The Foil Print- Easy Monoprints with Reusable Printing Plates

For Kids, Printmaking July 25, 2017

When you think of art supplies does aluminum foil pop right into your head?  No?  Well then, you’re pretty normal.  Knowing me and my penchant for making art from household supplies this weird foil print idea shouldn’t surprise you at all!

Elements of Art for Kids with free printable book

Elements & Principles of Art, For Teachers, Printable Art Prompts March 13, 2017

For kids learning the elements of art is kind of like learning their ABC’s.  The elements are simple little ideas, pieces that work together to make something bigger.  Teaching the elements of art for kids doesn’t need to be intimidating.

Glue Drawing with Chalk

Drawing, For Kids September 27, 2016

Almost all kids are familiar with the process of putting a pencil to paper and drawing.  But drawing over those pencil lines with glue, or maybe even skipping the pencil altogether, can get really exciting!  Glue drawing adds a third dimension to drawing with a pencil.

For Mamas, Homeschool September 8, 2016

How We Homeschool in Four Days a Week


Being out and about with four kids can be a spectacle.  Three of my four are boys so there is usually some type of loud, mildly inappropriate noise and distracting, repetitive movement happening somewhere in my group.  My kids are all tall and big for their age so people assume they are all several years older than they truly are.  People stare.  The introvert in me wants to crawl under a rock and wait for them to grow up a bit before we venture out again.

For Mamas, Staying Creative September 1, 2016

The Bunk Room Project

It all started with an innocent Pinterest board titled “Bunk Rooms.”  We were in the process of taking our unfinished basement and making it about 50% finished.  Thereby (good enough) for kid use.  We have a fairly large home and we use every square inch.  We love to entertain and host and our kids do the same.

The idea of a tiny corner of space devoted purely to extra beds seemed genius to me.  The bunk room is in the basement so it is as far away from my littles bedroom upstairs as possible, helpful for letting them get their sleep.  There are no beds to be deflated, rolled up, rolled under, or shoved out of sight.

And maybe best of all was it is such fun.  Anytime we can invest a little money and a lot of elbow grease and the payout is years of fun memories for our kids I am in.  Cousins, friends, even sibling sleepovers are a little more special when everyone has their own spot.

A little nook just for them to have sleepovers~ magical.

For Mamas, Staying Creative August 20, 2016

Project: Lofted Bed

“Let’s Build this Kid A Bed!”

Being number four in a family has positives and negatives.  The positives are giant and everlasting.  He has been surrounded by people that adore him since day one.  He has three big siblings to play with, protect him, and indoctrinate him into all of their shenanigans.  His parents are a bit wiser and a lot more tired so most of the small stuff slides.

The negatives, I think, are mostly inconsequential.  His naps were often on the go, nary a sleep schedule in sight.  Baby proofing the house was nil.  He never had matching sweater vests to wear to church like his big brothers did when they were his age.   (Okay, maybe that is a positive!?!)  He has his own room, which he has not slept in for years.  Who can pass up the comfort of sleeping in the same room as a big sister?  I don’t think I have bought so much as a set of sheets for the kid.  Everything in the room came from someone else being done with it.  It’s time! Let’s build this kid a bed!

For Mamas, Homeschool August 17, 2016

6 Ways to Brighten a Dark Homeschool Day

Any homeschooler that is honest would tell you that some homeschool  days stink.  No matter how early you wake up, or what awesome experience you are prepped for; it just doesn’t work.  Maybe someone doesn’t feel well or a too late practice the night before.  Most often there is no discernible cause.  It just is. Sigh.

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