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How to make a Rain Gauge (or: what to do when the weather keeps you inside)

  it’s raining. It’s actually down-pouring.  Last week we had 8 inches of snow.  This week it’s raining cats and dogs. I live in South Carolina. is it already that green at your house? Lest you become immediately jealous of the view from my deck I have to say that this is from a spring […]

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Keeping it Simple: Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day. All around internetland are lots of wonderful ideas for how to show your love how much they mean to you.  Maybe you did something extravagant or you didn’t or you think Valentine’s Day is just for couples in love [I don't think that's true...you can read my book on that here.] Whether […]

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Starry, Starry Night: Holiday Stars

For any holiday… I originally began making these stars for our Christmas tree years ago.  And then I made them to hang from my kitchen cupboard door knobs.  Then they were made to hang from my ceiling above my dining table.  I couldn’t help myself…I made them for New Year’s Eve celebrating… I’m addicted to […]

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Say Yes More Often

three letter word This one word can make such a huge difference.  As parents we become accustomed to saying “No”, “Just a minute”, “Stop fighting”, “You’re making me crazy.” Pretty soon we feel like all we do is say the same phrases again and again in the same order.  We think, “Wait.  Which phrase am […]

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When Your Child Comes Home From School

When the people I love get home… The first couple of days that school is in session I wait anxiously at the door.  I keep watching for the bus; I want to hear every detail the second the kids walk in the door.  I’m antsy and excited. Once the first week of school is under […]

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A Kite Flying Adventure.

Go fly a kite. Kite flying is usually done on a beautiful, slightly windy afternoon when the sun is high in the sky.  A couple of days after we had worked on our kites,  I decided to do the unexpected. I surprised the kids with a kite flying adventure. On Saturday morning I got up […]

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Raising a Thankful Family.

Did I miss something? You’re probably wondering if you wandered into the month of November by accident. I’m here to reassure you that you have not lost your mind.  Well, maybe you have.  I won’t judge though. I’ve lost my mind plenty of times. I digress. Around here, we occasionally need to be reminded that […]

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Spring Is Almost Here

it’s a beautiful day. Here in the South we are beginning to have days in a row where it’s over 45 degrees.  We have gorgeousness mixed with rain.  Today is gorgeous. So…you say you’re having a gorgeous spring day, too?  It’s time to break out the soil, some seeds, and bulbs (or some plants…I’m all […]

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Chinese New Year : Tissue Paper Snake

It’s Chinese New Year on Monday, February 10th, year of the snake!  Here at our house, we are getting excited to celebrate the Chinese New Year with red envelopes, a delicious Chinese dinner, and our tissue paper snake.  :-)  If you don’t celebrate Chinese New Year, you should consider it…it’s fun to have an excuse […]

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Felt Snowman :: A Fun Winter Boredom Buster!

One thing that I miss (sometimes) about living in Texas is being able to play in the snow.  Building a snowman is exciting and fun for every child.  We were visiting family in October and were lucky enough to have it snow enough to build two snowmen on two different days.  It was so fun […]

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