The acronym "SAHM" seems omnipresent nowadays. It's more common to use this derivative than its parent term, its backronym if you will, "stay-at-home-mom." But back in 2012, when I was carrying princess #1, I had no earthly idea what those 4 letters stood for. I would frequently lurk the Babycenter boards, anxious and excited about… Continue reading SAHM: an acronym that now defines me
Engaging with art inevitably sheds light on who we are -- what we’re feeling, what we’re attracted to, what enlivens us. The act of looking deeply at art generates such reflection, and the act of making it engenders a more primal type of self-observation, as the artwork itself produces a tangible, visible documentation. When young… Continue reading A Tale of Two Selves (Enriching your Life through Art)
It may be impossible to find a work of art that is globally regarded as beautiful. Aesthetic beauty is as hard to define -- and certainly as subjective -- as physical beauty. Museum-goers generally spend less than 30 seconds looking at a work of art before moving onto a new image. Surely it takes more… Continue reading Learning to Look
A few weeks ago at Michael's Arts & Crafts (I've been spending waaay to much time there since it's so close to R's school), I spied $2 blind bags filled with random goodies from the store. I think they were transitioning from summer to fall and retiring a few collections (Alphabet Soup, for example). Since… Continue reading Who doesn’t love a grab bag?
Miss R loves all things clay and all things sweet, so this activity was an obvious hit. We've tried lots of play dough and slime recipes and this dough was in between the two materials. The marshmallows lent a sort of fondant quality to the dough -- which hardened after a few hours, so keep… Continue reading DIY Edible Play Dough with Marshmallows
I'll get to the confetti thing in a sec, but I have to include a preamble that sums up my day. Feel free to scroll on down if you're not in the mood for self-indulgent sleep-writing. This whole transition from mommy of one to mommy of two has been, more than anything else (except an… Continue reading DIY confetti tray (because I’m so ***😔**😩 tired)
Our daytime highs are still hitting 80+ degrees, but the calendar says it's Fall (and so do all consumer hotspots teeming with pumpkin aromas and expensive cotton masked as spiderwebs). I'm a sucker for everything in Target's dollar spot and I get pretty excited when there's a new array of seasonally appropriate cheapies. So when… Continue reading Autumn Crafts (It’s Fall now, right?)
So, we gifted miss R with a surprise outing to see Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure. Her behavior has, delightfully, been on the upswing since the 4-nager sh*t storm she produced a couple weeks ago. Since we like to be fun parents and are getting super pumped for our winter Disney World extravaganza, we… Continue reading Disney on Ice Surprise (and Review)
We made Galaxy goo (which Raya turns into a bath for her Shopkins)! What is it about kids and slime?? I'd about had it with our Borox experiments (mostly because of the whole hands-in-everything situation), so I scoured the Internet for other options. I have to say, Borox gets the job done (maybe best), so… Continue reading Shopkins Bath (galaxy Goo)
Back in early July, Raya decided to create a wonderful drawing of a kitty in a garden -- Mimi helped her learn how to draw a cat that evening. Raya must be psychic because the very next day, bobcats invaded our backyard and stayed on and off for weeks on end!! They're incredibly gorgeous creatures,… Continue reading Bobcat Invasion
This was a fun one -- and super feelsy. Raya and I took to her treehouse (luckily the bobcats had vacated! Kora contentedly kicked in her beloved carrier as I trekked up the uber narrow ladder with a bowl of sand (regular play sand mixed with crafter colored sand) and a can of daddy's shaving… Continue reading Sand Foam!