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Drawing as a Family: The Power of Low-Stakes Creativity

Let me start by saying I have never been good at drawing. I know everyone says that, but I mean it. I once played a Pictionary-type game at a baby shower. My friend looked at my drawing, brows furrowed, and started laughing. I wasn’t offended; I cracked up, too, because what I’d sketched was objectively…

Decorate with Fall Leaves (and Why Leaf Walks Aren’t Just for Kids)
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Decorate with Fall Leaves (and Why Leaf Walks Aren’t Just for Kids)

Earlier this week I told you how our annual leaf walk was a bust. That the boys weren’t into it and that not even the jauntiest of my rhymes was able to save the day. Not a big deal, right? Just a short neighborhood stroll where we’d gathered a few leaves and then stopped. Who…

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Leaf Hunt 101 – New Twists on a Classic Tradition

This post was originally published October 21, 2021. It was updated August 23, 2022. I love many fall traditions — visiting an apple orchard, carving pumpkins, the start of a new school year. But my very favorite is going on a leaf hunt with the kids. We find leaves in as many hues from as…

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Embracing Frugality and Creativity When Traditions Go Awry

This is the original Mr. Bones.* Perched on top of a storage cabinet in the dining room, he’s enjoying what we’d later look back at as his last carefree moments. The photo was taken October 1st, the very first day of posing Bones in all kinds of fun and wacky ways around the house. Shortly…

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Start a New Halloween Tradition – Meet Sneaky Skel!

Looking to start a Halloween tradition that’s fun, simple, and inexpensive? Look no further than Sneaky Skeleton! Start a Fun, Simple Halloween Tradition Besides pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating, we don’t have much in the way of fun family Halloween traditions. This year, because I knew the kids would love it, I decided to get some…