Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Service Sweethearts

Valentine's Day is all about L-O-V-E! And honestly, I can't think of better way to show someone you love them than by serving them.

Teach your children the importance of random acts of kindness with this adorable service activity. It is Valentine's Day themed, which is totally dreamy. Plus, you get two free printables I created just for you. (Because that's love, baby!)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Climb High and Leap

Lilly has always been an incredibly sassy kid.

When she was a little girl, I would watch her scramble up our bulky, age-worn sofa with those skinny legs of hers. She would climb until she was perched on top of it like a baby chickadee. She'd slowly stand and survey the toy-cluttered landscape of the living room. Then--and this was always the best part--with a flick of her ponytail and an over-the-shoulder glance at Camren (who was often sitting contentedly on the floor, playing), she'd yell, "Watch and learn, baby!"

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Love Letters and 25 Shmacks!

I remember I received my first love letter when I was in fifth grade. It was given to me by my best friend's older brother. He was a sixth grader I barely knew...and his affectionate gesture TOTALLY FREAKED ME OUT! (And might have flattered me a little...wink.)

I love Valentine's Day and I always see the "holiday of hearts" as an extra special opportunity to write a love letter. Who doesn't enjoy receiving sappy Hallmark sentiments in the mail?! (I love it!)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tattooed Baby!

I am the mother of a "tattooed" baby.

My baby, Bridget, is obsessed with markers. I have NO IDEA why her adorable little toddler fingers are constantly searching them out. I wish I could say it's because she has an artistic spirit and an innate affinity for creative expression. I wish I could say it's because she has a true painter's gift.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mona Lisa's Smile

For as long as I live I will never forget the moment I walked into the Grande Galerie of the Louvre museum in Paris, France.

There was a palpable energy in the air of that magnificent place. It was alive and electric, a hum that seemed to reverberate through the palatial halls. I felt it course through me, from my fingertips to my sneaker-clad toes. Maybe it was the rich history found within the paint and the brush strokes on those canvases that gave tangibility to the energy in the air. Maybe it came from being surrounded by works of art that emanated absolute creative brilliance. Or maybe the energy was originating from one lone masterpiece--mysteriously beautiful and luminescent, shielded behind panes of glass, guarded by several middle aged men in navy blazers—Leonardo Da Vinci's, "Mona Lisa."