String-Wrapped Vases

Such a simple update for spring: string-wrapped colorblock vases.

I’ve been wanting to add some Spring colors to our decor, so recently I updated a few vases with colorful string. This craft is so simple, it barely needs instructions.  (more…)

Apps We Love: Telling Stores + Making Movies

Apps and activities we love: Ideas for engaging your children in the art of narrating stories

Like many parents, we are trying to embrace technology in a way that encourages our children to think, play, explore and create. While watching movies and playing videos games are some of the ways we incorporate technology into our lives, hopefully, these won’t be the only ways. Now that our children have their own ‘personal devices,’ the goal of finding a healthy balance between passive pursuits and more engaging play seems even more critical.

Our children are natural storytellers. For my daughter, this means writing elaborate letters and essays filled with “text evidence” – a fancy phrase she learned in the first grade that means “details.” For my son, it means a similar string of highly imaginative details flowing from his mouth at a pace too quick to possibly capture on paper. I say that in a somewhat positive manner (who doesn’t want an imaginative child?), but, in reality, it can be a frustrating experience. While his imagination seems boundless, his ability to harness it remains a challenge.

And that’s where technology may be able to help. (more…)

Snow Day Scenes

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We’ve had a snow-filled week in Texas. Two canceled school days, one late start and one early dismissal, and now we’re heading into a weekend with a chance of more snow and freezing rain. As much as my plant-filled blog suggests that I’m wishing for sunshine and green trees, I have to admit (more…)

12 Minecraft Decorating Ideas

12 Minecraft Decorating Ideas that Even Moms Can Love

My son is becoming a huge Minecraft fan. It’s just a matter of time before his room starts to take on the appearance of a pixelated grassland biome. I’m staying ahead of the game by doing some decorating research now. And those matching geometric pixel print and pillow? I wouldn’t mind those in my room.

Sources:

  1. Geometric Pixel Print
  2. Minecraft Wall Decal
  3. Turf Grass Pillow
  4. Cube Light
  5. Volume Poster
  6. Torch Lamp
  7. Pixel Pillow
  8. Geometric Pixel Pillow
  9. Sherwin-Williams Minecraft ‘Chip It’ Colors (Colors found on Pinterest here. Color match service from Sherwin-Williams found here)
  10. Crafting Poster
  11. Minecraft-inspired Carpet Squares
  12. Personalized Minecraft Print

 

Air Plants: Care and Styling

Air Plants: Learn how to care for air plants and get ideas for incorporating them into your home decor.My success with houseplants over the past year has given me a bit of courage to try new – and possibly not-so-hardy – varieties, so last week I purchased a collection of air plants. Since I’m not very familiar with air plants, I decided on this set which features 10 different varieties for about $25.

I love the look of air plants and the added flexibility of not having to plant them in soil – it opens up all sorts of decorating possibilities. By ordering a variety, I’m able to experiment a bit and determine which ones I like the best and which ones prove to be the easiest to care for. (more…)

DIY iPhone Case

So awesome to have a series of iPhone case 'skins' that I can swap out on a whim. I started out this project thinking it would be something fun to do with my daughter, who recently received an iPhone 4 after a series of family phone updates and hand-me-downs left us with an extra phone. Now that she has her own phone, she’s become very quick to ask for a new case each time she sees one she likes. When I saw the clear plastic cases on Amazon recently, I realized that it would be easy and very inexpensive to make her a series of ‘skins’ that she can change on a whim. And once I went to the craft store to pick out paper, I decided I wanted to make one or two for myself as well. (more…)

5 Reasons to Love Disney Imagicademy


Disney Imagicademy just released a new app and we love it: Mickey's Magical Arts World

It’s no secret that we’re huge Disney fans in our household, so when we were invited to try out the latest app in the Disney Imagicademy series of learning and creativity apps, I was thrilled. The Disney name is synonymous with imagination, so my expectations for Mickey’s Magical Arts World were high.  Over the past week, we explored all 5 sections of the creative learning app, and it’s clear, the experience does not disappoint. (more…)

Spring Update: Six Low-Light Houseplants

Six fool-proof, low-light houseplants.

Every year about this time, I go on a houseplant shopping spree. Last year, the living room was the primary recipient of the new greenery, and my selection of plants centered around easy-to-maintain varieties. Purchasing hard-to-kill plants paid off, as many of last year’s additions are still alive and well.  This year, I’m taking a similar approach but since most of the plants will be placed in my office, a dark room with dark wood panelling, I decided I needed plants that also thrive in low-light conditions. The windows in my office are southern facing with a tree just outside blocking much of the light for all but an hour or two or so each day. As a result, low-light plants were definitely the only option. (more…)

Four Fun Crafts for Valentine’s Day

Four DIY craft projects I'm hoping to tackle soon with the help of  my new neighborhood Michaels store. #madewithMichaels

A new Michael’s store is opening in my neighborhood this weekend, and last night I attended an opening event to preview the store. Wow. I definitely know what I’ll be doing this weekend and nearly every weekend after: crafting.

I’ve already started perusing my Pinterest boards for my next projects. Here are four craft ideas on my wish list, all of which would make perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day. (more…)

Lego Valentine’s: Free Printables

Lego Valentines: Free Printables for Classroom Valentine Cards

Last year at this time I hadn’t even started on the classroom Valentines until a couple of days before the parties, which resulted in a mad dash to cut, fold and stuff 20 Minecraft boxes on February 13th. This year, I’m way ahead of the game. Jason’s Lego-themed Valentines are complete, which might have something to do with my much simpler approach this time.

Jenna helped me write the phrases for the cards. “Never Lego My Heart” – that’s all her. “We Click” – that one’s mine, and Jenna assures me that it won’t make any sense to 2nd-graders. Oh well, I went with it anyway. (more…)