Hi and welcome! 

As we all know, raising a family is the most wonderful, walking on holy ground, kind of job you can ever have. We also know it's hard work.  Hard because there are no breaks (picture the little hand squeezing under the bathroom door - they will find you!) and work because raising kids takes some skills.   Two of the most important skills I have used again and again, while raising my 4 kids is fun and patience.  On this blog, I focus on do-able crafts for you and the kids; ancient wisdom, stuff I wish I was wearing {just for mama kind of fun} and likeables. {really just more mama-kind-of-fun stuff found on Pintrest, but it reminds me how truly awesome this life is}.  Like Albert Einstein said "rejoice with your family in the wonderful land of life" and you can never go wrong.

.xoox

leslie


 

Thursday
Jan122017

just right

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, etc.  

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.  This is traditionally known as the day the 3 wise men visited baby Jesus.  Of course, there's the lesser known 3 wiser women who arrived afterwards, carrying a night nurse, diapers and casseroles.  But we don't really celebrate any of that.  Our tradition focuses on celebrating the end of another year together, all of our gratitude, cake, a few gifts, and taking the tree down. All of which changes each year, depending on who's home, what's going on, and how much energy I have! 

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 hide a small lego character. 

The presents, are items that are more necessity than anything.  Socks, underwear, nice shampoos and lotions, etc.  the gifts aren't the point. (I don't really buy name brand underwear or fancy socks or beauty supplies all year, so when they get these, they are super excited!)

We play some music (not christmas) 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.

xoxo

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!

xoox

Wednesday
Jul012015

hosting good friends in summer

We are lucky to have friends.  Wait.....I mean.... we are lucky to be able to thank them for being our friends by treating them to some fun on the lake!   I'll start with something yummy like this...

I'm afraid the wheels all fall off the bus after breakfast>

some slow cooker stuff; cuz I'll be on the boat:

don't hate me, but I might try to make these:

But, in reality.  when the kids notice it's 8 o'clock and the grown ups are still in the horshoe pit; I'm hoping they can follow this recipe.

Can't wait to eat, drink & be merry with our friends on the lake!

happy 4th of july! 


 

Friday
Jun262015

calendaring!

is this a verb in your house too?  I like me a good old fashioned wall calendar.  I don't use my phone. what if I lost it? which if you know me; is a significant possiblilty...so the ugly wall calendar it is.  Any cute ones out there?

SUMMER WISH LIST~here's what ours looks like so far....

Ugh, don't barf from the cuteness.  Can you tell which ones I came up with? (chess; cleaning..)

My favorite is the no fighting including sunblock

Here's what MY summer wish list would look like in photos.

...lots of sleeping and reading......but i realize .this is about as plausible as the no fighting about sunblock

all photos courtesy of pintrest

Thursday
May212015

secret mother daughter love notes

 I stash love notes in their pillows, write quotes on the family chalkboard and put jokes in their lunches. (I know you're thinking BARF-O-LA, gag me with a spoon.  But, when you sometimes have no food in the house except stale cheexe and old fruit, a note goes a long way towards forgiveness).

But sometimes they need more than what even a good knock knock joke can fix.  

I notice each of my kids prefer a different kind of communication when it comes to helping them to feel better about life's little ups and downs.    One of my daughters prefers to see it written down.  When she was going through some new beginning and having a tough time, I got a notebook from minted and started a love note journal.

I write a note in there and leave it on her pillow.  She writes one back and leaves it on my pillow and on and on.   She can ask me questions, tell me about a problem, a bad dream or just laugh about an inside joke. Sometimes there's a few weeks between entries, but when we remember,  it's the best!  

It's been almost 3 years now, and I've noticed she has needed it less and less.  I am so glad we got to write it all down, because I know I would have forgotten it all.  

Now, she will always have a reminder of how hard she worked, the hurdles she overcame, her hilarious sense of humor, and most of all, how loved she is.

 Don't delay, start one today!   Did I mention I'm also a poet?

Wednesday
May062015

Momma needs a lot of help! 

 Happy Almost Mother's Day! I am thrilled to be able to order everyone around guilt free on this day. 

CLEAN THE HOUSE! 

I don't really make everyone clean all day, maybe for an hour, But, my entire point is to show you........THIS ......


THE AMAZING "CHORE DRAWER" (patent pending, TM)    

The Handy Dandy Chore drawer has pre-filled cards with household chores written on them.  There are two types of drawers.  Mild and Spicy!

Mild has things like sweep kitchen floor, take out garbage, fold laundry.  your average run of the mill chore set.  

Spicy chores are named for how the kids typically react when asked to do them.  Hot and bothered.   Like polishing wood tables, sorting socks, dusting ceiling fans, cleaning fridge or pantry, etc.   Oh the pain!

But, there are also 2 GET OUT OF CHORE FREE cards in each box!  And a few blank ones you can use to fit your needs like clean the chicken coop, or weed the garden, massage your feet...

  The kids close their eyes, and reach in and grab a card. 

So, raise your white flag and ask for help!  Get your Chore Drawer today!

 

 

 

 Put your feet up and watch the magic* unfold! 

* magic not included 

Available in my SHOP!:)