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Craft Camp Tutorial: Scrap Fabric Paper Dolls

by This is Carrie on June 16, 2010

This kid’s craft project has been a staple in our house sine 2006.  Head over to Skip to My Lou for all the details and my six free printable dolls. And while you’re there check out the entire Craft Camp series – 30 days, 30 bloggers, 30 crafts.  There’s already enough ideas to keep your […]



Goodbye Hair

by This is Carrie on June 14, 2010

Princess has been wanting to cut her hair short for a while now. I talked her into growing it a little longer so she could cut off enough to donate to Locks of Love. After her 7 month fundraiser benefiting kids with cancer, it was a pretty easy sell. Every few weeks for …



Earth Day Celebration

by This is Carrie on April 17, 2010

There won’t be any balloons, streamers or beautifully wrapped presents, but I’m pretty sure that’s the way Mother Earth would want it. We’ll spend some more time in the garden instead, tending to our newly planted tomato seedlings and planting a few packets full of flowers by our porch, including Calendula, one of the edible […]



Art Smart: A Lesson in Value, Van Gogh & Watercolors

by This is Carrie on April 2, 2010

During last week’s second grade art lesson, I introduced the element of VALUE- the relative lightness or darkness of a color. For a hands on and visual interpretation of value, I had the kids make fingerprint value charts with their watercolors. Then, I introduced Vincent Van Gogh, an artist whose use of value is readily […]



Art Smart: A Lesson in Texture, Durer & Printmaking

by This is Carrie on March 3, 2010

This second grade art lesson included a far more time consuming art project than our previous lessons, so I did not start off with a storybook to introduce the art element of the day as in lessons past.  With only 1/2 hour to teach, I just jumped right into it by showing them this drawing […]



First Mountain Bike Ride

by This is Carrie on March 1, 2010

Ever since Pumpkin learned to ride her two-wheel bike, she’s been begging us to take her mountain biking.  She finally got her wish last week when we finally made out for a ride with the whole family. Ride independently in the dirt for the first time, she almost gave me a heartattack as she barreled […]



Supercross Goes Pink

by This is Carrie on February 22, 2010

Todd figured if he was ever going to get his girls to enjoy a Supercross race, it would be one where everyone and everything would be decked out in pink to help raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. But even with all the pink, it was Baby Brother who enjoyed the Supercross […]



Not Making: Valentines

by This is Carrie on February 10, 2010

Sometimes we make our own valentines and sometimes we let Disney and Sanrio make them for us. And everyone seems just as happy.



Anything Goes

by This is Carrie on February 6, 2010

The girls loved performing together in the show. I loved it too. Same show meant same class,which meant less shuttling to extracurricular activities by mom. Princess was perfectly poised and did everything “just right” and Pumpkin, the youngest performer in the show, couldn’t help but steal the hearts of everyone in the audience. The girls […]


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Tooth Fairy Fail

by This is Carrie on February 5, 2010

Sometimes you are totally on your game (well, kind of). And sometimes you wake up to a sad child’s voice saying “Mommy, the Tooth Fairy didn’t come.”