D.I.Y. T-Shirt Pillow Covers

An old favorite shirt doesn’t fit quite right anymore; a new gift from a well-meaning aunt is a little snug; your dog chewed a hole in the sleeve… Whatever the reason, you find yourself with a pile of shirts that you don’t wear, but you’re not willing to part with them. T-shirt quilts, similar to …

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Chicken or Beef Enchiladas

Chicken or Beef Enchiladas by Sarah Franzen

Previously, I shared a family recipe for Cheese Enchiladas. I have now started to experiment with different types, chicken has been our favorite. The sauce is the same, but I’m adding a few tricks I’ve picked up along the way and my preferred method for cooking the meat. Ingredients – approx 2 dozen: 20-24 tortillas …

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Brilliant Lego Boards

Lego bricks are a great toy.  They provide endless hours of entertainment through building and rebuilding, creativity, and engineering.  But when one puts that much time and love into a project, one tends to get protective and can become slightly irate if said building is destroyed by a younger sibling.  In our home, Legos are …

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Make Your Own Snow Globes

There is something special and almost magical about snow globes.  My girls love them.  I have a few around the house that they are only allowed to play with when I’m present.  The globes are all made of glass and very fragile. When I was wandering through the hobby store I came across plastic, DIY …

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Christmas Candles

The holidays are a perfect time for crafts.  Cold weather, gift giving, decorating your home, and keeping the kids busy during the countdown add up perfectly.  I always love an easy beautiful craft, especially when the kids can participate. These gorgeous candles are sure to please. Thanks to a great friend and her creative inspiration, …

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Sensory Blanket for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Patient Care

Sensory Blanket for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Patient Care Browsing through our local publication, The Connection Magazine, I came across an article that sparked my interest and warmed my heart.  Knit for Peace, shared a column about creating fidget hand muffs and blankets for patients with dementia. I love creative projects, especially ones made with compassion and a purpose.  I …

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How to Actually Enjoy the Library with Your Kids

It saddens me to hear that there are many people who totally avoid taking their children to the library.  I’m not judging. I know life is busy and going anywhere with kids, especially a quiet place full of fragile items, can seem daunting or down right foolish. Some people don’t want to be responsible for …

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How to Make an Art Portfolio from a Cardboard Box

Shortly after L started preschool, I realized I had severely underestimated the amount of artwork my little one would bring home.  As much as I would like to save every precious painting and sketch, it’s unrealistic. However, for those special ones I needed a good way to hold on to them. I already have a keepsake …

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Why I Don’t Buy Books for My Kids

Yes, you read that right, I no longer buy books for the girls.  Now before you get all crazy, let me start by saying I am one of the biggest advocates for children’s literature.  My favorite job was working in the elementary school media center. I’m not here to tell you to chuck books and …

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Lovely Little Ladybug Costumes

-(It’s like herding cats, trying to get both girls to sit still for pictures anymore. These are the best I could get.)- After lots of wavering (between everything from a circus clown to an elephant), L decided she wanted to be a ladybug for Halloween. She stuck with the ladybug idea for several weeks in …

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