Posts Tagged ‘ kids ’

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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Gorgeous DIY Book Covers

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Image of Houses Seamless Pattern via Shutterstock

Now that back-to-school season is on the horizon, it is time to think about all of the ways kids can make their upcoming school year as bright and fun as possible.  Covering text books with whimsical, charming, or even funny patterns can turn your kids’ backpacks into mini art galleries.  This kind of personalization can help older kids feel more connected to their school experience.

I found the above seamless, repeating house pattern on Shutterstock, and I instantly felt like my eyes could hang out in this colorful neighborhood for days!   Seamless patterns are perfect for book covers because you don’t have to worry about centering images –  it is like wallpaper for your books!

Mustaches, because they are all the rage right now:

Image of Art Deco Mustache Seamless Pattern via Shutterstock

And, hot air balloons — to remind us of grand possibilities:

Image of Retro Hot Air Balloon via Shutterstock

Visit here and here for two fabulous DIY book covering tutorials.

Searching for your favorite images can lead to hours of fun! A nice rainy afternoon activity, perhaps?

Enjoy!

-Emily

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FamilyFun Magazine’s Sew Fun Projects

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

I was so happy to see the wonderful Sew Fun Projects feature in this month’s FamilyFun magazine! My friend Nicole Blum‘s beginner’s projects are delightful — simple and super fun to make and appealing to both  kids and adults!  Those t-shirt dresses make lovely play dresses for kids, but wouldn’t it also be perfect as a stylish tunic for an adult?

Oh, and my two daughters also happen to have participated in the shoot!  So, ahem, that is pretty darn fun too!  They are dressed in green (left and center) and had a blast romping and crafting with the group.  My little one (posed in front) was especially happy to be part of it all.  Her smile tells the story of a fun-filled day, yes?

The key chain project  from the feature is one of my older daughter’s favorites;  she is planning to make one for her back-to-school back pack.   Did I just whisper the words “back-to-school”?  Shhhhhhh.  Please continue on with your summertime fun.

-Emily

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Sewing Projects for Kids

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Since my last post showcased one of my favorite books about sewing with kids, I thought I’d share a link to FamilyFun’s website where they are featuring a bunch of really fun sewing crafts for children.  Check out all of the projects!

I find that simple sewing projects are a lovely way to connect with my children.  It feels so nice to work together to make something useful, and I love that they learn to focus on fun rather than perfection.

And, hey, that hanging seat caddy is EXACTLY what we need for our summer road trips.  I’m going to make them with my kids this weekend.

Happy day!

-Emily

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