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14 DAYS OF HEART ART FOR TODDLERS

January 31, 2019
Heart art for toddlers for Valentine's Day 14 different art projects

Valentine's day is almost here and you will start to see oodles of cutesy heart crafts all over Pinterest and coming home from your kid's preschool. As a former art teacher and a museum professional, I have a little bit of personal disdain for holiday crafts. Mostly because I value the arts so much and understand how beneficial the arts can be for children. For holidays, like Valentine's Day, it is understandable that most people look for a specific holiday-related…

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ON THE NIGHT YOU WERE BORN: CUSTOM STAR MAP

January 29, 2019
Greater Skies Custom Star Map

This post is sponsored by Greater Skies and may contains affiliated links for your convenience. I only write about products I love and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. For more information see Legal. One of the cutest parts of our old renovated farm house is this little built in day bed in our sitting room. It has a ton of character, but also probably had a ton of bugs and mouse poop thanks to the mattress frame that…

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The Business of Being a Mompreneur

January 27, 2019

What is a mompreneur? Wikipedia defines it as a new (made-up) word to describe a "female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur." It used to be that moms either had to choose to work or choose to stay at home with the kids. Now more and more moms are choosing...not to choose! Thanks to technology and a growing entrepreneur culture, moms can work AND stay at home with the kids. More…

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BOOKS FOR YOUR LITTLE TOUGH GUY

January 17, 2019
Tough Guys Have Feelings Too Keith Negley Review

I've always consider myself a feminist even from a young age in large part due to my mom. I grew up hearing stories of my mom working in non-gender traditional jobs like helicopter mechanic and alligator researcher (yea, really). She taught me about famous women like Marie Curie, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and dressed me up as Susan B. Anthony for Halloween. This influence has shaped how I parent my own kids. It makes my heart happy that my son will…

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VALENTINE TINKER TRAY

January 10, 2019
valentine's day toddler tinker tray activities

WHAT IS A TINKER TRAY? A tinker tray is a tray filled with loose parts or found objects. They are commonly used in the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. Tinker tray materials can be used for a variety of activities or art making projects. I love tinker trays because they promote open-ended art making, critical thinking and process over product. They can be used with children from toddler age (as long as they are well supervised or loose parts are…

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