmo ridin’ stylish in his jet plane. Such a simple concept - straws & connectors with so many imaginative possibilities.

Recipe Reality: Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins

Gluten has been getting a bad rap as of late. And though I don’t believe, we will be cutting out gluten entirely from our diets any time soon I have been trying to introduce more gluten-free food items into my recipe arsenal. This recipe for gluten-free muffins is a Bob’s Red Mill Recipe featuring their 1 to 1 Gluten & Dairy Free baking flour.

Kids (and Grownups) Love a Blanket Fort

What kid doesn’t love a blanket fort? And for that matter what grownup wouldn’t want to sneak in a little fort time for themselves?

Sewing School: Blanket Buddy Pocket

Do you have a child that naps at school or daycare? This quick, 5 minute sewing project ensures that a beloved stuffie/lovey will not be separated from your child’s napping blanket.

amidst the rubble, a roller coaster gem

This is why I love having legos readily available in our workroom. Because you walk into the room and find some mini-fig firefighters having the time of their lives on a roller coaster. Woooooooooo!

Kids Activity: Painting at the Easel

Painting at an easel for a child can be very liberating. Not only is it comfortable for the child but it promotes hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Tshirt Headband

At the beginning of September, we are flush with new camp tshirts collected over the summer months which often makes last season’s camp shirts redundant or simply out-grown. So why not recycle those tshirts (or any old tshirt) into a pretty headband (bracelet, bow tie, necklace, pony-tail holder, infinity scarf, etc.)

Herb Bouquets - Scallions, Basil, Flat-leaf Parsley & Cilantro

These days my kitchen windowsill real estate is very popular. Right now bouquets of scallions, basil, flat-leaf parsley and cilantro are hanging out and reminding me to use more fresh herbs in my cooking.