My Holiday Gift Guide starts on Monday!

I wanted to remind you all that my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide starts on Monday! I have some really great giveaways coming up that I can't wait to share with all of you. I do want to warn you that posts will not be every day, and may be posted at strange times; I am taking 2 college courses this semester and I have at least 4 assignments that will be due in November plus finals in early December. I'm so glad that I have so many fun posts to blog about and I hope that you get some great ideas for the Read more [...]

Happy Halloween

This is the first year that I've made my daughters' Halloween costumes. While teaching myself how to crochet this summer, I came across a pattern for an R2D2 hat and it took no convincing at all to get my girls on board with a Star Wars theme! I also crocheted the belt for Princess Leia and her dress is made from an XL shirt I found on clearance at Joe Fresh; R2D2 is an XL Joe Fresh tank, also on clearance. I'm pretty proud of how the costumes turned out and I think my daughters love them too! Did Read more [...]

Choose fun with CHOOZE Shoes (#giveaway)

Finding shoes that my 5 year old and I agree on can be a challenge. She tends towards glitter and characters and soles that light up when she walks, and I prefer something that she isn't going to destroy in 2 weeks - seriously, is she crawling through gravel all day at school? - and a price point that isn't going to bankrupt me. Non-marking soles that aren't slippery are mandatory, and they have to be easy enough for her to get on and off a number of times a day by herself. That's quite the list Read more [...]

Experiment in the kitchen with National Geographic Kids (#giveaway)

I'm a fair-weather outdoor parent. In the spring and summer, sure, let's go to the park or hang out in the backyard! In the fall and winter, not so much. That means that I need to have a whole new set of tricks up my sleeve and thanks to National Geographic Kids Try This! and National Geographic Kids Cookbook, I think I do! We have a good collection of National Geographic Kids books and they are always fun for my daughters to look at by themselves and fun to read. The photographs are full Read more [...]

My new craft obsession: crochet

Last spring, I decided that I was going to learn to crochet. Not because I was feeling like I didn't have enough to do already, but because I wanted to have a hobby that was 1) easily portable, 2) not on the computer, and 3) productive. A friend lent me "Stich 'N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker" by Debbie Stoller and I watched some YouTube videos and slowly figured it out. Here's what I've made over the last few months! This doll boots pattern was my first attempt. The ones on the top were Read more [...]

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