Make your own Organic Cotton Food Wrap

Are you looking for ways to eliminate more plastics from your life?  Here’s a simple way to stop using plastic wrap as well as most plastic bags.  It’s an organic cotton food wrap.

 

You can use it to top a glass bowl.  Goodbye, plastic wrap.  You can also use it to wrap fruits and vegetables, cheese, a sandwich, or whatever else you desire. … Continue reading

Edible Fresh Fruit Flag

Last year’s Edible Fresh Fruit Flag, cut and assembled by my [then] 7-year-old.

In case you’re looking for a last-minute, healthy, patriotic dessert idea, it’s hard to go wrong with an edible fresh fruit flag.  It’s essentially a disassembled fruit salad.  It tastes delicious, looks great, and is very easy to make.

 

We began the tradition of making an Edible Fresh Fruit Flag as part of our July 4th celebration two years ago. … Continue reading

Family Game Night: Uno Card Game

I love to play games.  Board games.  Card games.  Strategy games.  Word games.  Puzzle-solving games.  Any of them.  And my boys seem to have inherited that same love.

 

Over the years my 8-year-old has been a fan of a huge number of games, each for their own period of time.  My 4-year-old is just beginning to enjoy game playing with games that aren’t cooperative, meaning everyone works together (Cauldron Quest and Wildcraft are two cooperative games that we enjoy; I’ll review them another time.).… Continue reading

The Pen is Mightier

The Pen is Mightier
My younger son’s note to his big brother.

While my boys generally get along well, like all siblings they sometimes squabble with each other.  The other day when we were cleaning up my [then] three-year-old’s room to prepare for his birthday party, I found the above message on his shelf.  It was clear he had taken the time to write something, but I wasn’t aware that he could spell (let alone write!) words other than his name, and so I wasn’t certain what – if anything – he was trying to communicate. … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Huxley

Thought for the Day: Huxley

 

If you’ve spent time with a young child, you’ll know that they bring enthusiasm to everything they do.  My 3-year-old dances through his days.  To him, all of life is a game and an adventure and a song.

 

And when I take a moment to pause and see things from his perspective, I see that he is right.  Indeed, all around me there is wonder and joy and beauty. … Continue reading

Super Easy Sharpie Tie Dye

I’ve done tie dye projects with my children in the past.  While they were fun, they were also extremely messy and rather time consuming to set up and clean up.  So when one of our favorite children’s librarians showed my 8-year old how to get a tie-dye-effect using Sharpie markers and isopropyl alcohol, we had to give it a try.

 

The process was incredibly simply. … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Nietzsche

Thought for the Day: Nietzsche

 

Life isn’t always easy.  And those tough times, both internal and external, help us to learn and grow and to see the world in new ways.  May we treasure our struggle and strife for the beauty they bring.  May we all give birth to a dancing star.

 

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” —Friedrich Nietzsche… Continue reading

Clay Diffuser Ornaments

A set of ornaments made by my 3- and 8-year-olds, along with the essential oils we used to scent them.

A few weeks ago, a friend invited us over to make Clay Diffuser Ornaments with her and her girls.  It was a simple and fun project that has since brought wonderful scents throughout our home, as well as made wonderful gifts to give to friends.… Continue reading