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Friday, August 30th, 2013

Hello blog friends,

In two weeks (give or take a few days) we’ll have a new baby in our family!  I’m in the final weeks of my pregnancy, which means that my mind has officially shifted towards organizing tiny clothes and envisioning all of the ways our family of five will get along in the coming weeks.  As part of my maternity leave, I’m passing along the Everyday Fun blog to Amanda Kingloff, a crafter and writer who has done extensive work at Parents magazine in the past.  She begins posting in September, and I’m really looking forward to see all of the inspiring ideas she has to offer.

Thank you for visiting this space. It has been an honor to share bits of inspiration with you during the past months.

Please visit me at my blog where I will continue to share news, ideas, and creative inspiration.  I’ll be sure to post some photographs of baby toes.

Happy almost September!

xox Emily

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FamilyFun Feature: Storytelling Crafts

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Hello lovely readers,

The September issue of FamilyFun is very special to me because my book, Show Me a Story, is featured, along with my sweet pies and my pregnant self!  I am so honored to have the chance to share some of my projects with FF readers, and thrilled that it is during the back-to-school storytelling season.

The pages feature some inspiring projects for encouraging storytelling, some more shots of my kiddos, and extra details about my book.

In the above photo, my girls and I are playing with Story Stones, one of my favorite projects from Show Me a Story.

Hooray!

Emily

 

 

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Make: Printing with Apples

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Those three things pictured in the above photo?  These supplies are all you need to make adorable wearables.  Apple season is fast approaching, so I wanted to share this project with you so it is on your mind when the sweet, crisp, beauties start rolling in.

Cut an apple in half and coat it with a thin layer of paint before printing.  I cut the leaf shape out of the other half of the apple.

Use your new stamp to decorate onesies

or t-shirts

or anything that is begging to be printed on (napkins, tea towels, stationary, cloth bags, etc.).  Just be mindful to heat set the fabric paint after it is completely dry.  You’ll find directions on the back of the container of fabric paint.

Perfect for giving as gifts, these are easy and so fun to make with your little and big ones.

Hooray!

-Emily

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Best Summer Snack: Berry Smoothie

Friday, August 16th, 2013

We are deep in berry smoothie season at our house. They make a protein rich addition to lunch, breakfast, or even dinner, and with colors like deep purple and bright pink, the kids are sold.

These naturally sweet, nutritious yogurt smoothies are inspired by the incredible berry season we have in New England. Our berry season begins in late spring/early summer with strawberries, moves to raspberries, then blueberries, and now blackberries.  We have large raspberry and blackberry brambles in our backyard, which makes smoothie season extra exciting for my family.

My recipe:

1 ripe banana

1 cup of berries (frozen or fresh)

1/2 cup yogurt (whole milk or low fat)

1/2 cup of milk (low fat or skim)

1 t of maple syrup (to taste)

Options: add flax seed for extra nutrition, substitute the milk for soy milk, almond milk, or juice,  add ice if the berries are not frozen.

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and frothy.

Yum!

Happy Friday,

Emily

 

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Back-to-School: Fun notebook covers

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Since we are on the topic of DIY book covers, I thought I’d share another technique that my family loves to do, both for back-to-school preparation and for personal journals.

Because I love the look of a handmade journal, but don’t want to bind one of my own, I bought this $1.09 marbled, hard covered composition notebook (the kind you can find in any office or school supply shop) and covered it with beautiful paper and punchy book binding tape.   I offer detailed, step-by-step instructions for how to make these colorful beauties here, on my blog.  It requires only a few supplies, most of which you probably already have on your craft supply shelf. Simple and satisfying! (I promise)

In addition to making the contents of your children’s backpacks feel more personalized, these also make nice gifts for giving to teachers and friends.  I love using them for my household journals where I keep track of menus, moments of parenting brilliance, things my children have said (quotable moments) , etc.

Happy Thursday!

Emily

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