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Parties and Celebrations

Winter Solstice Traditions

The Winter Solstice is one of the most beautiful and sacred to my family. There is something so needed in that quiet day, before the joy and explosion of Christmas arrives, and as we are wrapping up all of the holiday crafting, creating and cooking. My husband and I both had our own Solstice traditions…

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Crafting Flowers Gardens and Outdoors

Flower Pounding Activities With Your Kids

Flower pounding is one of my favorite autumn crafts to do with the kids. You could do it year-round but my favorite flowers to use bloom best in the spring and early fall. 1. Materials Paper or cloth for the background Hammers (one for each person who wants to pound if possible!) Hard flat surface…

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Crafting Kids

Summer Nature Crafts and Activities for Young Children

The summer is a time for children to ‘breathe out’ after a busy year of focused work and activity. For this reason, I recommend keeping the season as relaxed and carefree as possible while doing your best to keep a healthy rhythm to your day that the children can depend on. This daily rhythm will…

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DIY Projects Gardens and Outdoors Kids

How to Make Simple Summertime Tents

Summer – throw off your shoes, open the windows, run outside and play. Then, when the day is hot and little feet are tired, lay under a simple sheet and daydream of fireflies and hollyhocks. Perhaps a tea party for a light refreshment? The days are long and energy abounds – come play with us.…

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Flowers Gardens and Outdoors

4 Ways to Create an Edible Flower Garden

There is a clear division of labor when it comes to the gardens at our house. My husband plans and manages the vegetable gardens. I help in various ways – picking out new varieties of vegetables; planting, weeding and harvesting; and most importantly, cooking with the garden produce. I, on the other hand, love to…

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DIY Projects Kids

Creating a Mud Pie Kitchen for Your Kids

When I was a child, my favorite activities involved being outdoors immersed in nature. Rather than spend my time playing with an indoor play kitchen, I preferred to make “real” pies from mud. Some of my dearest memories are of afternoons spent sitting on my grandparents’ back porch with a spoon and a couple of…

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Crafting Kids

No-Sew Rag Dolls Crafting for Children

My four-year-old daughter and I could create a hundred rag dolls and not tire of their charm. It’s impossible not to finger the softness of well-worn fabric given a second chance. And nothing is more easy or satisfying to make—no sewing required. With just a few minutes and a few knots, your hands can take…

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Crafting Kids

To Market, To Market Play Money Crafting for Children

Late one night last week, as I tucked a few coins in a wee envelope with a tiny missive from the tooth fairy, I reflected on the fact that my daughter would still be more excited about three nickels than one quarter. I cannot recall when I first learned the value of each coin and…

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Crafting Flowers

2 Unique Spring Flower Crafting Ideas

One of the delights of springtime is when our flowers bloom and color sparkles everywhere. Here are two of our family’s favorite spring flower crafts to enjoy throughout the season. 1. May Day Baskets Hundreds of years ago, May Day (May 1st) marked the first day of summer and a celebration of flowers. Even today,…

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Makeup and Skin Care

Homemade Skin Care Natural Recipes

If you are anything like me, you might not have considered making your own skin care products. I have always purchased my skin care cleansers, toners, lotions, etc. I go to the store once a month and buy my staple products (on top of anything that came in a little tiny cute container of miscellany…