Hi and welcome! 

I'm a Momma, wife and artist. With 3 of my 4 kids almost grown, I can look back and share with you everything I learned on my favorite subject, raising a family. Like Albert Einstein said "Rejoice with your family in the wonderful land of life" and though things may get messy, you can't really go wrong. xoox



fun with my family

signing off

Hi and thanks.  I am now going to focus on my art and unfortunately that does not leave much time for this blog.  

Please check out my art at my website www.westerlie.com

Thank you for all the years of support!

Happy parenting,




{ b a n n e r s }

since it's going to be a banner year (sending out positive intentions) here are some fun banner projects for you and the kids to make   xo



these little banners would make such cute gift cards!

 These because anything copper is amazing!

This is feeling a bit advanced. Cute though....

And this one is just perfect.  In fact, you can just buy it right here.



lemons xo

 something about lemons this time of year, make me happy! 

 Here's a painting from my new favorite artist


Here is some brilliant packaging.  Not sure I need it, but based on the packaging alone, I would buy it.


And finally, a recipe for limoncello.  I am currently trying this.  I have peeled the lemons and there's nothing like big piles of fragrant lemon peels lying around to attract the kids attention.  So, I had them scrape the pith out.  They are sad this is an alcoholic drink, so I'll be making two versions, apparently.




Hey...who's gonna help me take down this tree?!

Solutions to family problems can be like an art project.  They benefit from good design.  

I love to take a problem we're having in the family and come at it from a creative angle.  Take the problem of taking down your tree after the holidays.  Not much of a problem, but still needs to be done.  Messy, no fun themes or holiday music going on, everybody's suddenly in love with the dead tree and just fine with leaving it there forever.

The solution I came up with involves cake and more presents! Voilá!  Suddenly everyone wants to join in the fun.  We wait until Three kings day, the 12th day of Christmas, or more formally, the Epiphany, {which is usually around the 6th of January} to take down our tree.   Our tradition focuses on celebrating the end of another year together, all of our gratitude, cake, a few gifts, and taking the tree down. 

This year the cake was a lovely, boxed yellow cake accompanied by a rich and creamy, store bought chocolate icing. YUM.  Oh yes, I forgot to mention, you hide a baby in the cake and whoever finds it gets to open the first present.  We hid a small lego character. 

The presents, are items that are more necessity than anything. We play some music, take turns taking ornaments off the tree and opening presents and eating cake.  We laugh, we sweep pine needles, we have a good time.  I love it.  I have to say, it's one of my favorite nights of the year. 

Here are some other versions of this "Epiphany" you might like.


Examples of what to put in your cake besides legos from the wonderful Pioneer Woman.

 Spiced cookies to remind you of all the mhyrr the wise men brought for the baby.


Crowns are always a good idea.

Have fun!



look closely

tan bark from a playground.  paint.  -------- FISH!

tan bark fish!