“The Alphabet Game” – DIY Twister Revamp for Toddler Alphabet Recognition Game!

“The Alphabet Game” – DIY Twister Revamp for Toddler Alphabet Recognition Game!

  A while back Penelope was really getting into learning her letters. I went scouring Pinterest for fun alphabet activities, but had trouble finding suggestions focused on basic letter recognition, as opposed to spelling or sound recognition, that weren’t advanced fine motor activities. I did try some great free printables that had the traceable letterread on

Crayon Spring Cleaning

Crayon Spring Cleaning

  When I embarked on this craftventure I thought it would simply be a fun, quick, and spring cleaning related activity to do with Penelope one quiet afternoon… in the end I myself had a blast, and at points found myself giddy as a school girl watching the transformation happen. I’m guessing almost everyone readingread on

Dress-Up Play – No Experience Necessary

Dress-Up Play – No Experience Necessary

  I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s pertinent enough to reiterate, that one of the things I always looked most forward to before I had kids was making them costumes. I always knew I’d be one of those parents who would gladly let their child leave the house in a superhero costume and wash itread on

Telling People We Love Them – Send-A-Hug – Kid-Craft version and Mama-Craft version

Telling People We Love Them – Send-A-Hug – Kid-Craft version and Mama-Craft version

I came across a pin of this craft on Pinterest a while back thinking it was really adorable and just logging it away for the right time. The first time my 2-year old daughter, Penelope, and I actually did it was when we were sending a package to her grandparents in Southern California. It seemedread on

Missy P.’s First Pancakes, Revisited – Whole Wheat Applesauce Pancakes

Missy P.’s First Pancakes, Revisited – Whole Wheat Applesauce Pancakes

  I always have the urge to make the day before time away (however big or small) from my daughter special. In this case a sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa’s one Tuesday inspired pancakes for breakfast before school.  I pulled the little hand scribbled slip of paper with the favorite whole wheat applesauce pancake reciperead on

Chalkboard Paint – Little Work, Lotta Wow

Chalkboard Paint – Little Work, Lotta Wow

  Chalkboard paint is officially one of my favorite DIYs.  It is super easy to use and has major wow factor.  And the possibilities are truly endless. My first go-round with chalkboard paint was for my daughter’s 2nd birthday last May.  We’re fortunate enough to have a long, grassy backyard so are able to hostread on

Insanely Delicious Coffee Cake – Favorite DIYs of 2013

Insanely Delicious Coffee Cake – Favorite DIYs of 2013

Umm… can I just start by saying how awesome does my coffee cake look?!  The pretty picture I saw on the pinterest post where I got the recipe looked delectable and unrealistic, so I never expected mine to turn out equally as beautiful.  Please trust me when I say yours will too.  It was soread on

Advent Calendar Tree Ornaments – Favorite DIYs of 2013!

Advent Calendar Tree Ornaments – Favorite DIYs of 2013!

This year was the first holiday season that my daughter, now 2 1/2, really understood what was going on… that the Christmas Season is a time for cheer and merriment, decorating, cooking, doing fun projects, singing funny songs, and spending time with family.  The concept of Christmas Season vs. Christmas Day took a little explanation andread on

Creative Cardboard Play – Favorite DIYs of 2013

Creative Cardboard Play – Favorite DIYs of 2013

My daughter goes to an awesome co-op preschool, and I am fortunate enough to have the pleasure of being co-editor of the school newsletter.  In the Spring I wrote an article for the “Out & About” feature, which I am excited to share with you here… It’s April in San Francisco, which means you couldread on

Rainbow Pasta! – Favorite DIYs of 2013

Rainbow Pasta! – Favorite DIYs of 2013

2013 marked the end of my daughter’s first year in school.  In the Fall of 2012 she started pre-preschool two days a week at an awesome co-op.  As part of the co-op, a different family brings snack each day.  I wound up with snack duty on the last day of the school year and reallyread on