Flower Pot Dessert {Paleo “dirt” chocolate pudding}

Flower Pot Paleo Chocolate Pudding

My sweet P goes to an awesome preschool with a strong play-based learning environment. The kids get lots of free play inside and out, lots of creative projects to strengthen the right side of the brain, and learn how to get along with others. There are special areas they rotate through several times a morning, including… [read more]

The Problem With Too Many Toys

the problem with too many toys

I have been on a mission to have less stuff for a long time. I am an organized gal, always have been. But over the years, I began really paying attention to how much time it took me to keep all my stuff neat and organized. Even though I enjoy organizing, my need to have my house… [read more]

Color Therapy for Kids


While working towards becoming an energy healer over a decade ago (I became a Certified Reiki Master back in 2001), I absolutely loved learning about the healing powers of color.  For the record, I am Catholic and believe that all healing comes from God and the Holy Spirit.  I believe God made the healing properties… [read more]

DIY Transition Boards


In my opinion, everybody has some struggle with transitions, even adults. But for kids, it is usually even harder. Add to that a special need like some sensory issues or separation anxiety and transitions may become a constant battle. These children may not understand the flow of a day, may become frustrated at the thought… [read more]

Save your Toys and Toes with a Pebble Bag

MBL pebble

One sweet, cherubic-cheeked child = 5011 bits, bobs and playthings strewn about the floor. Perhaps you can relate? When Girl Wonder was little, maybe 5 or 6, it didn’t matter one lick how many bins and baskets I had artfully arranged to collect her debris. Puppy Playhouse pieces (do they even still make those?) would… [read more]

Making a Waldorf Doll


My daughter turned 2 in October. For a long time, really since I was pregnant, I had my eye on those neat Waldorf dolls. I saw them talked about and featured on so many different blogs, talking about the natural fibers and beautiful simplicity. The ones that struck me the most were people talking about… [read more]

Pages: 1 2

Handmade Children’s Gifts

IMG_ 2 2427

Last year I decided that every year I would make a handmade gift for the boy. A special gift from me to him, I hope he will save and enjoy and someday (very far from now) pass on to his own children. I know, I know, I am a sentimental NUT, I can’t help I… [read more]

Pages: 1 2 3 4

LEGO Birthday Presents for Penelope


Penelope’s 3rd birthday is a few short days away and both my husband and I were super pumped to partner up with Lego and be able to give her first Lego toys.   When I checked out the different LEGO DUPLO toy options, I about jumped out of my chair when I saw the Creative… [read more]

Pages: 1 2 3

DIY Children’s Artwork Book

artbook1 324

I got this idea from my daughter’s preschool.  On the last day of her month of preschool summer camp this summer, she brought home this little book of all the art she did. I loved it because it archived her art in a way that was easy to store.  I have quite the process going… [read more]

The Power of a Pepper

MBL pepper

I’m guessing you’re seeing a picture of peppers. But your eyes are partly wrong. You have to look into the empty spaces. The blank spots. Then you can see what these really are. These came from my garden. I tilled the garden. I shoveled manure into the bed. I smelled like cow shit for 2… [read more]

Real Food Lunch & Snack Ideas

lunchbox6 362

I started making Penelope’s lunch this summer when she went to preschool summer camp for the month of June.  I was excited back then and I am even more excited now that she is back in preschool.  Making lunches just fits with my personality. It’s something to plan, create and organize.  I like thinking about… [read more]

ABC Magnet Giveaway

abc4 353

The other day, I was in one of my favorite shops, The Polka Dot Press, checking out the new merchandise since the big expansion, and I made a bee line for these ABC Magnets. Penelope has a magnet board in her playroom that is actually a oil drip pan from a car repair shop.  And… [read more]

Sparkle Stories Giveaway!

sparkle logo_new 41912

Penelope got to try out audio stories from Sparkle Stories and we both fell in love with the experience.  If you are on the MBL email newsletter list, you heard about it first and got a great special deal just for newsletter readers.   I love talking to mom entrepreneurs and finding out how one idea can… [read more]

Real Food Books for Children


As many parents, caregivers and teachers are aware, books are a great way to introduce children to new concepts and situations. The stories and visuals allow an idea to blossom in the mind, making a connection to something the child hasn’t actually experienced yet. It also bridges the gap between something a child has experienced,… [read more]

Tools For Talking With Young Children

What Not to Say- Tools for Talkin with Young Children by Sarah MacLaughlin

Sometimes we say things to our children that are old stand-bys or critical blasts of frustration. But we know we want to model mindfulness and better emotional regulation. As soon as we say something that doesn’t match what we’d prefer, we wonder, “Why did I say that?” There can be many causes. I’ll touch on… [read more]

Kids in the Garden: Nurturing a Space for Learning


Love this post from one of my new writers, Haley.  I have been gardening for a long time and it is such a joy to share it with my daughter.  I know she like broccoli and peas as much as she does, because she was apart of growing them. -Stephanie  This post could be titled: “Don’t Lose… [read more]