My Love/Hate Relationship with Pinterest

At the risk of sounding a bit melodramatic, I have to say that Pinterest has kind of changed my life. Both for the good and the bad. On the one hand, it has made it so much easier to save and to organize my online finds. You see, I was “pinteresting” a long time ago. I bookmarked websites, screen saved online pictures into Word Documents to save in an Inspiration Folder on my desktop. I even tore pages out of these things called magazines, and saved them in file folders marked Decorating, … [Read more...]

Homemade Playdough Valentines

As you know, my One Word for 2012 is Be, as in Be a Friend. One of the ways I have tried to put this into practice is by starting a moms playgroup at our church. We meet once a month at my house, once at another mom's house, and also try to schedule in one monthly outing. It has been a great way for me to connect with other moms, and the boys are also getting an opportunity to play and connect with other kids their age. Today, we had a fun little Valentine's Day Party at our house. I served … [Read more...]

DIY Cardboard Pirate Ship

Buddy asked me several times last week to help him make a pirate ship. I remembered seeing this one on Pinterest, so I emailed a picture of it to my husband and asked if he would pick up a few cardboard boxes on his way home from work. These boys are so blessed to have a creative Daddy. As soon as he came home, he got right to work building their pirate ship. Buddy and I made an anchor from scrap cardboard, painted it yellow and added gold glitter. I tied on some jute rope and threaded … [Read more...]

The Practice of Creativity

I will never forget the moment when Buddy and I were painting side by side, and he looked over at me with the biggest smile on his face, hugged my arm, and told me he loved me. He tells me he loves me often, but there was just something special about that moment. Something about the way he looked at me. It has happened again several times since then, usually when he and I are doing something creative together. Like this overwhelming feeling of pure joy and contentment hits him, and he can think … [Read more...]

Why I Want To Raise Creative Children

To me, creativity is bigger than being crafty. It is bigger than having some type of artistic ability. Creativity is a mindset. When a creative person looks at something, he doesn't just see what is in front of him. He sees the possibilities of what it could be and how it could be used. When someone tells a creative person that something is impossible, she will figure out a way to make it happen. When a creative person doesn't have the money or exact items necessary, he will use what … [Read more...]

Recycled Crayons

My boys love to watch Fireman Sam on Netflix. Little Man is nothing short of obsessed with the show and runs around the house saying "Watch Ham" all day. There are times when it would be nice to let them "Watch Ham" all day, so I could get tons of stuff done, but that would be the easy way out. I usually let them watch it for about an hour or so after dinner before we put them to bed, and an occasional episode during the day if I am truly at my wit's end.Today was a cold and rainy day, and I was … [Read more...]

Christmas Card Photo Album Project for Kids

If you are having trouble deciding what to do with all of the Christmas cards that you received last month, here's an idea... Buddy loves to carry a little photo album around with random pictures, so I thought we would make a new album using all of the photos from the Christmas cards we received. I found a great little album with a removable cover insert for $1 at Wal-Mart. I gave Buddy a stack of photo cards and his safety scissors. I let him cut out the pictures and place them in the … [Read more...]

DIY Gratitude Tree

Last Thanksgiving, we started the tradition of making a gratitude project to take over to my in-laws house for our family Thanksgiving meal. Last year, we made watercolors leaves and each member of the family wrote what they were thankful for on a leaf and hung it on a branch. Then after dinner, we took turns sharing what we wrote. This year, I thought it would be fun for the boys to paint a tree because painting is probably their most favorite thing to do. My husband had a piece of scrap … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Playscape

With Buddy being three this Thanksgiving season, I have really been trying to help him understand the story of Thanksgiving. I was visiting Rhythm of the Home the other day and I saw this cute idea for a Thanksgiving inspired wooden playset. I already had some wooden peg dolls and acrylic paints on hand, so Buddy and I started our little project. Once we got started, the ideas just kept coming as we created the playscape. (I found the paper towel tube canoe idea at Crafty … [Read more...]


The boys had fun painting yesterday (except when I took the brush away from Little Man for trying to eat the paint)... Happy Wednesday! Always, Amanda … [Read more...]